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Shinryaku! Ika Musume

Alt titles: Squid Girl

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Incensed at the damage done to the sea and its wildlife at the the hands of humanity, Squid Girl rises from the depths of the ocean to enslave humanity! Her mission proves more difficult than it first seems, however, when she gets dragooned into working at the Aizawa beach restaurant. Will the easily distracted, blissfully ignorant, and slightly thick Ika-Musume convert her managers' humble house into her base? Will she use the power of her mighty tentacles to bring all of humanity to heel? Or will she at least learn how to properly wait tables?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Shinryaku! Ika Musume Specials DVD Special 2011 TBD
Shinryaku!? Ika Musume TV 2011 Sequel
Shinryaku! Ika Musume: Ika Ice Tabena-ika? Music Video 2011 TBD
Shinryaku! Ika Musume OVA OVA 2012 TBD
Shinryaku! Ika Musume: Kore ga Umi e no Ai Janaika! Music Video 2012 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Shinryaku! Ika Musume 2007 Original Manga
Name Role
Masakazu ISHIKAWA Character Design
Tsutomu MIZUSHIMA Director
Tomoki KIKUYA Music
Masahiro ANBE Original Manga Creator
Tatsuya ISHIGURO Producer
Katsumi KOIKE Producer
Kentarou KURAMOTO Producer

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Shinryaku! Ika Musume ThePatches 7.5/10 Mar 3, 2011
Squid Girl ThePatches 7.5/10 Mar 3, 2011

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Shinryaku! Ika Musume CaptainSlow 9/10 Jul 24, 2013
Squid Girl CaptainSlow 9/10 Jul 24, 2013
Squid Girl MAK2Hybrid 9/10 Jul 21, 2013
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As the mighty star fleet of the planet Keron prepare their invasion of Earth, Sergeant Keroro and his elite team of commandos have been sent to infiltrate the enemy strongholds and gather as much intelligence as possible. However, it seems even his extensive military training is no match for the forces of Earth, as he is discovered and captured by the two middle school siblings, Fuyuki and Natsumi. Submitted to the rigorous torture of housework duty, the amphibious Keroro must now bide his time, covertly locate his squad-mates, and resume his mission of conquest!


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The cute adventures of metally adept invaders who are kept in check by the first family they come across. All in bite sized episodes


These series remind me of each other as they deal with adorable, non-threatening lead characters that seek to take over Earth. They both appear to fit in with the humans they end up subject to, while secretly never giving up on their goal of world domination.


Same laughter, same intentions for the main character: WORLD DOMINATION, same hillarious antics, only different species. Nuff said.


Both Shinryaku! Ika Musume and Sergeant Frog are about two supposed invaders who don't really do much invading. As incompetent as Ika Musume and Sergeant Keroro are in achieving their invasion goals, they adapt quite nicely to their surroundings and make friends among earthlings.

While Ika Musume is more episodic than Sgt. Frog, they both share a great brand of comedy with the characters that inhabit it. Granted that Sgt. Frog's comedy is a good part references, they should both appeal to fans of either one if what they want is more invaders adapting to the lifestyle of Earth with hilarity ensuing.


It's like the same show except with a frog who's obessed with building Gundam models instead of a squid who's obessed with eating shrimp.

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Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh

Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!

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To put it simply, pure comedy.  These are both very simple shows with colorful characters, excellent timing, and solid writing.  It helps that the animation matches the content in quality, too.  They share similarities in that viewers can easily sit down and be entertained for the full 24 minutes they're watching, without exception.  If you're in the mood for laughs, you cannot go wrong with either of these series.


Each of these series are light comedies in a very episodic nature. If you like random comedy with a dash of moe and want to watch something that isn't serious at all, then these shows go together quite well.


Both are episodic anime that have the same random and lighthearted sense of humor. If you liked one you'll like the other too. 

Hana-Saku Iroha

Hana-Saku Iroha

Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to escape his debts. Left alone, Ohana goes to live with her estranged grandmother, but when she arrives she finds herself forced to work at the family’s hot spring resort, the Kissuiso Inn. With her grandmother considering her nothing more than an employee and a roommate who hates her, Ohana’s happy dream of a new life soon turns into a nightmare. Now the wide-eyed girl must learn the value of hard work as she attempts to make friends and familiarise herself with life at the resort.

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Both shows are about a girl who moves to a new place and starts working for the first time. And both of them discover how hard life is along the way. If you like one you should watch the other.


Both Squid Girl and Hana-Saku Iroha are about girls who begin to work for the first time. The main characters are somewhat similar in that they are both very determined.

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Muteki Kanban Musume

Muteki Kanban Musume

Miki is a psychotic mascot, waitress and delivery girl who works at her equally as frightening mother's ramen shop. Both survivor and instigator of years of ruthless, no-holds-barred domestic violence, Miki has a capacity for destruction usually found only in people with things like "the Impaler" added to their name. Yet, she also has a kind side to her and is often found going implausible distances out of her way to rescue both proverbial and literal lost kittens, though some malignant souls might misconstrue this as merely ditching her work...

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Slightly thick protagonist? Check. Restaurant humor? Check. Casual violence? Check. In addition, Muteki Kanban Musume also has multiple standalone (or loosely connected) installments within a single episode giving it a similar sense of timing. If you're looking for more fluffy, high energy humor in the same vein as Shinryaku! Ika Musume, you should give Miki and the gang a shot.


Both anime feature multiple random comedic short stories in each episode. While Ika Musume threatens world domination, she's pretty much held in check by Chizuru, whereas Miki's mother can only keep her in line through the occasional violent beating. The heroine's in both shows are lacking in the brilliance department. While Miki has more of a penchant for violence, Ika Musume has more of a naivety from having lived in the ocean her whole life. Both humorous shows, but while Ika Musume has more endearing characters Muteki Kanban Musume is a straight up gag anime.

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Nichijou TV

Nichijou TV

Yuuko, Mio and Mai are regular high school girls who lead a normal everyday life. However, with bizarre explosions causing random objects to rain down on their heads, lunch turning into an epic battle between girl and wiener, and students riding to school on goats, their lives are anything but ordinary. Meanwhile android Nano spends her days wishing she were a normal human, but keeping house for her creator, the playful and immature child genius Hakase, dealing with talking cat Sakamoto, and trying to keep a hold of her multitude of easily-detachable body parts, her dream is far from a reality...

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Nichijou randomly exploits the random everyday lives of its characters and Ika Musume doesn't differ in comparison to that. Both deliver comedy comprehensible to us foreigners but there are resources used that may not be obvious to people new to japanese culture and lifestyle. If you're into lighthearted and episodic comedies that feels as if it's just randomly moving along and with no plot in sight, Nichijou or Ika Musume may just be your next favorite anime.


Both titles are slice-of-life comedies that use vignettes to tell witty stories which are often very random in nature. Lashings of moe and general endearment abound in each. If you liked one you'll probably like the other, although the characters are very different in comparison.