Squid Girl can make friends, as she proves once again, but she still has trouble in other areas, such as make-up and intense beam weapons made by crazy American scientists.
What They Say:
Wanna doorbell ditch, squiddo? / Can squids put on make-up? / Holy squid! Is that a secret weapon?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Take Squid Girl out of her beach setting and it can feel a little odd. While we've seen her inside the owners house and what not, most of the time we've seen her roaming the beaches or in the water itself. The first story here has her doing a bit of doorbell ditching in a sense but it ends up causing her to make friends with Sakura. The two spend time together chatting in the park and Squid Girl is pretty much surprised that she's able to make a friend. It's simply odd to see her in that setting in general, since she looks out of place, but also seeing her make friends is amusing since she's trying to eventually conquer them all. Her approach is still ill-fitting since she tends to forget. When she brings her back to the house and has to meet Chizuru, it's even more fun since Squid Girl keeps viewing her as evil/powerful and fears her going into a rage. Which is of course the complete opposite of what Chizuru is feeling.
Unlike previous episodes, that first story takes up just under half of the runtime. It's endearing since she keeps expecting things to go badly since she invited someone over without permission, not understanding the reality of the situation. The other two stories go for different events, which is good, since it changes things up. The second story has Squid Girl discovering make-up and starting with lipstick. She is admittedly rather adorable with it at first since she pretty much paints her face, but the visions she has of being more mature while wearing it is even more adorable. Her quest to find what's right leads her to strange places, including asking men, but it's all another step in making her more accustomed to human behaviors.
The final story of the episode takes us back to the science side of things with Cindy making another appearance along with several of her lab researchers. It initially focuses on Cindy but Squid Girl gets her out of the picture quickly. The focus on the researchers themselves is very amusing since they're all gifted and full of creativity as we've seen before with the things they solved and took care of that would help the world, but ended up lost because they only want to find aliens. Having them appear at the seaside shop in shorts and lab coats with intense weapons only makes them an even cooler bunch of guys. Their slightly off kilter personalities and laid back nature combined with a lust for aliens makes them a hilarious combination. The weapon here only takes things further and lets the show become even more surreal for a little bit. As if a Squid Girl isn't enough already.
Squid Girl hits several fun stories here but I still find that like the previous episode, the show has crested in some ways. There was a lot of fun at first with it and the novelty of it all and then they outdid themselves with the tiny long lived Squid Girl. It's been enjoyable since then and this episode is no exception, but it feels like its lost a bit of its spark that made it so enjoyable. The characters are fun and the situations and make-up of each episode, especially the three stories per episode model, works very well and it continually leaves me smiling. But it feels less like a break-out hit than it did at first.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.