Ranked #1186

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
Premiered: Fall 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Media Blasters
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.631 (scored by 41,529 users)
Ranked: #11862
Popularity: #535
Members: 80,877
Favorites: 575
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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?

(Source: Media Blasters)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Ika Musume
Ika Musume
Kanemoto, Hisako
Kanemoto, Hisako
Aizawa, Chizuru
Aizawa, Chizuru
Tanaka, Rie
Tanaka, Rie
Aizawa, Eiko
Aizawa, Eiko
Fujimura, Ayumi
Fujimura, Ayumi
Nagatsuki, Sanae
Nagatsuki, Sanae
Itou, Kanae
Itou, Kanae


Mizushima, Tsutomu
Mizushima, Tsutomu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Tsuda, Naokatsu
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kimiya, Shigeru
Kimiya, Shigeru
Episode Director, Storyboard

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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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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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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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Oct 7, 2010
Adaption success? Adaption success. Unlike that of Dance in the Vampire Bund I had meant to do with a long time back with, among other things. Don't pay attention to my scores as my writing, as I tend to rate most things highly.

This is a simple show that does what it is supposed to, but is a big deal because shows like these can have a lot of expecation behind them from the manga fans like me. Could you imagine how much expectation you would have if someone animated Yotsuba&!? Exactly.

Shinraku! Ika Musume, is another Slice of Life Comedy show. A very good one. They're 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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Anime: Azumanga Daioh
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! 
reportRecommended by Superman
Anime: Seto no Hanayome
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. 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Hataraku Maou-sama!
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. 
reportRecommended by IchiroEX
Anime: Keroro Gunsou
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  read more 
reportRecommended by sillyker0nian
Anime: Working!!

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  read more 
reportRecommended by Mugen900
Anime: Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
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.

reportRecommended by Stark700

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