The nefarious Squid Girl is back to continue her self-appointed mission to invade the surface world. Or that's what she would do, if she could just stop getting distracted by squidding movies, reading squidly manga, and making friends as only a squid could make them. Squid Girl must overcome not only danger found at every turn, but her own squidly good nature as well.
Gentlemen, the new second season of the most addicting shit ever made is finally here.
Ika Musume is back! After a year-long time since it has started airing in October 2010 (9 months break since it has finished airing in December 2010) we finally get a new season a couple of days before October 2011, before the new Fall 2011 anime season starts.
And this time, Ika-Musume is more ADORABLE and BADASS than ever.
The story is extremely simple yet shows some layers of unheard complexity. The most ADORABLE and BADASS humanoid squid creature of the bright blue sea comes to shore to invade humanity yet she is 1000 years too young to actually do this particular invasion so instead she spends her time with two Hoes named Chizuru and that Orange haired girl who nobody cares about. Oh yeah, and some other characters thrown in the mix also. All the story occurs near the sea side and shows the lives of the Bland characters along with the most ADORABLE and BADASS Ika Musume. All the other characters support her overflowing Sex Appeal.
What is complex about the story you ask? If a story contains the most ADORABLE and BADASS Squid humanoid creature that comes from the sea it has automatically become complex beyond words.
Every episode of the first season and the new first episode of the second season shows amazingly complex and splendid writing (following the manga from tooth to nail). The staff that works on this anime knows what he is doing.
Each episode is split into 3 parts of 3 short stories, and fuck, every part is better than his predecessor. The stories are simply stunning!
The story flows so naturally because of the character of the most ADORABLE and BADASS Ika Musume. Without her, the story won't move. She is an essential piece in this "game", like a "KING" or a "QUEEN" in chess.
She is the core of the story.
The animation studio reprises the art of the first season with some fluid new additions. The art never looked so crisp and beautiful and the sea-side scenery is simply breathtaking.
And you know, without the good art you can't make a story so believable because the animation breaths life into the characters, and especially to the most ADORABLE and BADASS Ika Musume. Most of the care of the animation goes into animating her antics: There is alot of animation job to do because of her, and mainly because of her tentacles.
TWO WORDS: Kanemoto Hisako.
FIFTEEN WORDS: One of the best voice acting jobs that fits the character like a condom to a penis.
Aside from that the music and voice acting are great. The new OP and ED never before sounded so fresh and the animation in them fits in today's standards.
The sound effects are also believable.
Like I said before, Ika Musume is the core of the story. All the story revolves her, and without her I would not give the characters a full 10. Her presence is what makes the anime to what it is.
Other mildly notable supporting characters are Sanae the lesbian stalker that is gay for Ika Musume, and Chizuru, who is extremely frightening at times. There are some many other characters showing up at times, but they are not very important for the story.
TBH, this is the most enjoyable show I've ever seen, and I have seen many. This show stands out from other shows that I have seen because of the comedy and the most ADORABLE and BADASS Ika Musume who is the new Jesus (Well... for me that is, no offense for religious people). The existence of Ika is what keeps my life moving. Yes, she is THAT important for me. She will be always more important than my future wife, she is my TRUE WAIFU!!!!!! (Don't tell that to my future wife though)
ADORABLE. BADASS. ADDICTING. 10/10 across all the board!read more
I'll come right out and say it; I enjoyed the first season of Ika Musume very much. But I'll try my best to stay fair throughout this review.
Ika Musume season 2,like the previous season, provides 2 short stories/situations for each episodes. The show did a pretty damn good job at keeping each episode fresh with a different topic. Being limited to the beach, it's surprising how they can keep up with new things. Despite the fact that the setting was something that was prone to become boring quickly, Ika Musume season 2 pulled it off nicely. (well, so far.) I have to admit that the overall story is repetitive (Ika musume mistakes something for something, learns that it's actually something, while sanae stalking her blahblahblah) But in a way it is what strengthens character attachments. But I'll be honest, there's nothing to "wow" about. It stays in the borderline of plain and exciting.
Now I'm not sure if the show was aiming for children, but the thing I appreciate about Ika musume is its absence of sexual content. I'm a bit tired of seeing ass shots every 5 minutes, so Ika Musume gave me a bit of a break from that. You want my true opinion? 10/10 because it gave me an excuse to watch more of Ika Musume.
There's not much to say about the art except that it adapted to the manga extremely well. Not the best, but not the worst either. For the animation, it's easy to notice that some parts weren't made with effort. But really, I can't complain. I honestly don't think the art should be the focus point of a comical show. (although it should be addressed if it's goddamn horrible or godly)
Same goes with sound. I didn't find anything particularly amazing. It'd say its mediocre to a point that its almost unnoticeable. Nothing catchy but nothing horrible to rape my ears. The opening music was a bit of a disappointment, but the ending music compensated for it. Overall, nothing special to point out here.
Characters are the shining point of this show. Already with the fact that Ika Musume is a unique character (well for me at least), the characters tend to stay distinct. There is always something else that can be described of the characters rather than just bluntly "nice" or "cute".
I'd say that Ika Musume's ignorance of the surface world is portrayed very gently. I'm glad that Ika Musume's idiocy wasn't shown like those cliche air-heads supposedly aimed to be "moe". With a more realistic tone, Ika Musume does what any normal person would do with curiosity; go out and search for an answer. Her independence keeps the show fresh and entertaining. The way her knowledge piles up is pretty interesting as well. Indirect experience that gives you a feeling of progress I should say. But really, it's a personal opinion and I would appreciated if you wouldn't point fingers at me after watching it lol.
Overall, it's safe to say that Ika Musume season 2 is much like its previous season, except the fact that the stories are new and fresh. Which comes to a conclusion that you'll have a hard time watching this show if you dislike its setting and characters (well I guess that goes for every anime lol)
Don't be afraid to point out statements that you disagree with. And stay skeptical readers, this is my own bias opinion. read more
Ok, so what we have here is a season 2 of the original "Shinryaku? Ika Masume," so far it still maintains the same kind of plotless slapstick comedy genre, were every episode is compose of a couple of omake. And as usual the squid girl still hasn't successfully conquered the surface world and she's still working on it, degeso.
So how does this season 2 fare up, degeso?
Let's see, degeso:
Story- fair number 6, degeso.
Ok so according to one of the commentators from the form, this anime still focuses on a couple omakes which for every episode would either hit or misses ones funny bone and she right, there are certain instances that you'll feel irritated with Ika chan. But then again the slapstick comedy genre makes up for it, degeso.
Art-mediocre number 5, degeso.
It's very obvious, that the art used from the previous season is still the same for this season, degeso.
Sound - poor number 3, degeso.
I simply hate both opening and ending themes.
Characters- mediocre number 5, degeso.
Well, isn't it very obvious that the same main characters are still there and nothing much has change regarding their roles, there may some additional characters in this anime but then again they're merely support roles that adds to the content of this anime. Oh, I kinda like to see Cindy just in her striped bikini without the red jacket and I still find Sanae very funny being kicked in the butt by Ika chan's tentacles, degasso.
Enjoyment and overall- fair number 6, degeso.
Well I'd probably say that even if the omakes in each episode is either a hit or a miss, I'd say that everything does hit in a comic sense, so I don't mind getting pissed at Ika's stupidly as long as she provides the laughs. How will this anime ends? I guess it's very obvious that she still gonna be working for the sisters as one of their waitresses, she still gonna keep working on her plans to conquer the surface world, and possibly become a human, as it did from the previous episode, then again, I'm just guessing. By the way if there's is another thing that has change is anime is that she can fly.......or float in the air since she can alter her weight with the help of her magic bracelets, degeso.
After a year of absence, Ika Musume returns once again to invade the anime world, bringing along with her all the gags and skits of the first season back for another run. For those who have watched season one of Ika Musume, this is definitely a must-watch. But even for those who haven't watched season one, you won't be missing anything if you jump right into the second season. All you need to know is that there's a squid girl "attempting" to invade the land. Shinryaku!? Ika Musume is essentially the exact replica of the first season except with different stories so don't go into it expecting something totally brand-new. So, let's begin the review ~de geso.
The artwork for the show has always been simple but good. The characters and backgrounds generally look lively, with the designs taking a more comedic style once in a while. It's nothing to cheer about but it's watchable and does what it's supposed to do.
Surprisingly, there weren't any new (and notable) characters this season. Even though I was glad that the entire cast from season one returned, I can't say I wasn't disappointed at the lack of new faces. The characters have barely changed - Ika Musume is still the center of attention and comedy, Chizuru is still extremely creepy when she's mad, Sanae is still obsessed with Ika Musume, etc. I guess the idea of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" was in the mind of the mangaka as he continued Ika Musume after realizing it was successful.
Like last season, Ika Musume opens with a fast-paced and upbeat OP that readies one for the comedy in next twenty or so minutes while the slower and softer ED wraps up the episode. I personally liked both songs, with the OP slightly getting the edge over the ED. As expected, the same BGM and seiyū from season one return for season two. Not many changes to note in this category.
While the first season was generally plotless, I was more forgiving considering that the series was still new to me. However, with the second season now finished, I'm starting to wonder if the original premise of Ika Musume invading the land has been completely forgotten. It's actually not the lack of plot that bothered me this season, but how unfitting the show's title is. Sure, maybe the question mark is there to hint that the invasion may not happen after all, but I'm still quite confused as to why the word "Shinryaku" is even there in the first place. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the three skits (or "stories", if you prefer) in each episode. They were generally entertaining and amusing.
To be honest, the second season of Ika Musume didn't live up to the first season. I think it's the repetitiveness of it all that made it lose its charm. Still, that is not to say it was bad in any way. In fact, I am slightly looking forward to a third season, though I have a few doubts here and there. And with that, we bid farewell to squid girl once again and wait to see if she'll appear again next year.read more
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