Well, no… I just said that to get your attention. So far Bakuman is. And I think Kuragehime is the last show standing with the chance to unseat it. BUT Shinryaku is megas kawaii, and worth watching if you don’t have terribly high expectations.
So What would I compare Shinryaku to? Actually, the show that comes to mind oddly is Nagasarete Airantou. I mean they’re completely different in that one’s a prototypical harem comedy and Shinryaku is not, but I get the same vibes because they both have that random humor, they’re both oddly “average” but still compelling for some reason.
Ika-Musume, or Squid Girl, is not the brightest squid in the sea it seems. Whether part of that is your moe dojikko-ness shining through, or just her naiveté, being out on land for the first time, it was amusing to see her getting accidentally wrapped up in a waitressing job, or making friends with her shabbily dressed comrade. I guess there’s a dumb innocence to her that’s really inviting.
And while most of the show is sort of amusing, but not LOL-worthy, the scene where Ika-Musume’s cries for a fallen comrade gets my vote as the second funniest moment of the season so far, behind the Bakuman confession. To some, her stupidity’s will be the epitome of obnoxiousness, but I actually like it a lot. And the way she adds her “genso”(?) suffix whether she’s apologizing for breaking a glass or vowing to take over the world, just adds to her adorableness.
What’s nice about Shinryaku is that it looks like it’ll be broken up into 2 or 3 distinct parts for each episode. I love when gag comedies do this (and that’s what this show basically is. Judging by how nonchalant everyone was about Ika-Musume being a squid, I don’t think her plans to take over the world will be much more of an ongoing plotline than it was in Pinky and the Brain), because it means if one part sucks, you just move to the next. It also helps the comedy move faster, where you can just come in with rapid fire jokes and gags and not have to worry about petering out, since you know you get a clean slate within 7 or 8 minutes,
So worth the watch? Yeah, totally. You’ll see the screenshots and you’ll know off the bat that you’ll like it or hate it.