Review: Shinryaku! Ika Musume


Anime: Shinryaku! Ika Musume
Animation Studio: Diomedea
Number of Episodes: 12
Length Per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes

When charts and such for the season had started floating around the Internet, everyone pretty much decided which shows they were going to watch from the get-go. Upon seeing the chart, I know that I and quite a few other people skipped over this show. It looked bland. It looked childish. It looked boring. I figured it was going to be yet another ‘comedy’ show that wasn’t actually all that funny.

Near the start of the season, though, I saw a few forum threads for the show where people were mentioning how funny the manga is. This wasn’t really news to me necessarily, since anime adaptations can fail in adapting humor, too. However, there were enough people saying this that I decided I may as well give the first few episodes a shot. After all, if it sucks, I can just drop it.

So then the first episode rolls around.

Oh, how wrong I had been.

Shinryaku! Ika Musume is a comedy show first and foremost. It’s about a squid girl named Ika Musume who is on a mission to invade the land and get back at all of the humans for the damage they have caused to the sea.snap2

There’s just one, very large problem. Nobody can take her seriously. She looks like some girl that’s just cosplaying. And even after people know that she really is a squid girl, she’s not exactly frightening.

When she first arrives on land, she tries to use the nearby shack restaurant as her main base of operations. The two managers, who are sisters, just take it as a joke.snap3

After her dramatic little speech, the younger sister, Eiko Aizawa, takes her out back and basically tells her to stop causing trouble and goes back into the shack. Ika Musume refuses, and follows her. Before she even realizes it though, the older sister, Chizuru Aizawa, has her working by delivering food and drinks to customers.

After she realizes what she was doing, Ika starts ranting again about taking over the world. Eiko takes her out back yet again, and tells her to stop with that kind of act.

The next thing you know, one thing leads to another, and Ika Musume uses her tentacles to smash a giant hole in the side of the shack. The sisters then essentially take her into custody by making her work to pay for the damage she caused.

At one point, she tries to get out of this by overpowering everyone, but she learns that the soft-spoken older sister may not be all sparkles and bubbles…snap5

Specifically, don’t screw with her.

And thus begins the life of a land creature for a sea creature…


Another notable character in the series is the Aizawa’s sisters’ younger brother, Takeru.snap4

When he’s in a playful mood, he likes to play along with Ika Musume’s “take over the world” act, and other times he just serves as the kid character for the main cast (well, besides Ika Musume, that is).

Another character is Sanae Nagatsuki.snap6

Don’t let her looks fool you, she is downright obsessed with Ika Musume to the point of it being just plain creepy. She’s one of the biggest sources of humor for the show, though of course not the only one.

Yet another character (last one, promise!) is Nagisa Saitou.snap7

As you can see, Nagisa is a surfer. She also ends up working for the Aizawa sisters’ shack.

She’s a unique character in that she’s the only character in the show who is deathly afraid of Ika Musume, despite all of the cutesy and non-dangerous things she sees her do. It leads to quite a few humorous situations.

There are more characters, but these were just a few of the more prominent characters.


Each episode of the show is split into three different episodes (which I will refer to as ‘chapters’, for the sake of clarity), all of which usually deal with a completely different plotline. The show is a comedy, after all, so it doesn’t need an overarching plot.

However, there is one thing that absolutely must be addressed.snap8

This chapter. This damn chapter. While still pretty funny, this chapter focused more on emotions rather than humor. Especially the ending.

I fucking cried like a bitch. I’m not even ashamed to admit it, because virtually everyone else who saw this had the same reaction. There’s no way in hell I’m going to spoil it, but be sure to have your tissues ready. This 7-9 minute chapter had more of an effect on me and everyone else than most full-season shows could do.

The humor for the show almost reminds me of Loony Toons in that I don’t doubt that kids would find it funny, but there are also plenty of moments (or the same moments) that will make more mature viewers laugh. Sometimes this is due to how extreme the actions of the characters can be at points, sometimes it’s due to Ika Musume’s limited knowledge of human things, etc.

Another thing that’s pretty fun to watch for is that each ending video is a little different. Usually it follows with something that was introduced in one of the chapters of the episode, but I still think it’s worth watching the whole ED for. It makes for a nice chuckle or two.

There really isn’t much more to add. The show is just plain funny, that’s all there is to it. By the end of the series, you’ll have a strong attachment to Ika Musume (the show and character) and will be sad to see it end.

And honestly, who wouldn’t watch for this?snap9

If you want some great laughs, just free your schedule and start up Shinryaku! Ika Musume.

RATING: 10 out of 10. Hoping for a second season! FUCK YES SECOND SEASON WAS ANNOUNCED.


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2 Comments on “Review: Shinryaku! Ika Musume”

  1. glothelegend says:

    I think that this post was what i needed to finally want to watch this show. I had been on the fence for a while.

    • Riyoga says:

      There’s always the off-chance that the humor won’t be to your taste, but seeing as how the show went from being an underdog to one of the most well-received shows of the season, you should be fine.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Also, I look forward to you (hopefully) blogging ISSSing about the show. Who’da thunk one of the bloggers ISSSers I follow would be the first to comment on my blog? It’s like I just got an autograph from a celebrity.

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