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Arakawa Under the Bridge episode 8

Again, we have another week where the opening monologue isn’t a quotable life lesson. Rather, we get insight into the turbulent, loveless childhood of Recruit before he became Recruit. It’s the first time we’ve seen his dad in a situation that wasn’t even slightly funny. Having him do the himo~ dance or dressed up as a baby doesn’t give you quite that much time to reflect upon what his rearing methods had on poor Recruit.

Episode 62: Lie

What a way to start an episode! Put Sister in a suit. I don’t remember seeing that in the next episode preview. All I remember was a real life kappa chasing some kids (no really, that was what the last episode’s preview was).  It took me a few seconds to figure out who it was. Mind you, I’m not so sure that’s the best type of suit he could be in. It is a Dol and Gaba suit (you know someone’s loaded when they shorten the name of designer brands. I’m a student. I don’t even shorten the name of McDonald’s). I just think Sister would look better in an all black suit with the black bow-tie, James Bond style (well, he is English). Alternatively, he could go for one of those all white suits. Still, what he’s wearing there suits him well enough.

If I was Recruit, I would have used the fact that there’s some monstrous fish in that river as what he’s making this company out of. That way he has proof if either of these two go asking questions. Then again, what’s the bet that Nino has caught all the monstrous fish by now. Or maybe the fish go by season, when they all go upstream to lay their eggs and stuff….hey, stop looking at this text with that disbelieving, condescending gaze. I watched a documentary on it once. I’m an anime blogger, not a marine life blogger.

Episode 63: Employess Under the Bridge

Ah, so Franz is his real name. Were we told that before? Or is that his real name? If it is, then maybe I was wrong about him being English and it’s only Stella who’s from the land of tea and crumpets. Franz is a German name, which suits the profile of Sister quite well. He’s tall, blonde hair, blue eyes and generally typical Aryan. Or central European in general. Since he speaks 6 languages, that suits central Europe as well because they’re typically multilingual, especially compared to the English who know next to nothing beyond their native tongue.

Aha~! I have a vague theory. This lady did a little blush when Whitey did his whole ‘polite employee’ routine, hinting that she might just have fallen for the guy just a little. After what happened at the end of the episode, she’ll almost certainly come back into the picture, perhaps taking Whitey’s fascination away from this chicken of his. Or better yet, she’ll learn to live with his fear of marrying a chicken as yet another person is drawn to life under the bridge away from Recruits evil daddy.

(Damnit, every single time I think of Recruit’s dad I can’t get the image of him doing the himo~ dance out of my head)

Hi everybody. My name is Recruit and I live under a bridge. This is my blissful state of bewilderment face. I use it a lot.

Episode 64: Secratary

Well kids. Would you buy these cucumbers if this guy was the mascot? Wait, wasn’t Recruit selling electricity? Or at least pretending he was. A kappa as a mascot for your electrical company. Maybe those green and yellow orderly dots in the background a grid lines showing how Recruit will deliver electricity to the country? Or maybe I’m just looking into everything way too much yet again. Yes, I do that a lot.

Oh Nino~<3. You’re so wonderfully carefree. Well no, she does care about stuff. How would you describe her in one adjective? It’s not unaware or blissful. Neither is she naive…well, she is naive but that’s not the word I’m looking for. She has few worries to her, but unworried isn’t the word I’m looking for either. Besides, she does have worries. Otherwise she wouldn’t use the Venus lines when she feels uncomfortable. She’s a spacer I suppose, at yet stays alert to certain things. It’s like she has a certain set of things she cares about and beyond that doesn’t matter to her.

Because they have, yet again, found someone even weirder than those who do live under the bridge. When you get down to it, how many people out there wouldn’t fit into society under the bridge in some form or another? Well, probably most people, it’s why they’re considered ‘normal’. However who wants to be normal anyway? The less normal you are, the more interesting you are. Although you can push it though. Do you really want to be as harsh as Maria just to try be different from everyone else? I suppose some people are into that sort of stuff though. Like Sister, apparently.

Episode 65: A Deep Relationship

Yaoi doujins fukken whar?

(I wonder what yaoi pairings they’d make for doujins with Arakawa? I doubt there’s that many artists interested in balding dude X Recruit. Sister X Recruit seems like an obvious one. I doubt there’d be Hoshi X Recruit either, or anything to do with the Mayor either. Or maybe there’d just be straight ones with Nino X Recruit. I wonder how many fujioshi actually read the straight doujins? I should try find some of those female-orientated straight doujins sometime. Strictly from an educational perspective you must understand)

(Yuri doujins are obvious. P-ko X Nino. Cucumbers anyone? OK, I’ll shut up now…)

First he gave us Student Fucker. Now he gives us butt buddies. What other poetic terms will escape from the mouth of this wonderful poet? You can just tell he writes his own music.

Yaoi doujins fukk…note to kids: This is not how you kiss someone. If someone I was about to kiss decided to re-arrange their face to look like they wanted me to inspect their mouth for cavities, I’d probably run away. Actually I wouldn’t, because I’d be too busy being shocked that someone wanted to kiss a big nerd like myself. But I’d still point out any potential cavities they might have.

Episode 66: My First…

Yes! Yes! Go for it! Push him and see what happens!

(It’s strange how big a deal the kiss scene is. You find yourself gunning for the scene to happen, crying for the characters to go for it, being constantly cockblocked or pussyfooting around. Sometimes it’s tossed out like it’s nothing. Sometimes it’s been built up for ages so that you get an explosion of relief when they finally get to it. Sometimes it’s shocking when it does happen that you’re like ‘woah, they kissed!’. Sex scenes though…well, they don’t happen very much and when they do, it’s almost always been between a married couple. Anime needs more sex in general)

It’s strange to realise that this is the case. No matter how many chocolates he got, no matter how much research he did for his and Nino’s date, no matter how many romances he’s seen go past him in his life, if you don’t actually engage in the romance yourself then you’re not going to learn anything very fast. So go ahead and kiss her damnit!

Come on Recruit, you have to kiss her! If you don’t, she may never regrow her nose ever again!

Hoshi’s facial expression is so epic in this picture. It’s the face of a troll. He’s definately the type of guy who posts one word comments like ‘faggot’ on Youtube videos then grins as he watches the ensuing carnage. Yup, Hoshi is definitely a troll. And just like any troll, he hasn’t got a chance with women, despite thinking he’s cool because he plays the guitar badly. Sorry Hoshi, but you stand no chance against the Recruit. Now hurry up and KIIISSSSSS HHHEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR!!!!


That’s a proper kiss as well. Mouths properly connected, a good old grab of the tie to add that extra bit of feistyness. Obviously it doesn’t rank up there with those epic kisses that have been building up for ages, but I’d still give this a solid 7/10. Loses points for Nino not having a clue what it really meant, but the buildup in this episode to it was great stuff. It made me grin like a maniac anyway.

Hey look, there must have been a cut-scene we missed where Nino styled Recruit’s hair like she did in episode 2 and then proceeded to paint his face with tomato juice.

(I predicted a few episodes back that Recruit was about 22 years old. Looks like I was almost right and I’d say Nino is a year or two younger. We’ll have to wait and see for that information)

Episode 67: Alone

I wonder if he still thinks that? Nino in a wedding dress. Sister performing the marriage ceremony. P-ko the bridesmaid. Whitey the best man. Hoshi would be playing the wedding music if he wasn’t too busy floating down the river pretending he was a starfish. The Mayor would act like the guy handing over Nino to him in the father’s position. Marriage under the Bridge. I wonder how far this season will go with their relationship anyway?

This scene was very touching when it was happening but looking back it’s kinda weird. Mainly because of that scene later on with him hugging a Recruit body pillow. I’d like to think my dad doesn’t hug a body pillow of me. I’ve never actually asked him if he does. I don’t think I ever will ask him either because if he does I’d prefer not to know.

Episode 68: Bluebird

You know when I said earlier than anime needed more sex? Yeah…I doubt that’s what happened here. It’s just Recruit being an idiot. A lovable idiot but an idiot nonetheless. Although his reaction is better than Hoshi’s would ever be. If Nino’s mouth touched his, Hoshi would probably explode.

I’m sorely tempted to go back to the earlier episodes and check if those scenes of Recruit in the house by himself have Sister lurking ominously in the background somewhere. If Shaft actually did that, they’d get a brofist of respect from me. In fact, Shaft get a brofist of respect from me for this entire show. If the nonsensical length of these posts weren’t clue enough, I’ve totally fallen in love with Arakawa Under the Bridge.

Why yes Sister, it does. Arakawa Under the Bridge makes me smile so much my face hurts. It’s not so much the laugh out loud moments that make this anime for me, although those are plentiful and enjoyable. It’s the constant feel-good factor and general grinniable mood the entire show puts me in. Arakawa is my favourite show of the spring season and has taken that spot by quite a considerable margin. It’s also given me new-found respect for Shaft that previously only existed after Bakemonogatari, something which was gradually worn away by the ridicoulous delay for those final episodes. Of course, the real hero behind this series is the original mangaka and I can’t wait to see if he more popular Saint Young Men also gets animated, but Shaft deserve some real respect for adapting it this well. Thank you Shaft and thank you Shinbo. You deserve this break you’re taking next season.

But for now, let’s all sit in anticipation and wait for the hilarity that will be Recruit’s dad under the bridge!

(himo himo himo himo~~~)

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  1. Xyopq
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Oh no, Franz. Put that novelty lighter that looks just like a handgun away :3

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      I once saw a novelty lighter that spouted fire out of a womens nipple

  2. vucubcaquix
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    The lucidity of some of the characters at certain points always kind of takes me aback. Baldzors evaluation of the emotional maturity of Ric and Nino and his perceptiveness of Hoshi’s feelings for Nino was really kind of remarkable as it unfolded. And of course Sister is always on top of his game, mentally. His recognition of how well Ric and Nino compliment each other holistically at the end proved to be a very emotionally satisfying capper to the episode. Bravo Shinbo, SHAFT, and Hikaru Nakamura.

    That’s a pretty well thought-out wedding itinerary there…

    Also, you misspelled the titles to episodes 63 and 64. Just saying…

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      Urgh, fucking spell check must not react to episode titles. I blame the fansubbers. That’s still terrible though, how did I make those two mistakes?

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    For the first time, Arakawa makes me actually laugh out loud.


    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      Arakawa makes me laugh way more than you

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

        it made me smile earlier, this time it actually made me crack the fuck up XD

  4. Posted May 27, 2010 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    “Willfully ignorant” is how I would describe Nino – though that’s two words. It’s not that she doesn’t know what’s going on, it’s that she chooses not to know.

    And I have a feeling she knew exactly what that kiss meant.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      That’s better than anything I could come up with anyway. That’s the thing about Nino. There’s a feeling the whole time that she knows perfectly well what’s going on and is just playing the part of an idiot.
      Maybe all those late night camps in Recruit’s villa were a hint…

  5. Posted May 27, 2010 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Gotta say … abusive!Maria is kind of hot. That lucky bastard Recruit, I swear …

    Sister looks pretty badass in a suit. Total slick assassin material.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      Generally not an M guy myself but yah, the office uniform made that scene

  6. Posted May 27, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Sister looked so natural. Ric probably should have implied he was a bodyguard though.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      That would’ve made perfect sense. You’re a natural at this ‘lying to empleyees’ thing!

  7. Leah-san
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Arakawa Yaoi?
    Sounds weird.
    I will always stick with Nino/Recruit. Despite me being a fujioshi. And yes, I also read straight Doujinshi. But just the PG ones. And I love Yuri. Very much. Do I sound weird?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Yuri is mainly a girl thing anyway. Guys often just like it because it doubles the amount of women in their porn. Or they’re pansies, which quite a lot of otaku are

      • Leah-san
        Posted June 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

        I see.
        Meh, but I like relationships more, so, I like everything, from Yaoi to Yuri to straight pairings. I’m not so into porn, but I find the relationship of humans (and in this, drawn humans) very interesting. But I hate most of shojo manga, I like seinen romances more. ….Again, I sound weird. The only shojo manga I liked were the mangas by Arina Tanemura (which are very beautiful drawn, and also the heart and emotions coming from these characters and storys are AMAZING, its not a sap thing, nor is it always happy go lucky, it has many many facets!), Ouran and Lovely Complex.

  8. dirty weeabro
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    This show always, and i mean always, puts me in a great mood. The atmosphere it provides as well as all the positive energy under the bridge is just so wonderful to watch. This show just makes me so damn happy.

    also, i also had a similar hunch that nino knows full well what the kiss entails.

    …and if nino kissed hoshi, a supernova would occur.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      It makes me smile so hard my face hurts. When that happens I know I’ve found a quality anime.

      I’d say Nino knows what the kiss entails…but she was quite good at holding back any emotion. Either that or she’s been waiting to do it for ages

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted May 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

        Without trying to lower the tone (too much), if Nino isn’t as naive as she makes out and knows what the kiss means, what can be said about her response to Hoshi that being “butt buddies” sounds like fun. hmmm….

        Probably just me thinking too much… about the wrong things…

  9. fathomlessblue
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m in total agreement with you, I frickin’ love this show. Bar fmab its the best thing to have aired in years. Theres just so many highlights, my favorites this ep being Sister in surveillance mode, Maria stamping the ground where Ric’s face imprint was (complete with puddle/drool where his mouth was) and of course the secretary’s apron with HisHo written on. Oh and Star(fish)’s complete breakdown.

    Anyone know how many episodes this is running for? The more the better!

    • Scamp
      Posted May 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      I’m pretty sure it’s only a one-cour show aka: 12-13 episodes. Shaft have never done a 2-cour show and I really doubt they’d start with this. They do have a reputation for making a lot of second seasons although I have no idea how well this sold to guarantee that happening

  10. Posted May 29, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    There was so many great moments in this episode, but I have to comment specifically on Hoshi getting shown up and reduced to someone with the mental capacity of the starfish he’s begun to imitate. Seeing him and Ric get super competitive is always fun, mostly because they’re kind of dicks to each other. But nonetheless I find Hoshi to be far from worthy, and having the kiss in front of him as he tried to push Ric, only to have his bluff called, was damn satisfying.

    Also: “Strictly from an edu ca tional per spect ive you must understand.” All this doujin speculation, I think blogging Hetalia has gotten to you :P

    • Scamp
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Someone’s been reading Crusader’s posts :)

      And yes, the ‘Scamp discussing yaoi again’ tag is pretty large

  11. Posted May 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I laughed when I heard what was being translated as “butt buddies”: homo-dachi. Homosexual + tomodachi (friend). Star’s quite the creative guy.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Homodachi…I never even noticed that when I was watching the episode. That’s quite a poetic turn of phrase by Hoshi

  12. blissfullynaive
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Arakawa’s got to be my fave of this season, too.

    Hoshi’s epic reactions crack me up every damn time.

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