As Hybrid woke up from his kidnapping, still wrapped in tentacles and they came from this girl’s hair and she said to him, “HA! I know of your true identity, Mr. Hybrid, as I, she who shall not be named will use your power to rule over the Earth and those humans will forever be ruled under MY NAME!!!” and then does the routine evil laughter and Hybrid just looks bored from listening to her and as he grew more bored, he finally said this to her, “Look, you don’t look that powerful to me. You look like somebody to poses a threat rather than delivers on it and if you don’t find someone that fears you right away, you’re going to be an entire joke in front of your peers.” The tentacle-hair girl looked furious and angry at his outburst and as she feels more pissed off, she said, “Well, do you want to know what I think about that?”, and then she began to tear up and said, “YOU’RE RIGHT!!! I am a FRAUD!!” She then let go of him and began crying to the ground. Now Hybrid could escape from that but after hearing her sad cries, he wanted to calm her down a bit…….but first, let’s talk about SQUID GIRL.
Sometimes in the anime world, there are a lot of sub-genres that are very subjective, depending on what kind of anime you’re watching and one of the other subjective forms of media is comedy. For example, some people can like Love Hina for being some new turn of the Harem genre but most of them (including me) hated it for how annoying and juvenile it is. Others like Azumanga Daioh & K-On! For being innocently enough funny to entertain people for all ages without being too edgy and for others, they find it either too boring or moe for their taste. For me, comedy is one of other favorite mediums of today, simply because I like to laugh at some good humor material and the keyword being GOOD.
Squid Girl has come to the land from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity for its pollution of the ocean. Unfortunately she ruins the first house she uses as an invasion base and has to work to pay for repairs. Of course, she can’t overcome the Aizawa sisters who manage the house, so who know whether she can subjugate humankind.
The premise is the fish-out-of-water plot with a lot of comedic scope and while watching it, I enjoyed some of the antics that Squid Girl gets herself and a few others into. The show goes by showing 3 part episode, with the segments being 7-8 minutes, much like American cartoons in the past, present and future, so I can see a little inspiration from that and for those who love to use puns a lot, this show has plenty of squid puns to go around, even the episode’s title cards uses them.
I really enjoyed the characters and their interactions with each other, especially the main character of Squid Girl, who really wants to be taken seriously as an invader but is not up to the task of that, considering she can’t even conquer a local eatery shop but for her character development, she plays it as being a cute mascot-like character without being overly annoying and grating and she never once toss aside her plans for world domination for no reason but it’s not like she’s going to invade any time soon with the Aikawa sisters, with Eiko as the strong-minded and no-nonsense sister who always need to keep Squid Girl in check and there’s Chizuru, who I think if Brock from Pokemon & Sakura Matou from Fate/Stay Night had a baby with the mindset of Ryoko Asakura from Haruhi Suzumiya and it’s her and she was even more of a bizarre character in the show than the title character and the sister’s little brother Takeru, who is more akin to Squid Girl as a playmate; Sanae, Eiko’s neighborhood friend who is very obsessed with Squid Girl, so much that is frightening and enters into Hentai territory; Nagisa, a surfer girl who is actually afraid of Squid Girl and she’s very paranoid about it. Plus, Squid can use her fear for her advantage but mostly it’s just to mess with her. There are other characters including the American scientist Cindy Campbell (not the one from Scary Movie), who and her three fellow scientists from MIT want to study Squid Girl to see if she’s an alien; Kiyomi Sakura, a minor character later on in the show whom Squid has become close friends to and Goro, the lifeguard who Squid riles up every now and then and also has a crush on Chizuru.
The animation was done by Diomedea (or previously Studio Barcelona), whose only known project I have heard from them is…..Kodama No Jikan….okay, not the best title to be represented but this was some great animation, especially when it came to animating Squid’s tentacle movement. Also, since this is a gag-based anime show and for that, it was acceptable for doing that, maybe not on par with Azumanga Daioh & Sgt. Frog but it’s very good nevertheless. Now, I didn’t mind the music here that much but it was rather fitting and appropriate for the show, although if you ever sing this to somebody’s ears real loud, you are most likely to get punched.
Now, I know there are two seasons of this show but I just been commenting strictly on Season 1 and their dub done by Bang Zoom Entertainment and was released by Media Blasters and I thought about the voices on that. Christine Marie Cabanos has been one anime VA rookie that I personally want to succeed in the business, (to me she’s a younger version of Stephanie Sheh), and her performance as Squid Girl fits the criteria of her cute and upbeat nature. I will say for Cristina Vee in her role as Nagisa is very similar to her role as Mio in K-On! (very paranoid and easily frightened) but then again, I don’t know if the K-On!! dub was produced before or after Squid Girl but it’s hit or miss and I really enjoy the dub.
FINAL VERDICT: While not being something I would add to my top ten lists, this is a very fun and energetic show that never gets too boring or too hostile. I enjoyed all the characters, even the minor ones who can manage an impact into the series and the gags can be very funny although the squid puns did get too old too quick in my opinion. I do wish that Season 2 will get dubbed someday since Media Blasters no longer has the license to that one and possibly get Sentai Filmworks to license it and get the original cast back on that.
So, what do I ink about Squid Girl?
FIRST CLASS – 9/10
After hearing the girl cried her eyes out about being useless, Hybrid needed to calm her down and then he apologized to her but she kept crying saying, “What’s the point? People only used me for carry out orders for that shack, everyone doesn’t take me seriously and worst of all, I can’t even face off with the mighty Hybrid himself. So what good has been brought upon me?” Then Hybrid calmed her down some more and said, “Well, look on the bright side, you have lots of people that like you, especially one person who legitimately fears you (although she’s paranoid as hell) and you got a close friend and others with you. You’re not useless at all but why did you attack me?” The girl then showed Hybrid info about him and his interloping past and present doings and said, “Lots of people are after you and they still are. I just thought since you were worth a lot of money, I can cash you in and use that money to rule the world.” “You do realize that $6 million isn’t enough to rule the entire world, right?” As Hybrid asked that rhetorical question but she didn’t mind it at all, “Well, you got a point.” And then after that, she freed him from her tentacles and recommended me that I see a friend of hers from the card she gave me…..and yet, this person is also my next subject to watch……
And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.
SQUID GIRL – animation by DIOMEDEA / distributed by MEDIA BLASTERS/ANIMEWORKS (Season 1 only)
THE MIND OF THE HYBRID ONE – my Tumblr page.