DVD Review: Squid Girl Complete Series One Collection
Behold the terror from the depths, the tentacled conqueror of humanity!
Comedy anime series are a staple of any anime lover’s daily diet of Japanese influenced animation, and Squid Girl takes a comical look at what a sci-fi style invasion would be like, complete with tentacles and attitude. Believe me, Squid Girl has both.
Most of us have seen the Godzilla movies and certain anime that contain tentacle wielding monsters at one time or another, well this parodies them perfectly with Squid Girl as the all destructive and powerful avenger, yet finds her attitude does not suit her personality. The bottom line is she isn’t as nasty and vengeful as she thinks.
She announces to the staff and customers at the Lemon Beach House that she has come to Earth on behalf of her people. She has had enough of humans polluting the planet, the water her kind live in and over fishing for their own greedy gains, and tells them she is planning an invasion of immense proportions in order to teach mankind a lesson they will never forget. Squid Girl soon finds out that her speech has gone on deaf ears as everyone is too busy working or enjoying their meals to listen.
The amusing part of this anime comes when they realize she has all these tentacles and they want to put them to good use at the Lemon Beach House. Soon enough she is the hired help, handing out plates of steaming hot food to hungry waiting customers, not noticing for one minute that she has been hired at all. In turn she gets to find out more of how humans feel and think, and that through her experience, they aren’t that bad at all. She is still planning to invade, but with all the work she has to do now, she wonders if she will have the time.
Squid Girl can be a nice character if she tries, and the others know that and try to help her forget about her invasion, and consider making friends instead. She does find fellow friends in Gora, Eiko and Yoshi, and Yoshi even plays along with being her partner in her invasion.
This is a comedy that has a lot of potential when it comes to anime, and it’s not all about Squid Girl either; there are a great many characters who will show you as you watch.
Label: Manga Entertainment
Release date: 13th August 2012
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.