Arakawa Under the Bridge
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Arakawa Under the Bridge

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Japanese: 荒川アンダーザブリッジ
English: Arakawa Under the Bridge
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 410
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 3, 2004 to Jul 3, 2015
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Gangan
Authors: Nakamura, Hikaru (Story & Art)


Score: 7.841 (scored by 49064,906 users)
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Ranked: #10802
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Popularity: #967
Members: 16,470
Favorites: 367

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Twenty-year-old student Kou Ichinomiya has always followed his elite family's motto: never be indebted to anyone. However, an unfortunate situation puts his life in danger, and he is saved by a stranger named Nino, who claims to be from Venus. As if owing someone is not bad enough, the peculiar girl wishes that he repay her deed by experiencing love together—and he must live with her under the Arakawa River bridge.

Although Kou figures that he will somehow fulfill this obligation, his plans are blown away by Nino's friends: various riverside residents who seem even more eccentric than his new lover. From the Village Chief who gives Kou a new name, "Recruit," to a gentle-looking but sadistic woman managing an animal farm, one can never tell which outlandish character will next color Arakawa's bizarre life under the bridge.

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Arakawa Under the Bridge was published digitally in English by Crunchyroll from October 30, 2015 to February 24, 2016. Vertical Inc. released the series in eight physical omnibuses from November 21, 2017 to November 17, 2020. The company also released the series digitally from November 16, 2021 to March 29, 2022.

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 premiered on February 4, 2012.

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Nov 12, 2018
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. ...
Aug 30, 2020
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 ...
Jul 5, 2022
Does some things right. Very unique style of comedy that may not be for everyone, but I liked it enough. Interesting enough characters. Issue for me was the end. Throughout course of the manga there were hints of a much more sinister reality underneath the cheery facade. Unfortunately this whole plotline which makes up most of the final volume was rushed, underdeveloped, tonally confusing due to the lack of isolation from the comedy parts and lack of development, and thematically dry. Not a lot of good character development takes place and the ending leaves a lot of loose ends and dissatisfaction. Some people might say ...

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