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As the only person afraid of Ika, Nagisa is turning out to be just as fun to watch as Ika is when Chizuru messes around with her.

If Sanae’s this fired up about seeing Ika with Nagisa, I think it’s safe to say she has a squid fetish.

(Kawanai ka? / Norikomanai ka? / Nisemono Janai ka?)
“Won’t You Buy It? / Won’t You Come In? / Isn’t That An Impostor?”

Compared to last week, this episode was a lot cuter than it was funny and had some slightly unsettling moments to boot. However, by the time the third skit rolled around (with gigantic mechanical Ika Musume heads and all), the laughs were aplenty again thanks to Ika’s tunnel vision perception of what her squid species’ looks like. i.e. A squid hat with blue tentacles. de geso!

I probably sound like a broken record at this point going on and on every week about how much this show utterly rocks and how it’s a cute and funny series to mislead introduce friends to anime (only for them to find out what it really entails later on, mwahaha), but until this series gets the fifty plus comments a week that it deserves, I shall continue to fight the good fight! Okay not really, but with Nagisa joining the cast and in constant fear of Ika, Sanae taking her love for Ika to a whole new level of shameless shrimp cosplay, and Ika entertaining herself with “Super Soy Sauce Wars” when the television left her, there’s so much quirky humor revolving around our naive invader from the sea that anyone who enjoys lighthearted series would be doing themselves a great disservice overlooking this one. That’s not even including the other stars of the show, Eiko and Chizuru, who are the go-to people for putting Ika in her place for our enjoyment (…and their own). In short, “Watch Ika Musume!” Blatant promotion done.

As for those already on board, a lot of the cuteness came from watching Ika go through ten thousand yen’s worth (~$100 USD) of shrimp after she was given that money as a reward for picking up someone’s wallet. There was just something adorable about watching her squirm in her seat after Eiko told her she has to learn how to show some restraint when faced with her favorite food, and something absolutely hilarious when Chizuru threatened her with her killing aura, daring her to eat before she’s allowed to. Ika’s stopover at the Aizawa household on the outskirts of the beach wasn’t too shabby either, though most of my personal enjoyment came when Eiko wouldn’t let her come over and made her stay at Lemon like the pet squid that she is. While Ika may complain a lot about the mistreatment she receives, it’s funny to see her actually make a statement about it for a change. In addition to that, she ravaged Eiko nicely in her semi-asleep trance. It’s the revenge of the squid invader before she even invaded!

Finally, there was the undisputed highlight of the episode with the manager of another part of the beach milking Ika’s popularity by creating his own fully functional version of her. Still, the real thing is something else in the competitor’s eyes, and thus began a hilarious chain of events to try and get Eiko to hand Ika over. Ika tunnel vision is a great thing when you’re watching from the sidelines. See the captions for the rest.


Ika is in paradise with her mountains of shrimp. Leave it up to Chizuru to point out that she could have bought her freedom by fixing the wall with that ten thousand yen though.

Squid Newtype sense is tingling from Chizuru’s pressure.

Being able to bring someone to tears with a smile on your face. Now that’s talent.
Ika did get to eat to her heart’s content after some good ‘ol hazing by Chizuru.

Ika claims to have a second stomach when it comes to shrimp, except when they’re human-sized ones in a cardboard box and breathing deeply.
“Let’s put it in the trash and never speak of it again…”

When hand meets squid face, Ika winds up staying at Lemon.

The television has forsaken her loneliness and the fridge is off limits due to Chizuru’s all encompassing killing aura.

Someone’s feeling almighty about showing her superiority through named soy sauce bottles.

Eiko may have wanted to rip her a new one for making a mess, but Ika’s one to get pissed off and still accept the grapes.

It’s like Chizuru is looking for an excuse to have her way with Ika.

Ika does get to spend the night, but it definitely won’t be in Chizuru’s room.

Well I’ll be damned. There’s tentacle rape going on but the clothes are staying on!

As far as the competitor is concerned, it’s all about functionality over aesthetics. That head will be as big as it needs to make sure it can move its tentacles and throw up ink!

The manager of the beach house “Minami Kaze” (Koyama Rikiya) wants the real deal and puts ten thousand yen down as an ante for their duel.

The reversed squid head definitely has some creepiness to it, but when that head fell off it was a whole new type of fear to Ika.

Ika vision somehow saw that abomination as the spitting image of herself.

So the improved “real version” is supposed to be more uh… realistic. You know, in that hideous kind of way. It’s fully functional in the kitchen at least, even when it comes to setting itself on fire.

I can’t see that hideous head drawing more customers in than the gorgeous girl (Kawasumi Ayako) wearing it.

She may not attract the children, but she has all the guys covered!

The two heads were added to the ending sequence this week. I really hope it’s just for this week. -_-;


Cyndi (Nabatame Hitomi) arrives next episode, meaning that Ika’s in store for some extraterrestrial-like treatment.

October 27, 2010 at 3:58 am
  • October 27, 2010 at 4:14 amAntoine

    Bahahahah love this. Just keeps getting better and better :D

  • October 27, 2010 at 4:35 amApplehat

    Awesomesauce is awesome.

  • October 27, 2010 at 4:36 amPao


  • October 27, 2010 at 4:36 amalex

    I’m so waiting till the subs will come out -hope soon

    • October 27, 2010 at 3:51 pmJinx

      Why there are no fast subs for Ika Musume?

      • October 27, 2010 at 8:33 pmKai

        Because Crunchyroll is on a 5 day delay, so sometimes sub groups will get it out before.

  • October 27, 2010 at 4:49 amFlamingYu

    The two heads were added to the ending sequence this week. I really hope it’s just for this week. -_-;

    I prefer them to add more stuff, ahaha…

    • October 27, 2010 at 6:03 amZaku Fan

      The speed of the introduction of characters is much faster than in the manga but also there’s less development of the characters. Eiko for example has several moments where we see she’s pretty nice to Ika-chan, including picking up the trash with her (such as in the opening scene this episode). So far she’s just been bad to Ika.

      Chizuru does get to show her concern for Ika (same in the manga) since she noticed the TV was spoilt, so maybe we see more later.

      I really liked the scene where she was playing with the soy sauce bottles. Childishly funny.

      Also her comment on removing the hat = dead is interesting

  • October 27, 2010 at 5:21 amP0NCH

    SHRIMP! It’s what’s for dinner

    Ika chan is freaking adorable XD

  • October 27, 2010 at 5:25 amstarss

    For the first time, the third segment clearly shows this was written by the mangaka of Hare + Guu! It has the outright weirdness and little art shifts that pop out of the most mundane things, and manages to be funny from nonsense. More like this!

  • October 27, 2010 at 5:28 amtyphoon

    so damn cute!!

  • October 27, 2010 at 5:54 amruffles

    fun show is fun.

    certainly a good watch if your not expecting the earth. a very pleasant surprise.

  • October 27, 2010 at 6:31 amrunedot

    Am I the only person to feel sympathy for the shrimp cosplayer..
    Must have been tough being inside a cardboard box, being shipped around in a truck..

  • October 27, 2010 at 6:32 amkeiOnDaisuki

    L0L @ the 2 ika-heads! XDD esp. the 2nd one.HAHAHA. yeah,agreed the pretty gal could’ve attracted more people..uhh..guys.L0L

    i like chizuru! X3 and i go for sanae x ika! lol.

    the 2 heads at d end were unexpected.but it’s funny.XDD

  • October 27, 2010 at 7:47 amInnerchihiro

    Seriously, more people need to follow this show! It’s one of the best this season, I’m so glad I listened to you Divine and started watching it. It needs more comments too!
    Can’t wait to watch this this afternoon. Looks hilarious as usual.

  • October 27, 2010 at 9:01 amfirecow

    The only comedy show that doesn’t show any excessive fanservice what so ever this season.

    • October 27, 2010 at 9:50 amalex

      …and is even the best one this season
      (MM! doesn’t really show fanservice too)

  • October 27, 2010 at 9:34 amoutcast

    Lol I wouldn’t mind being wrapped/bitten by ika.

    Wait does that make me M?

    • October 28, 2010 at 6:15 amShinjiro

      Not at all but please take a #. I’m forming a line up.

  • October 27, 2010 at 9:56 amBanana

    Must not read… and spoil myself… aaargh.

  • October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pmLurker

    Will Sanae go yandere mode on Nagisa since she has Ika’s attention?

    • October 28, 2010 at 6:19 amShinjiro

      I want to see that misunderstanding blown up in proportions a la Mitsudomoe. But who can blame Sanae for being all possessive. I mean, I have issues now about buying, eating or looking at dried squids at the supermarket/resto.

  • October 27, 2010 at 2:25 pmAnimeToshokan

    btw around 80ish yen is to the dollar currently so it is safe to assume 一万円 to be around 120 us dollars :)

    • October 28, 2010 at 12:09 amTakaii

      I generally do 100yen since it’s easier to math, but I can’t believe the dollar is so low .__.

  • October 27, 2010 at 8:21 pmSkizzit

    LOVE this series. These feel-good anime series are always enjoyable to me. Great to just relax and enjoy and forget the troubles of the world. Never fail to put a smile on my face.

    Ika Musume = best show this season ~de geso

    • October 28, 2010 at 6:22 amShinjiro

      I don’t know about feel good but we love the show. It’d be really much more of a feel good if the Lemon staff/owners were actually all nicer to Ika (I mean seriously, they should know she is pretty inoffensive by now). Good GOD, she is freaking adorable.

  • October 27, 2010 at 9:22 pmstarss

    …….. so… would it be stupid of me to ask if I was right in NOT waiting all Monday night for the subs?

    • October 27, 2010 at 11:02 pmTrystinia

      I usually see them pop up wednesday night for me. I wouldn’t hold your breathe that early while waiting. Haha. Speaking of subs, I need to go check the episode out since it finished downloading. Bleh! My phone’s net is too slow.. I should have payed my bills on time >_<

  • October 27, 2010 at 10:56 pmTrystinia

    Meh.. waiting for subs to finish downloading. Its so hard not to preview the episode by reading the posts. :/

  • October 28, 2010 at 12:08 amTakaii

    OMG AYAKO<3.
    Such a small part, but on such a pretty girl.
    I’m so glad I’m watching this. I didn’t know what to expect, but it has been such an amazing show. Then again, I don’t really know why I like the shows I like.. de geso.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:14 amfall3nbs

    I feel like writing my name on a sou sauce bottle now. Just when I thought Ika Musme couldn’t get any cute, the PV shows her shrunk in a jar.

    • October 28, 2010 at 1:16 amfall3nbs

      I meant to type soy sauce and cuter. Woopsies haha.

    • October 28, 2010 at 10:52 pmalex

      now Ika is a part of the meme: http://danbooru.donmai.us/pool/show/1096?page=2
      I would like to go to a pet shop and buy a bunch of Ika Musumes :)

  • October 28, 2010 at 4:42 amewok40k

    I love this show – pure comedic gold, no romance, no greater plot just laughs.

  • October 28, 2010 at 6:14 amShinjiro

    The part where Ika musume was left alone and looking at the house made us feel bad for her. She looked so lonely. Man, we would welcome Ika over our place…She is so adorable.
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 28, 2010 at 8:19 amTK

    Ika musume developing predator sense for Chizuru had me laughing for a full minute. XD

  • October 28, 2010 at 2:35 pmCroosboy シ

    Only insane people are normal in a mad world

  • October 28, 2010 at 4:45 pmbillng

    This show is so freaking awesome

  • October 28, 2010 at 8:34 pmKelfistan

    I`m on board Divine no need t o worry!

  • October 29, 2010 at 12:34 amDarth

    What really struck me the most this episode was Ika’s comment on how removing a squid-person’s hat will cause it to die.

    Significant later on, perhaps?

    • October 29, 2010 at 5:04 amDivine

      I think it’s only meant as an ongoing joke since Ika perceives it as the equivalent of losing her head. It also made for good laughs when Takeru lost his squid hat and Ika thought her comrade died. :)

  • October 29, 2010 at 12:44 amLuke

  • October 29, 2010 at 12:49 amconyo985

    So what’s up with the giant shrimp? It was somewhat alive but they didn’t bother with it. What is the point of it all!

    • October 29, 2010 at 5:06 amDivine

      It was Sanae inside hoping that Ika would “eat her up”. It didn’t work though. The awkward comedic pause was the joke. :\

    • October 29, 2010 at 6:51 pmTrystinia

      omg when I saw Sanae as a shrimp inside that box waiting to be eaten I just facepalmed. I couldn’t stop laughing when they tossed it in the trash

  • October 29, 2010 at 12:52 amNhelraios

    Tentacle rape FTW.

    Ika Musume kawaii de geso. XD

  • October 29, 2010 at 6:47 pmTrystinia

    Ika playing with the soy sauces bottles was too cute but also sad. I’m glad chizuru let her stay in their house. I love how she managed to switch spots with Eiko after she fell asleep. Maybe she shouldnt be so mean to Ika if she doesn’t want to get tentacle raped in the morning! :D

  • November 1, 2010 at 3:06 amdietwarrior

    This episode made me crave for shrimps. T_T

    It is indeed a nice series to “mislead” people into anime, more comedy shows should strive to build on this pattern or at least replicate it.

    • November 1, 2010 at 4:52 amZaku Fan

      I’m thinking it would only increase the impression that anime are cartoons and for kids. Ika is great if you already know about the various anime types but doesn’t display the complexity of other anime types (eg Bokurano which is pretty opposite Ika)

      Only one i have seen that is good and crosses a lot of genres is cowboy bebop

  • November 1, 2010 at 7:44 amRazgriz

    After watching this episode, I think I just lost my dinner.