Arakawa Under the Bridge (720p – 150MB)
Arakawa Under the Bridge
Arakava Po Tiltu (synonym)
Anime Type – TV Series
Total Episodes – 13
Rating – 6.53
Start Date – 2010-04-05
End Date – 2010-06-28
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Going into Arakawa Under the Bridge I didn’t know what it was about, I hadn’t even read a summary. Looking back now, I didn’t need to. Arakawa’s story is not very
deep. The best way I can describe it is as an episodic slice of life anime with a narrative backbone which eventually leads into the finale. Yeah, that works. This backbone also holds a theme of changing ideals and traditions through life experiences. This theme doesn’t really need a story as the main character Kou has some kind of change/realization throughout each episode, so the episodic like arcs can be independent allowing them to work. Like I said, it does all eventually lead into the finale, and it comes together quite nicely.
Another thing I noticed while watching this anime is it didn’t really have a “bad” episode or whole scene. Maybe it had a few unfitting moments or over silly joke setups but it never had a scene that took me out of the anime. What I’m getting at is the pacing was splendid, it kept at a fast comedic pace that never took itself too seriously. It was broken into little mini chapters that kept it going. Speaking of not taking itself too seriously… this anime didn’t take itself too seriously. Quite a bit of comedies I have seen seem to think that their last few episodes have to have some kind of huge dramatic scene to show it has substance, but this often detracts from the anime because it loses it’s pace and original intention. Arakawa had it’s finale, in which there was a conflict, but it was never more than that. It never felt forced (like I said before) it led into itself fittingly. It also made me laugh a whole lot.
One of the aspects nf this anime I didn’t find to be too outstanding was the Romance. I hadn’t even brought up Kou’s love interest Nino because I felt it wasn’t as important as its simplistic plot and grand pacing, though it is done well for the most part. So Nino.. She’s sort of insane. In a good way. She’s the person who basically starts the story and Kou’s life changing experience. The plot is kickstarted when Kou’s family tradition of never be indebted to anyone is broken by Nino who does something in the very beginning that I don’t feel like spoiling because it’s done smoothly and unexpectedly. She says the way he can repay her is if he experiences love with her. He agrees. She leads him under the bridge she found him on and basically shows him she leaves there. Later Kou finds out a whole community of peoplehave their own little town down there. After that though, their relationship develops slowly throughout each episode but it’s never the main point of each episode. This can be a good thing for a lot of people, or a bad one. It really is preference but I thought it was done in a way that kept to it’s origins while also not being overly emotional. I think part of the reason I accept it the way it was so easily is because Nino is so clueless and charming it kind of makes sense that their relationship develops so slowly.
I think one of the most important parts in this anime that I haven’t gotten to was it’s characters. They were this show’s structure and glue, they had to be since it didn’t have much of a story. I think the creators of Arakawa really opened up the playing field with their setting (under a bridge). What kind of people actually live under a bridge? Well interesting, unique, and sometimes strange people do according to this anime, and it makes sense that strange people would live under a bridge.(They even form a community down there!) As you watch I think you’ll really start to get invested and interested in these characters and their quirky personalities, and their roles in the community. It was one of the main things that kept me watching. To name a few you got a rockstar, a cute little orphan brawler, a cross dressing priest, a cute harvest/farmer girl, and even a kappa!
Something else I thought should be mentioned is this anime does get a bit to silly sometimes, but it never really took anything away from the experience and only lasted for a few secs. Another thing I think is actually quite necessary to mention is the last episode. It felt misplaced. Like a filler episode. I’ve seen lots of anime do this though, like after the finale episode they show the characters in an unspecified time frame going on a little adventure. It wasn’t a bad episode, just an unnecessary one. I liked the finale as Ive mentioned before, but it did kind of just.. end. I’m sure this is because it would lead into sequel but I feel it could have had a better final seconds but that’s a nitpick more than anything. Another thing I wasn’t fond of was the “cinematography” at times I got dizzy because of the shifts and awkward camera angles, which I should’ve expected from Shaft. Though it did have nice scenery
Speaking of art other than the weird shots and angles this anime looked nice. The main characters themselves were a bit bland in appearance but were made up by the awesome looking minor/side characters. The facial expressions and art shifts were done excellently though. Really no complaints here. I was quite reminded of Mawaru Penguindrum in the way it was animated. (which is a good thing)
I was also reminded of Mawaru Penguindrum by the opening and ending and the notable OST in general. The opening was done by the same artist after all. The in-anime music was pleasing when I watched it but not very memorable. It worked, which was it’s job.
Anyways, I really enjoyed this anime. It was fast paced and funny. It’s charatcers were unique and interesting. Though it’s plot wasn’t very substantial it played out well by being simplistic and episodic, while also having a neat finale. The theme and message were memorable and it’s visuals and OST both were fine. Im tempted to give Arakawa Under the Bridge a 9 seeing as I had no big problems with it and it actually was a nice surprise…ahh what the hell I guess it earned it.
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