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
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
Shinryaku!? Ika Musume is the second season of the Ika Musume or Squid Girl franchise –a highly risible anime series about an adorable and bumbling anthropomorphic squid christened Ika Musume (unimaginative name, eh?) who originally intended to invade the surface to punish the filthy and callous human race for polluting the ocean.
Unfortunately, a high school girl (albeit with superhuman powers) trounces Ika in her first battle, which quickly puts an end to the underwater threat to human civilization. Of course, this hardly dissuades Ika Musume (because she is a numbskull) who ardently continues to pursue her quixotic idée fixe and concocts outlandish schemes, by the bushel, to conquer the world, all of which result in her being hoist on her own petard, in hilarious fashion.
Over the course of the series, Ika Musume also meets an eclectic and eccentric cast of characters, which include a crazy teen girl called Sanae (the second best character of the series) who desperately wants to test if love (and a lot more) can flourish between two species; a bodacious and brainy American-cum-MIT graduate-cum-alien hunter-cum-bikini babe named Cindy, who wants to dissect her (and yes, I am probably insinuating something by repeatedly using that word; are you sagacious enough to guess what?); and many other less remarkable ones. As the story is in episodic format, it primarily depends on Ika’s interactions with the characters for humor.
The second season continues in the much the same vein and introduces a few new side characters; albeit completely unmemorable ones. Unfortunately, for a show that is completely character driven, the second season has little to no character development and I quickly got bored of the shticks and quirks of the side characters. However, this did not dissuade me much, as the piece de resistance of the show –Ika Musume, retained her ineffable and inimitable charm that made me like the show so much in the first place. I think that it has to do with the fact that I really adore gamines like Ika (only in anime) because they evoke wistful memories of my vivacious and mischievous 9-year old sister –who stays 2,000 KMs away from me with my parents.
Still, there is only so much that one outstanding character can do for a poor show and by the penultimate episode, my interest was flagging considerably and I was certain that the show would end up with a rating of 4. Thankfully, the last episode turned out to be an absolute gem, wrapped up the season in spectacular fashion, and tugged a few heartstrings as well, which made me reconsider my decision and resulted in the score being bumped up to 5.
As for the audio-visuals, I thought that the show could have been better animated and I did not like most of the character designs–with the notable exception of Ika Musume. The voice acting was mediocre overall, although I think that Ika’s seiyuu did her job consummately.
As for the OP and ED, the former is fast-paced and ebullient while the latter is slower and beautifully expresses the bonds that Ika shares with her human counterparts; I really enjoyed both.
To sum it all up, I felt that the second season of Ika Musume is more or less a rehash of the previous season and gets boring very soon; so, I would only recommend loyal and devoted fans of Ika-Chan (like myself) to watch this season; others can skip it or can watch the only last episode, if they wish.read more
In some anime series, we have come across protagonists who seem to act like the villains. Could they be considered heroes or anti-heroes? What exactly are anti-heroes? Let's check out some of the iconic anime anti-hero main characters!
The beautiful world of anime consists of all types of unique characters. This is especially true when it comes to hair color, as when it comes to wild shades, the blue sky's the limit! Join us as we unveil the top 20 anime girls with blue hair and cool personalities as ranked on MAL.