Japanese: 荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2010 to Jun 28, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisKou 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Arakawa Under the Bridge
Sequel: Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge
Characters & Voice Actors
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 a strange girl. This creates a debt the size of well, his life! In order to repay this girl, he must show her what it means to love thus making him her lover. This sudden turn of events begins as he lives with the girl under the bridge where she and a bunch of other strange folk coincidentally happens to live! Sounds a lot to swallow? Don't worry, the story is way easier to grasp than what it seems.You see, to show someone what it means to love is such a universal topic that the entire series tends to be just about the guy and all the residents of Arakawa Bridge doing miscellaneous things each episodes. The series is jam packed with tons of comedy but also without realizing it, full of many other things. This leads me back to what I previously said; this show is FULL of charm. What Arakawa does best is to add heavy themes such as Acceptance, Regret, or being yourself while still keeping things to a lighthearted, comedic level. I loved when a funny situation would occur but at that exact same time, the main protagonist may learn something new about himself, or slowly, the girl would realize bit by bit what it truly means to love. Because of this, swallowing the insanity surrounding the show is much less a chore and much more a joy!
Despite this: although I found the story one of the greatest aspects of the show, the opposite can be said for some. For starters, as previously said, this story is non linear to a tee. There is no single episode dedicated to, "What it means to love." Instead the story is really told through the character's every day encounters and actions with the members of the Arakawa River. While I found it interesting, this in turn can make people not want to watch the show if they were looking for a more direct plot. Furthermore, when the story did try to create a straightforward scenario near the last quarter of the series, I found that to be the weakest part of the series and I was anxiously waiting when that encounter can be settled and got back to more random tasks with the residents. Also, the outrageous surrounding of the show is of course not for everyone. This is indeed a WAAY over the top comedy, with no bars held back and if that's not your cup of tea, than this show won't change your mind otherwise.
The Art of the show in general would be classed as standard fair for the anime at that time. However, since "Shaft" were the developers for this show, (Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari) you can expect to get some eye popping, over the top art work. the opening theme is especially easy to notice; full of vivid colors and beautiful scenery. Overall, the outrageous art of the show only added to fit the whole tone the show was trying to portray. Quickly though, the live action segments with the Kappa at the end of each episode is probably some of the most hilarious scenes I have ever seen. PERIOD.
The sound of Arakawa under the bridge is not anything spectacular. There were no background music that particulary stood out to me, and instead I found myself simply engrossed in the dialogue to even notice. The opening and endings on the other hand is definitely worth mentioning. The opening theme of the show, Venus To Jesus is a light, moderate pace tune which is easily a good listen and can be enjoyed without any context. It definitely fits the lightheartedness of the show. The ending, Sakasama Bridge is a personal favorite. this once again, is a light, moderate paced song, but the melancholic feeling it gives off, really helps to describe the feel of those more heartfelt scenes in the show. Plus it's by Suneohair, whose also done works in shows such as, Honey and Clover! Last, without spoiling anything, there's a song titled, "Losers Wail" and if the title alone doesn't convince you how funny it is, than prepare to wail yourself if you do get the chance to listen to it!
Talking about the characters in Arakawa under the bridge is difficult. You see, each resident of the Arakawa River is strange in it's own way, but only adds to the charm. For instance, you have a a Church Sister (who's not really a sister) that came from the military and acts like the Terminator, but with more dialogue. Not satisfied? You also have a Rock Star with a Star for a head, as well as Kappa (A frog like person). At first, these different personalities might be unsettling, but really, these Character really help to bring this story to life. You see, one of the main themes that Arakawa Under The Bridge tries to tell is acceptance no matter who you are. Despite these crazy appearances, I found myself genuinely liking these characters because of just how well the chemistry these social misfits had with one another. Whether they had a comedic relationship or a serious one, I enjoyed each one of them.
A flaw to these characters however is that they're really isn't that much character development. Aside from our main lovers, Ko and Nino; despite how much screen time the rest of the cast received, they remained static from start to beginning. You may get a bit of story from the individual characters, but they don't really grow as a person. If there was a particular person you might not have liked then unfortunately they will most likely stay that way until it's comedic conclusion.
Arakawa Under the Bridge is INSANE! (In the good way of course!) Going into the show, I was a bit skeptical due to the amount of pure outragousness it posed. While it was still there, everything seemed bearable and in fact, better than what I expected it to be. I was also anxious to figure out what the crazy people of under the Arakawa Bridge would do next, and even though it's not genre breaking, it's originality and heart should be something that grabs viewers and drops them into unfamiliar, but wonderful territory! Welcome to Arakawa Under the Bridge!
I recently had the pleasure of watching Arakawa Under the Bridge, and I have to say, it was quite enjoyable.
More importantly, it was unique, and never tried to be something it wasn't. It knew it was weird and fresh and went with it, and it went very far.
Going into Arakawa Under the Bridge I didn't know what it was about, I hadn't even read a summary. Looking back now, I didn't need to. Arakawa's story is not very
deep. The best way I can describe it is as an episodic slice of life anime with a narrative backbone which eventually leads into the finale. Yeah, that works. This backbone also holds a theme of changing ideals and traditions through life experiences. This theme doesn't really need a story as the main character Kou has some kind of change/realization throughout each episode, so the episodic like arcs can be independent allowing them to work. Like I said, it does all eventually lead into the finale, and it comes together quite nicely.
Another thing I noticed while watching this anime is it didn't really have a "bad" episode or whole scene. Maybe it had a few unfitting moments or over silly joke setups but it never had a scene that took me out of the anime. What I'm getting at is the pacing was splendid, it kept at a fast comedic pace that never took itself too seriously. It was broken into little mini chapters that kept it going. Speaking of not taking itself too seriously... this anime didn't take itself too seriously. Quite a bit of comedies I have seen seem to think that their last few episodes have to have some kind of huge dramatic scene to show it has substance, but this often detracts from the anime because it loses it's pace and original intention. Arakawa had it's finale, in which there was a conflict, but it was never more than that. It never felt forced (like I said before) it led into itself fittingly. It also made me laugh a whole lot.
One of the aspects nf this anime I didn't find to be too outstanding was the Romance. I hadn't even brought up Kou's love interest Nino because I felt it wasn't as important as its simplistic plot and grand pacing, though it is done well for the most part. So Nino.. She's sort of insane. In a good way. She's the person who basically starts the story and Kou's life changing experience. The plot is kickstarted when Kou's family tradition of never be indebted to anyone is broken by Nino who does something in the very beginning that I don't feel like spoiling because it's done smoothly and unexpectedly. She says the way he can repay her is if he experiences love with her. He agrees. She leads him under the bridge she found him on and basically shows him she leaves there. Later Kou finds out a whole community of peoplehave their own little town down there. After that though, their relationship develops slowly throughout each episode but it's never the main point of each episode. This can be a good thing for a lot of people, or a bad one. It really is preference but I thought it was done in a way that kept to it's origins while also not being overly emotional. I think part of the reason I accept it the way it was so easily is because Nino is so clueless and charming it kind of makes sense that their relationship develops so slowly.
I think one of the most important parts in this anime that I haven't gotten to was it's characters. They were this show's structure and glue, they had to be since it didn't have much of a story. I think the creators of Arakawa really opened up the playing field with their setting (under a bridge). What kind of people actually live under a bridge? Well interesting, unique, and sometimes strange people do according to this anime, and it makes sense that strange people would live under a bridge.(They even form a community down there!) As you watch I think you'll really start to get invested and interested in these characters and their quirky personalities, and their roles in the community. It was one of the main things that kept me watching. To name a few you got a rockstar, a cute little orphan brawler, a cross dressing priest, a cute harvest/farmer girl, and even a kappa!
Something else I thought should be mentioned is this anime does get a bit to silly sometimes, but it never really took anything away from the experience and only lasted for a few secs. Another thing I think is actually quite necessary to mention is the last episode. It felt misplaced. Like a filler episode. I've seen lots of anime do this though, like after the finale episode they show the characters in an unspecified time frame going on a little adventure. It wasn't a bad episode, just an unnecessary one. I liked the finale as Ive mentioned before, but it did kind of just.. end. I'm sure this is because it would lead into sequel but I feel it could have had a better final seconds but that's a nitpick more than anything. Another thing I wasn't fond of was the "cinematography" at times I got dizzy because of the shifts and awkward camera angles, which I should've expected from Shaft. Though it did have nice scenery
Speaking of art other than the weird shots and angles this anime looked nice. The main characters themselves were a bit bland in appearance but were made up by the awesome looking minor/side characters. The facial expressions and art shifts were done excellently though. Really no complaints here. I was quite reminded of Mawaru Penguindrum in the way it was animated. (which is a good thing)
I was also reminded of Mawaru Penguindrum by the opening and ending and the notable OST in general. The opening was done by the same artist after all. The in-anime music was pleasing when I watched it but not very memorable. It worked, which was it's job.
Anyways, I really enjoyed this anime. It was fast paced and funny. It's charatcers were unique and interesting. Though it's plot wasn't very substantial it played out well by being simplistic and episodic, while also having a neat finale. The theme and message were memorable and it's visuals and OST both were fine. Im tempted to give Arakawa Under the Bridge a 9 seeing as I had no big problems with it and it actually was a nice surprise...ahh what the hell I guess it earned it.
Both anime have a very similar feel to them.
Bakemonogatari however, is darker than Arakawa Under The Bridge.
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.
Both series start with the meeting between the protagonist and an odd yet characteristically deadpan girl he forms an arbitrarily romantic relationship with and follow up with his dealings with various increasingly odd people and their problems. Having the same production studio, director, and lead seiyuu, they often feel quite similar, despite Bakemonogatari possessing a seriousness and sequential arc structure Arakawa consistently avoids.
It is obvious that if you liked Bakemonogatari you should watch Arakawa Under the Bridge. The main character of the both series is voiced by the same actor, which gives the impression that we have to deal with the very similar story.
Another thing that is in common is the way the story is being told. It is almost the same. The key factor is the fact that Bakemonogatari was made by the studio that has also made the Arakawa Under the Bridge. Both series will rather not be liked by the most of the viewers because the storyline is made for more intelligent people.
The only difference is shown using the art style, which is rather similar to the standard anime shows in Arakawa Under the Bridge. But it should make it easier to watch for non otakus.
Both are done by SHAFT, hence it's shafty. When, Bakemonogatari focuses on very little amount of characters and analysis them in depth using clever and witty dialogues, Arakawa under the Bridge raises the madness of the characters by far and the number of the cast is significantly larger with bother-line retarded and nonsensical conversations. Still, they are very similar in the fact that both focuses mainly on dialogues of individual characters. Oh, and eye rolling scenes too.
Thus, both looks great.
Arakawa Under The Bridge follows the legacy of Bakemonogatari with exactly the same style, same director, same elite main voice actors. However, this show is one or two notch(es) down from Bakemonogatari on romance, plot, and characters. Afterall, good learning material for funny Japanese chatter.
Both are random-esque animes that tend to shift from situation to situation, involving comedy or general mishaps between the protagonist and his girlfriend or friends. While Bakemonogatari does have a more concrete ending, Arakawa has a much more lighthearted feel to it and will keep you laughing for quite a while. The happy-go-lucky feel is present in every single minute of the anime.
Similar humor and character developments. Emphasis on a very small area of the anime's locale. The person that voices the main character in Arakawa (Kou) also voices a main character in Bakemonogatari (Hitagi), and does an amazing job. The all around feel of both anime's are very similar, funny, and enjoyable.
When i started watching Bakemonogatari it almost instantly reminded me about Arakawa. Art and characters, their humor and actions, and random plots. Both are really good and funny.
-Male main character meets strange female character
-Both male main character share the same VA
-MANY other strange characters
-Same producer: Shaft
Oh God, that randomness and humor in both of these series.
Shaft is involved in both series and brings unique comedy into both of these series that are sarcastic and out of this world.
Both series meets a strange girl and becomes a couple with them. The protagonist in both series are quite similar in terms of personalities and even a bit in appearance.
Both series are outrageously funny and a must watch.
Produced by Shaft, these series tend to tell stories with extraordinary story-telling techniques, such as rapid screen cut, exaggerated facial expressions and body gestures, sudden focus on symbolic objects, and a heavy amount of inner monologue. Eminent Seiyuu, like Kamiya Hiroshi and Maaya Sakamoto etc, are also present in both series as main characters. Finally, the humor in both series are similar. Sharp-tongued sarcasm are to be expected.
Both anime excel in Extreme Trash-Talking
Like seriously some of the most outright fascinating dialogue possible
Both anime were Produced by Shaft--really awesome group
Neither of these anime involve the typical --school nonsense
Both of these anime really get their Substance from all characters that are not the
Where Bakemonogatari is intense and weird, Arakawa Under the Bridge is lighthearted and weird. Despite this, and despite completely different settings, plots, and character dynamics, they share a very similar aesthetic and "feel."
from the beginning you will feel the same sensation
from the art, the CV (character voice) almost all of CV of bakemonogatari same with arakwa under the bridge.
and the comedy is funny too.. :p
the only different is bakemonogatari is about supernatural called "Kaii" but,
arakawa is not really supernatural "if you know what i mean"
Both are very similar to each other, animation and character too. A very interesting and funny story that will make them excited and laugh, if you like romantic comedy should see this series
It's SHAFT, it's a quirky cast, it's the same main voice actor (KAMIYA!!), it's random culture references, and it's witty/ridiculous humor everywhere. If you liked one of them, the other comedy would probably make you laugh just as much. Note: Arakawa under the Bridge has a romantic plot (Nino <3) but Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei does not.
Characters are almost the same. Feeling and tons of iuseless talks...
Almost the same humor, randomness, story (life of a guy surrounded by a bunch of weirdos) and all
Similiar in humor and randomness and lot of weird people
just replace the classroom with riverbank
The same random humor and voice actor.
Same absurd kind of humour and the main characters have a similar feel to them.
Let's not beat around the bush - Arakawa is Zetsubou Sensei with a fresh coat of paint. If you've run out of SZS and need more, you should be watching this. You might just end up liking it more.
Both are presented in quite similar style,and filled in comedy,the seiyuu of both main characters are same so if you really enjoyed the comedic expression of Ichinomiya Kou a.k.a Recruit in Arakawa,u will surely enjoyed the same from Itoshiki Nozomu in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
You have to have a weird sense of humor to laugh at any of these. But if you have the right sense of humor, you won't stop laughing.
Similar humour and random out there dialogue.
All of the characters in both anime are crazy and weird. All the situations that arise are all funny as hell. Both male protagonists are similar in having a single ideology that make up for the main theme of both the anime..
Opening Theme#1: "Venus to Jesus (ヴィーナスとジーザス)" by Etsuko Yakushimaru
#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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