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Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge episode 5

Between last episode’s school girl uniform and this episode’s plain old gender switch, we really are seeing a lot more of the feminine side to Sister this season. Although him as a vampire is still the eyecatch. I guess dressing in the sharp suit last season didn’t do enough to woo Maria. Nor did him dressed as a bear. Oh well, gotta give a man credit for trying.

Episode 137: Captain’s Return

I was already grinning when I saw the episode title. Captain Tylock is back! Or should I call him Master now? Or Mr.Potato Chip? But hurrah for him returning. Sure, he doesn’t have anything to do with the actual plot, per say. But he’s as funny as any of the residents already under the bridge so I’m willing to spare him my precious time. Especially if he comes up with some anti-moe propaganda. I’m feeling pretty anti-moe at the moment and I’m ready to lap up anything that supports my views.

Episode 138: His true form revealed

Aha, brilliant! He’s here for exactly the same reason everyone else under the bridge is here. He’s hiding from something in his real life by putting on this persona. It’s like a combination of Nino’s method and Hoshi’s reasoning. He’s got the same creating a new mask persona to make what he really wants (in Hoshi’s case, a quite literal mask), while using Nino’s method of masking his insecurities with the new persona he has created. Mind you, Nino has had over 4 years of practice using this method. Captain Tylock/Master/Mr.Potato Chip has only begun his descent into craziness.

Sorry Tylock, but you’re not going to be able to get passed the rigourouss screening of Recruit. This guy has even managed to create a dent in the mighty psychologic wall of Nino’s (even if it did take him, by my rough calculations, between 6-8 months to make any real progress). A newbie like yourself didn’t stand a chance against Recruit.

(It’s funny how I now think of Recruit as a regular member of the community under the bridge. Poor guy has been totally assimilated to the point that even the viewers don’t give it a second thought)

Episode 139: To the ends of Fiery Passion

Wait wait wait….so Mr.Potato Chip ran away from his job as a successful manga publisher because he was sick of writing moe manga? And now he’s dressed up as the main character of the type of serialisation he wants to draw? And when Recruit calls him out on the hypocrisy on saying that he wants to write what he wants to write, and yet continues to to write specifically for the members under the bridge? And Tylock only picks up his enthusiasm again when his editor tells him he doesn’t have to make the moe manga anymore?


Oh god, this is brilliant! I love this! Absolutely love this! It’s so blatant with it’s message as well. He may be a successful author who gets loads of sales writing moe, but he’s willing to give up that life to go live under a bridge just so he can write something other than moe. Heck, it’s to write anything other than moe. And this coming from Shaft? The guys who recently just announced their new anime original production to a magical girl show?

Arakawa is giving us a lesson. That it will take time to get out of this moe boom. That the first attempts may end up looking absurd due to over-enthusiasm on the creators part that they were finally given the go-ahead to write something other than moe (Star Driver anyone?). But we will prevail! The creators shall revolt and finally we will see the end of this accursed genre. This moe boom will soon come to an end. And I can’t fucking wait.

The second half of this episode was pretty crap so I’m just going to leave it on that high note.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I rather want to corrupt Sister’s “virgin purity” if you know what I mean.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I think we all know what you mean

      • Posted November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

        Me too!
        (That lucky guy!)
        Let’s abuse him! <3

      • luffyluffy
        Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink


      • Posted November 9, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

        That would be amazing! :D
        Let’s tie him like that upside down and naked from the ceiling lamp and then kick him with our boots with high heels in his body and face to see him twirl and sway a bit :D :D :D

  2. Posted November 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I barely remembered the second half of this epi either, except for that last pic (bloody Hoshi, he wishes!). Also (even though you don’t care about seiyuus in this sense), I enjoyed the legend that is Tomo Seki as the captain. In short, not as enjoyable as last week for me, but a whole heap of fun, as always.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      I remember Billy sweet talking with some epic lines, but that’s pretty much all he ever does so eh

  3. Posted November 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    >And this com­ing from Shaft? The guys who recently just announced their new anime ori­ginal pro­duc­tion to a magical girl show?

    Just because it LOOKS like moe doesn’t mean it IS moe. Maybe we get another Narutaru *shudder*
    It was said, that it will be a DIFFERENT approach to the magical genre~

    • Posted November 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      And this trailer makes it even creepier.
      It’s like Death Note, just not: “What would you do if you had a Death Note”, but “What would you do if you could do ANYTHING with magic?”. With that, it could be veeery creepy.
      I get it, Scamp, it’s a trap! A trap! They want to trick us with that cute image! Then they give us a cute first episode, everyone drops it, and then BAM! The rest is all bloody and creepy. You know Shinbo. You know he’s crazy anough to do that.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink


      Remember, Shinbo also made the second season of Nanoha. He’s more than happy to make your standard magical girl show. But I suppose he’s also more than happy to subvert the norm.

      My natural bias against magical girl shows will keep my expectations permanently down, but I can certainly see where you’re coming from

      • Posted November 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

        He can’t say that he’s going to be making something that is original, when it’s not. So I guess something like this is coming.

      • akani
        Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        What are you talking about? Shinbo didn’t make the second season of Nanoha (which was actually pretty good with a great plot and epic battle scenes, not your everyday mahou shoujo), Kusakawa Keizou did.

      • Scamp
        Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

        huh, I stand corrected. I’d always though he did the later seasons but I just checked ANN. Guess I got it the wrong way around.

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