Today is a rarity for two reasons. First off, I went and watched a highly anticipated movie, Captain America, BEFORE Arleigh went and saw it. Since live action stuff isn’t the sort of thing I care to review, I have no intentions of doing so here (probably obvious by the title) but it is a very good movie and people should go watch. Secondly, I’m actually making a post! Yes, I am still a contributor to this site, I’m just not a very dedicated one. But today, I submit before you all that if you have not yet seen the awesomeness that is Ika Musume, then you have just been missing out on one of the best anime of 2010.
The basic premise goes as such. Ika Musume, or Squid Girl (the name given to her in English adaptations, which is what her name translates to, but I just prefer Ika Musume) comes to land to punish humans for their constant polluting of the oceans. Now, people that know me know how much of an anti-environmentalist I am, so even though this sounds like enviro-hippie bullcrap, needless to say things do not go exactly as planned. First off, she’s far too adorable to be taken seriously as a conqueror. You tell me, would you at all fear this?
Of course you can’t, and of all the people she meets, only one person actually takes her threat seriously. Because no one other than that one girl seems to be at all bothered that there is an anthropomorphic squid in their midst. In fact, Ika Musume surfaces and subsequently tries to invade a beach house run by three siblings, Eiko, her older sister Chizuru, and their younger brother Takeru who instead of being fearful of her immediately put her to work to repair damage that she did to their restaurant. And Ika Musume doesn’t seem capable of staying on track for very long, because she almost immediately agrees and gets to work! Her talents are immediately apparent, as she is able to carry 8 dishes or drinks at a time with her tentacles, and she also can produce plenty of squid ink, which is used to season spaghetti noodles. I don’t know if that’s a Japanese specialty, or if that’s eaten in other cultures, but it’s apparently a hot seller there.
But eventually, Ika Musume does remember that her goal is to subjugate all of humanity. So, what keeps her in check? Ika Musume makes the mistake of threatening Eiko and Takeru, taking them hostage with her tentacles, and the normally mild mannered Chizuru shows a side you rarely see, where she becomes a combat specialist that would be the envy of any Navy SEAL. Needless to say, after being shown that her life could be snuffed out in an instant, whenever Chizuru detects any rebellion out of Ika Musume, a simple glare is enough to set her back on track.
One thing that Ika Musume is very well known for is her distinctive speech pattern. Long time anime veterans are likely familiar with characters having character specific traits. In Kanon it was Ayu and her “uguu”. In Rozen Maiden it was Suiseiseki and her “desu”. Ika Musume brings the very appropriate “de geso” as the ending to almost all her sentences. Geso literally translates to “arms of squid as food”, so you can see how it appropriate it is for her. But me telling you about it just isn’t the same as experiencing it yourself, so without further ado, here is Ika Musume in all her de geso goodness.
I don’t know about all of you, but this is one invader that I’d welcome with open arms. Thankfully, she’ll be back again when the second season begins airing this fall. It can’t come a moment too soon for me de geso.