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Shinryaku! Ika Musume Episode 3

October 19, 2010

In case I haven’t made it clear enough from the Fall 2010 Preview and my posts on the first two episodes, I love this series. It’s not often you can find a cute, lighthearted comedy with a naive squid girl who absolutely steals the show. From ghosts, to killer whales, to the new part-timer at Lemon, this most recent episode delivered a bundle of laughs that left me eagerly anticipating more.

If for some reason you haven’t checked this absolutely adorable and extremely quirky series, do yourself a favor and get right on it. You’ll be glad that you did. Speaking of which, it’s not often I come across a series that I can safely recommend to friends who aren’t really into anime either, but Ika Musume fits the bill perfectly by keeping the comedy clean and not heavily reliant on the overused Japanese jokes that only regular fans of anime would get (e.g. nosebleeds). The premise here is simple and takes place at a beach hut, which almost anyone can relate to. Most of all, Ika has a clueless and naive personality that should win over the heart of just about anyone. She’s often the victim of her own stupidity, and I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t laugh at someone bringing misfortune upon themselves when they’re trying to take over the world. The best part of it is that Ika remains as determined as ever to no avail. See the captions for the quick rundown on this one and why it had me amused throughout.

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