「ラジコンじゃなイカ!?」 (Rajikon Janai ka!?)
“Isn’t That Remote-Controlled!?”
Sheer laughs aren’t always the focus of Ika Musume and this week reminds us of just that with some teary-eyed melodrama. I gather just about everyone anticipated that Ika would end up breaking Takeru’s new remote-controlled car, but I don’t know if the same could be said about Ika sincerely repenting for it. Kudos to Takeru for being the better person and not holding it against her, even though he ended up making her feel worse by doing so. The same goes for Eiko for recruiting the three idiotic scientists to fix the car and offering Ika for a day so that she can really make it up to Takeru. Those geeks just had to use an M.I.T. button for the new functionality they added, though I have to admit the DeLorean-like transformation was pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one of those babies.
「七夕じゃなイカ!?」 (Tanabata Janai ka!?)
“Isn’t It Tanabata!?”
Ah Tanabata, the Japanese star festival that originated from the Chinese (one of many). This was easily the funniest skit for me, as I found Martin’s disrespectful “Where’s the wish-granting bamboo?” line pretty hilarious. I just love how Eiko hit them with the science vs. religious bat and the three idiots didn’t give a damn. Eiko’s somber moment of seriousness wasn’t too shabby either, simply because Ika hit a soft spot of hers. Other than that, there was plenty of randomly inserted silliness throughout: Kiyomi wishing for bigger boobs, Sanae explaining the festival’s origins that saw one of the few delusions where Ika embraces her, and Ika getting her priorities straight in the end on what to wish for. What caught my attention the most was the brief flashback about Eiko’s creepy dolls, Johnny and Depp, which reminded me of the creepy yet really well-scripted skit from the first season. Mmm, that was such a good skit.
「一人遊びしなイカ!?」 (Hitori Asobi Shinai ka!?)
“Won’t You Play Alone!?”
Ika’s childish and easily amused personality is always fun to watch, especially when she owns herself in the face. I realize this is no Mitsudomoe, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more slapstick moments like that. I’ve always said the best kind of “ownage” is self-ownage, and that’s particularly true when it comes to our favorite squid girl. The rest of the skit wasn’t overly humorous, but as usual, had that naive Ika charm to it. Takeru never ceases to amaze me with how considerate and respectful of Ika he is either.
* The RC car is featured in the ending sequence this week.
* Note: Ika Musume will be on break again next week so that the other broadcast stations can finally catch up.