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Fujimura Ayumi sure can pull off some pretty FOB-like English. Cyndi on the other hand can’t pull Ika away for the life of her.

I see the similarity.

(Uchuujin Janai ka? / Gakkou ni Ikanai ka? / Kawanai ka?)
“Aren’t You An Alien? / Won’t You Go to School? / Won’t You Raise Her?”

Just when I thought this show was way too cute (in a good way), they take the cuteness to a whole new level with a skit on “mini” Ika Musume. Similar to what Mitsudomoe did last season, the skit was completely devoid of all dialogue save for the noises coming from Ika; however, that’s exactly what made it as awesome as it was. All the “talking” happened in Eiko’s interactions with the mini squid girl she took in, which included some miniature squid ink action against a “deadly” shark. Amidst the utter cuteness overload, they even threw a curve ball in it by showing how Eiko and Ika’s relationship blossomed over their lifetime before finally coming to a close when Eiko eventually passed away from old age. In the end, it may have all been Sanae’s dream about a squid girl with a 150 year lifespan outliving her owner (who wasn’t even her), but if this is how she sees Ika, I can definitely understand why she loves her so much. I can see the light Sanae!

Quite frankly, that skit pretty much stole the show for me, but the stuff before wasn’t too shabby either with the introduction of Cyndi Campbell from the U.S. Extraterrestrial Life-form Countermeasure Investigation and Research Department 「地球外生命対策研調査究所」. (Whew, what a mouthful.) From deeming Ika an alien who she wants to study to eventually “convincing” her that she is one and give rise to “Ika Seijin” (i.e. Squid Alien), most of the quirkiness came from Chizuru using Ika’s love of shrimp against her to manipulatively fix her. I still haven’t grown tired of watching Eiko say it like it is right in front of Ika’s face either, like when she defended Ika by saying she’s their valuable ink-spitting servant. While Ika may not have felt very appreciated by the sound of that, it’s pretty hard to deny how useful having a waitress with ten extra hands is, let alone one who keeps working for free.

As for Ika’s visit to the school in the next arc, I have to say it’s pretty refreshing to see characters in school uniforms when they usually aren’t in them. The same goes vice versa for high school anime series, as does a squid girl infiltrated the grounds and believing it’s a military facility. It’s Solid Squid on another covert op, who also happens to know how to use a computer for some reason. Of all the things she doesn’t know about the surface world, computers apparently aren’t one of them. I guess they have the Internet in the ocean as well. The submarine cables are just lying there for them to tap into after all. Anyway, it was cute seeing her take the principal hostage and try to force feed him some shrimp, before she received a swift dropkick to the head courtesy of Eiko. Where was that elite bodyguard Sanae to protect her!?


Oh now it’s on! Squid Ink Cannon!

Yeah… I don’t know what to say about a girl who’s smiling about being tied up and having fluids splattered all over her face other than… *******

E.T. doesn’t eat shrimp. He sucks cow and pig blood! (…apparently)

Hey Ika, you got a little something on your cheek there.

Ika doesn’t appear to be looking forward to some alone time with Chizuru while Eiko goes and “cosplays” at school.

This sneaking scene needed some of Harry Gregson-Williams’ Metal Gear music to go with it.

She can’t recognize an anatomic model, but computers and typing come naturally. I guess it’s true what they say about the Internet connecting the entire world, even the one under water.

At least Ika recognizes who runs this facility, whereas Eiko takes the facepalm to the next level by falling out of her seat.

As dumb as this looks, it actually constitutes torture because the principal is allergic to shrimp.

Ika sure didn’t look any worse for wear after receiving that blow.

Mini Ika Musume combines helplessness with cuteness in the bottle, plus provides 24/7 entertainment.

The one time that Eiko’s actually nice to Ika, she runs away in tears. We’ll just ignore that giant fish tank she placed her in.

She truly has a second stomach when it comes to crawfish, though it looks like even that one can get full when she eats a hundred times her body weight.

It looks like a certain squid girl forgot she can breathe under water again. She hasn’t forgotten about the squid ink though.

Go mini Ika Musume! Give that shark everything you got!

I actually thought she grew over time, but apparently not.

A lifetime of memories…

…comes to an end.


If Sanae can’t even fantasize properly, that’s her own damn fault. :)


A hero show with a squid monster? Oh this should be good.

November 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm
  • November 2, 2010 at 11:52 pmRei

    http://asset.soup.io/asset/1205/5061_3c6a.gif TOOOOOOOO ADORABLES ;A;

    • November 3, 2010 at 10:30 pmYyi

      …that wins on so many levels.

    • November 4, 2010 at 4:58 amkarnos

      Moe overload

  • November 2, 2010 at 11:53 pmZanibas

    I’ll admit it: that last part made my heart tighten a little.


    • November 3, 2010 at 7:43 pmAoihoshikage

      Who would watch a Mini Ika Musume series?

      *Raises hand*

      This series just gets better and better!

  • November 2, 2010 at 11:57 pmsolarguardian

    Mini Ika was probably the best thing I ever saw this year. Period. (and for some reason reminded me of Up)

    • November 4, 2010 at 12:52 amvucubcaquix

      You’re completely right. It’s PIXAResque.

  • November 2, 2010 at 11:58 pmP0NCH

    I teared up a bit at the end :’)
    Great episode!

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:00 amPw3age

    The last part of this episode reminded me how frail humans are.

    I guess it is time to sleep..for a…bit…….

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:01 amfall3nbs

    Third part of the episode was the worst case of mood whiplash i’ve had in a while. Went from D’AAAAAAAW to almost B’AAAWWWW. That was really well done even if I knew it was a dream.

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:05 amkyonkun

    Ika Musume shows that you don’t need half naked girls to have a hit anime series

    The last story was totally out of nowhere and it’s was really well done, a lot of buzz about it on Twitter today

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:15 amTakaii


    • November 3, 2010 at 6:31 amShinjiro

      I’m with you on that one, I felt a real hard pinch when I saw mini Ika cry in the hospital. OMG, I want one Ika musume…real size or not <3

    • November 4, 2010 at 6:18 amRazgriz

      Only girls cry. Men weep.

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:18 amAkumaten

    Man, I wanted to get into my emotional mood, but I was still in my LOL mood so I couldn’t absorb the 3rd part properly

    Another awesome episode
    and I would buy a MinIka Musume

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:27 amLQY

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:35 amrunedot

    “a squid girl with a 120 year lifespan outliving her owner”
    Are you sure it’s 120?
    I heard go-jyuu-nen, i.e. 150

    • November 3, 2010 at 12:39 amrunedot

    • November 3, 2010 at 1:07 amDivine

      You’re right. I heard that as well so I don’t know why I put 120.

      Uh… I was just testing you guys to see if you actually read my posts. Yeah that’s it. >_>

      • November 3, 2010 at 1:24 amrunedot

        Woohoo! I passed the test!
        Can my prize be another guess-the-seiyuu quiz?
        Maybe one that has the same seiyuu multiple times (and of course multiple seiyuu as well).
        For instance..
        Show Spoiler ▼

      • November 3, 2010 at 1:25 amrunedot

        On that note, I’ve never heard Fujimura Ayumi use that voice before.

      • November 3, 2010 at 1:54 amDivine

        Heh, that was completely Patrik’s thing. I won’t have time to set that up, given how long he said it took putting together those videos.

  • November 3, 2010 at 12:47 amInforansical

    >>about a squid girl with a 120 year lifespan

    is it not 150 year? Anyways, love this episode.

  • November 3, 2010 at 1:26 amBluance

    When did Key take over production? lol and I was wondering how Ika musume knew so much about the military, darn TV! even corrupting the minds of squids.

  • November 3, 2010 at 1:34 amalex

    come over it with the computer – she just played minesweeper
    I hope we see more school action and Ika school “cosplay” like the OP promises :)
    E.T. Ika was win :)
    Mini Ika on a snake: “HNNNNNNNGH”

    • November 3, 2010 at 2:49 amLurker

      Ika would be a pro StarCraft player if she goes to Korea.

      • November 3, 2010 at 11:49 amZnail

        A solid $87’000 income each month would pay for that hole in the wall :)

  • November 3, 2010 at 2:01 amFlamingYu

    Baba Eiko , wow reaction.

    I want a Mini Ika pet!!!

    • November 3, 2010 at 2:26 am1Lau

      Kawaii Desho

  • November 3, 2010 at 2:16 amewok40k

    Ika mistaking school for a military facility was priceless, though, if somebody remembers the ominous role schools had in preparing military ranks of both world wars, it can be seen in a different light… sailor uniforms do have a reason.

  • November 3, 2010 at 2:21 amNanoNano

    DAAAAAAAAWW Mini Ika. I want!
    I loved how the third part was executed, dialogueless will mainly utilising the music and visuals.

    • November 3, 2010 at 2:21 amNanoNano


  • November 3, 2010 at 3:10 amAn

    Argh, can’t get Mini Ika Musume out of my head.

    About the computer thing, Show Spoiler ▼

    • November 3, 2010 at 4:36 amalex

      She won minesweeper hardest level in eno go without even knowing what’s a computer…

      I bet Ika is a hidden genius and when she learns enough she’ll hack into military networks and launch a massive retaliation attack :)

  • November 3, 2010 at 3:51 amZaku Fan

    Does anyone notice that Eiko’s hair keeps changing places? I mean the part sticking out.

    The third part was a short omake in the manga, but they adapted it pretty well. The part where she resisted coming out of the bottle was funny :D

    The part where she got brainwashed into believing she was an alien and doing the ET thing was cute :)

    • November 3, 2010 at 9:21 amZaku Fan

      Oh yah got to say the VA for cindy campbell is good, saying that long a sentence

  • November 3, 2010 at 4:21 amkeiOnDaisuki

    srsly, i didn’t expect myself to tear-up a bit at the near end scene.it’s like watching HACHIKO again(dang man,the HW ver. was rather a tear-jerker) albeit it’s about a dog.L0L.

    and man,MINI IKA IS SO ADORABLE!!! *huggles mini-ika* SO CUTE!!! X3 she’s so tiny.XDD i hope to see more mini-ika!

  • November 3, 2010 at 5:45 amKarmafan

    Only thing I didn’t like about this episode was how American’s are portrayed in anime. Most of the time Americans in anime are loud over the top bullies that steamroll over everyone else in the cast. Yumeiro Patissiere S2 introduced an american named Johnny thats also loud and annoying. Other then that I loved the episode and the series in general.

    Yet again another example of a good comedy series that doesn’t need fan service to get people to watch.

  • November 3, 2010 at 6:38 amoutcast

    those screeches. bawww

  • November 3, 2010 at 6:41 amShinjiro

    This episode was priceless but like D and many others, I think the last skit stole the show. I mean seriously, I want more of this cuteness overload. The 2nd part where Ika scouted Eiko’s school was fun and adorable at the same time. LOL @ trying to force a shrimp on the principal.
    Ika Musume can use my place as her base ANYTIME she wants to. ^^

  • November 3, 2010 at 6:58 amcutemi2

    • November 3, 2010 at 7:51 amalex

      Eiko think the square refer to … “menu”
      - dude watch the episode

  • November 3, 2010 at 7:31 amtomoyostar

    Typo on “She she hasn’t forgotten about the squid ink though.”
    Ika musume <3

    • November 5, 2010 at 5:05 amDivine

      Fixed, thanks.

  • November 3, 2010 at 8:16 amdietwarrior

    “Shinryaku! Ika Musume” is a top notch comedy show. Nothing more to add.

  • November 3, 2010 at 8:36 amTomer

    I’m loving this show! Thanks divine – if it wasn’t for your comments on the first few episodes I probably would’ve skipped it :)

  • November 3, 2010 at 8:37 amhalf

    need MOAR chibi ika imo

  • November 3, 2010 at 9:28 amdiet otaku

    mini ika was so cute it gave me diabetes.

  • November 3, 2010 at 10:47 amCrystal

    Hey Divine, you keep putting “breath” instead of “breathe” – breath is the noun, breathe is the verb. I just thought I’d point it out D:

    ..I love that the aliens were wearing suits xD
    also Eiko’s english lol

    • November 3, 2010 at 6:51 pmDivine

      Wow, I really did make the same mistake in the episode two post. That was pretty fail since I do know the difference…

  • November 3, 2010 at 11:47 amHenDarou

    Wouldn’t “Solid Squid” sound better? :D

    • November 4, 2010 at 7:19 amLitho

      Yup, it does.

      That scene alone beats all 700hours of crappy CG (not to mention the paltry 6 minutes of actual gameplay) from the last Metal Gear game.

      Mini-Ika scene was as cute as everyone has already stated. Nintendo should make some pet game out or it… would be light-years ahead of Nintendogs.

    • November 5, 2010 at 5:07 amDivine

      Ooo, I like the sound of that. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • November 3, 2010 at 4:45 pmAnimeToshokan

    Wow this show rules!

  • November 3, 2010 at 5:17 pmRockmanshii

    My eyes got teary at the end, and then Ika lesbian girl Sanae speaks up,saying it was her dream, then I was laughing so hard.Brilliant

  • November 3, 2010 at 7:05 pmGodKnows

    The last skit was brilliant.

  • November 3, 2010 at 7:41 pmNinja Penguin

    The third segment was pure genius. Not since the clannad Fuko arc have my eyes welled up, if it had lasted any longer I swear I would have been crying waterfalls.

  • November 3, 2010 at 8:46 pminnerchihiro

    Aww, Mini Ika and Eiko! Eiko is my favorite character, but I really wish she’d show a bit more love to real Ika. :)

  • November 4, 2010 at 6:23 amtenchu1990

    Mini lka~~~kawaii nehh~~~ LOvE it~

  • November 4, 2010 at 8:33 pmJester

    If they made the mini-Ika into a full series I’d probably be bawling at the end.

  • November 8, 2010 at 3:24 amMD

    Damn…. it caught me off guard and now I’m crying like there’s no tomorrow T___T It happened to me sometimes, the Katanagatari episode with that snow-chibi also made me cried like hell…. Men do cry you know.

  • November 8, 2010 at 7:37 pmmayu08

    ika-tan <3