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?
After her grandmother dies, thirteen year-old Kana Nakamachi runs away from home convinced her absent parents will sell her. She tries to find a job, but with nowhere willing to hire a girl of her age without parental consent, she is back at square one. Then, to make matters worse, a young girl called Yume crashes her bicycle into Kana and knocks her unconscious! Following this chance encounter, Kana learns of a job vacancy at the newspaper company that Yume works for and quickly applies. Now Kana has secured herself a live-in job delivering newspapers along with her new co-workers: lively Yume; quiet Yuki; drunken and perverted Haruka; money-hungry Hinata; and grade school deputy manager, Saki. From memorizing her paper route to learning how to ride a bicycle to fixing her terrifying smile, Kana’s new life has only just begun.
Both of these rather moe titles are about strange happenings in normal settings. Sure, Kanamemo's strangeness is lesbians while ika musume's is the much more believable anthropomorphic squid girl. But other than that, these shows are about the slightly off daily life in a slightly off world.
That and they also have some rather serious bits too, also completely at random
Several months after their New Years' live performance, the light music club has returned to Sakura High for a new school year. Now seniors in Sawa-chan's homeroom class, Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Mugi commence their final year as high school students. While many others would fret about their entrance examinations, the Keion Bu have more important things on their minds, be it shopping for shelves, cleaning out the storage room or that age old problem of trying to recruit new members. But while there's music, snacks and school trips aplenty, one question still remains... will the girls be able to leave their mark on the school before they graduate?
Takurou Mikoujima is an avid fisherman who loves nothing more than to sit alone on the pier and cast his line, enjoying the peace and relaxation that follows. But the boy’s pleasant, angling days soon come to an end when he gets an unexpected catch: a fat-tailed mermaid named Muromi whose very presence is anything but soothing! She’s nosy, rash and prone to violent outbursts; and what’s worse, she has friends! Whether the boy is harassed by the forgetful Harpy, the cheerful dolphin-lover Hii-can, the busty Fuji or the rest of Muromi’s wacky companions, one thing’s for sure: Takurou’s quiet days at the beach have come to an end!
Both anime utilize fast paced, somewhat family friendly humor. And both anime are about sea creatures. Muromi-San a little bit faster paced than Squid Girl (due to a shorter run time) and the humor is a bit more off beat. But each have their moments of absolute ridiculous hilarity.
Everyday life may be full of mundane occurrences, but hidden amongst the banality, you can always find something fun to brighten your day. While schoolgirl Mio attempts to cheer up Yuuko after her horrific test score, Nano desperately tries in vain to get the stubborn Hakase to take her medicine. No matter the situation, these innocent girls can make the most of every situation, even by doing cartwheels at a deserted railway station.
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.
The brash Hotori Arashiyama is a far from regular girl with the lofty dream of becoming a genius high school detective, but for now she is working at the Seaside maid café to earn some extra money. Unfortunately the establishment itself is deserted and the teen is far from being the epitome of a gracious maid. Enter Toshiko, Hotori’s friend and classmate, whose expertise and passion for maid cafés – as well has her interest in Sanada, one of the few regular customers – leads her take on the quest to turn Seaside into a bistro to be proud of. However, can a cafe owned by an elderly woman whose solution to everything is curry and staffed by a clueless, foolhardy teenager really become a success, or even attract more than the usual four patrons?
Both deal with everyday matters and are episodic in nature but follow a timeline of sorts and with them being slice-of-life, they have a pleasant, relaxed feel about them. Both are comedic at heart and just go with the flow, hardly rushing things and where most episodes are split into segments. They have their serious and potentially sad moments at times but not often enough to warrant it as a secondary trait and they doesn't interfere with the comedy too much.
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru has a more mature feel about it than Shinryaku! Ika Musume but the comedy and laid back nature of them both help bring them together.