「ジョギングしなイカ!?」 (Jogingu Shinai ka!?)
“Won’t You Go Jogging!?”
If there’s one thing this show could use plenty more of, it’s Eiko messing with Ika when the latter doesn’t know any better. The RC car skit was a good start, but it’s not quite the same as when Eiko can barely keep a straight face. Good stuff. As for Chizuru, I had a feeling that she goes on insane marathon-like jogs, so kudos to Gorou for following his heart to the ends of the world in spite of his dismal chances at keeping up and actually snagging the girl he loves. He got a little excited about an indirect kiss, but if he was paying attention, he would’ve realized he got one with Eiko and not Chizuru. Oh well, a lifeguard can still dream.
P.S. For those who have never had it, green tea ice cream is the bomb! Mmm… green tea ice cream…
「SPじゃなイカ!?」 (SP Janai ka!?)
“Isn’t That an SP!?”
Where there’s Sanae, squid-slapping is usually not too far away. This had to be one of the quirkiest outward displays of what goes on in her mind, as she was literally beating herself to put “SP Sanae” above “Squid-Loving Sanae”. I’m quite surprised by the amount of restraint she showed when she was in the bathtub with a naked Ika. It was a valiant effort for that reason alone, and humorously enough, was already happening a bit with Takeru’s friends. For those who haven’t noticed by now, all of Takeru’s friends are voiced by the regular cast, so there was a bit of dialogue here where Itou Kanae was talking to herself. It came off as a joke within a joke for those with an ear for seiyuu voices.
「冒険しなイカ!?」 (Bouken Shinai ka!?)
“Won’t You Go on an Adventure!?”
Whenever I see a skit with Mini Ika Musume, I can just feel my eyes dilating in anticipation. I’m not kidding when I say there should be at least one Mini Ika Musume skit every other episode. We’ve had two in six now so it’s close, but I’m hoping Diomedea will up that ratio as we go on. From the shark eraser to the flower dress, we had plenty of scares and cute moments. It came complete with some heartfelt tears too, which I find absolutely adorable to watch. I felt bad for Ika when she got swatted around by a pair of cats, but it did make the reunion with Eiko that much better. I also got a good laugh out of this skit from seeing Eiko’s dismal test scores. Just so there isn’t any confusion, check marks are bad in Japanese marking. They’re equivalent to X’s. Circles are good, which actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it. (Incidentally, this is why Japanese PlayStations use Circle for select and X for cancel. North American consoles reverse the buttons.)
ED: 「君を知ること」 (Kimi wo Shiru Koto) by 金元寿子 (Kanemoto Hisako)
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An ending sequence with Mini Ika Musume warrants a new encode.