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Arakawa Under the Bridge episode 5

Hiatus? What hiatus?

New opening this week, which originally disappointed me because the normal opening had really grown on me. But once I got over that original disappointment this new opening is pretty damn cool. Definitely has a touch of the Maria Holic opening about it what with Maria carrying round Sister mannequins. For all the problems with Maria Holic, the opening was not amongst them. This also continues Shafts trend of changing the opening just once randomly in the middle of the series, something I highly approve of when it can brings songs like Renai Circulation. Hanamaru Kindergarden changed its ending song with every episode and for many people that was the highlight of the anime. There’s obvious cost reasons for why it’s not done often but the reason I like it is it gives the animation studios a chance to much about with different animation styles. I would certainly like it to become more of a trend, although I’d hardly be devastated if we’re stuck with the usual opening from here on in.

(you know, my posts should only take about 40 minutes to write. What happens is I keep getting sidetracked and they take two hours. This time it was watching random Hanamaru endings.)

Episode 33: Can’t hide his feelings

I so saw this coming. They went to buy eggs and milk, neither of which is exactly that heavy. What were they going to put on a trolley, a cow? Obviously we’re living under the bridge so doubting the intensity of these characters nonsensical ways is never advisable. The person running the farm could, for instance, refuse to sell milk in any packages smaller than 5 gallons. However I doubt there was any size that would fit on the trolley that Sister wouldn’t be able to carry himself. Along with the fact that he brought Recruit along allowed me to connect the dots and come to this conclusion.

This is totally did not see coming though, and yet it’s strangely fitting for life under the bridge. These people may be odd but it’s just strange habits more so than being totally inhuman so why wouldn’t they fall in love? I guess the wound opening up for Sister is simply his version of the anime nosebleed. Much more manly. People get nosebleeds from doing stupid things like walking into lamposts because they saw a hot girl across street and weren’t paying attention to where they were looking (not that I’m talking from personal experience or anything…). Besides, I’ve always felt that the atypical asexual badass character isn’t quite a badass as the man who does fall in love. A robot doing badass deeds in not a cool as a human doing badass deeds.

Episode 34: Hello in the Vegetable Garden

Tell me, have you ever tried to get someone to slip on a banana peel? Or tried to slip on a banana peel yourself? I’ve tried both and neither worked. People just don’t slip on banana peels, although it’s something I refuse to believe isn’t true. I won’t feel like I’ve lived my life to the fullest until I see someone slip on a banana peel in real life (and no, a youtube video doesn’t count).

Episode 35: I guess Paprika’s…

I guess P-ko is the closest we’ll get to a moe stereotype in Arakawa Under the Bridge. Here we have our classic clumsy dojiko, like Celty from Durarara. Yup, thanks to Shingen I will forever associate the dojiko character archetype with a headless biker. It’s probably just as well P-ko isn’t headless herself. I think one headless dojiko in my diet is enough for me. Besides, if she was headless she wouldn’t be able to have that awesome bow hair. What points Celty gets with headless moe she loses out on ahoge moe points.

Full points for originality. Even if Recruit sat there all day taking insults from Maria he would never come across an insult of the blighted eggplant variety. I don’t doubt Maria has this insult in her arsenal though. She probably has an insult detector that pulls in all the insults anyone has ever used into into her head. So remember, whenever you insult someone, Sister gets an erection…or something along those lines anyway.

Episode 36: For your sake

What were you guys thinking she needed cucumbers for? Don’t lie, what were you really thinking? Really? Well then you guys are really cute and innocent and should probably never visit the deep dark corners of the internet. I’m a university student. The joy at searching for a perverted angle to anything has only increased from my teenage years. I wonder when they die down. Judging by some of the jokes my grandparents make, they will never go away.

But no, the real reason is that there’s even more love in the air under the bridge. It’s such a strangely charming atmosphere under there. Who do the characters look up to for shining examples? That would be Sister and Nino. Sister is totally incapable of admitting his love for Maria so no luck there in getting romantic advice. Nino had to actually save a drowning man to get herself a lover so again, not much luck there in the romance department. Maybe that can be Recruits job. Cupid under the Bridge.

Episode 37: Familia

Not much to say about this episode. Stella is kind of a boring character if I’m being honest. I’ve seen far too many ‘cute looking but badass and deadly’ characters come out of Japan in my time to really care about Stella. Instead I’m going to point you all to Whitey and his little space he’s given himself. He probably stands in the same spot at every meal. It would be so easy for someone who doesn’t like Whitey to fuck with him. Stick all the lovely chicken wings to the opposite side of the table to him and give him the icky stuff, like Guacamole.

Episode 38: Leech

I just love the image this gives. Consider Nino. She’s about the same age as Recruit so that means she’s probably no older than 22. How long has she lived under the bridge? I’d say not a whole lot longer than 2 years either (In fact, I generally think the gang under the bridge haven’t been there for all that long and I doubt we’ll ever get an answer either). So she comes to live under the bridge, sees this monster fish one day and decides there and then that her job will be as a fisherwomen. She will never retire until she catches this monster. Now her life has evolved above and beyond that but it’s still nice to return to her youth when catching this one guy was everything.

Sounds worryingly like my parents…(I’m not a NEET because I’m in education but I really should search harder for employment), which only enhances my belief that Sister is the one who trully runs life under the bridge. What does that kappa do anyway? First thing he does with Recruit is try pick a fight. Sister, on the other hand, teaches him valuable life lessons and offers him cookies. Who do you think is a better role model?

Episode 39: Gonna kick your ass

I was right, Star does earn his way by selling his music on itunes! I bet he gets about 6 downloads, one of them being himself. Oh, and he plays live concerts in Second Life as well. To an audience of about 5 people, one of them who has left his computer running while he goes to have dinner and the other person is a horse.

(I’ve never actually gone on Second Life in my life. However my dad is bloody obsessed with the thing so I’d be able to blag my way through a conversion about it. From his stories it sounds like he spends most of his time arguing with people in role-playing games who claimed to have lock picks inside their ears. Apparently this is the future.)

Shot. Of. The. Episode. There’s always one scene that gets me. Out of all the guys to be compared to, there’s something even more demeaning about being compared to Whitey. The others have genuinely crazy styles that have their own strange appeal. Whitey is just a hobo who is afraid of having a relationship with a chicken.

Episode 40: Music Battle

Gotta love Recruits ‘We are not amused’ face. Hoshi challenges his pride and his way with the ladies. It’s strange that the way to get to Recruit is to challenge his attraction. Out of all the things for Recruit to get touchy about, I wouldn’t have guessed that. We men are strange creatures. I’d get touchy about somone attacking my attractiveness as well. Well, maybe not my attractiveness because I don’t have a whole lot to defend there.

Episode 41: Wonderful Music

Saved for future imagespam use. I wonder if I’m popular enough for people to read all the way to the end of this episodic post? It’s far too long for a single episodic and I’ve spent way longer than I should have, although that’s probably because I spent so much of my time looking up Hanamaru ending songs and searching for the definition of words like ‘libido’. Thankfully the episode ended now so I can finally stop typing. phew~

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted May 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    YAY! You’re finally back! How did college go? Also, Arakawa is finally not starting to drag every episode constantly!

  2. Posted May 8, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    I wonder if the Mayor’s cucumber is green and bumpy.

    Ric and Star’s rivalry is my favorite part of the show so far. It’s just hilarious to see two guys who are fairly dickish get indignant and self-righteous at each other. Like Star has so much to be proud of and hang over Ric’s head.

  3. Posted May 8, 2010 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    I’ve slipped on a banana peel before…

  4. Posted May 8, 2010 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I definitely read all the way to the end. :high fives:

  5. Scamp
    Posted May 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink


    Arakawa drag? How dare you~!


    If he was really as long as a cucumber then no wonder she wants some of that


    You don’t know how jealous I am of you right now


    *receives high five*

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted May 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    The first episode was booooooring~

  7. AzarelHikaru
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I almost dropped the show because the first episode was too over-the-top weird and hit and miss. But because you’d been following it constantly (and some other blogs testified that it was something to watch), I picked it back up. I’m glad I did. This show is 3/4’s weird and 3/4’s awesome. :D

  8. Scamp
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink


    I’ve seen similar sentiments expressed about Arakawa elsewhere. A lot of people didn’t ‘get’ the humour in the first episode only for it go grow on them quickly. I guess the same thing happened to me with Bakemonogatari last summer. Didn’t really get the show until episode 3

  9. blissfullynaive
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    For some reason, the first and second episodes got me instantly. Arakawa’s one of my all-time faves now. lol.

    There is something about Stella that i like. But what you pointed out in that picture (Whitey’s white spot) is hella funnier atm.

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