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When Things Go SPLAT: A Blatch Review Special (now at v2!)
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  • King Of the Hill Banned
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    It's back!

    For anyone who didn't venture to the Other Anime folder while it was active, I decided to do a thread which contained a special series of reviews/personal recaps based on my enjoyment of the anime series Shinryaku! Ika Musume, which pretty much everyone knows as Squid Girl. This was done because Splatoon received a costume modeled after the show's central character as a piece of free DLC.

    I already recapped the first seven episodes on the old forum... but unfortunately, the promised Lithium backup isn't working right now (and it has only barely worked since these new forums went up), so you can find a link to the older stuff right over here. This thread will be starting off from Episode 8 and going forward into the not-too-distant future, with Season 2 and the OVAs included assuming that I can get to them. Basically, you should expect the first review to come out around Next Sunday, AD.

    For the purposes of advanced archiving, and just in case you're too lazy to click on the enclosed linkage, here is a listing of content ratings for all the episodes I have covered thus far:

    • Season 1, Episode 1: "How About an Inkvasion?" / "Aren't We Brothers in Arms?" / "Who's the Mightiest Squid of All?" (TV-PGV)
    • Season 1, Episode 2: "Aren't We Squids of a Feather?" / "Consquidilations?" / "Want to Swim Out and Play?" (TV-PG)
    • Season 1, Episode 3: "Aren't You a Scaredisquid?" / "Isn't That a Squid's Natural Enemy?" / "Who's the New Fish?" (TV-PG)
    • Season 1, Episode 4: "Want to Buy Somefin?" / "Care to Come Aboard?" / "That's So Fishy It's Fake" (TV-PGL)
    • Season 1, Episode 5: "Are You From Planet Calamari?" / "Want To Join a New School of Fish?" / "Who Wouldn't Want a Pet Squid" (TV-PG)
    • Season 1, Episode 6: "What's a Squid Doing in a Hero Show?" / "Is Studying For The Fish?" / "Is This Gilly Love?" (TV-PGV)
    • Season 1, Episode 7: "Is Somesquid After Me?" / "Why Don't We Inkvestigate?" / "Can I Inkterest You In a Job?" (TV-PGD)

    [special features not rated]

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  • Toonami
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    Nice to see this back, can't wait for more ratings.

    Now that I think about it, maybe I should make a revival of my content ratings thread from way back. Plus it'd be neat seeing IB react to it.

    The only thing worse than maggots who want HxH removed based on personal preference are maggots who betray a show they love just because its ratings aren't to their liking. Also Ayumu.

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  • King Of the Hill Banned
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    Season 1, Episode 8: "Who's a Sick Cephalopod?" / "Is That A New Agility?" / "Shouldn't You Jet an Umbrella?"

    So, in case you haven't heard... Squid Girl is over. The original manga ended back in February. While I have no idea about what the actual ending is, I can only assume that it involved the global flooding and mass human extinction of the world.

    https://twitter.com/Weekly_Champion/status/702731010853597185?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

    However, if this picture is to be taken as true, Squiddy did finally gross enough money to rebuild the wall.

    [we'll begin looking at this new episode after a line break]

    MAIN REVIEW:

    Now, let's get on with the current issue... in the first part of Squid Girl's eighth anime episode, Squiddy herself is very sick, and nobody can figure out why that is. They try all sorts of remedies on her, with most of them being comical in nature, but none seem to work out. However, Eiko thinks that Squid Girl is doing this to get off of work, so she (Squid Girl) pops a confession. Among various other symptoms, it is revealed that Squiddy is dying... of a hunger for shrimp. Of course, she's only doing this so she can have all of the delicious shrimp, and she won't budge under any other circumstances, so Eiko decides to bring out the heavy artillery, and thus, we see the return of Sanae and her slooty shrimp costume. It's just as creepy as the first time she used it, and this time she makes sure to up the ante with full-on physical violence against the fair Squiddy, and this continues even after Ika (as in, Squiddy) starts feeling better again.

    This segment continues the job of flaunting Squid Girl's propensity for rapid-fire comedy. I also like the way the show doubles down on the sociopathy if only because it allows for more interesting content ratings! There isn't a whole lot to criticize about the show's current situation, save for the application of some sub-par animation. Really, I should have the Blu-ray of this show so I can breathe and dream in HD.

    In the second segment, Squid Girl gets a new ability! She can now... move those little flaps on her head hat, or something else. The segment doesn't have a built-in storyline, as it mainly revolves around... building sandcastles? It's pretty bizarre, especially when you have one kid who keeps calling Squid Girl's creation a "poop castle". Also, Squid Girl tries to one-up the other kid's castle by making a castle that can move on its own. Really, none of this has anything to do with any other plot point. Couldn't they have come up with any way to tie everything together? What happened here? I have no idea. There's not a whole lot of interesting to go around.

    The third segment takes another dive into PRETENTIOUS ART ANIME TERRITORY! Oh shit... hold on to your diapers, babies, because we're goin' in.

    It's a rainy day, and Squid Girl wants to accompany Eiko to the store. Squiddy gets her own personal umbrella for whatever reason... seriously, if she can swim underwater in her clothes, why doesn't she just go out in the rain unshielded? But it doesn't matter, because this is the show that will make you cry over the fate of an inanimate object.

    After being spooked by the umbrellas of the people and the strange powers they happen to possess (the umbrellas, not the people), Squid Girl stays outside and plays with her own vessel for a few minutes. It seems beyond the point for Eiko to not let her in after accompanying her all the way to the place. Maybe it was because she didn't want everyone to freak out with Squiddy running around? Either way, this is an anime, so such strange occurrences should be perfectly normal everywhere. Of course, this doesn't help at all, as Squid Girl makes herself look like a major fool in front of everyone in attendance. Squiddy imagines her umbrella as a weapon of death, using it to destroy Eiko in her rarely seen robot form. Of course, it's just a regular umbrella, and not one of those special umbrellas from Kingsman: The Secret Service, so it seems rather lame. Meanwhile, back in the real anime world, she uses her umbrella to deflect rain, spin a can on the air, and do other various stupid shit, up until the part where it gets destroyed by a truck.

    I mean, holy shit... dude, that's going too far. Squid Girl seemed genuinely crushed about it, and so was I. That truck driver killed her umbrella, and he was probably the same one that ran over Brian, too! Shame on him! Squid Girl goes home with Eiko (who, mind you, never saw anything of that tragic nature happen for real) using her umbrella. Man, wasn't that a beautiful segment? It isn't as amazing as "Who Wouldn't Want a Pet Squid" from Episode 5, but it's up there.

    Stray observations:

    • SQUID PUN #612: "Are you making fin of me?"
    • PERFECTLY CROMULENT SQUID WORD: "I think... I might have a case of Squidininmulgobong disease."
    • What the heck is that?
    • Ending credits: Squid Girl uses her broken umbrella to (almost) block out the rain.
    • Eiko: "Sanae... I never would have thought that you were so awesome[-sauce]."
    • Here is a reaction face...
    • ...and here is another.
    • The "poop castle" dude's father looks like the stereotypical anime salaryman.
    • Squid Girl's castle was supposedly manipulated by her "twitchy things", but it was actually her tentacles that did the major work.
    • The local supermarket in town was/presumably still is called Oda 9, so it must sell heavy-duty tissues for whenever you want to go full Moose all over your favorite show.
    • You know, I think there's a lot of potential to be had in a segment where Squid Girl visits the local department store.
    • ...?
    • MNET AMERICA SCOUTING REPORT: Three of the VAs from this show voice the idols from Love Live!. Sanae is Hanayo (Xanthe Huynh), Nagisa is Kotori (Cristina Vee), and, in a rather awkward inversion, Cindy is Nozomi (Laura Post). Ironically, Squid Girl has to settle with being Yukiho, Honoka's younger sister (Christine Marie Cabanos), and a character that has not been seen yet is the voice of Erena, one of the members of A-RISE (Erica Harlacher). Virtually all of the other Love Live! girls weren't in voice acting when this dub was recorded, though I will say that Faye Mata, the VA for Rin, is something of a dead ringer for Sarah Williams.
    • Also, Gon looks a hell of a lot like Takeru.

    Content rating: TV-PGLV

    Sanae provided both halves of this episode's rating. The L came from her saying "pissed" once (as well as a use of "squid-ass" from you-know-who), and the V came from her fighting Squid Girl while in her shrimpy costume. Also, Eiko said "ass" in Part 1, the biggest sandcastle in Part 2 exploded in a profusely dramatic way, as did the EikoBot in Part 3, and we can't forget about the episode's graphic depiction of umbrella murder.

    In addition, the episode featured some nosebleeds, also from Sanae. In anime, these are typically used to denote a character being horny, though because it does not qualify as suggestive dialogue, I opted to not give the episode a D subrating on such a thing alone.

    Ratings screencap: Second commercial break, takin' place on a rainy day. Eiko doesn't seem to like that graphic, which is a common behavior.

    [and it only took me about 89 days to post it here]

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  • Toonami
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    Kinda disagree on the rating, actually. Never once have I considered a nosebleed to be "suggestive dialogue".

    The little reference to my Oreimo 9 rating was genius, though, so it balances out.

    And it's not like Eiko and Kirino are the only ones to acknowledge the ratings graphic...

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  • King Of the Hill Banned
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    Poke_Nirvash said:

    Kinda disagree on the rating, actually. Never once have I considered a nosebleed to be "suggestive dialogue".

    The little reference to my Oreimo 9 rating was genius, though, so it balances out.

    And it's not like Eiko and Kirino are the only ones to acknowledge the ratings graphic...

    I've always seen the nosebleed as a classic symbol of being horny, at least in anime. The fact that a viewer could potentially know the context of it was what influenced my decision. Don't you worry, though... I've already seen the next episode, and I can tell you that the sexual fantasies only get more grotesque from here.

    Also, speaking of your Oreimo reviews, what happened to those? I know that there's a unique situation involving the last few episodes of the first season, but the fact that you've ignored both "final" episodes as well as three additional ones after those has always peeved me.

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  • Toonami
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    Oh, they're on indefinite hold. I was actually watching Oreimo in conjunction with Sailor Moon, Initial D, and Terror in Resonance (one of my many weird watching rituals), but seeing how I'm planning on marathoning my way through the Initial Ds I've already seen sometime next month, I may get back around to Oreimo around then also.

    If it's any consolation, earlier today I updated my ratings album to give the screencaps for episodes 1 through 4 a more accurate and consistent appearance.

    [it's a start]

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  • King Of the Hill Banned
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    Season 1, Episode 9: "Want to Ring And Jet?" / "Do Mollusks Wear Make-up?" / "Aren't You Armed With a Secret Weapon?"

    MAIN REVIEW:

    To start this episode off, this show's stable of characters manages to somehow get even larger with the introduction of a girl who was the victim of a ding dong ditch. Yes, this is seriously what passes for a plot in the series. Of course, considering that the original manga's chapters average out to a single-digit number of pages, I can let that pass me by. Takeru and the "poop castle" dude invite Squiddy for a trip to the Sakura household, which just so happens to be home to Kiyomi Sakura. Ah yes, it's the most useless name in all of anime. No non-action anime would be complete without one of them. The only resulting conflict from this is that Squid Girl is afraid of Chizuru opening her eyes if she finds out that Kiyomi is staying with her. Yeah, that's it. But Chizuru's eyes are so scary that their opening could cause the increasingly rare non-Trump-based branch of the Apocalypse, so this isn't for a stupid reason. Ultimately, Squiddy rests, and the girl voiced by Carrie Savage is left to her own devices. I'll rest easy in knowing that she isn't a Flameheart.

    There's not much to say about the second segment. Squid Girl experiments with makeup and gets some tribal paint permanently attatched to her face. Yup... that's a boondoggle, all right. Of course, it also allows Takeru to enjoy crossdressing, so why not include it in the episode?

    In the third segment... and this is probably the part of the review where I'll have to look back at my .MKV copy from the netbook, so hang on for a moment... oh, okay. Here we go... so yeah, it's about Cindy wanting to go after Squid Girl (again), and then Sanae gets all defensive and masochistic towards Squid Girl. The three scientists arrive with an arsenal of weapons to finally exterminate Ika Musume*, and this includes an invisibility gun, which can... um, turn a watermelon invisible. Unfortunately, it never dawns on the scientists that its statute of use might not be safe for humans. For that matter, how can you make something un-invisible? So, in the end, they just decide to turn the entire Lemon Beach House into a wonderful shade of translucent. As a result of this, Chizuru gets pissed off, so all of the scientists lose their clothes, and this exposes their asses.

    Apparently, they would eventually manage to change it back, but that was only seen as part of a "stinger" panel in the original manga, and no explanation was given for it. Maybe using the gun a second time will turn something back to normal?

    Stray observations:

    • Why has it not occurred to me until now that I've been spelling Chizuru's name wrong? I've always misread the first U as another I. That has got to change.
    • THIS WEEK IN SQUID PUNS: "I could tell by her face she was kraken pissed."
    • Ending credits: Kiyomi just stands there with Squid Girl.
    • So are you sure you haven't watched Ladies versus Butlers! yet? In some ways, it's actual porn.
    • Would you prefer to play Stocking Fighter IV (with Squid Girl's favorite character... Mr. Yoga) or Hedgehog Kart?
    • There's a lot going on in this screenshot. We have a look at Stocking Fighter IV's title screen, a cameo from the animation company, and, most importantly of all, Eiko's evil face of evility.
    • I am really surprised Kiyomi never got a schoolgirl fanservice shot. Then again, I'm also surprised that I've never seen a fat person eating Wheat Thins, so it all works out.
    • Gentlemen... BEHOLD! In case you aren't viewing the post while this image is my avatar, here you go... in your nightmares.
    • The second segment's most surreal gag is probably the one that also references crossdressing in a different instance, as well as a quick shot of visual kei. How the hell would any of the show's probable target audience know about those things? Also, it makes me really tempted to talk about my target for content ratings, even if it won't be a good one to rate... honestly, if that one guy's "Review Challenge" thread was still around, I'd love to do it for that.
    • Also in the second segment: ladies with NYC accents! Of course, it doesn't really make sense unless you can actually hear them, but it might be a little hard to rip audio directly from the episode. Media Blasters can probably get away with that because of their home-field advantage.
    • (the asterisk is for Squid Girl's untranslated Japanese name)
    • Grrrr why does Cindy have Eli's body but Nozomi's voice, because it makes doesn't all at sense.
    • Clark: "This natural light burns me."
    • Harris: "Our inventions have never been flawed, except for that one time!"
    • FYI, and this is actually serious: don't expect any political jokes in these content ratings threads, at least if I'm reviewing the shows. You're already seeing so many jokes about Drumpf Reginald Sr. taking over the status of "God Emperor of America" and causing Waluigi's Night to end the donut steel rule over the world, but that shit is actually a genuinely serious and pressing matter, and it can be depressing to think about. Let's not focus on our awful future and instead concentrate on the positives, which include... well, I'm still here, and Otasuke Miko Miko-chan managed to last for 10 chapters before its host magazine suspended publication, so... uh, GODDAMNIT! Why do I even talk about this crap? I will always be sad about that, especially since its mangaka is now doing a stupid Kantai Collection manga in some decrepit magazine. :_;
    • Seriously, I loved that crossdresser. And that Fuu. He (yes, he) might be the best one.

    Content rating: TV-PGDLSV

    Now this is what I'm talking about! This episode has chiseled into company shared by episodes of Blue Exorcist, Bob's Burgers, King of the Hill (but [adult swim] no longer airs any of the requisite episodes), Neon Genesis Evangelion, and The PJs (which is now on Fuse) for such a rare mark.

    The suggestive dialogue was the most intense part, perhaps so as to make up for Poke not really believing in the last episode's rating. In the third segment, Sanae pictured Squid Girl having suggestive fantasies with Eiko, and that included them sleeping in bed together. Sanae also had her own rosey take on being tied up (BDSM for the win, yo!) and getting directly inked on by Squiddy, which can almost certainly have some sexual connotations. The word "pervert" was directly used several times to describe the scientists'... erm, rather scientific fetishes, and, of course, there was a nosebleed. It was from Sanae, as usual.

    As for the other subratings, the L came from Squid Girl's prior usage of "pissed", and the S came from seeing the asscracks of the three scientists after they experienced Chizuru's wrath. The V was ultimately a pure toss-up, since a lot of the violence was comedic and slapstick in nature yet again, but Squid Girl getting kicked around as a result of Kiyomi's visit, both Sanae and Cindy getting violently dropped into the ocean, and a flashback to the first episode (when Chizuru chopped off Squiddy's tentacles) sent me leaning towards including it, as did scenes of the scientists pointing the gun at one another and Squid Girl. And seeing Squiddy hold up Clark at his neck with her tentacles while he said he couldn't breathe... well, that pushed it over the edge.

    Hats off to you, Squid Girl... actually, nevermind, because you'll die! Still, I appreciate the interesting work.

    Ratings screencap: From the first commercial break, and surprisingly, Eiko isn't in this one. Instead, it is of Squid Girl being absolutely flummoxed by a stick of lips.

    [trap manga is godly]

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  • Toonami
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    Nice rating. Yes, TV-PGDLSV is a rare rating indeed, even with all the shows I've rated. My current logs only have five episodes with that rating, and here they are.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion #8 - Asuka Strikes! ([adult swim] broadcast)
    Gurren Lagann #1 - Bust Through the Heavens With Your Drill! (personal edit from 2010)
    Guilty Crown #7 - temptation (personal edit from 2011)
    Mawaru Penguindrum #6 - You and I Are Bound by M (also personal edit from 2011)
    Blue Exorcist #12 - A Game of Tag (Toonami broadcast)

    And that last one was in mid-2014. Who knows when the next one will randomly pop up?

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  • King Of the Hill Banned
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    Blue Exorcist's article is the only one out of the five that I'm familiar with.

    It really sucks that [adult swim] no longer plays the first two seasons (and "Death of a Propane Salesman") of King of the Hill, because "The Company Man" and "Leanne's Saga" (not to be confused with "Luanne's Saga") both have TV-PGDLSV ratings, but not any others in the entire series.

    [I should buy the DVDs]

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    Season 1, Episode 10: "Rain, Rain, Gill Away?" / "Maybe She Inks You're Annoying?" / "How's Your Throwing Arm?"

    MAIN REVIEW:

    Wow, I'm on the home stretch of Squid Girl's first season. Time may change me (and my reviewing style), but I can't trace this show.

    This episode is interesting because it highlights the major positives and negatives of having a show with such short stories. Case in point: in the first segment, it's raining again, but nobody is going out. Takeru wants to make a youkai-like doll known as a "teru teru bōzu", which apparently has the power to change the weather. However, his drawing session with Squid Girl turns into an excuse for her to draw pictures of various people she knows. They're all done in dramatically different styles, so perhaps it just goes to show that Squid Girl is a great artist? Unfortunately, she can't draw good teru teru bōzu faces, mainly because she feels their pain. After several failed attempts, she decides to become one of the spirits herself by putting on a bedsheet, and in the process, she scares the f**k out of Takeru, causing him to... well, he pisses in his bed. I'm not kidding. It was quite an accomplishment for the story to feel longer than the standard 7-minute chunk, mainly because of how it juggled two major plot points and/or persons of interest at once, though I could have done without the challenge pissing.

    However, after that segment comes one that isn't particularly strong, and it's mainly because of its length. It's another Sanae-centric effort, and this time, Eiko finally puts her foot down in regards to letting a significantly Squiddy crush be a thing. Soon enough, Sanae decides to go cold turkey and completely swear off of Squid Girl, or at least her love for it/her. She tries praying, doing exercises, bathing under a mountain spring, and many other follies, but she can't seem to shake it off. You can probably guess where it goes from here... indeed, she starts to gloss over her collection of Squiddy's outfits from Episode 2, and she smells them, because she's really f**ked up. After that, she starts to hallucinate Squid Girl's image in all sorts of places, including on a Buddha statue. She imagines a bunch of Mini Squid Girls walking around her, as well as one climbing on her. Eventually, she deletes all of her Squiddy photos and burns the outfits in a bonfire. Aside from why the f**k would someone let a perfectly good shrine maiden uniform go to waste, this seems like the SparkNotes version of addiction and getting over it. It was kinda saddening to see Sanae look so disturbed over having to get over Squid Girl, but I couldn't bring myself to care about the story because I knew it wouldn't last for very long. Maybe if the mangaka had decided to explore this route a little further and do some "normal Sanae" stories, this could have worked, but I knew I couldn't care about what Sanae did if the plot point didn't last for more than half of an episode, let alone beyond 5 minutes. And, sure enough, once Sanae notices that Squid Girl is now talking to her normally, she immediately reboots the status quo, and the love quadratic pentangular is back on and running! Way to go, God.

    Of course, if the first segment was strong and the second was squid-assed, you would expect that the third one will end up as an all-time middle... and that's exactly what happened here. It features the return of Kiyomi after all of just over an episode, and it's about... baseball? What a coincidence! I mean, as I'm publishing this, Samurai Champloo's famous baseball episode will be on Toonami later this week, and my good friend Poke has covered (and rated) another series with a baseball episode, so this one will placate the bill very nicely. Of course, the baseball game isn't a formal event, but a practice match where Squid Girl is filling in for another student who couldn't make it. In her one shining moment, she quickly proves to be very... bad at hitting, and she isn't much better at fielding, at least in the early goings. Tanaka is the best player on the other team, and once she sees Squiddy get better at the game, she really wants her to be on her team. Of course, Kiyomi's squad still has to win, so they try to do it by activating a montage of insane catches, robbed home runs, squanchtastic steals, and an umpire who loves to say "STRIKE!". They do manage to pull it out, but it takes a missed steak from Tanaka and a fluke-y homer from Squid Girl that flies over the stadium and well above the ocean for the comeback to be completed. Of course, she would rather take her sweet time with inkvading instead of trying to usurp David Ortiz as da MVP.

    Stray observations:

    • THIS WEEK IN SQUID PUNS: Can Squid Girl use her tentacles to draw? Well, there's nofin that says she can't.
    • THIS WEEK IN SQUID EBONICS: "Baseball? You mean that thing they squid on TV from time to time?"
    • Ending credits: Many Mini Squid Girls appear and walk in a straight line. This is like Episode 5's ending, but our regular-sized Squid Girl is still here. Also, at the very end, a single Mini Squid Girl appears after the others have exited the screen, and this one runs a lot faster.
    • In my last post, I thought that KonoSuba was a Diomedéa show. In reality, it was made by Studio DEEN, and I just so happened to confuse the two after seeing a tribute post that Squid Girl's mangaka drew of one of the main MCs. It's something pretty minor (and I've already edited the reference out), but I might as well bring it up here.
    • Takeru draws Squid Girl's face, but he remarks that it looks too much like a cartoon. LOL.
    • If you want a proxy for the second segment, just imagine Sachi being forced to get over her sweet affinity for the cold embraces of death... or, alternatively, Hanayo giving up rice balls.
    • Mmm... Squid-Buddha cleavage.
    • And now, a random shower thought-like thing I had: Sanae may have burned all of Squid Girl's outfits, but does she still have the shrimp costume?
    • The other sports team has collared uniforms, so they must be the evil ones.
    • Tanaka is definitely your stereotypical Lauren Landa character... of course, she also looks like an iDOLM@STER reject, so what do I know?
    • Has there ever been any sort of baseball game that had a triple play and a game-winning grand slam? I'd like to know. Of course, it was probably in a video game or something...
    • This is something so arbitrary that I haven't mentioned it until now, but each episode's preview is narrated by a different character. Kiyomi's reign of cuteness continued with her narrating the one for this episode. I'll probably make up a list of who said what at where in the next episode's post.

    Anthropomorphic Squid Person's Leisurely Drawing Time:

    In case you didn't think you needed it (but you actually do), here is a list of every drawing that Squid Girl was able to produce.

    • Chizuru: A demon, perhaps not coincidentally resembling Noh Mask Rider Hannya.
    • Eiko: A robot, definitely not coincidentally like the one Squid Girl's umbrella destroyed back in Episode 8.
    • Takeru: A normal person, albeit aggressively Japanese.
    • Goro: A swimming cap... and only a swimming cap. She doesn't have much of an opinion of him.
    • Nagisa: A guardian angel.
    • Sanae: ...OF THE DEAD!
    • Harris/Clark/Martin: They look really weird, like if they were the non-existent(...?) vampires(?) from Tribe Cool Crew(!?), but it was directed by George Miller, and it was back when he was working on the Happy Feet movies and all of that cool shit. Seriously, who could have imagined that this particular guy known mostly for his experience with talking animals (because he also helped create Babe) would go on to direct one of the single best slam-bang oh-my-god action-packed we'll-sell-you-the-whole-seat-but-you'll-only-need-the-edge blockbuster movies of the current decade?
    • Cindy: Alucard... probably.
    • Squiddy's self-portrait: An inkvasion-ready engine of destruction!

    Content rating: TV-PGV

    The first segment had some surprisingly dark humor. I mean, the big running gag was Squiddy imagining the spirits as having hung themselves, and she even came close to a self-hanging. Of course, that wasn't where the violence came from. All of that schlock was reserved for the second segment, which was exceedingly graphic in showing Sanae getting nosebleeds after being clobbered by Squiddy. Seriously, I saw near-ecchi comedy levels of blood coming out of her nose. Also, the third segment had a light amount of sports violence.

    Ratings screencap: Honestly, this episode was a tough one to get a good picture from. The second segment had a really good shot of Sanae getting clobbered by Squid Girl where a comical amount of blood came out, but it happened after 16 seconds had passed. I ended up going with the third segment, meaning that the utilized shot comes after the second commercial break. Both Squid Girl and Kiyomi have their backs turned to the camera, and they're very concerned about a multitude of things.

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  • Toonami
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    Technically haven't finished Charlotte yet, but the shout-out is very much appreciated, as always.

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    Poke_Nirvash said:

    Technically haven't finished Charlotte yet, but the shout-out is very much appreciated, as always.

    Well, I used a vague tense.

    Of course, that's another show I'd like to see you come back to. Of course, you can take as much time as you'll ever need for these shows.

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    I hoped this would be a thread about making things go splat, and then reviewing how well they splat. Inspired by Zorak.

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    howling_wind said:

    I hoped this would be a thread about making things go splat, and then reviewing how well they splat. Inspired by Zorak.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLQ3NMHVKzc

    Actually, that isn't a bad idea. I'd at least rather use the thread for that as opposed to really old episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

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    Season 1, Episode 11: "Why Is the Doll So Fishy?" / "Why So Susfishous?" / "Want To Gill Up the Mountain?"

    MAIN REVIEW:

    First of all, let me get one major thing out of the way... yes, the first segment revolves around two dolls named Johnny and Depp. However, I have no idea if their "boyfriend and girlfriend" relationship is an abusive one. Let's move on.

    So yeah. In the episode's first segment, Squid Girl takes another stab at the horror genre. This time, the provided tale is about some dolls Eiko had when she was a loli. She used to love Depp (the boy doll), but she was always annoyed when he would automatically turn to face Johnny (the girl doll, in some wonderful irony). Therefore, she decided to hide Johnny in a place where she would never be found. Unfortunately, this causes Depp to face Squid Girl at the start of each day, as he looks for a love that could never be joked about in a most peculiar way... and the stars look very different today. For here... Squiddy is floating in a tin can... of emotion. And... you know, the rest of the song lyrics.

    Eventually, Eiko (and Sanae, who shows up for no good reason) find Johnny, but many years of living in a shed have reduced her to a face of broken dreams and broken-er electronics. In the end, Eiko decides to donate both dolls to a shrine, where they can live out their indefinite lives out amongst all of the other abandoned toys... seriously, they actually have a shrine dedicated to such a concept? I suppose I wouldn't mind being its shrine maiden.

    The second segment offers up yet another recap, this time about Cindy. At this point, she has moved on to studying Chizuru, because you don't know if they might be the resident alien in da house. She gets Harris, Clark, and Martin to assist in outing the purple one, but they don't do jack shit. Harris invents an invisibility suit to use in stealing Chizuru's DNA (you know, there's probably a racist joke in there somewhere), and his actions make Squiddy think that paranormal events are occurring in the Beach House. Of course, Clark sees Harris' failure and decides to go with something genuinely effective... a fly! Unfortunately, Chizuru somehow manages to swat down the (invisible!) bloodsuckin' f**ker. With that, it's up to Martin, and his plan to get Chizuru's DNA is... to pose as a crazed fan, and yet it works. Of course, even after getting a hair sample of Chizuru, Squid Girl outs Cindy and the three other "MIT graduates" for their true actions. In the end, people get tickled, and they bow down to Chizuru... but not at the same time, of course.

    In contrast, the third segment is just Squid Girl and her crew climbing a mountain. They encounter a lot of flora and fauna along the way, but Squid Girl gets abused by the fauna. Basically, a squirrel bites her tentacle, and she gets knocked out by a cobra, but we don't see the latter event. This is a very tiring experience, but Squid Girl makes it up there in One Piece... and then she complains that her echo is mocking her. Also, Sanae (in a lovely casual dress) comes up on the cable car and actively pleads to Squid Girl that she shouldn't be ignored, so Squid Girl complains about her taking the easy way up, and some squid-flavored wrath is (almost) unleashed on some random tourists. Hooray!

    Stray observations:

    • THIS WEEK IN SQUID PUNS: "Chizuru gilly is... the ultimate threat!"
    • Ending credits: Johnny and Depp walk along the beach in their own creepy way.
    • The first segment has intentionally muted colors. This bugged my brain out when I first watched the episode (for a few moments, I thought Media Blasters screwed up in authoring the DVD), but as a purely stylistic choice, I think it works great. The composition of this show does have some genuinely memorable moments.
    • Eiko as a loli is pretty cute, you know.
    • Depp kinda looks like one of the Espers before they were experimented on.
    • In other news, I made sure to give an extra-special touch to my first non-16:9 image used for these recaps/reviews.
    • A narrator pops up at the end of the first segment to play off Johnny and Depp's story, but he's different from the one in Episodes 3 and 5.
    • Here is another reaction image for your everyday needs.
    • Ouch.
    • YOU JUST GOT WASHI WASHI'D IN RETURN, COCK-ASS MOTHERF**KER.
    • Don't you just hate it when you end up editing your post after it's sent? The big problem with these boards is that you can never erase the sign saying that it was edited, so I try to edit my posts as little as possible in order to prevent it from showing up. Unfortunately, all three of the episode reviews currently in this thread have had to go under the knife, mostly because of stupid changes. =<

    List of Squid Girl "next episode preview" characters:

    Episode 1: Squid Girl
    Episode 2: Eiko
    Episode 3: Takeru
    Episode 4: Nagisa
    Episode 5: Sanae
    Episode 6: Goro
    Episode 7: Cindy
    Episode 8: Chizuru
    Episode 9: Harris/Clark/Martin (at the same time)
    Episode 10: Kiyomi
    Episode 11: Squid Girl (again)

    (Episode 12 doesn't have a preview, but that should be obvious)

    Content rating: TV-PGDS

    Well, this episode wasn't a "Lilliputian Hitcher", but it was still rather tame. The D came from Harris joking about giving enemas to the other two scientists... seriously! It was a conspicuously minor joke, so I asked Poke for his opinion on it. Upon further review, it was deemed notable enough to earn the subrating, though such a thing probably won't ever come up again outside of porn. Meanwhile, the S was earned thanks to a flashback to two episodes ago, when the three scientists stooges lost their clothes. Yes, the cracks of their asses weren't nearly as visible this time, but in my expert opinion, it still counts. Also, Harris accidentally kicked both Clark and Martin in the balls when he made his way to the other end of the establishment, and we do see a crease in Martin's private area.

    Other than that, there was no offending content in the episode... not even a nosebleed from Sanae. The tentacle biting was the worst thing that happened to Squid Girl on the mountain, but I really want to know how badly the cobra beat her up.

    Ratings screencap: First commercial break. Apparently, those two characters sitting at a table are from Ranma ½. Also, I hope Nagisa doesn't mind being slightly cut off. I wanted Cindy to fit in the picture while not looking awkward.

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    Instead of a Liliputian Hitcher, you got a Phantom Thief.

    On a related note, the only episode of a series I rated on my own to get a TV-PGS was episode 2 of Ping Pong the Animation, thanks to a naked woman doodled on a piece of paper on Peco's desk.

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    Poke_Nirvash said:

    Instead of a Liliputian Hitcher, you got a Phantom Thief.

    Or a Luanne Virgin 2.0.

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    BONUS ROUND: Squid Girl DVD Review (Part 2)

    I've decided to do this before taking a look at Episode 12, mainly so it won't be an awkward finale.

    The second half of Media Blasters' Squid Girl release is almost identical to the first. But, for one thing, the packaging that they're using is of a much higher quality (and it's noticeably heavier), so the discs won't go jumping about in the case. The front features some nice ensemble artwork with all of the characters from Season 1 (even Kiyomi, who wasn't on the first volume's cover). Alas, the back cover does have one typo: it says that Squid Girl "faces of against Nagisa", which is admittedly just them forgetting to type a letter, so I suppose it's a passable error. I don't expect Media Blasters to be good, of course.

    The DVD menus are the same, and the second disc has the familiar selection of trailers (Queen's Blade, Moribito, and Twelve Kingdoms). This time around, the special features are two "OVA Mini-sodes" (as I have come to call them) from the Japanese home video releases. Both of them involve Mini Squid Girl, and both of them are definitely worth the price of admission... though it depends on what you'd like to pay to see them.

    In the first short, Eiko is leaving to go to school, so Mini Squiddy decides to take a nap in her bed... but she gets kicked out. It turns out that there is another Mini Squid Girl in the bed, and she wears a blackened outfit, though she's not necessarily evil. She's more mischievous than malicious. Of course, she still decides to pick a fight with the "good" Mini Squid Girl. What follows is several minutes of class warfare on a miniature scale. The dark Mini Squid Girl attacks the good one with colored pencils, a bouncy ball, a monster truck, and many rubber bands. Eventually, she flings herself too far and goes straight out the window, and straight into the path of a pack of evil dobermans. Fortunately, the good Mini Squid Girl saves her in the nick of time. They eat shrimp-flavored crisps together, and then the other Mini Squiddy departs. Aww.

    The second short focuses on Mini Squid Girl's attempt to get a tasty shrimp from the Lemon Beach House. It be a bit easier if a depraved Sanae wasn't looking to ogle her at every turn. The day is saved through the powers of some squid goddess, and she gives Mini Squiddy a well-earned power-up to grow in size and stomp all over the slooty mistress. Of course, this was part of another one of Sanae's dreams. Squid Girl would happily stomp on her if she were to find the "golden shrimp" for her to eat de geso.

    Oh, right. I forgot to mention that neither of these segments are dubbed. It's not like it matters, given that they effectively comprise 9 1/2 minutes of Hisako Kanemoto grunting in a cute way. Still, for completion's sake, it wouldn't have been bad. Apparently, Hisako also voiced the "squid god", but I wonder if the dub would have given it a different voice actress. They sound a bit like Kira Buckland to me.

    I'm not assigning content ratings to either segment, but they're kind of tame. There was a lot of mayhem to go around for everyone involved, especially in the second short, where Sanae ran like hell through the entire establishment as food spilled on her and Nagisa fell over as a result of the chaos. On the other hand, I did spot a slightly naked woman in the background of a particular shot. It's not graphic, but her bikini doesn't fit that well, so you can see an outline of her boobie. I suppose I'd assign a rating of TV-PGSV to the segment for that.

    In the end, I liked this DVD, but there's one notable thing about it that I don't approve of: the lack of clean EDs. Media Blasters supplied clean versions of the endings for Episodes 1-6 on the first volume, but 7-12 never got their fair share. This is particularly notable for Episode 12, which has a special ED featuring entirely different animation to mark the end of the season, and yet there isn't any textless version of it that I can find. What's up with that? Of course, no matter what happens in the future, I'll be talking about that special edition soon enough...

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    At last, the final episode is mine!

    Season 1, Episode 12: "Anysquid Up For a Game?" / "We're In Squid Trouble" / "We're In Even Squidder Trouble"

    MAIN REVIEW:

    Due to the way this episode is set up, the first segment feels like filler, but it's a lot more than that. Squid Girl really wants a 3D TV (man, this show got dated really fast), but she has to enter a beach volleyball tournament and win in order to get it. So, naturally, she partners up with Eiko. The rest of the segment consists of wacky volleyball matches, with tons of violence, unexpected virtue, and swimsuits. Also, there are a ton of continuity references to earlier in the series, up to and including having the girl from the Hero Show in Episode 6 be the emcee for the tournament. Eventually, Squid Girl and Eiko get to the final match, where the Life Savers are waiting for them. It takes some assistance from "Eiko" (a.k.a. Noh Mask Rider Hannya, a.k.a. Chizuru) for Squiddy to win the resulting battle, but hey... she does! And then the 3D TV turns out to be a massive letdown. Yay.

    So with that out of the way, let's get to the gravy. In the final two segments of Season 1, Squid Girl loses her powers. Her tentacles can no longer move, she can't spit squid ink, her luminescence doesn't work, and she can't even move the flaps on her hat. Eventually, she decides she is nothing more than a squid gijinka cosplayer. Well, it's Eiko making the assumption, but whatever. The three MIT graduates think it's atrophy, but I can't think of any possible situation where Squid Girl would lose so much power so quickly. Ultimately, she decides to go back to the ocean in order to try and chase that moment ring (that's for μ's, dumbass!) of clarity, and everyone has her back. Eiko thinks that it's all just a ruse, so she eagerly anticipates Squid Girl's return...

    ...but it never comes. Everyone is sad at the concept of Squid Girl not returning to the Lemon Beach House. Of course, they all have nothing better to do than to live their love lives. Eiko and Chizuru close the Lemon Beach House for the season and take some time at home. Goro stays in shape, while Sanae and Kiyomi each enjoy their own pursuits, mostly walking (or walking their dog). Harris and Clark both become depressed and gain weight, while Martin actually starts to look normal for a change. Takeru takes in the cherry blossoms, and he does so with a wistful urge. Everything seems to be coming in a wrapper of chocolatey fudge-coated nihilism...

    ...and then the third segment starts. When "We're In Even Squidder Trouble" shows up without anybody to narrate it, you're like "oooooooh F**K, is shit gonna get real up in this bitch?" and I'm like "Whatever, bro... now I have no possible way to end this paragraph without an awkward punctuation shift!"

    So Squid Girl does return, but she has cut her hair. It now resembles Eiko's to an extent. Life has basically resumed like normal at the Beach House, though Squiddy is now more limited in her abilities. Also, she ends sentences by saying "...you know?", which is just strange. Takeru doesn't like the "new" Squid Girl Mk. II (whom I like to call "Weird Squiddy"), and it reflects poorly on everyone else but Cindy (since they both dream of conquering the cosmos together). As she is sitting down by the beach, Weird Squiddy meets a peculiar fellow. Basically, she looks like a more professional Umaru with a painter's beret, and I really like her dress. She tells Weird Squiddy that she isn't alone in the world... whatever that means. Squiddy ponders this as she goes for a swim with Eiko. Meanwhile, the three scientists have built a machine that will allow them to study the oceans, because they want to find the source of Squid Girl's ancestry. Unfortunately, all it does is f**k up the beach, making really huge waves in the process, and Eiko gets swept under. She starts to drown. In the process, Weird Squiddy tries to save her... and she grows her tentacles back! In something resembling a super mode, she quickly grapples Eiko and emerges from the water, gliding through the air (a.k.a. "falling with style") as she makes her way to shore.

    Shortly after this, she captures the three scientists and makes them swear for forgiveness. Maybe their apology is squid-assed, but at least everything's back to normal now! I couldn't be happier about that. This brings Squid Girl's tumultuous first season to an end.

    Stray observations:

    • THIS WEEK IN... SQUID PUNS?: "The surface and humanity are short-sighted goals, you know. I intend to become the supreme ruler of the entire cosmos, you know."
    • List of teams competing in the beach volleyball tournament: Squiddy/Eiko[/Chizuru in disguise], Yuuta (the "poop castle" dude)/Takeru, Cindy/Sanae, Harris/Clark/Martin (nothing is impossible when you have three on a team!), Nagisa (who basically forfeits the match because of Squiddy's presence)/Kiyomi (who doesn't care), Southern Winds Beach House owner/Ayumi (with a brand-new Squid Girl head, but it comes out of nowhere), and Goro/Isozaki (the other Life Saver... I'm not even sure who his VA is, since it wasn't listed in the credits).
    • Among the deluge of references in this combined episode is that Takeru throws a killer whale at Weird Squiddy in order to get her to act like a normal Squid Girl again... but it doesn't work.
    • I should probably mention that the name of the "professional Umaru" is Kozue, and she is supposedly an "octopus girl", though it doesn't seem obvious by looking at her. If I somehow manage to get to the end of Season 2, she'll show up again.

    More stray (stray-er?) observations:

    • Ending credits: Like I said in my review of the DVD, Episode 12's ending is all different. It shows shots of the Lemon Beach House and Squid Girl working in it, as well some snaps of various other places around town. We see Kiyomi's unnamed friends sitting at a table, Squiddy and her crew walking in the rain (and she has a new umbrella!), the group playing baseball together (with Squiddy's hit leading to a downed Goro), the Southern Winds dude trying out even more new Squiddy heads for Ayumi to wear (one looks like a dog, another is a weird kabuki-looking thing, and the last one is a Buddha), a scene with Kozue, and it eventually goes to Squid Girl and everyone else in kimonos (previously only seen in the OP) at a festival (and Chizuru has a ponytail, and I don't think that ever showed up in the anime). For the very last shot, it shows Squiddy looking into the ocean as usual, but then she turns to face the camera as she runs into it. With that, the screen fades to black.
    • ONE MORE PUN FOR THE ROAD: "There can be abso-squidly no doubt about it! I am the mightiest thing the seas or the surface has ever seen! Ahahahahahahaha! Ahahahahahaha! Ahahahahahahaha~"
    • Eiko: "Stop being SO KRAKEN--[slaps Squiddy]--COCKY!"
    • That'll do, Squid. That'll do.

    Content rating: TV-PGV

    Now this is how you bring it all full circle.

    Obviously, there was violence in this episode. So much violence. Seriously, the only thing keeping this episode from a TV-14V (and therefore the all-time favorite rating of a certain special someone) was that there wasn't any brutal dismemberments. There were sports violence, slapstick violence, epic martial arts moves, gigantic explosions, and an oceanic tidal wave for the ages. However, the only blood in the entire episode was from Sanae, when she got brutally pummeled by Squid Girl.

    This show has gelled, and this episode really showed it. Compared to the first episode, which only got its rating thanks to Chizuru mutilating Squiddy's tentacles, the difference is clear.

    Ratings screencaps: Owing to its importance, I've decided to do multiple shots for this episode. The first commercial break shows off just another day at the Lemon Beach House (and Nagisa still has issues with the rating), while the second commercial break is the first non-standard episode title reveal in the series (and the second one without Squid Girl's voice, after "Who Wouldn't Want A Pet Squid").

    Also, here is a bonus screencap for the blanket rating of Season 1, done over the title sequence, since I would otherwise never post a screencap of that.

    Final thoughts:

    Squid Girl is a really good show, and overall, I've really enjoyed my rewatch of its first season. I've always loved the antics that Squiddy and her friends carried out over the course of the 12 episodes provided, and I must say that the dub makes her more tolerable. I much prefer the blend of ocean-themed puns to having to hear "de geso" seemingly every 10 seconds. I've listened to spots of the sub while preparing each review, and I feel as if I can potentially get through it, but it won't be anywhere near the same experience as having Christine Marie Cabanos (and whoever Heather Pennington's replacement is... personally, I'm betting on Erica Mendez) serenade me into a stupor. Meanwhile, the plots are cliche, but they're 100% fun, and I've really looked forward to see how many narrative twists and turns they can fit into each segment. Some negatives for the show are its unremarkable animation and relative lack of substance, though the latter certainly hasn't stopped me from finding so much to say about it. Of course, it helps that I can go on for hours about something I genuinely enjoy.

    I would give the show, at least for the first season, an 8/10. It's a great anime for when you just want to sit back and be entertained, and it's an especially fun watch in the winter months, when all the days you could be spending at a beach house are far away.

    Now, for the record, I do plan on continuing this saga. However, I just graduated from high school earlier today (technically yesterday as of when this post was published), so I'll be focusing on some IRL stuff for a while, mostly the ones involving college. Also, I want to burn through a few other anime/miscellaneous TV shows in my backlog (I already am for one in particular), and I might make content ratings screencaps for a few of them, so be on high alert for such things. Basically, you should plan on meeting me back here around... eh, let's go with the Fourth of July, which is kind of a special day for me in my anime watching history (though not for any reason relating to Squid Girl).

    In the meantime, I think I'm all squidded out. I'll have to take some time off so the waves of the sea can wash all over my brain.

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    Ooh, I like the bonus screencap. I should probably do one for one of my own shows sometime.

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    Uh... and now I've had to edit the posts for the last two episodes.

    I mainly feel guilty for not knowing the requisite thing in AKIRA until the translation notes for a volume of WataMote (yes, really) pointed it out for me.

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