Shinryaku! Ika Musume

The Squid Girl

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Invader Comes From the Bottom of the Sea!
Japanese: 侵略!イカ娘
English: The Squid Girl
German: Squid Girl
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2010 to Dec 21, 2010
Premiered: Fall 2010
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 02:00 (JST)
Studios: Diomedéa
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Theme: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.411 (scored by 9004490,044 users)
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Ranked: #21882
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1180
Members: 199,213
Favorites: 1,086

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Humans have been polluting the ocean for a long time, carelessly pouring their garbage and desecrating the waters that many creatures call home. The denizens of the sea have suffered at their poisoning hands. Finally, one certain squid has had enough and vows to punish the humans' selfish actions.

Possessing all the fearsome abilities of a squid such as powerful hair-tentacles, the ability to spit ink, and even use bioluminescence at will, Ika Musume takes it upon herself to rise from the depths of the ocean and exact revenge upon humanity! She surfaces at a certain Lemon Beach House, a restaurant managed by the sisters Eiko and Chizuru Aizawa. Thinking them to be an easy first step toward world domination, she immediately declares war against them, only to find out that she is, quite literally, a fish out of water! To make things worse, she destroys a part of a wall of the beach house in an attempt to flaunt her squiddy superiority and is consequently forced into becoming a waitress to pay the repair costs. Beached for the time being after tasting a thorough defeat at the hands of the Aizawa sisters, Ika Musume is forced to put her plans for world domination on hold.

Despite these setbacks, Ika Musume soon finds herself right at home in her unexpected position as Lemon Beach House's newest employee. Wacky and hilarious, Shinryaku! Ika Musume follows her brand new life on the surface as she makes precious memories and meet lots of new people. With her newfound acquaintances, Ika Musume is looking to take the world by storm, one squid ink spaghetti at a time!

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Characters & Voice Actors


Ishiguro, Tatsuya
Satomi, Tetsurou
Assistant Producer
Sgroi, Victor
Assistant Producer
Mizushima, Tsutomu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay


Opening Theme

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"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 Itou


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, ...
Jun 7, 2013
Mixed Feelings
I’m not going to lie, this show is a weird one to talk about. Not because of the actual premise, although it does add a little to it, but on the way it’s structured. It reminded me of my childhood shows with three separate story arcs that had a basic theme. With an anime plot involving a cute squid girl trying to invade the entire planet by herself only to be undermined by many 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, there can be some merits here ...
Dec 10, 2010
Preliminary (10/12 eps)
Ok, so just 2 more episodes and this anime is already nearing its end, so what can I say about this anime? Well, let's put it this way according to how I rate this anime:


Originally, the plot of this story is about nature fighting back against humans who pollute the seas with garbage and with the help of squid girl Ika Masume and her so called invasion force of half human and half squid, which,by the way she seems to had forgotten bring it along with her at the start of the anime- talking about letting a girl do a grown-up's job. But,only to get ...

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