Nutbladder, the group who fansub Arakawa, are generally 3-4 days behind with each of their releases. However that doesn’t really matter, since they were consistently 3-4 days behind with every single release. There was still a weeks wait between episodes and it’s not like any other group were releasing it on time. However this episode was released on Sunday, on the day the actual episode itself was released, and mucked my entire entire schedule that was based around Nutbladder’s tardiness. Goddam you fansubbers and your unpredictableness.
Episode 151: Checkups Under the Bridge
Arakawa loves to play P-ko as the typical girl amongst the nutters under the bridge. She complains about how awful men are, organises slumber parties, obsesses over her weight when she quite clearly has nothing to worry about. Ah, the old weight issue and the size zero models. One thing I’ve noticed from this whole attempt to get women away from obsessing about their weight and stop bulimia and anorexia is telling people it’s all right to be fat. Like, there’s a movement to cheer for tubby women, the idea being that curves are better than stick thin figures. Which really isn’t helping the situation at all. Obesity is clearly a far bigger problem (hur hur) than anorexia and telling girls that it’s all right to be massive isn’t helping things. Size zero girls look weird, but tubby girls aren’t attractive either. It’s a dangerous area to get into though without some stuck up fat-ists getting offended so I’ll shut up now. I’m hardly the best person to talk about this, seeing as I’m one of those people born with a godlike metabolism.
Episode 152: Shimazaki’s Rampage
Here’s a question I don’t think I’ve ever asked in these posts: Who is the Mayor? Why does he wear this kappa costume? He clearly doesn’t actually think he’s a kappa. Who is he? Why does he have all this money, wandering around as a samurai and buying the land under the bridge right from under the nose of the Ichinomiya company. Why is he going to this level to protect Nino, and how does he get their tapes? He remains the one big mystery of the series. Think back to last season and one of the last episodes with the fire. By this stage, Recruit was starting to figure out what made everyone else under the bridge click, but for the life of him he couldn’t work out what made the Mayor click. And he doesn’t even know of the threatening samurai version of the Mayor. He’s a funny old character, and he’ll probably be the very last character the series would ever really cover, should Shaft actually continue the series right until the end. The manga is still ongoing, but Shaft seem more than happy to continue making this series and sequels in general. All things considered though, another Arakawa sequel isn’t that high on my list of series that needs sequels. What I’m currently craving is another Spice and Wolf.
Since we at The Cart Driver are dedicated to providing both sides to every argument (except shojo), here’s a constrasting opinion of the perceived coolness factor of Whitey. The first picture is Shimazaki’s opinion as show in this episode. The second picture is from the first season when Recruit discovers the single other leech under the bridge. Who’s side are you on?
Imagine if Shimazaki was the one to ‘cure’ Whitey of his affliction? Maybe she could take the approach of Billy by dressing herself up as a white bird. Hence the person Whitey has to marry will be her, the White Cornish. I bet that will happen actually. When you think about it, that’s exactly the sort of couple that would fit perfectly in the society under the bridge. A handsome business man married to a women dressed as a chicken but are both clearly in love with each other. Why is she dressed like a chicken? Because the husband stepped off the white line in one of the most romantic scenes of all time. I can see it all now!
Episode 153: Incurably Bold
OK I’ll stop now.
Episode 154: Astronaut Evaluation Under the Bridge
A group of girls.
This post is going ever so steadily off the rails. Kinda like the people in the show itself.