back for the start of the Fall 2011 season (denoted by the new “Fall 2011” category). It couldn’t have a stronger start than the premier of the second season of Shinryaku! Ika Musume. This is a continuation from the first season, and although there’s a bit of a facelift, don’t be mistaken, Ika-chan is still out wreak havoc on humanity for polluting the oceans…or so she says she is.
The series, while keeping all the character designs and not really changing anything visually, does seem to be cleaner in animation than the first series, but still not anything to get excited about. The improvements in animation probably come from a somewhat bigger budget brought about through confidence in the series, based on the first season’s success.
Ika-chan is back! And the series keeps the old format of dividing each episode into three sub-episodes, which allows for multiple comedic ventures. “Aren’t You Going to Invade” starts, seemingly, as a recap, but surprised me when was actually fresh material (that cleverly included a wrap-up of Ika-chan’s current situation), as Ika-chan goes on a paranoid rampage, convinced everyone, and everything, is a ploy to stop her invasion plan, even shrimp can’t be trusted. This ignites a revival to re-initiate her plans to overthrow humanity and try, once again, to lay siege to the Lemon restaurant….Chizusa quickly puts an end to this.
“Aren’t They Love Rivals?” introduces Kiyomi’s crew and (cleverly) recaps Ika-chan’s current relationships with some of the supporting cast members, with poor (Ika-obsessed) Sanae at the bottom. Sanae decides to find out how Ika-chan truly feels about her, this doesn’t go over well, but, fortunately, Ika-chan has enough compassion to not want to crush Sanae’s feelings, leading into a seemingly never ending back-and-forth of “I dislike you….is something I wouldn’t say…but, I don’t like you….although….”
“Isn’t That A Jellyfish” is a chance for simple humor, as multitudes of stinging jellyfish threaten to close the beach. Chizuru puts forth an idea to make a competition to see who can catch the most jellyfish, which both draws people to the beach and would help to clear up the infestation. Ika-chan is confident in her abilities to put the humans to shame, if she can just hold onto the bag. Her ego gets a little deflated when the winner is announced… Cindy Campbell and the Three Stooges? Although, they really only caught a single jellyfish and used a “Multiplication Ray” on it to win rather unfairly.
Season 2 of Shinryaku! Ika Musume is off to a great start, I especially like the OP and ED, they’re new, but keep the feeling of the originals, very fresh and appreciated by this humble *gesu* fan.
Looking forward to more of Ika-chan’s “invasion” this fall, definitely the don’t miss comedy of the season.
Until next time,