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Weskalia's Shinryaku! Ika Musume Tv Review

Shinryaku! Ika Musume Shinryaku! Ika Musume Screenshot Behold! The invincible Ika Musume. Shinryaku! Ika Musume Screenshot Nagisa has some good imaginary mind. Shinryaku! Ika Musume Screenshot Gorou is jealous. Shinryaku! Ika Musume Screenshot Ika-chan with Tanabe Kozue (Tako Musume?)

Shinryaku! Ika Musume tv Review

Story & Characters

What everyone needs is some forget-your-troubles laughters, and what every season needs is a really good comedy. Then why don't you try this new anime, Shinryaku! Ika Musume; this bright, vivacious comedy is one of the gems of the season, guarantee to put a smile on your face as soon as you experience the first seconds.

On a peaceful beach somewhere in Japan the Aizawa sisters run their beachside restaurant, little do they know that their peace will soon be destroyed by the little Ika Musume (Squid Girl), the invader comes from the bottom of the sea. Upset over human poor treatment of the sea, Ika Musume launches an all-out invasion over man's domain and targets the Aizawa sisters' restaurant. Sadly, due to her childlike appearance, no one views her as a threat and she has the most unfortunate luck to accidentally damage their restaurant. Soon she is forced to work as a waitress to pay off while trying to make her so-called invasion comes to success.

Guess what? Not only did the series succeed in making people laugh with its light, fun, and silly nature, it also provides a good cast, each with distinctive, personal traits. Often seen as an airhead, crybaby, scarycat, Ika Musume no doubt is the worst invader ever. She is, however, polite, kind, extremely intelligent and is a fine waitress. It's very delightful to see how her views of others and it's thanks to the "invasion," she begins to grow closer to humans. A cute invader with such personalities, no wonder why every kid in the series loves her as well as the viewers. While Ika Musume is the main star, other characters serve as sparks, making the series livelier. Takeru is Ika-chan's playmate (follower?), while Chizuru is the "killer," Sanae is the worshiper and the alien researchers are just plain crazy. A well-made cast indeed, while nothing much, is still sufficient for the humor it shows.

Essentially, Shinryaku! Ika Musume is an approximate equivalent to Keroro Gunsou, if you like that one, you won't have any trouble liking this one. A no depth, approachable series with good humor and is suitable for all tastes. ( You may never look squids the same way again, however.)

Rating: 8

Art

If Keroro Gunsou resembles Western cartoon then Ika Musume represents Japanese traditional moe art (sort of). Since it's a for-all-ages comedy, the artwork is decent and doesn't overuse of fancy, outstanding animation. The character designs, too, show that it doesn't take a lot of detail and technique to create a memorable cast. Take Ika-chan for example, a squid takes form as a ten or eleven years old human, which makes it a little hard for anyone to take her ambitions of world domination seriously (except Nagisa of course). And they are right not to. For the human characters, Chizuru outscores the rest, a beautiful, motherly-figure sister, which the producers make sure that viewers understand by giving her a kind smile and rarely-shown eyes. But don't make her angry, you won't like it when she snaps, especially how the atmosphere change when they are shown. Admittedly, the artistry in Ika Musume may not win any award, but still has enough production to polish it to be enjoyable.

Rating: 8

Sound

This series has one pretty crazy OP alright, aside from the helpful soundtrack and the calm, gentle ending theme song sung by Sanae's seiyuu, the first four seconds of the OP drills your mind with the hyperactive "Shinryaku! Shinryaku!", you immediately know what you're getting into with this show.

Good voice acting, choosing the right performers for the right role are worth commenting. For a series like this, every character needs to have a humorous tone, the two most notable are probably Chizuru and Ika-chan. Tanaka Rie's voice as Chizuru is simply great, sounds gentle while "dangerous" when it comes to discipline. Newcomer Kanemoto Hisako, who was recently discovered after voicing Kanata from So Ra No Wo To, gave her best performance in Ika Musume. A cute character with kiddy tone, even her manner of speech is ...very squiddish. No joke, her "de geso" of "ja naika" can surely put Suiseiseki's desu to shame. Plus with that "shinryaku" in the OP, I felt like my head was going to explode with these combos.

Rating: 8

Presentation

One thing I know for certain, Ika-chan may never succeed at conquering the world, but her cuteness indeed has already conquered everyone's hearts. Each episode brings you to a three mini-stories full with absolute funny moments. If this merit continues, eventually, it might be tiresome, but still, Shinryaku! Ika Musume proves to be one of the season and the year's elite comedy series. So go watching or Ika-chan will invade your domain.

Oh, and Barack Obama is in it, too.
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Story: 7
Characters: 9
Art: 8
Animation: 8
Voice: 9
Music: 7
Overall: 8.25

Good:
+Plenty of crazy moments centered around the Squid Angel.
+Simple, but cute, well done and above all, hilarious.
Bad:
+Some good characters have little on-screen times and save them for last episode.
+It was enjoyable, so where's more since the manga is still continuing?

Rating: 9

Final Verdict

8.33 (good)

Reviewed by Weskalia, Dec 21, 2010

Comments

  1. rukasu44 Dec 23, 2010

    Really nice, this anime is kind of nonsense but it's funny ;D

  2. SchRita Dec 23, 2010

    Thanks for this nice review! :) I'm sure you worked hard on this, since it's so clear and easy to read. :)

  3. Warpten29 Jan 11, 2011

    Funny ,one word but many meaning that is this anime capable of.

    merged: 01-14-2011 ~ 09:44pm
    Thanks for the unique review!

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