Arakawa Under The Bridge ~ Review
“A hilarious romance comedy that will sure want you to get outside!”
If you’ve seen a lot of anime then you would be well aware that not everything is straight to point… hell, sometimes none of it makes much sense. The story, the characters, the script; everything is just a little too far-fetched or strange. But there are some strange and far-fetched anime out there that makes us stay the entire time, making us laugh and feel great. And this anime may be the best example.
Arakawa Under The Bridge revolves around Ichinomiya Kou; a young man who has accomplished everything by himself. Because of this, under his family bloodline, he is not allowed to be indebted to another person. When Kou loses his pants to a pair of meddlesome kids, he is saved by a strange girl who lives under the bridge called Nino. As he is not allowed to be indebted to her, he tells Nino that he will do anything fro her, in which she asks Kou to be her boyfriend. Now, Kou must leave everything to go live under the bridge with Nino in order to pay back what she did for him. However, Kou does not know that the bridge is home to many strange and somewhat “dangerous” people…
The anime is known for its absurd comedy and unique animation brought to us by Shaft Studios
The anime aired 13 episodes during the Spring 2010 Anime Season (April 2010 – June 2010). The anime is based off a manga series written and illustrated by Nakamura Hikaru. The anime also had a second season titled Arakawa Under The Bridge*2 which aired in late 2010. The anime is animated by Shaft Studios, known for its unique animation techniques, who has given us such iconic anime series such as Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series.
The anime contains many famous voice actors and actresses including Kamiya Hiroshi who voices Recruit (and is also known as the voices of Araragi Koyomi from Bakemonogatari and Orihara Izaya from Durarara!!), Sugita Tomokazu who voice Hoshi (and is also known as the voices of Gintoki from Gintama and Kyon from The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi) and Fujiwara Keiji who voices Village Chief (and is also known as the voices of Ladd Russo from Baccano! and Sven Vollfied from Black Cat).
All in all, Arakawa Under The Bridge is a very carefree, funny and unique comedy with some heartwarming romance elements that will make you want a shoulder to lean on. The great animation techniques by Shaft Studios makes this animation something special and different, and this anime wouldn’t be the same without it. If you haven’t watched this yet then I highly recommend it; it will make you laugh your ass off, guaranteed.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8.5/10