Shinryaku!? Ika Musume – 03
「散歩しなイカ!?」 (Sanpo Shinai ka!?)
“Won’t You Go For a Walk!?”
“It’s the squid or me! Who’s it going to be!?” I would like to believe that Alex had a real chance against Ika, but who am I kidding? Sanae would drop him off at the closest kennel if she could have Ika as her pet. The start of this skit had me thinking we’d see Alex abusing Ika at every opportunity, but their forced bonding turned out a lot funnier than that would’ve been. Color me surprised when Ika actually noticed that Alex’s attempts to act tough were no different from her own. I figured that’s the irony they were going for, but I wouldn’t have expected Ika to notice. Anyway, full-length spread of Ika in a straw hat and sandals? Fan-service janai ka!?
「体操しなイカ!?」 (Taisou Shinai ka!?)
“Won’t You Exercise!?
I honestly thought Ika was just going to wreck havoc on the kids’ exercise routine and that would be it. While the sight of that was pretty amusing in its own right, the easily misunderstood stretches were ingenious. I already got a good laugh out of her squirming in front of Nagisa and misleading Sanae, but damn, Eiko’s straight right to Ika’s face and Ika’s inadvertent taunting at Chizuru were too much. Hands down, funniest skit of this episode. Ika sure can take a punch. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of hearing Eiko’s “Oi, wtf are you doing!?” outbursts either.
「助けなイカ!?」 (Tasukenai ka!?)
“Won’t You Save People!?”
This was definitely the least amusing skit this week. I really like Gorou’s character and the misunderstandings he has with Ika as a fellow “protector of the sea”; however, trying to get her to become a lifeguard was too “normal” to be funny. Ika even protected the kids from the shards of glass in the water and Gorou didn’t even realize what she did. I don’t mind it when things end on an uplifting note like they did here, but it felt like we were lacking a punchline after Ika saved the four kids. At least we got some squid cheek pulling.
* Note: There are very subtle changes in the ending sequence every week in connection to the episode itself. In the second episode, we had Takeru and a friend playing soccer and a bird flying in the background. In this third episode, Ika was walking Alex. I won’t be adding streaming videos for each variation.