The opening monologue this week was bordering on pretentious so I’m going to ignore it and instead focus on a picture with Nino standing on a comet. Or maybe she’s standing on a paint stroke that the artist accidentally put onto his beautiful picture of the earth. Both are just as likely as each other.
Episode 87: Oath
Interesting how the people under the bridge now look to Recruit for advice. Sister is more for emotional support than decision making, which is probably why he hasn’t been given the job of the Mayor. While the Mayor’s advice may be absolute nonsense, his deliverance and reputation under the bridge makes him a perfect leader. However turning to Recruit when there is genuine, tangible trouble is because he actually has plans that makes sense.
Well, sort of make sense. What’s common sense anyway?
Episode 88: Command Aura
I wonder what Ric was worried about when he told Sister to dress up. I mean, obviously he doesn’t look like a grizzled war veteran under that nun costume until he draws something from his vast arsenal under his robes. But surely he knew that if he told Sister to camouflage that he’d go and do something crazy. Maybe he thought Sister would put on the suit again. I’m more surprised he’s not dressed in proper camo gear, complete with the helmet with leaves on and camo paint drawing leopard stripes on his face. He surely has the equipment lying somewhere in that church of his.
If Recruit is truly going to beat his daddy then he might just need to dabble in some possibly illegal activities. But dealing with the mafia would not suit someone like Recruit. Nope, he would be the type of person to dabble in the occult. The untouchable technology. The Geoss.
(OK, I know it was Whitey who sent the blokes home, but give me this moment of photoshopping extravaganza. I gotta hold up my geass end of this website somehow)
Episode 89: Under the Bridge without Ric
At first I thought this was Recruit who just had a fight with a permanent marker. The permanent marker constantly attempting to end the fight with one quick jab to the eye but Recruit took a lesson he learned from Sister and deflected each shot onto his cheekbones where the only result would be aesthetic damage. Hence the following minute or so baffled me because I genuinely thought this was Recruit in disguise and I was trying to work out what reason he had to be in disguise amongst the workers.
Fist of the North Stella make a re-appearence, this time to offer fake-Recruit her skilled support. Quite a useful skill if you think about it. Remember all those times you’ve sat in bed, totally incapable of falling asleep. The wouldn’t you love a Fist of the North Stella of your own to put you asleep with a relatively small amount of mental and physical scarring.
Maybe it’s because I now have Nino as my avatar, but I’ve found myself feeling for Nino a lot more this episode. The enthusiasm at which she greeted fake-Recruit along with the disappointment oozing out of her as she tried to recall his face, starting from the tie up, managed to get to me just a bit. It’s an episode notabley low on laughs and much stronger on the sense of community under the bridge. To be perfectly honest I prefer the other Arakawa. When they were able to use the comedic moments to put together the image of community under the bridge.
Episode 90: Father and Son
Now this was interesting. I probably should have expected it, but learning that all poor daddy Recruit wanted was a bit of love in return. Well, maybe not love. He’s afraid directly talking to his son, but for what reason? Is it because he feels he wasn’t a good father, or is he just naturally incapable of confronting people. Both seem extremely unlikely, you don’t become that successful without being able to manipulate and confront other people and as far as he’s concerned, he’s raised his son in the best way in order to be successful. Wonder what it is then.
Episode 91: Plan
Let me ask you this ladies. Would you really like to welcome back a man who, upon seeing you, sends his beads of sweat hurtling in your direction? Yeah, I thought not. No wonder everyone went to Takei instead.
What a loving relationship~! Well, I suppose it is Nino’s way of showing her affection. She’s been holding that fish in preperation for when her lover finally returns. I’m sure Recruit would love a kiss instead of a fish shoved in his mouth but beggars can’t be choosers. At least she knows it’s him now.
(I’ve been desperately trying to think of a sexual innuendo for having a fish shoved in your mouth but my perverted side is hopelessly off form today)
So that means they currently do have a psychokinesis barrier up? Maybe that’s what those bottles fluttering in the wind are. Nothing to do with telling the wind direction (although I suppose it would help with Sister’s sniping). Or maybe it’s just one of those nonsensical plans by the Mayor involving cucumbers and kappa semen mixed with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice buried under a full moon. Yeah, notice how each one of the members under the bridge wants something built that isn’t there already? Recruit’s right, bunch of moaners.
Episode 92: The Power of Ichinomiya
The only real laugh out loud moment of the episode and, surprise surprise, it comes from Sister. Look at his, sparkling from sheer innocence. Or course he thinks he’s done nothing wrong. He knows nothing else. Probably a good thing Recruit never saw him in his bear costume.
Episode 93: TEL
Leaving aside Recruit’s beautiful phone wallpaper for a second, I’m sure we all want to know exactly how scary Recruit’s dad can be. For this valuable information we shall ask our resident expert for his opinion on the frightening level of this much feared man.
And with that, this post comes to an end. It wasn’t really the greatest of Arakawa episodes I suppose. With the end in sight it’s quite easy to guess how it will shape out but apparently the manga keeps going so a second season is on the cards. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose~