「おままごとしなイカ!?」 (Omamagoto Shinai ka!?)
“Won’t You Play House!?”
Trolls are everywhere these days it seems, be it on the Internet or in the playground. However, in Risa’s (Sudou Nanako, Reina from Usagi Drop) case, it’s the kind I can get on board with because it’s without any malicious intent. Risa wasn’t trying to get Ika murdered in the unfaithful father role — it just turned out that way because of her love of television dramas. With Sanae going all-out as her usual self, Eiko whipping out the “bath, dinner, or me” line very reluctantly, and even Kiyomi saying she’ll bear Ika’s illegitimate child, it was pretty funny to see everyone go along with Risa’s flow. The ridiculous melodrama and wacky outbursts over her scenarios were the highlights for me.
「予定じゃなイカ!?」 (Youtei Janai ka!?)
“Isn’t That The Plan!?”
Eiko should probably take some comfort in the fact that Ika made good use of the schedule book she gave her, even if it ended up driving her up the wall. This skit was somehow more reminiscent of Ika’s naivety and innocence in the first season, with which she can take something as trivial as an umbrella and have a field day with it. Her knack for doing so is usually fun to watch, simply because it’s the behavior one would expect from a kid, but without the patience of those around her. In this case, Ika’s fickleness worked in her favor though, which interestingly enough, actually tied into the third skit.
「遊園地に行かなイカ!?」 (Yuuenchi ni Ikanai ka!?)
“Won’t You Go to the Amusement Park!?”
I was looking forward to the prospect of Ika experiencing the “nauseous joys” of amusement park rides, so her ability to ride coffee cups for hours on end and the depressing state of the Aizawa’s childhood attraction came as a bit of a surprise. For one, I didn’t expect to see glimpse of Eiko, Chizuru, and Takeru’s parents, whom we never hear anything about. The other was the sole amusement park employee, who was voiced by Naka Hiroshi and gave off a similar vibe to another role he played — Tomoya’s father in CLANNAD — due to his acceptance of how poorly things turned out. For that reason alone, I was happy to see things end on a somewhat uplifting note with the opening of his cabaret. I love it when this series changes things up with a sentimental approach, but I don’t want to see a skit turn out overly depressing in the end.