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My Thoughts On: Arakawa Under The Bridge

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Arakawa Under The Bridge is this seasons weirdest show. Everyone on their is mentally disabled I think and the setting is under a bridge. But, it all works out and I found it to be quite funny, if not mostly because of the WTF factor of the show.

Right from the beginning, you meet the main character Kou Ichinomiya. His father taught him as a child to never be in debt to someone. Though, his methods were rather different. From the screwed up childhood, he learned how to live for himself. But soon, this fear of being in debt to someone has landed him as the lover of some weird girl who lives under a bridge. Nothing in this show has made sense so far, but that is why it is so great.

Throughout the first episode, I laughed my ass off at the randomness. The first scene has our main character wearing no pants because he was attacked by children. No explanation is given as to why they attacked him, it just happened.  Or the girl who swears she is from Venus. It all adds up be great.

Artwork is definitely something you would expect from Shaft. It’s kind of a mix of Maria Holic and Sayonara Zetsubous Sensei art wise. Not to fancy, but some unique choices for different designs. Though, you will notice some similar movements to Itoshiki from Zetsubou Sensei. But I don’t mind if it is kinda reused because they only use it for one time and it is used correctly.

The VAs do quite well, even though there were only 4 total in the first episode. When Kou is surprised, you can tell. And the relatively monotone sound of Nino shines through to give her that carefree feeling. There wasn’t much background music, not that it is needed since this is a show based around the weird characters instead of music. If you want a music anime, watch K-ON!! instead.

Overall, this is a pretty good show, and if you want something to truly start off the season, I recommend this. It is one of the better first epis this season too, which is a good thing.

Score:

4.5/5

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