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Arakawa Under the Bridge episode 4

Anyone wondering why the episode started with LOLQUALITY animation at the start, you can put this down to Shafts infamous organisation abilities. They weren’t able to edit the episode down enough to fit in the TV schedule so put a part of the episode online. I know I shouldn’t complain about more Arakawa but really Shaft, what on earth is going on behind the scenes there? I mean, this is nowhere near as bad as announcing Bakemonogatari to air its last three episodes online in October and yet here we are still waiting for the last one, but they certainly aren’t the most organised animation studio around.

Episode 25: First Date

Best part about Recruit’s panicky first date plans? How enthusiastically Nino took the whole thing. As amusing as the idea of Nino doing this all for shits and giggles is, I can’t help feel she’s also feeling nervous about the date. As much of a space-case as she is, I bet she’s trying her best to make this first date a success. I dare say her enthusiastic leaping behind rocks was just her way of trying to show Recruit she was ready to enjoy this first date for him. As much as Recruit probably feels like he’s doing this for Nino, Nino is probably trying her best on this date for Recruit. Recruit seemed really pumped for the whole thing and I bet Nino is doing this because she wants him to have a good time. Both of them trying to convince the other they’re having a good time results in leaping behind rocks and hedges.

I was going to make a joke about hur hur porn but thinking about it logically for a second, would Recruit really ever buy porn? Everytime he pleasures himself using pictures of naked women, he would then have to go to the model in questions house and pose naked on her bed for her enjoyment. Women, this isn’t as bad as it sounds. Remember that Recruit is a dashingly handsome man, although I doubt you’d want him on your bed with his shlong on the duvet. It’s not like he could just send the model pictures of himself nude either. I mean, how would he ever know that she got sufficient enjoyment from these pictures? He’d have to be there in person. Or send one of his bodyguards to inspect…ok, I’m getting off this train of thought now.

Episode 26: Relations between Planets/The Sexes

I’ll admit, I was far too exciting to see this happening. Arakawa has already proven itself to tickle the romantic side of me to the point that I get excited at the prospect of seeing them in anything remotely romantic. Which makes my total dislike of Shojo series a bit hypocritical. Of course, the proceeding scene was the funniest since Sister’s original introduction in episode 2. It’s the continued seriousness of the two of them that makes the whole thing so funny. Both of them know what they are doing is stupid but they’re so intent on having a proper date that you end up with that princess carrying scene.

Noooo, Nino! Come on Recruit, save the day here. Prove yourself to the audience. Have you learned enough about Nino? Can you make her happy? You know what a harsh critic anime audiences can be when it comes to our female leads. Only the most perfect of men are allowed near our goddesses. Just look at how many people hate Shinra from Durarara because of how we perceive his actions towards everyones favourite headless moeblob. We are harsher critics than Simon Cowell and the ANNCast hosts combined. Did he prove himself? Did he ever!

What was best about Recruits whole scene was it wasn’t the perfect response, it just showed his intent to do his best for Nino. We, the judges of Recruits actions, don’t necessarily love a man who’s perfect. In fact, it makes us feel inadequate. What we want is a man who gives nothing more than his best honest effort. You know why, don’t you? We can’t emulate a perfect man because we aren’t perfect. We can, however, give our best honest effort. The cynic inside me says that it’s because we want to believe that just by giving our honest best effort, we will get the girl. It’s not strictly true, the harsh reality is that women want the bad boy who ignores the most of the time, but it makes for a romantic picture that’s great to watch. It made Nino blush and that’s enough to make me smile widely.

Episode 27: Stella

This is such a great picture. All it needs now is a very simple white background with the four characters just being black silhouettes. The characters of Arakawa are such an oddly dressed bunch that any lineup of them would look great. There’s many parodies I’m waiting to see with the Arakawa cast. One would be a Durarara ending parody (the first one, not this crappy second one). Another would be the Ghost in the Shell 2nd opening parody where they all stand in the trench coats. Or the Yotsuba& trio picture with Sister, Recruit and Stella. Where are you anime artists?

Possibly even better than the last picture. The white line off into the sunset just makes the whole thing priceless. Ah Arakawa~, the nutter cast and costumes makes any lineup hilarious. I repeat, where are you anime fanartists? Stop drawing Vocaloid and Touhou!

Episode 28: Let’s Play Together

Wait what? Recruit doesn’t have a mum? How did I miss that until now! It explains a hell of a lot about Recruit if the only person raising him was his dad. I’ve said this before, but I can’t wait for daddy Recruit to come back into the story. I’d love to see his reaction to the likes of Nino and Sister.

(you know, I probably take Arakawa too seriously in these posts. But hey, that’s my job as a blogger! I’ve got to over-analyse everything, it’s how I earn my living. Well, when I say earn my living, I’ve earned less than 3 euro from blogging in my life. You guys need to be more helpful and click on these google ads!)

Episode 29: Qualifications for a Big Brother

Actually I didn’t, I just got my ass handed to m-, I mean, yes, I did lose on purpose…sorta.

Anyone here watching Rainbow? Imagine a fight between An-chan and Stella, the two big brothers duking it out. An-chan could probably take a lot of punishment before delivering the final blow. On the other hand, if Stella was limited to three combo strikes, it makes you wonder how far she can go. And these are proper combo attacks. None of your too-fast-for-the-eye Clannad kick combos, these were all shown is full detail, slow-motion. An-chan is pretty freaking manly though, I’d say the fight would be pretty even.

Episode 30: Maria

Mina Tepes pose? Shaft, do you really want to draw more attention to that series. It’s not quite as bad as Brains Base making an Akikan reference in Denpa, but at least they’ve yet to make a reference to it in Durarara. Argh, getting sidetracked yet again. It’s not like any of my readers care whether they referenced Akikan in Denpa!

Makes sense I suppose. I wonder if the group under the bridge work the same way as an Israeli kibbutz. They are generally self-sufficient but also have to sell stuff to the outside world in order to buy things that they couldn’t otherwise make themselves. Maybe that’s what Star-heads job is. He’s actually a famous indi singer and his sales on itunes is what helps them buy things they can’t make themselves.

Episode 23: Would anyone notice if I named the episode incorrectly

That does it, Sister is now my favourite character without doubt. While Stella is the abusive Big Brother, Sister is a true Aniki. He stands up for Recruit and yet teaches him lifes harsh lessons. He is, in a strange way, one of the most sane people who live under the bridge. Well, most mature and responsible anyway. I can see why people go to him for confession, he does have this aura about him that you could trust him with anything. Definately the An-chan under the bridge.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Your reviews for Arakawa are just as funny as the episode itself sometimes, I swear it.

  2. luffyluffy
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and Feast your eyes on this :I


    Hana-Tamago makes this version better than Araragi’s footwork

  3. terra
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Yep, I noticed you named the episode incorrectly ;p

  4. Posted April 29, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I don’t think it was actually mentioned earlier in the series that Recruit didn’t have a mother. They only ever introduced the father and said nothing about whether his mother was in the family picture or not. (Makes you kind of wonder what kind of woman she was, though.)

    And yes: we would notice if you named your episodes incorrectly.

  5. vucubcaquix
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    The part that got was definitely the end of “episode” 26. I found Ric’s comparison of the interactions of the sexes with that of the planets to be surprisingly elegant, probably more so than a supposed comedy manga maybe deserves.

    Here I am, laughing my ass off at the princess carry (I haven’t had a laugh that hard in a while) when the show suddenly drops something like that on me. It tends to leave me in a strangely perplexed state.

  6. Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink


    lol, the princess carry is my favorite part too. The funniest part about that is how little Recruit cares about the huge disconnect between how he imagines the princess carry and how it actually goes down, and yet he keeps walking happily along, his knees knocking into poor Nino’s ribs the whole time.

  7. vucubcaquix
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 10:19 am | Permalink


    I think I figured out why it’s so funny to me. It’s Maaya Sakamoto’s voice. Thinking of Shiki Ryougi whimpering like that makes me lose it.

  8. Scamp
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink


    There’s a great Summer Wars version of that as well. I wonder where my picture of that is gone…

    @terra @blindability

    Nobody seems to notice when I change the opening paragraph in my ‘no anime is dropped forever’ posts


    That’s the brilliance of the series. It’s strangely heartwarming as well as being absolutely hilarious. I think it really is my favourite of the season

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