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Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge episode 6

I did say that I would quote the opening lines from each episode at the start of each post. Just because the opening lines aren’t a pretentious metaphor for love doesn’t mean I can skimp from that duty. So here we go. Join in if you know the words.

Himo himo himo himo~~~

Himo himo himo himo~~~

Himo himo himo himo~~~

An interesting assumption indeed. I’ve heard the theory expressed elsewhere that Nino’s parents must have travelled a lot and told Nino they were on trips to Venus. Maybe they lived in a poor country and emigrated illegally on a rocket (replace rocket with whatever vehicle you think they travelled in). Why Nino has ended up where she is now is a bit of a mystery. Maybe the Mayor took interest in the family for some reason and agreed to keep Nino out of sight. This achieved the double explanation as to why they live under the bridge and why he’s so intent on the Ichinomiya company from investigating her even further. Yeah, for those who hadn’t figured this out yet, the mysterious samurai guy is the Mayor.

Well this is weird. I started writing the post without an episode title. I was expecting the world to snap in two at this cataclysmic change in procedures but thankfully that hasn’t been the case so far. However it would be best not to push my luck any further, so let’s move onto the actual episode titles now.

Episode 144: Decryption

I only came to this realisation at the same time Recruit did. Even though I kinda knew already, I’d never quite come to the realisation that everything Nino does she does for a reason. All her nonsense actions and reactions occur due to something on her mind. The thing is, this is Nino. Women are difficult to work out at the best of times, but Nino runs on a different system to everyone. If anything, Recruit is an ideal boyfriend for her. A man more experienced in the world of love and women would be even more baffled by Nino as they tried to apply the lessons they’d learned from the real world to understanding Nino. Common sense doesn’t apply here. But since when did common sense ever apply to what the opposite sex seems to be thinking? What’s common sense anyway?

Don’t worry Recruit. You’re not alone in wanting to be trod on by various female members that live under the bridge. Although, judging by the comments on the last post, the women watching the show would prefer to do the trodding on the male members. Really women? Wouldn’t you just be a little bit turned on by Sister or even Kou holding out their hands and proclaiming ‘come with me if you want to live’. Heck, even my heart would flutter a bit by a domineering Sister playing the Alpha male role. Actually, back to masochist Nino, that would be a weird experience. Nino isn’t exactly good at expressing disgust or anger, so theoretically she wouldn’t be well suited to the role as a sadist. She just doesn’t have that sexy side to her. I’d love to see her trying it out though. Recruit and Nino trying out some foreplay and failing just as hard as when he tried to carry her like a princess. Yes, I would absolutely love to see that. Why hasn’t it happened yet Shaft?

Episode 145: Everything Suddenly

Without context, this scene looks a bit suspicious.

  • She could have started dressing like Santa, only for her costume to be robbed and half her beard ripped off her face. She’s now telling the police of this horrific incident and this is their advice
  • She grew a massive beard and was in the process of shaving it off. This is her talking to herself in the mirror and the white stuff is shaving foam
  • She starred in one of those creepy ass porn rape games featuring a protagonist with surprisingly foamy semen

My my, the community under the bridge sure has it’s fair share of fine men. Even Hoshi and the Mayor are meant to be pretty faces once they take their masks off. Problem with Shimazaki, our lovestruck receptionist, is that she doesn’t have a clear nonsensical trait that qualifies her to live under the bridge with her dream man. She’s even more normal than P-ko, who’s probably the most normal member living under the bridge at the moment. We need to find her tic. Then we can accept her and have another lovestruck, one-sided romance under the bridge.

Episode 146: Confession

In the first season of Arakawa, we never needed to learn about Nino’s past. That season was about Recruit embracing the bizarre because it was only through that could he, and eventually his dad, see the irregularities of his previous life. We didn’t need to uncover what was beyond the people under the bridge, beyond knowing that there was something they were escaping from there. This season though, is all about accepting people no matter what they are escaping from. Or it’s about true love being absolute trust in one another. In both cases, the central character has changed to Nino and in both cases requires us to discover the truth behind Nino’s past. It’s time to reveal what’s under this facade!

Nino and Recruit. I was going to write a paragraph about why you’re one of my favourite couples in anime, but the truth is there’s quite a lot more duos I prefer to you two. You don’t hold a candle to the likes of Nodame X Chiaki, Horo X Lawrence and Jinto X Lafiel. But you do have that awkward yet genuine love between you that anime frequently does ever so well. You can stand proud alongside the likes of Araragi X Senjogahara and Chi X Hideki. Ooh, and maybe that new duo from Kuragehime, although we’ll have to wait and see where that anime is going. Yeah people, watch Kuragehime. It’s the only anime better than Arakawa this season. Although not better than the first season of Arakawa, seeing as that’s still the best anime of the year. Mwahahaha, go my biased views, go!

(Man, it feels like ages since I’ve had the chance to say that. That felt good. I should proudly proclaim my opinons as fact more often. I don’t think anime fans on the internet do that enough at the moment)

(btw that was sarcasm)

Episode 147: Decision

Now Recruit. There’s not a whole lot of room for error when a women tells you this. You can’t start going all soppy, make flowers appear behind you. You’ve got to take a note out of Billy’s book and be a man. Don’t let her wear the trousers in the relationship!

Yeah, this is a lost cause. Recruit was always wearing the figurative dress. There was only one occasion where was the one to woo Nino and not the other way around. That was back when he saved the leaf boat. Looking back, that was a particularly important point in their relationship. It was the first time Recruit got Nino to drop her barrier and he got to see a little bit beneath the facade. I can’t even think of an instance since where we got to see the ‘real’ Nino. Wait, I can. When she got angry and asked Recruit to listen to the tape and see if he could handle the facts on it. That was Nino with no barriers up. Strange to think how rare that version of Nino is.

Episode 148: Dream life on Venus

Only in your imagination are you this manly Recruit. To be fair to the guy though, he is fully prepared. There’s some vague hints at the end of the episode that Nino is actually an alien, so the fact he’s actually gone this far in his brain gets a thumbs up from me. Although I wonder why he instantly thought of Venusians as squids? Probably because the guy’s been watching too much Squid Girl and believes the scientist in that show when she proclaims that Ika Musume is an alien. Of course, the more likely answer is that he’s seen how much Nino likes fishing and assumed they were aquatic beings, but I prefer the image of Recruit watching Squid Girl myself.

In Recruit’s imagination as him being a manly man, he’s depicted as cooking for everyone. Because, a everyone knows, cooking is a very manly thing. Why only a man full to the brim of testosterone would be such a capable cook. Right? Yeah. Look, just let me pretend my newfound hobby is a manly one ‘kay?

The painful truth. No, not Hoshi’s painful truth that he will never get married to Nino. I do love the image of Recruit’s dad giving away his son to Nino. I must say Nino looks rather dashing in that suit of hers. I like the manly ponytail over the shoulder. Kind of like a dashing swordsman from one of those movies set in the imperial age. And of course Billy would be the only one manly enough to wear a white suit. Only the truly manly can pull that off. Sister could pull it off as well, but he’s obviously busy with other obligations.

Episode 149: Marriage…And?

I’ll be serious for a second, seeing as Arakawa Under the Bridge did me courtesy of returning back to the central message of this anime. This revelation that they’re going to Venus/wherever isn’t that big a deal from a logistical point of view since they’re bringing along the rest of the gang. It’s just part of the natural progression of Nino and Recruit’s relationship. Recruit is reaching out to Nino and trying to get her to open up to him. Unlike last season, this time Nino is actually responding. She hasn’t actually revealed anything yet, but I’m pretty sure we’re coming to that before the end of the season. Depends though. The manga is still ongoing and I have no idea how many seasons Shaft plan to make of this. They have no problems extending their anime to as many seasons as they want, judging by Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei and Hidamari Sketch. Problem is, the longer we go on, the less I feel this show will actually focus on an actual story or central theme and become more of a plain gag anime. Still funny, but that’s not what I watch Arakawa for. Episodes 3 and 6 (and partly episode 1) are what I watch this anime for. Long may these style episodes continue.

Nino is really an alien? Well now, well now, here’s an interesting development. I dismissed the idea earlier in the series because it seemed like it was just a facade to hide behind. But what if she really was? What if the reason the Mayor is hiding her is because she really is an alien. What if the reason she’s so strange is because she’s genuinely an alien. Everyone gravitated towards her under the bridge because her unique outsiders way of looking at the world drew them in and allowed them to deconstruct what they originally thought was common sense? I doubt this is the case, but it’s certainly interesting to think about.

Kinda glad I didn’t take not of the time I started writing this post =P

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15 Comments

  1. Roghek
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    I just want to say, that the manga based episodes (not the “filler ones”) ere the ones I’ve enjoyed the most.
    The manga doesn’t get boring so my guess is that even if they extend it but yet keep the story close to the manga the quality won’t drop, but that’s only my assumption.
    Nice episode but I want to see more of Sister’s manliness xP

  2. Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Just for the record, yes, cooking is very manly indeed.

  3. Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    No wonder P-Ko likes the Mayor so much – that opening sequence, like the rest of this epi, was a whole heap of awesome. Manly Ric was also a treat. :)

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    MARIA CAN STEP ON ME ALL SHE WANTS BABY.

    But then I get to torture Sister :I

  5. Posted November 12, 2010 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t really think Ninohei’s an inter-galactic alien either (but if she is an alien in the sense that she’s an illegal immigrant that would be pretty clever) but that fish scene Captain drew really makes me wonder. Maybe Nino has a secret room under the waters and goes there to remember her childhood and parents.

    Cooking is manly ESPECIALLY when you wear an apron.

  6. Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    When this show clicks it clicks. There is so much absurdity on a regular basis, that a plot-based episode, such as this one, can be wildly entertaining as it drops hints and moves things along.

  7. Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Arakawa Under the Bridge is very different from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Hidamari Sketch because it’s got actual story, whereas the former is fully episodic and the latter is a 4-koma. So I don’t see Shaft being able to extend it as much as they want. They’re bound by the manga.

  8. Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I wanted now to see how would these events turn out after the few things have progressed.

  9. Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I-I can’t help it that I want to abuse sister! Wo-Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to see such a manly man helpless and tied up?
    (Then again, I wouldn’t mind being abused by Maria~ I mean, nobody would mind, right?)

    • luffyluffy
      Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      O-OH GOD, YOU TOO?!

      QUICK, JOIN MY HAND AND CREATE THE ENDLESS UNION OF THE FEDERATION OF HUSBANDO BEATERS, OR FOHB FOR SHORT!!!

      • Posted November 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

        I SHALL JOIN YOU.
        LET’S ABUSE ALL THE HOT HUSBANDO UNTIL THEY BEG!
        KICK REASON TO THE CURB AND GO BEYOND THE IMPOSSIBLE! THAT’S HOW FOHB ROLLS!!!!

        Oh, and one of my favourite victims is Germany. Hoo boy. :D
        Kinda works because I’m also german.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted November 12, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

        Oh baby, I used to love imaging all sorts of kinky tortures before I dropped out of Hetalia’s fandom. THEN, I CREATED A CHARACTER WITH A MASOCHISM FETISH WHO’S ALSO A MARINE FOR ME TO TORTURE.

        Most of my husbando raep is directed at David Tennant now though~

  10. mcm38
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Nice advise there telling ppl to watch Kuragehime. I watched it only because I tought you could be right and am I happy or not for watching it, man nice story indeed.

  11. blissfullynaive
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Also goes to show that the Mayor is a rich man/from a rich family if he wears traditional clothing as normal, everyday clothes. At least that’s what Kuragehime taught me lol. And speaking of that series, i’m glad you recommend it. It is one of the best this season.

    -continues to catch up some animu-

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