There’s an anime series airing right now called Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge. It’s a pretty amusing story about a bunch of misfits living under a bridge. It’s worth a pop if you want some laughs and like absurdest humour. Some people seem to think it’s a sequel to Arakawa Under the Bridge, and I can certainly understand where the confusion lies. They have similar names and similar characters, with pretty much the same premise. However Bridge X Bridge isn’t related. I guess it drew inspiration from the former and likes to think of itself as a sort of alternate universe version of Arakawa under the Bridge, but it’s not a sequel.
If it was a sequel (and it’s not) it would be an exercise in slowly unravelling everything that was good about the first season. This may be hard to understand from the casual fan, but for someone who got so absorbed by the narrative in Arakawa Under the Bridge, taking this as a sequel would be horrible. The points are so little that mentioning them almost feels silly. Little things, like Whitey’s wife being understanding of his predicament, carefully peeling away the idea that people were escaping to the society under the bridge, which is what the first season spent so much time carefully constructing. These points build up and up, tearing away everything I loved about the first season, leaving a mess of a comedy with no underlying structure beyond it’s absurdest baseline.
That is, if it was a sequel. Which it’s not. Just so we’re all on the same page here.