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Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge episode 7

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.

For all those people who felt uncomfortable looking down at their belly after that last paragraph, here’s P-ko grinning to lighten things up. Now go out jogging or pick up a sport you lazy oafs.

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 week alone.

A group of girls.




This post is going ever so steadily off the rails. Kinda like the people in the show itself.

Episode 155: Agony Endurance Contest

Yup. This post has gone right off the rails now. Ending it now before I go straight into gaga land.

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  1. Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Sister, you and your imaginations. I cried tears while watching this episode, because of laughing so much. I really couldn’t stop.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

      It’s been a while since Sister made me laugh. The last time was him jumping out the church window when Nino came through the door

  2. imaliar
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m hardly the best per­son to talk about this, see­ing as I’m one of those people born with a god­like metabolism.

    Kindly die please.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

      Well that’s a bit harsh =(

    • luffyluffy
      Posted November 20, 2010 at 1:52 am | Permalink

      It’s alright man, I’ve got it too.

  3. romulus
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I have a question about those funny sequence of pictures.From which animes were the last two taken? The Cart Drivers may be from Code Geass and Spice and Wolf. About the magenta-haired women I have no idea… Please anyone help me out i hardly see bad animes on this blog.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      Black Lagoon. Pretty awesome anime, it’s in my top 30 anime

  4. Posted November 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I agree. The Mayor is fascinating, and a great source of mystery. Plus he seems like one of the sharpest inhabitants (not always, but often).

    • Scamp
      Posted November 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Like Archancellor Ridcully from the Terry Pratchett novels. More intelligent than he lets on to be, but you rarely see that side

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I… I…. Sister’s imagination… CAN’T STOP LAUGHING

    In other news, I showed my anime club full of Big-Three kids Arakawa. They didn’t get it.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Then they suck

  6. Roghek
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Jacqueline dressed as the major was the breaking point in your post, in the showdowns if sister’s change of expression I was giggling, the Jacqueline picture made lol.

    Now back to the episode I still hope that Shaft animates some parts of the manga full of sister’s greatness and I mean it. Sister is the law xD

    I’m one of those people born with a god like metabolism

    Do you mean a fast metabolism? You eat a lot and don’t get fat? Are you the envy of everybody especially girls, just like L? If you answer yes to one or more of those questions please prepare to be burnt in the stake so we can acquire your godlike powers… or did you meant Buddha? Because we don’t want his metabolism.
    Just joking I have fast metabolism too… sot of.
    We should make a buffet and enjoy while stares of hate being bombarded at us xD

    • Roghek
      Posted November 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Shoot I messed up the code and now my amazing comment has been turned in blabberish

    • Scamp
      Posted November 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Fix’d the code. You don’t need the ‘cite’ inside a ‘blockquote’. Just close the code using ‘/blocquote’ and it’ll do the job.

      Yeah I have L like metabolism. And a sweet tooth. And I sit in a strange position because I find it more comfortable that way. And I’m super intelligent. OK, maybe that last one is a bit of a stretch XD

  7. Posted November 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Fansubbers eh, as much as I love ‘em, I too am getting whiplash trying to keep up with their mood swings (unlike me, you have a good excuse though, I’m just too knackered this term to actually post anything on week nights). Anyway, so much random awesomeness in this epi. Loved Nino fussing over Ric (well, before he started milking it, though I enjoyed topless Ric later :D ), but Shimazaki needing to give Shiro a more thorough examination… that nearly killed me. Arakawa fan-service FTW!

    PS Hope you enjoy that film festival if you’re going this weekend.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      Especially considering the recent hoopla surrounding the elitist fags raw group. It looks like none of the shows I watch are effected though. Still, I can’t wait for the day all anime are simulcast so we won’t have to deal with the whims of fansubbers

  8. Posted November 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    How old do you think the Mayor is?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      About the same age as Whitey I guess. They said he was handsome when he took off his suit in that Arakawa gag sketch, so I doubt he’s much older than that

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