Shinryaku! Ika Musume – 04
(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.