Shinryaku!? Ika Musume – 01
OP: 「HIGH POWERED」 by スフィア (sphere)
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「侵略しなイカ!?／恋敵じゃなイカ!?／クラゲじゃなイカ!?」 (Shinryaku Shinai ka!? / Koigataki Janai ka!? / Kurage Janai ka!?)
“Aren’t We Invading!? / Isn’t that a Love Rival!? / Isn’t that a Jellyfish!?”
Well, there’s no knocking Ika Musume (Kanemoto Hisako) for trying to continue with her invasion plans, but seriously now, what’s a squid girl to do against the likes of Chizuru (Tanaka Rie)? If this episode was any indication, Ika’s options were a.) to prostrate herself as close to the ground as possible or b.) to prostrate herself as close to the ground as possible. She actually went the safer route with option c.), shed some tears of remorse and then proceed to prostrate herself as close to the ground as possible. Still, I got to hand it to her for regaining her fiery determination after Eiko (Fujimura Ayumi) called her out as a no-good freeloader — just like a certain cat god last season — and then sticking it to everyone to show she means business, even though this is probably the extent of an invasion she’ll ever achieve. Not that I mind of course, as this first episode was a quick reintroduction to naive and harmless squid girl that I know, backed by a simple yet lush color palette care of Diomedea.
Much like the first season, the humor always has a quirkiness to it even when it’s not overly hilarious. There are however moments that I find a lot more amusing than others might, such as the sight of Sanae’s (Itou Kanae) jealous and spiteful aura over Kiyomi (Kikuchi Kokoro) and her friends — Mochizuki Tomomi (Uchiyama Yumi), Nishimura Yuka (Sugiura Naoko), and Watanabe Ayano (Oribe Yukari). I have a whole new view on Sanae after hearing Kanae in Hanairo for the past six months, so it’s oddly amusing on its own to hear her go on and on about Ika. It’s even better when Eiko inadvertently gets in the way and notices the piercing eyes behind her back. The tried and true form of humor is of course Ika’s arrogance getting the best of her. The first skit had Chizuru quickly put her squiddy butt in its place, whereas the third one was a jellyfish bonanza at her own expense. I just love watching Ika bump heads with Gorou (Nakamura Yuuichi) over being the protector of the sea, since she always picks a fight with him and then screws herself over. The best kind of ownage is self-ownage.
Anyway, here’s to more Ika Musume this season. The cast seems a lot more comfortable in their roles now and are having a blast with them, as seen in Eiko when she blew her lid off at the three stooges. That’s like a whole new side of Ayumi I’ve never heard before.
* An opening theme by sphere sounds too normal compared to the ULTRA-PRISM’s “Shinryaku (x3) Shinryaku (x3), Ika Musume!” of season one.
* Kanemoto Hisako is featured in the ending theme, singing in a voice very close to Ika’s.
ED: 「君を知ること」 (Kimi wo Shiru Koto) by 金元寿子 (Kanemoto Hisako)
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