December 18, 2011

Squid Girl Volume 2

  Saturday night I went to a friends house and watched the second volume of Media Blasters DVD release of Squid Girl. I'd been impressed with the first volume and was curious as to whether this show would maintain its quality or flounder...I felt that the fish puns alone were likely to wear quite fin.

However, the second set is just as good if not better. Squid girl continues her career as a seaside noodle shop waitress while plotting (occasionally) to conquer the surface world and liberate the seas from pollution. Along the way she has to deal with making friends, creepy fan-girls, art appreciation and bears. The show is a schizoprenic mash-up of a sitcom, Looney Tunes sketch comedy and Mad Magazine, yet it all works surprisingly well. The show drifts between the sentimental and the hilarious.  I laughed so hard at one point I nearly pulled a mussel.

One theme of the show really speaks to me. Even if one is stuck in a dead end service job and is stymied by the demands of provincial  academics who look down at you, your beliefs and your goals like you are some sort of alien....


"Help.Meeeee."

...you can still take what life gives you and make the best of it.


I really enjoyed this show and I highly recommend it. Go out, buy it, gift it. As I type this you have six days till Christmas.
 

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