Arakawa under the Bridge = What-if Shiki was a homeless vagrant and Kokutou is actually Araragi + Itoshiki Nozomu’s bastard child.
This is probably one of the craziest combinations to watch this season, as if B-gata wasn’t bad enough. I mean, Maaya Sakamoto and SHAFT together! Usually, you’d expect Maaya in more… expensive shows. Admittedly, Kou is really Kamiya Hiroshi on tsukkomi-steroids, but given the character setting and the plot outline, I don’t fault him for nitpicking at every damn thing. Seriously, living under that bridge can get really trippy and weird.
For one, there’s a village chief who is a guy in a kappa kigurumi (of all things!) and he’s voiced by the manliness of Keiji Fujiwara. Maaya’s Nino pretty much channels Shiki, but exchanges the murderous instincts for sheer trippy-ness. I just can’t help but superimpose Shiki’s image on Nino whenever she talks.
I guess, uh, those who don’t like tsukkomi-bokke comedy won’t like this show, but it was pretty great on the comedic timing, in my opinion. Having many different sub-“episodes” in one episode is probably their way of keeping to the roots of the source material, but it was pretty annoying since the story just moves along without those “dividers” anyways. I do hope they tone that down a bit. Seems to me like a cheap way to take up screen time rather.