「催眠術じゃなイカ!?」 (Saiminjutsu Janai ka!?)
“Isn’t That Hypnosis!?”
When Sanae and hypnosis are involved, I figured things would’ve degenerated in a hurry, but she actually gave Eiko and the others relatively “reasonable” suggestions. The highlight was definitely Chizuru getting on board to spare Sanae’s feelings, and the mere thought that Ika almost got her with the San Baka Trio’s rigged coin. Ah, the art of taking advantage of people. So close!
「組まなイカ!?」 (Kumanai ka!?)
“Won’t You Team Up!?”
It only seemed natural that the San Baka Trio would turn into the Yon Baka Quartet with Ayumi’s father joining them, but it never really occured to me until I actually saw it happen. The rematch with the new fake Ika Musume was pretty priceless, simply because of the psychological tactics employed, i.e. making fun for Ika until she cried. The robotic voice was done by none other than Kanemoto Hisako herself, which added to the hilarity. I was actually rooting for the fake Ika Musume since it was able to corner Ika, but leave it up to the San Baka Trio to come up with the dumbest backup power source. Ah well, at least short-tentacle Ika’s pretty cute.
「ふたりきりじゃなイカ!?」 (Futarikiri Janai ka!?)
“Aren’t We Alone Together!?”
In case there’s any confusion, the 2000 yen bill is a bit of a rarity in Japan, having only been put into circulation in 2000, hence Gorou’s fortuitous reaction when Ika gave him four back in change. The skit itself wasn’t bad, with Ika entering a “rebellious phase” to show that she’s serious about invading the surface, because all she did was pull petty pranks — most of which didn’t even get the intended result. I was actually surprised to see things switch over to a heartfelt note between Ika and Chizuru, since they were going with the intimidated angle for so long. Fear does make people do stupid things, but it was actually Ika’s innocence this time that ruined the new bond.