In a move that should surprise nobody, the last episode stayed removed from the plot and was basically a ‘special’. Which is a good thing because the plot worked perfectly as it was and I would have been pretty devastated if they changed it at all, what with all my blubbering in the last episode post over how perfect it all was.
(For the record, I’ve swapped from the Nutbladder subs I’ve used for the past 12 episodes to God Speed subs, for the simple reason that it came out earlier. Scamp = impatient)
Episode 101: The Last Samurai
Nino’s bed hair is like surfer-dudes hair in extreme mode. Salt water does that to your hair, but the Arakawa river doesn’t look big enough to be a salt water river. It must have something else crazy in it though because that’s some wild hair right there. It’s like it’s made out of ahoge’s. Since I made Nino and her awesome hair my avatar, I’ve found I have a soft spot for it now. In fact, I think it’s given me a soft spot for Arakawa in general. The reverse has happened too though. Now that I no longer have Hare as my avatar I’ve found myself wondering what it was about the show I loved anyway.
Seriously, that hair! It’s what Tokuchi Toua’s hair would look like if he didn’t cut it for several years. Nino’s hair has gone down as one of the most awesome hairdo’s ever. Or is it? I must verify this fact! *runs off to my MAL account*
OK, for anime characters most awesome hair, remembering that crazy does not nessesarilly equal awesome (so no Yugioh) I came up with some contenders. Lyuze from Casshern Sins, Eureka from Eureka Seven, Tessa from Full Metal Panic (the ponytail twirl in front of the mouth. Got me every time), The Count from Gankutsuou and Rakka from Haibane Remnei (remember the static from the halo?). You know, I’d probably still give Nino the award for most awesome hair.
(I just spent half an hour on MAL searching for characters with awesome hair. No wonder these posts take forever to write)
Episode 102: Haircut
I suppose he has to be a pretty skilled hairdresser to get that cute little bow effect on the top of P-ko’s head like that, along with the sun-kissed gradient effect it has. It looks like someone has lit a bulb under her head. Maybe her scalp glows? It’s a pretty awesome hairdo in it’s own right. Not quite at the level of those I mentioned earlier, but around the same level as Minami Chiaki. Oh what am I saying? The only reason I took this screenshot was to marvel at Nino’s hair once again. It looks like a thistle.
I feel a little bit relieved Last Samurai wasn’t in the regular show. The best he can honestly do is a reference to Samurai Blue? Which, BTW, is the nickname the Japanese Government gave to their football team for the world cup. Yah really. Spend all that money on people to promote their national football team and the most imaginative they could come up with is ‘Samurai Blue’? Bleh, almost as lame as this character.
Episode 103: Billy and Jaqueline
OK, I approve of this character already. Besides lady, I’m pretty sure they’ll be OK with your forbidden romance. If a man can share his wife with 9999 others, I’m pretty sure he’ll be OK with another one, even if it is a parrot. I wonder why she’s not with her family though. Did she elope with Billy to under the bridge? If you go by the general theme of Arakawa residents, then she’s hiding something under that Queen Bee facade. I guess we’ll find out in the second sea-ssshhhhhhh Scamp, don’t mention that yet! Quick, show them a hot picture of Jaqueline.
Episode 104: Arakawa Dreamland
Main characters in anime quite often suffer from being extremely bland so you can insert yourself in their situations. They might have character attributes but often they are things that don’t effect their everyday thought. What I like about Recruit is that he a very defined personality. He’s a bit of a dick, slightly full of himself who struggles when it comes to being nice to people because he wasn’t brought up that way. He’s kept the pompous part of himself as he lives under the bridge but he’s been making a noticeable effort to be less of a dick to everyone who isn’t the Mayor or Hoshi. There’s a clear character here who you can’t just project yourself into. So good job there Ms. Author. You’ve made a proper main character with Recruit.
This had me in stitches though, if only because this isn’t entirely unbelievable. Imagine if there was a Twilight theme park. It wouldn’t have to stretch your suspension of disbelief too far to see that a version with Edward or whatever his name is as a chair for you to clamber into could exist.
Me after writing a typical Arakawa Under the Bridge post. Seriously, never before has blogging a series taken me so much time. I love doing it but argh, takes bloody forever! Plus judging by the hitcounter, not very many people read these posts. Ah well, I like reading them so bleh to you guys. Well, not bleh to you guys reading this because you are the actual few people who do read these posts.Good job guys. Here’s a happy picture of Nino and P-ko for you.
OK, I know the picture isn’t perfect because Nino doesn’t have any sort of bed hair, but frankly I think we got enough of that at the start of the episode to last us for the rest of our lives.
Episode 105: Rides
Why oh why do horses hold such appeal over girls? This is a pretty accurate depiction of horses you know. They’re far from being the nicest creatures around you know. Think about how excited they get when they go to a horse stud. You know what a horse stud is, right? It’s wear one dude horse fucks all the women horses that come to him because he ran fast in a few races. It’s like the world cup winning team were then all transported off to separate brothels. You are visiting that brothel. Lovely stuff. Aren’t those horses cute~?
Each crazy part of Arakawa had a formula. Something crazy looks like it’s about to happen. Recruit gets all panicky and turns into his mean self. Then the characters reveal something that’s actually rather nice, which leaves Recruit feeling a bit guilty for being prejudice against the residents. Then, just as he’s won over, they reveal that they are nutters after all and he goes straight back to his doubting self once again, starting with a deadpan reaction face, followed by yelling loudly.
When I put it like that, Arakawa sounds like a rather uninspired series. I wonder why I like it so much then?
Episode 106: Unforgettable Parade
I know this is the last episode, but I don’t have a whole lot more to say. I did all my praising of the series overall in the last episode post because that was the true end to the season. But not the end of the series overall. Yup, for those of you who haven’t already found out, a new season of Arakawa Under the Bridge has been announced. Judging how the series was announced instantly after this one ended, I’d say it will air this upcoming Autumn season although don’t quote me on that. I’ll admit, I’m a little bit wary of a second season. Yes, I love the show, but a large part of what I love about it is how well structured it was from start to finish. I don’t feel like it needed another season, although I suppose we won’t know until we actually see it. But yeah, I am wary, especially when the next season preview included this.
Episode 107: Treasure
WTF? A rejected Cobra character design has decided to join Arakawa Under the Bridge? Oh well, I suppose it’s time to say goodbye to Recruit and Nino for now. Look forward to seeing you all fight Wonderwomen next season. Or fly off to Venus with her. Whichever makes more less sense at the time. What’s common sense anyway?