(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!?