Squid Girl continues to experience the world, one small bit at a time, as her conquest stalls yet again.
What They Say:
Isn't that a Teru Teru bosquid? / What squidsn't there to like? / One! Two! Three squids, you're out!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The world as viewed by Squid Girl has to be positively bizarre at times, even more so since she's in Japan. Some of the customs are quite odd by other countries, though every country has its things, but sometimes Japan just seems to go the extra distance. Squid Girl continues to get introduced to new things, this time something as simple as the teru that's used to ward off the rain and bring about clear skies. That means they get to spend their time indoors and that leads to a lot of drawing of each other for practice, though Squid Girl's talents are definitely a mixed thing. When she goes all out, it's pretty amazing. And insulting, since she draws everyone as she sees them which varies into some very hideous realms.
An amusing plot that's thrown into this episode focuses on Sanae as she's told that she has to throttle back on the way she is with Squid Girl. She's so over the top with her at times with the way she idolizes and loves her that it's becoming a real problem. So she's forced into taking things down several notches and going to a very casual and simple friendliness with Squid Girl. It's amusingly difficult for her since she can't even take pictures from a distance and even goes so far as to try and put a hat on a dog to make it look like Squid Girl for a little bit. Her obsessive nature is shown to its fullest here and it is positively creepy. And very amusing. But that edge of sadness is welcome to it since it gives it a little more than just a straight comedy piece, something that Squid Girl has brought to the table before.
By this point in the series, it is fairly obvious that Squid Girl's domination of the surface world isn't going to amount to anything. She has her moments to be sure where she's threatening in a particular way, but other times she's doing things that have nothing to do with anything. Such as being drafted to play softball with the other girls since they need any help they can get. She's pretty useless at first and doesn't quite get the whole thing which leads to some of its charms. Unfortunately, it's a pretty predictable plot point and it hits all the right notes, but there's little that's really surprising or stands out here. Which has been part of the problem with the show for the last few episodes.
Squid Girl rolls right along with more cute material that's admittedly feeling a bit lighter and fluffier with each passing story. There's plenty here that is definitely fun and charming, but that's about the extent of it. It's not a show that I expected anything deep or long running with in terms of the invasion of course, but I had hoped for a little more emotional depth along the way to cement her in the real world. She has some great moments here and there over the first ten episodes, but other series have worked similar formulas to better results, though they tended to have more fanservice which reduced its effectiveness. Squid Girl is definitely the most charming show of this season, but it's having a hard time getting by on just charm alone at this point.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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