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Shinryaku! Ika Musume

Shinryaku! Ika Musume

Alternative Titles

English: Squid Girl
Synonyms: The Invader Comes From the Bottom of the Sea!
Japanese: 侵略!イカ娘


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2010 to Dec 21, 2010
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.661 (scored by 35773 users)
Ranked: #10912
Popularity: #485
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Foolish land-born air breathers! Behold the terror from the depths, the tentacled conqueror of humanity: Squid Girl! With your pollution and stuff you really deserve it, so prepare for menacing, inky doom!

Squid Girl has come from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity for its pollution of the ocean. Within moments of arriving on the surface world, our easily distracted, little invertebrate is promptly bullied into working for the Aizawa sisters as a waitress, supplying their restaurant with squid ink. If poor Squid Girl can't handle two pushy Japanese girls, how will she ever subjugate the human race?

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Episodes  0 / 12
Aired  Oct 5, 2010 to Dec 21, 2010
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Shinryaku! Ika Musume
Side story: Shinryaku! Ika Musume Specials
Sequel: Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
Other: Shinryaku! Ika Musume: Ika Ice Tabena-ika?, Shinryaku! Ika Musume: Kore ga Umi e no Ai Jana-ika!

Characters & Voice Actors

Ika Musume
Ika Musume
Kanemoto, Hisako
Kanemoto, Hisako
Cabanos, Christine Marie
Cabanos, Christine Marie
Aizawa, Eiko
Aizawa, Eiko
Fujimura, Ayumi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Lee, Yong Sin
Lee, Yong Sin
Aizawa, Chizuru
Aizawa, Chizuru
Tanaka, Rie
Tanaka, Rie
Hauser, Sarah
Hauser, Sarah
Gotou, Tetsuo
Gotou, Tetsuo
Meza, Jonathan
Meza, Jonathan


Mizushima, Tsutomu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Ide, Naomi
Episode Director, Key Animation
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Jan 13, 2011
The problem with the anime industry is the continuous failure to capitalise on titles that are actually good, and instead redirect time and resources to producing shows that leave you as empty as a tectonic bowel movement. Every genre has suffered this iniquity, but while most bounce back with other, much better offerings (comparatively speaking), comedy continues to prove the medium's "Achilles heel". Those of you who are fans of Gintama may disagree with that perception, but consider for a moment the number of anime released during the last year that have borne the "comedy" label.

Now have a think about whether they made you laugh, read more
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Nov 16, 2014
Squid girl was something I found while just browsing around for something to watch. Its intriguing title led me to watch over the weekend and I feel glad that I watched it.

Story 3/10
Story in itself is not very great at all. It is one of those short animes but it does not do much with its story though thats mainly the fact that it is for the most part a comedic anime. The line, "I am Squid Girl, emissary of the sea," would make you think what else could Squid Girl do with herself besides spit ink and use her tentacles.

Art 8/10
Its a pretty read more
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Dec 26, 2010
I would never imagine, in my lifetime, to see a squid this adorable!
Im telling ya, after years experiencing Squidward from SpongeBob Squarepants, I started to give up hope for all squids in the world...
That is until I met little Ika-Chan...

So what's so special about another failure invader anime? Don't we already have a frog for that?
How can you say that! Squid>Frog anytime!
Anyways, the story isn't very deep and there's no much of a plot buildup however the comedy and cuteness is enjoyable nevertheless. You'll have a drama episode, a horror episode (Oh damn that doll was scaaaaary) and also a tearjerker moment (I read more
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Jun 7, 2013
I’m not going to lie, this show is a weird one to talk about. Not solely on the actual premise, although it does add a little to it, but on the way it’s structured. It reminded me of my own childhood shows that had three separate story arcs that had a basic theme to it. With an anime plot involving a cute squid girl trying to invade the entire planet by herself only to be undermined by a bunch of people who own a food court near a beach, you’d think that would speak of random hijinks that will only appeal to prepubescent girls. Fortunately read more
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If you like nonsense comedy, go with Shinryaku! Ika Musume and Azumanga Daioh. The first is some kind of an amateur version of the second, but the laughter is guaranteed either way.

And don't forget: Osaka-san rules all!
Mermaids and squid both come from the sea. This is MAL and that's enough to justify linking the two. Yes.


It's also worth noting that both series consist almost entirely of gagtastic slapstick comedy. Mermaid Bride has romance and haremish humour powering a hefty chunk of its jokes, where as Squid Girl has its titular heroine and is devoid of love-love... aside from a lesbian stalker. But those minor differences aside, these two are aimed at 100% the same crowd.
Ambitious "conquerors" attempting to take over the world but ends up becoming a part of the working society. Both packed with comedic moments, it'll sure to entertain everybody.
These are two similar series that are SO similar - it's almost scary. Both main protagonists, Keroro and Ika, are "invaders" from very different worlds who come here to Earth in order to invade us and claim everything in humanity for their society back home. And, both end up becoming slaves to a pair of siblings to do hard work and labor for one reason or another as soon as they arrive unto Earth. Ika - a pair of sisters. Keroro - a sister and brother. The art style and emotion art between the two is even similar. The comedy is the same between the two as well. Slapstick and character torture [to a very light degree]. When Keroro and Ika do something that they aren't supposed to, they are punished by fists driving into their skulls [or other forms] and yelled at for their foolish behavior by the tsundere sister in the series. The sound effects, music, and setting are spot on with each other as well [various popping and squishing noises and electric/bubbly music]. The two protagonists also have the same sort of character motifs and actions and emotions, as well as a catch phrase/regularly used Japanese honorifics. Keroro - "~De Arimasu!". Ika - "~De Geso!". And lastly, they also are sheltered and befriended by their captures in return for their hard manual labor and being tortures. They also find out just what it means to be a citizen on Earth and what the humans go through in their daily lives. Episodes are also split into two parts - however, they are both tied in with each other. So, if you have watched on of these series watch the other. You're seriously going to like it and notice EVERYTHING that's similar with the other series in the first episode.
Both series consists of silly dialogue, scenes, and interactions involving sea creatures. In essence, they are supernatural comedies that deals with characters who are not so normal.

Both series follows more of a slice of life style with no different story.

The main female protagonist also seems to have an outgoing personalities from both series that occasionally drives some of the other characters nuts.


Both settings are in a Restaurant.

Both have characters (Aizawa Chizuru of Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Sato Jun and Kyouko Shirafuji of working) which the main character (Ika and Souta) won't dare mess with.

Both were safe enough to be viewed by elementary school kids.

Both do have either a shallow or unstable plot.

Both characters (Souta and Ika) never intended to work in the restaurant in the first place.

And both have little bit lesbian that goes in it.


One was set in the suburbs of Hokkaido while the other one was set on a beach somewhere in the southern part of Japan (In Okinawa... I think).

One has 2 characters that no one in the restaurant would wanna mess with ( Jun and Shirafuji) while the other only has one characters which one should beware about (Chizuru).

in one has a main character who is so naive about living on land which always get's her in trouble, while the other the main character always gets his face whoop by an androphobic co-worker.

And in one, the character has super abilities, while the other has super tolerance for his sisters and teasing from his co-workers.

Opening Theme

"Shinryaku no Susume☆ (侵略ノススメ☆)" by ULTRA-PRISM with Ika Musume

Ending Theme

"Metamerism (メタメリズム)" by Kanae Ito

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