(Pinpon Dasshu Shinai ka? / Meiku Shinai ka? / Himitsu Heiki Janai ka?)
“Won’t You Doorbell Dash? / Won’t You Put on Makeup? / Isn’t That a Secret Weapon?”
For whatever reason, this series isn’t getting nearly as much attention as it should be among English-speaking fans, so I thought I’d spark some more interest by having Ika Musume invade Random Curiosity in the form of a banner. Those who have stopped by the IRC channel have already heard me go on and on about this series, so for everyone else who hasn’t been checking out this little gem of the season, I’ll say the same thing I’ve been saying there. Go watch Ika Musume! (…and Samurai Girls.) You know what they say, once you go squid girl, you can never go back (…or something like that).
For everyone else already on board, I never really know what to expect from each skit based on its title, and this time was no different as the doorbell dash one turned out to be much more hilarious than I would’ve ever imagined. I was hooked right from the get-go when Ika rang a stranger’s doorbell thinking it would reinforce her invader image, only to wind up begging Sakura Kiyomi (Kikuchi Kokoro) to pretend to be her friend when her attempt to hide the prank from Chizuru failed. From that point on, it was nothing but Ika’s traumatic-like fear of Chizuru driving all the comedy, even though there was no killing intent radiating from her. As if to make her eat her own words, it starts off with Ika declaring that she’s not afraid of Chizuru after she genuinely befriended Kiyomi and invited her over without asking first.
I’ve always enjoyed comedy that stems from misunderstandings, so Ika’s one about Chizuru wanting to kill her was pretty golden in my eyes. I just loved the way that Ika was trembling in fear from every nice thing Chizuru and Eiko were doing to make sure everything goes well with Kiyomi’s first visit. Of those, the one involving Takeru that she basically interpreted as, “Get the hell out of the house before it’s too late!”, was just too funny.
Melodrama at its best. This has to be right up there with Kanemoto Hisako’s performance as Kanata in the So-Ra-No-Wo-To bonus episode. I just love how Kiyomi didn’t question what was going on and left when she was asked to, while Ika resigned herself to whatever punishment Chizuru had in store for her. i.e. Nothing. It’s been a while since Ika’s fear of Chizuru has come into play like this, so I enjoyed every moment of this skit.
A moth to a flame might even be an understatement to describe Sanae’s uncontrollable urge to kiss Ika, seeing as she completely lost sight of what she was after when Ika threw the lipstick into the ocean. Well what was Sanae believed to be the lipstick anyway, as Ika tricked her into fishing for the Aizawa family stamp instead. Leave it up Sanae to yell out that Ika’s a liar after finding that out, only to quickly add that she loves her regardless. If there’s one thing in this series that’s just as fun to watch as Ika’s fear of Chizuru, it has to be her fear of Sanae’s unconditional love for her.
Makeup-wise, Ika’s powered up face was kind of creepy, but pretty stylist at the same time with her curled side bangs. Somehow, the two girls she asked for a makeover managed to thicken her eyebrows from their usual thin line as well. As they would put it in their hip slang, the look was so “chou ikeru”. I would’ve loved to see what Sanae’s reaction to it would’ve been, had Eiko not completely drilled her face with a rag to get it off.
It’s definitely a first for a girl to be demanding that she receive equal tentacle rape treatment — and preferably more vehemently so — but Sanae’s love for Ika truly knows no bounds. It’s like she doesn’t care what Ika’s doing to her as long as they have some sort of bodily contact. As creepy as that sounds, it sure was funny as hell to see her in ecstasy from getting tentacle slapped and having ink splashed all over her face. The best part of all that was how Ika didn’t want any part of her masochistic pleasure nor Cyndi’s, and Chizuru just kindly asked her to take it outside. Nobody cares what Ika wants that’s for sure.
The return of Harris, Clark, and Martin in their swimsuits and lab coats really did make them look like a bunch of perverted exhibitionists, whereas their ecstatic reaction to their ray gun’s results without a care in the world about how it could’ve killed Ika continues to show how ridiculous they are. That definitely warranted a lifetime of facepalming, but I did get a good laugh out of everyone’s reaction when Ika vaporized a watermelon. Combined with the two prior skits, this was definitely one of the funnier episodes to date. Here’s to hoping the baseball one next time is as good as it looks.