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Chibi Review: Arakawa Under the Bridge

A quick look at this season’s comedy hit.


Studio SHAFT does one thing better than any other anime studio, and that is make weird anime. It’s newest show, Arakawa Under the Bridge will make you, once again, question SHAFT’s use of performance enhancing drugs (or drugs in general). Kou is a man who has accomplished many things in his life, all because he does not depend on anyone. His family’s number one rule is to “Never be indebted to anyone”, a rule that is soon broken when a girl named Nino saves his life. The only thing Kou has to do to pay back this debt is fall in love with Nino. This isn’t as amazing as it sounds for he now has to live under a bridge, in a society of strange people who dress up in weird costumes with mental disorders.

Much like Bakemonogatari and Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei, this anime has tons of visual “noise” splattered through it, making the art direction as zany as the story itself. Other than that the art is bright and vibrant, making the world under the bridge look more like heaven than a polluted cesspool. However, unlike Zetsubo Sensei, Arakawa has a bit of a romantic subplot, under the insanity that exists on the surface.

I personally did not laugh when watching this show, but I found it funny and entertaining; as crazy as that sounds. What’s great about Arakawa is that it actually has plot (unlike Zetsubo), while also being random and unexpected. It’s like walking home drunk, you might stop to kick a cat or piss in the bushes, but eventually you will make it home. If you are a fan of comedy, surreal, and bizarre anime you must give Arakawa a shot. 
 
metalsnakezeroon April 12, 2010 at 6:50 p.m.
Man, this anime is weird and only SHAFT can do it.
Snipper138on April 12, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
i might give it a shot if im not busy
sotyfan16on April 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

I have watched both sub episodes that are out. I agree with GodLen about how Arakawa is funny and crazy but I don't find myself laughing much. The story and the characters are slightly crazy to say the least. In a list on my profile I rank Arakawa Under the Bridge 12th among the Spring 2010 anime I'm watching.

sickVisionz moderator on April 12, 2010 at 8:35 p.m.
Good show for those who like it, but it's not for me.  I like zany and crazy anime but this one didn't make me laugh.  Reminds of Zetsubo Sensei, which I was never able to get into either.
Karkarovon April 13, 2010 at 6:15 a.m.
Hmm if it really is similar to Zetsubo and Bakemonegatari then I will have to pass as both those shows uh... didn't really do much for me.  I may give the first ep a shot though depending.

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