(Byouki Janai ka? / Shin Nouryoku Janai ka? / Sasanai ka?)
“Aren’t You Sick? / Isn’t That a New Ability? / Won’t You Open It?”
There’s a saying that idiots don’t get sick, but apparently that doesn’t apply to invaders from the sea. Or at least that’s what Ika shows us this week, after she catches some (supposed) squid disease that turns her shrimp cravings against her. Before long, the bipolar mood swings kick in and she starts showing some serious signs of shrimp withdrawal too, much like one would expect from a crack addict. In the latter case, the sight of delusional Ika reaching for the shrimp in a picture was probably my favorite moment in the entire first skit, simply because it was hilariously pathetic. Surprisingly, Eiko didn’t take advantage of the situation, despite her teasing-like ways of giving Ika “shrimp” without actually letting her eat any. She did invite Sanae over to serve as the perfect remedy after all, which was amazingly effective for both Ika and Sanae alike. It wasn’t too long ago that everyone was quietly disturbed by Sanae in her giant shrimp outfit, so I really wasn’t expecting Ika to latch onto her like she did. I guess Sanae just had to find the right moment to capitalize on her plan to have Ika all over her, and a random squid sickness proved to be the perfect thing for just that.
Incidentally, the masochistic pleasure that Sanae experiences from getting abused by Ika is starting to become a running gag of sorts, which continued on in the next skit with her getting bitch slapped by the fins on Ika’s head. Between that and Ika’s sand castle that literally looked like a pile of crap, I don’t know what was funnier though. The latter was pretty golden when Takeru’s friend Yuuta (Sanpei Yuuko) quickly pointed out that it looks like someone took a number two in the sand, but the former with Sanae happily in pain was right up there in terms of slapstick humor. Whatever the case, leave it up to Ika to start gloating about her new-found ability to move the fins on her head without even understanding herself what the heck they’re for, before everyone came to the unanimous conclusion that she did build a castle that looks like turd. In response, I got to hand it to her for saving some face with the moving tentacle one at Kouta’s father’s expense, shortly after things got a pretty heated on sand castle building front. It’s like she can take stupidity to a new level and actually look cool for a brief moment. Score one for the invader from the sea.
However, just when I thought Ika’s intelligence extends into the realm of computers and math, an umbrella of all things turns out to be something she’s completely clueless about. Granted, it’s a pretty useless invention under the ocean, but come on! She thinks it’s a squid-based weapon for goodness sake! I do love how this series continues to play with excessive melodrama for comedic sake though, like when her “Ika #1” succumbed to the effects of the wind and a truck. In addition, things ended on a fairly sweet note with Eiko sharing her umbrella. Overall, I didn’t find myself laughing too much this episode, but I was pretty entertained as usual. Next time it looks like we have a new girl plus Cyndi’s scientists making a return, which should mean we’re in store for some more squid hazing at Ika’s expense.