Arakawa Under the Bridge
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Arakawa Under the Bridge

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English: Arakawa Under the Bridge
Japanese: 荒川アンダーザブリッジ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 410
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 3, 2004 to Jul 3, 2015
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Nakamura, Hikaru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Gangan


Score: 7.871 (scored by 43584,358 users)
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Ranked: #9682
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Popularity: #899
Members: 14,121
Favorites: 319
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A young "elite" man, Kou Ichinomiya, has a policy of not being in debt to anyone. However, a series of events lead to him owing his life to a strange girl who goes by the name Nino. She lives under the bridge of the Arakawa River, and says, to Kou's disbelief, that she's a native of the planet Venus, a Venusian. After the ordeal between the two, they become lovers. Kou adopts the name Recruit (Rec) and ends up living under the bridge with Nino and her group of even stranger friends.


Arakawa Under the Bridge was digitally published in English by Crunchyroll. Vertical Inc. has been physically releasing the series in omnibuses since November 21, 2017.

The manga was adapted into a Japanese live-action drama TV series directed by Ken Iizuka and Keinosuke Hara that aired on TBS and MBS from July 26 to September 27, 2011; and also into a Japanese live-action film directed by Ken Iizuka that was screened on February 4, 2012.

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Feb 27, 2016
goodbyebye (All reviews)
Arakawa Under the Bridge is a gag series that follows the wacky daily lives of an eccentric cast of characters who have sought refuge under a bridge to be free from societal pressures, burdens, norms, and expectations. Through oodles of riverside shenanigans, the enigmatic pasts of the colorful residents are slowly uncovered, an unusual romance gradually blossoms, and strange fantasies inexplicably become even stranger realities. The comical episodic stories, which compose the overwhelming majority of the work, rarely miss the mark; however, the overarching story rooted in romance and drama--although vital in providing depth to the series--may ultimately leave readers wanting more, as the series read more
Nov 12, 2018
ricpower77 (All reviews)
Having read the entire manga and watched the anime, I am so glad I chose to read and see both on a whim, a manner very like this work. That is not to say that I don't recommend it, quite the opposite. In fact, this is perhaps my favorite comedy based manga out there because it's so "out there." Arakawa Under the Bridge to me is like Monty Python's Flying Circus with its random, absurdist humor.

But I believe it's so much more, it shows the fragility of how humans act in accordance with one another and how love and friendship can heal all wounds. read more
Aug 30, 2020
Kalo_Dawg (All reviews)
Chapter 1-5 spoilers*

Arakawa under the bridge is a story about a high social status person who one day almost drowns. After having been saved by a girl, he promises to repay her by becoming her lover and so he suddenly starts living under a bridge with a group of very bizarre people, including his lover who claims she's from Venus.

Just with this premise, it kinda seems like shit but don't be fooled. It's a very good seinen manga with a lot of comedy (if you're into this type of random comedy). All the characters, behind their bizarre personalities and appearances have hidden backstories which you read more
Mar 14, 2011
AngelPandaBomb (All reviews)
[Review written for lazy people like myself who can't be bothered reading long ones]

Arakawa Under The Bridge is possibly the only gag manga I can actually stand. Instead of just seeming stupid and pointless, I actually find it funny and smart.

Each chapter is short and ends quirkly with a joke, so if you only have time for around 5 pages you'll still get enjoyment out of it.

The characters are extremly likeable, each one has a story behind them. If you are a fan of the anime you will really appreciate seeing more of their back stories like I did. Even though this is a read more

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