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This series wrapped up really well I thought. I just finished writing a review for it since I thought it was so good and more people should see it. Maybe here I'll discuss things that came into my head while watching the anime. So the series is finished. The 2v2 volleyball tournament was fairly arbitrary, but I think I understand why they put it there, and put it first (out of the 3 parts to the episode). The volleyball game had almost all the characters in the series participate in the tournament, so it was nice to see all the characters faces again, in case we need reminding =). I think also they needed to offset the next 2 parts of the episode, which were slightly more sad because Ika-chan is faced with the dilemma >> that is to stay on land and risk losing her squid powers but keep all the friends she's made OR go back to the sea and recover her powers. Again we saw almost the entire cast as they stand by the shore looking out at Ika-chan in the sea. 
 
Good use of piano and violin music during the second and third parts, I really liked it. Music overall in the series has been on point and worked well with conveying a certain meaning/emotion in different situations. Animation is great, coming into the series I thought I'd check it out because the animation seemed pretty great, even though the story seemed sort of weird and childish. The first few episodes I found myself getting annoyed at Ika-chan's overly childish (albeit cute) antics, but somehow the anime turns it around and really makes you care for her, and laugh at/with her, so that it's more of the cute side that you see and care for. 
 
With that said, Ika-chan ultimately sets out to make you laugh with joy while also tugging at your cuteness heartstrings ever so gently. Awesome stuff!
 
P.S. You know.. they never really went into the origins of Ika-chan, like where she exactly she came from and how she grew up in the sea. That could be interesting, but it wouldn't really fit with the overall tone of the anime (since it is after all a comedy not a sci-fi), haha.
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 Great episode! I'm starting to realize just how on-point the animation, sounds and music is in this anime. This, Oreimo and Star Driver have to be my favourite this season. Ika-chan was a lot more likable in this episode. Probably because she didn't really do anything crazy this time around, and I'm also in a good mood, which is why I bothered to take screenshots.
Sweet I figured out how to order the screenshots! (You have to highlight them in order you want them to be). So the screenshots here are ordered right to left, earliest in episode to latest in episode. Comments on screenshots: The part in the opening where Ika-chan plays with the nintendo cartridge cracks me up everytime. That Noh Rider intro was pretty hilarious, I was almost hoping it was an actual series. Oh math, glad I don't have to deal with that anymore. Also, that fried rice...yumm... All the plots in this episode were very entertaining and well-done I found.
 
I'm starting to see Ika-chan as the scheming fool (stock character in comedic tradition). In my previous blog I expressed the hope that Ika-chan would experience some sort of epiphany where she finally takes a step back and realizes what she's doing, thus becoming more independent and resolved. But really the aim of comedy is not a sort of cathartic resolution. My drama professor told me that comedy is the disruption of habit. So it's funny when a character like Ika-chan plans with all her might to take over the world. By expecting things to turn out a certain way she just falls flat on her face! Then we can all laugh at the aftermath. Then the process starts all over again! 
 
Can't wait to watch the next episode, in fact i might just.... ahh maybe tomorrow ;) or maybe noww o_O? Damn I am freaking myself out, okay end of blog entry.
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 I realize I'm behind in this series, but I guess it's more of a wannabe Watch and Learn more than anything. Helps me get my thoughts out and I can practice writing in an informal way.
 
Anyways, the second half of this episode was brilliant, with the mini squid girl. I'm almost hoping now that we will be introduced to another squid girl/guy, just to contrast the main character. However it would be very tedious if the other squid is just the same as squid girl, i.e. wants to take over the world, is dense, unknowledgable and childish. This series has a knack of resparking my interest just when I start thinking, omg Ika-chan is so annoying, I wish she would just shutup and stop being stupid, and then BAM the series pulls something like the mini squid girl. This is probably intentional, to mirror the way a child thinks and behaves in short burst as the child explores and is temporarily fascinated by novel stimuli before moving on to more novel stimuli.
 
So a few words on cuteness... I'm torn between whether or not cuteness is a good thing or not. Essentially cuteness is the measure of how child-like someone is. As such a person that is cute will elicit from others feelings sympathy including the desire to take care of the cute person (because of the fact that they appear/behave child-like). I mean it's great to be able to feel that way and want to help a cute person, but it can also be bad because the cute person might learn to be cute all the time and never be independant. 
 
With that said I hope Ika-chan does become more independent or resolved by the end of the anime, I remain interested to see how it turns out. 
 
P.S. Sorry no screenshots, was not expect to write this =o.
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