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.