Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Review: Shinryaku! Ika Musume 5-8

An excellent source of entertainment this fall season has been Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Invasion! Squid Girl). A show with a lot of potential, Ika Musume is finally starting to address its weaknesses, namely making use of the supporting cast. This, among other things, are a few of the things I pointed out in my last review.

As always, this show has no real plot outside of Ika's backstory, so I'm not taking that into consideration. This is, after all, a gag series, so plot isn't exactly a priority. This set of episodes certainly emphasized character development, as we see Ika learning a bit more about the human world, with less emphasis being placed on her "invasion". As mentioned earlier, the supporting cast was integrated into the comedy a bit more than early on. My hopes are that they'll become closer to being main characters while staying supporting.

Despite the use of the supporting cast, the show is still pretty Ika-centric. I'd like for the show to move away from that, but with 4 episodes left, I'm not counting on it. The characters still feel kinda stereotypical, and the episode plots are easily deducted. However, it's getting better. Just a little bit more!

Overall, the show is improving, especially in the character development department, which isn't usually present in a gag anime. Character dev aside, the jokes feel fresh, which is a bit of a surprise, since this is a half-season show. I'm not counting on a second season, but I am finishing this one, no question.

Plot: N/A
Characters: 4/5
Episode story: 3/5
Comedy: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

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