It isn’t a shimmering glass ball which will shatter if grasped firmly. It is a darkly lustrous ball of mud which only firms up when one squeezes it. Its form may be uneven, but it’s the form of one’s own fingers. Not to make it a beautiful gem someday, but to make it the world’s most beautiful ball of mud.
Aww, that’s quite the imaginative metaphor. Will admit I’m at a bit of a loss as to what it has to do with Arakawa Under the Bridge though. Still, the world is always in need of more quality metaphors…I’ll think up of a good metaphor for how much the world needs a good metaphor later. For now, onto this fabulous episode which, according to some forums I read, has LOTS OF DRAMA!!! Yeah, sometimes I wonder if I’m watching the same episode as everyone else.
Episode 77 Fire Drill
This is such an awesome shot. Sister doing that typical badass shot of turning his back to disaster because he’s seen it all before. Better yet, it’s a fire he created. Turning your back on destruction you caused yourself is even better. It does become significantly less badass when you realise this is a ‘simulated’ fire where the most valuable thing destroyed might be some grass and an unsuspecting ladybird.
(Also, it only only occured to me after the episode, but the joke here is that fire drills shouldn’t actually have a fire…right? There’s not some weird custom in Japan to create a fire when doing a fire drill, is there?)
(Semi-related note: Fire drills in Ireland are hilarious. You could be in a house made out of Christmas trees and petrol, beside a fireworks factory and a detention centre for juvenile delinquents and nobody would move an inch if the fire alarm went off. Well, they’d move their heads to see if there was any smoke, but that’s about it)
I know the rest of the episode poo-pooed this deep debt of Sisters, but I wonder what it actually is? Sister wouldn’t say he owes the Mayor a debt unless there genuinely was something. This goes beyond just respect for being the dependable (lol) mayor. There’s something more to this that both we and Recruit are missing to the Mayor’s leadership qualities. Until we get sufficient evidence that the Mayor really is suitable for leading the platoon by the Arakawa River, then I stand by my statement that Sister should be the Mayor under the Bridge.
Episode 78: Teamwork
Your leader catches fire and all you’re worried about is your nostrils? Recruit, I expected better from you. Actually I lie, I expected no better from you whatsoever. Can you not see what he puts himself through? Did you not witness as he drilled the team into the perfect bucket-chain team around with his sumo stomping? And how he used the water for the benefit of the people?
Totally predictable, still hilarious. Well, no, I only knew this would happen once Recruit was passed the bucket. Until then, I was convinced P-ko would take it, trip up over an unsuspecting speck of dirt and spill the water all over herself, drenching her top and turning it totally see-through. OK, I didn’t think that last part would happen. It’s just what I hoped would happen. Still would have been funny though.
Episode 79: Mayor under the bridge
Clearly a reference to halfadeckshort.
Oh look. More yaoi pairings. I honestly thought the character designs for the men in Arakawa were far too bizarre to attract any slash fiction. A quick browse on pixiv told otherwise. Seeing numerous amounts of HoshiXRecruit pictures was really weird. I mean, I suppose they fit the yaoi stereotype of two rivals who are actually ~in wuv~ but seeing Hoshi depicted in bishounen manner really threw me off. Then again, it’s not like it’s that far away from headless porn that’s resulted from Durarara. Who knows, maybe there’s women out there with a fetish for dudes who’s head looks like a star.
(No, I wasn’t on pixiv looking for yaoi pictures, despite what my tastes in anime might inform you. I was looking for a new avatar, seeing as I’ve had my Hare one for 2 years now. I eventually settled on one, tell me what ya think in the comments)
Episode 80: Enlightenment
Really? If in Ichinomiya land, fool=handsome and youthful then yes, Recruit does look like a fool. I mean, holy crap, look at him in that picture. He’s fucking gorgeous! If living under a river can do that to you attractiveness level then I’m moving now. Besides, he does have internet access there so I can still blog. Now I’ve just got to nearly drown and have a space-case girl with an epic ahoge ask me to be her lover. Yup, sounds like a pretty achievable life goal if you ask me.
I love the way Recruit’s own lines are coming back to haunt him. He used to say this quite frequently at the start of the series. Now here he is, staring at someone saying that very line, about to ruin his happiness. Stranger still is that he now considers living under the bridge his happiness. Not once over the course of the rest of the episode does he consider that it might be better if he moves away from under the bridge. I can’t even recall him mentioning the deal with Nino for the past few episode. That kiss must have totally won him over.
This was one of those classic moments where I had to pause the video because I was laughing so much. Sister, congratulations for that. Not only have you cemented your place as one of my all-time favourite characters, but Arakawa has also almost certainly earned a place in my top 30 anime list. That list needs updating at the end of the season because DRRR will probably take a spot as well. Although DRRR has been pretty weak lately. Heck, Arakawa is way better than Durarara at the moment.
Episode 81: Emergency situation
I’m not going to be pretend to be an expert on law or anything, but don’t they have squatting rights now? No, this is not another pointless off-topic debate. This is quite relevant to the plot. Nino has been here at least 4 years, seeing as that’s when she met Hoshi, and I’m pretty sure the Mayor must have been here longer than that. Don’t you own land once you’ve been on it for 5 years? Even if Recruit’s dad bought the land, he didn’t effectively buy it off the people who now own it. I’m sure Recruit is smart enough to know these laws better than me. Then again, he’s up against his dad, who will almost certainly be able to hire the best lawyers to take them down. There must be plenty of illegal activity under the bridge. As Recruit said, Sister is illegal by his very existence.
This was so lulz worthy. You can just imagine Sister standing over some diminutive Japanese policemen saying ‘Nihongo Wakarimasen’ and watching them cower in fear at the sight of this massive, cross-dressing gaijin.
Episode 82: No need to worry
The Mayor gets straight to the heart of what I was talking about earlier. Recruit instantly finds himself worrying about the people under the bridge, even if they do think that burying cucumbers will result in awesome kappa magic. I wonder when Recruit will come to realise how he’s changed himself. He’s not the most self-aware person around now, is he.
Episode 83: Official
“How about a close up of Recruit’s eye?”
“Err, we’ve done that 12 times already this episode Mr.Shinbo”
“Really? OK, how about do some quick cuts to pictures of the bridge”
“Sir, we’ve done that several times this episode too”
“I know! Let’s make the pictures go by even faster to simulate dramatic stuff happening!”
“Why yes, I am a genious”
Episode 84: Pig
Now I haven’t been that mad about Maria so far because I’m not exactly one for the whole S&M thing. However Maria coming out dressed in that black top, in all-out sadist mode would have made my day if this episode wasn’t already packed full of so much win otherwise. Working for the government does have its perks. Also, did you guys notice the footprints on his back afterwards?
Episode 85: Here
Any more? A hint into Nino’s past? A dramatic ending to the series? An end that has some sort of resolution to the main plot? The possibility of seeing Nino stand up to Recruit’s dad? I am looking forward to this!