Ranked #939

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2010 to Jun 28, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: Shaft
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Seinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.741 (scored by 66,153 users)
Ranked: #9392
Popularity: #269
Members: 134,689
Favorites: 1,133
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Kou Ichinomiya has always lived according to the creed of his wealthy, successful family: never be in debt to anyone. But one day, under the Arakawa Bridge, his life is saved by a homeless girl named Nino. In order to pay her back, Kou promises to be her boyfriend; and thus begins his new life under the bridge.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya
Ichinomiya, Kou
Ichinomiya, Kou
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Sugita, Tomokazu
Sugita, Tomokazu
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki


Ooshima, Miku
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Miyamoto, Yukihiro
Miyamoto, Yukihiro
Director, Episode Director
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 Bridge 1
Bridge 1 (1 ブリッジ)
Apr 5, 2010
2 Bridge 2
Bridge 2 (2 ブリッジ)
Apr 12, 2010
3 Bridge 3
Bridge 3 (3 ブリッジ)
Apr 19, 2010
4 Bridge 4
Bridge 4 (4 ブリッジ)
Apr 26, 2010
5 Bridge 5
Bridge 5 (5 ブリッジ)
May 3, 2010

Opening Theme

#1: "Venus to Jesus (ヴィーナスとジーザス)" by Etsuko Yakushimaru (eps 2-4, 6-13)
#2: "Title nante Jibun de Kangaenasaina (タイトルなんて自分で考えなさいな)" by Maria (Miyuki Sawashiro) (ep 5)

Ending Theme

"Sakasama Bridge (逆様ブリッジ)" by Suneohair

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Jul 1, 2010
From the time we are young, are parents all/ teach us certain things. No matter what these deal with, there will usually be a very common theme: what society wants us to do.

Yes, from a very young age, most of us will be told to continue the flow of society's ideas, and to never question them. But, what makes these ideas right?

This is the question that we are faced with while watching Arakawa Under the Bridge, a story about, well, living under a bridge. A bridge under which almost no laws will ever reach you, with the possible exception of public indecency...

We see a romance read more
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Aug 8, 2013
Charming. This is what I constantly thought of when watching Arakawa Under The Bridge. Despite the insane plot and the ridiculous characters, this show was full of charm. Whether there was a hint of deeper meanings between it's comedic outtakes, or its abundance of heartwarming scenes, there never once was a dull moment during my time at under the Arakawa Bridge!

The story of Arakawa Under The Bridge is something that tends to turn many people off due to it's nonlinear approach. The story goes as follows; a guy who believes in never owing anybody anything gets his life saved after falling off a bridge by read more
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May 20, 2010
Never judge a book by its cover, or in anime's case, never judge an anime by the first episode. Arakawa under the Bridge started out (for me) as a fairly pretentious and rather bland series, and I fully expected that I would be ready to drop it by around episode 5 or maybe even sooner. Now that isn't saying the first episode was bad by any means, it just didn't stand out at all to me, it was a regular opening describing the 2 leads and giving a good amount of exposition. As the episodes progressed, I slowly began to enjoy Arakawa more and more, read more
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Jun 28, 2010
'Arakawa Under the Bridge' is about Ichinomiya Kou, an elite (someone who holds a high ranking position or works in a blue-chip company. A "winner" in Japanese society) who's been taught to never get indebted to anyone, gets careless one day over Arakawa and gets saved by a girl. The girl's name is Nino, who turns out to be a denpa-kei (people with "overactive imagination" or nutcase, e.g. Nodame) who claims to be from Venus, and doesn't want anything in return. After a long debate, she tells Ichinomiya that there is one thing that he can do for her: "Let me fall in love." read more
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Arakawa contains more light-hearted random humour and is generally a more happy series, where Bakemonogatari is more about removing oddities which may end up killing people, etc
Bakemonogatari also contains random humour, but as I already said, it has a darker atmosphere than Arakawa.
The art is also kinda similar. 
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