Shiki Under the Bridge 01

Arakawa under the Bridge

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.


  1. metalsnakezero Said,

    April 5, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

    Shaft does it again. So many bunnies!

  2. Joojoobees Said,

    April 6, 2010 @ 5:32 am

    I really enjoyed this episode and am looking forward to more laughs.

    Keiji Fujiwara was awesome. He sounded so heartbroken at first, then he sounded like he was going to rip Kou’s head off.

    The chemistry between Maaya and Kamiya was really good, too. Kou kept seeming like he was about to explode, and Nino seemed like the Venusian voice of reason. :)

  3. metalsnakezero Said,

    April 6, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    Why does Hiroshi Kamiya roles in SHAFT series have him hanging-out with weird ass female characters. First with Kafuka Fuura from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei then Hitagi Senjogahara from Bakemonogatari and now Nino from Arakawa Under the Bridge.

  4. Haesslich Said,

    April 6, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    metalsnakezero: Because he was cursed to play these roles the moment he slipped into Zetsubou-sensei’s shoes. Even Mikhael from Macross Frontier dealt with Klein, after all…

  5. Phuong Said,

    April 6, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    I loved the Phoenix Wright shout out. Kou even has the same horrible luck and also becomes a hobo. xD

  6. Mercurius Said,

    April 6, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    “Seems to me like a cheap way to take up screen time rather.”

    Well, it is SHAFT after all. Let’s just hope that if they continue with it, they come up with some nicer eyecatches.

  7. ourangykun Said,

    April 7, 2010 @ 5:48 am

    the dividers in the anime represent chapters in the manga

  8. EXM Said,

    April 7, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    I seriously hope they never try to force romance on to these two. I wouldn’t work well imo.

  9. Heero Yuy Said,

    April 8, 2010 @ 3:07 pm


    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought of Shiki when Nino spoke! It just sounds so much like that mode of her voice that it’s hard to picture otherwise.

  10. Lehq Said,

    April 11, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    I’d that voice

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