Arakawa Under the Bridge 01-02: Coup de Main

This guy’s worse that Kou Uraki… Also don’t assume that assaulting a bridge means you sexually assault it…

While it seems that not much is clicking with me immediately this season Arakawa Under the Bridge is proving to be unexpectedly enjoyable, not because that SHAFT sucks or anything but for their productions just weren’t all that accessible for a book dumb sailor like me. Recruit is a fish out of water and to be honest he grates on me, and I too want to BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF RECRUIT. Still hopefully his new alias is inspired because I am hoping that Nino SMASHES HIS CHARMED LIFE INTO ATOMS! Still Riku does have some saving graces in that he’s basically the textbook case of why Confucian methods of child rearing are bad. I don’t understand Riku’s dad’s baby fetish, hell this is Japan so when he’s like a million years old I am sure he’ll be wearing adult diapers and will need to be burped after having lost the ability to chew, perhaps it’s all part of his get’em while their young plan. I was quite amused that stuck up rich bastard Riku was humiliated by a bunch of kids and was nearly killed by shoddy construction that probably resulted from his family’s hostility towards paying taxes.

Whether they intended to or not Recruit is a wonderful name for Ko since the old slang for Rekruts in the Heer was Hammel which carried connotations of castrated goats that were all bleat and no balls and certainly it seems that Riku is lacking in balls. I can understand not wanting to live under a bridge and sleep on concrete but going as far as taking everything along with the kitchen sink was characteristically Air Force of him. I am very disappointed that Nino is still living out of her home while Riku gets to be a squatter and renovates her vacation home and have the gall not to insist that Nino enjoy her renovated vacation home. I am not sure this show is going to have much to say about homelessness since it seems to be less about crushing poverty than being a social misfit, heck even the homeless shacks seem much more idyllic than the ones I have seen. As for fishing out of a creek in the inner city I would not recommend it considering what kind of crap passes through storm drains.

It is hard to fathom why Nino likes Riku but it’s easy to see why Nino is the local heroine at the river, due in no small part to there being more guys than there are girls. Also she has Argo’s table manners which already makes her awesome, besides Nino seems to be an adept fisherman making her wonderful marriage material. Sister giving out cookies wasn’t a bad idea hell the Catholic gives out crackers and wine so it’s not like it really is that bad to hand out cookies. Still for lying to Sister I think Star-face should remain single and lonely. Also Sister has the right idea about church services get in, get out, get on with your life. If nothing else it should be fun watching Riku’s hair line recede as Nino gives him more baths. Considering how Nino could have had the option to pick out her lover from a river of frothing fanboys I wonder what it was about Riku that she liked, maybe they’ll go into to it maybe they won’t but still I hope for them to be in the running for best couple for the spring season. Also I laughed a little inside when Ko was referring to himself as a winner and that his love interest is a girl named Nino, given how close their names are to Kou and Nina from Gundam 0083. In fact Ko is just as awkward around girls as Kou was, if it was intentional then I am all for some unexpected mecha, Star-face can be Gato, Sister can be South Burning, and Nino can be Nina Cima. The OP by the way is rather addicting.

The Winner…(also in some places this would make Riku a registered sex offender)

Might you be the Queen of 2010…?

PWNED.

Thus she is an ally of True Love.

Nino scoffs at your racism.

No only Zekes do that…

I already have…

So Moe he died…

Nino sensed that her new lover was not hot blooded…

Seems Ko is showing some Zeke-ish behavior…

Man that’s racist…

What no MMA?!

His name will be Toby…

Some guys do nothing but complain…

NICE.

Rekrut…eh seems to fit all bleat and no balls…

Not exactly my definition of roughing it…

That’s some ahoge you got there…

I wonder what kind of man would say no…

Not feeling so smug and superior now, eh?

Wait some random Grecian handing out goodies…

It must have been ZEUS! Sadly it seems Zeus’ true form is little known…

Well spoken lass. It seems clear Nino is the smarter one.

Raise your hand if you want Nino to be the monster under you bed…

Not what Ric had in mind for a bunny girl…

YES MY LORDO!

Sharon Apple is that you?…

DAWWWW…

Ric rolls Air Force Style…

I wonder if her kisses taste like honey…

I bet Ric is asking himself the same thing…

She has the manners of of Argo…perhaps she is the Black Joker…

Fish…it’s what’s for dinner.

Ric eats things whole…

Ric has the slows…

Like a rose on a grave…

Not that he knows much to begin with…

Let’s wait awhile…

Common sense ain’t so common…

A proper pervert eh?

Wait so Nino goes commando…ALL OF THE TIME?!

Meat’s back on the menu…

Ric could try to look happy…

No she’s fucking around…

No thank you for cleaning him up…Ric was starting to smell funny.

Here’s hoping Alphard institutes a hostile take over of Ichinomiya…

THANK YOU!

With luck Nino will whip this Recruit into shape…

Looks like someone just signed his own death warrant…

It’s pretty lowly to be lusting after nuns…

Looks like Sister Yolanda has been expanding the Church of Violence…

Guard you flock well Sister!

Makes Sister look more like Queen Emeraldas…

I suppose Ric better make it real…

OR ELSE…

I share that sentiment…

Ya RLY.

I See Buddy Jesus is making a comeback…

No you will get smacked…

The last star Ric will ever see…

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9 Comments

  1. Posted April 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    “characteristically Air Force of him”

    Man, are you harsh. :)

    BTW, the mayor was also practicing his sumo in the very beginning of “episode 17″.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      What’s a little verbal ribbing compared to having the most comfortable deployment conditions known to grunts…

      I think we should refer to chief as the camp comedian from now on…

  2. rpd
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    “mission completoh”

    • Crusader
      Posted April 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      AND HOW!

  3. TorontoSyrup
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    It seems SHAFT once again pulled a…..SHAFT. The incredibly funny monologue, quirky heroine, and perculiar side characters, YES this is what i want. I hope Nino knocks Kou down a few….hundred pegs more as well as Star man and the gang actually knocking him out. Once he started his intro flaunting about the crap he has and will achieve I was hoping someone would stop his foolish rant. Luckily Chief stepped up and stopped the loser in his tracks.

    Also the second I heard the nickname recruit I knew you’d make some AF/Marine cracks, and you didn’t disappoint. Not sure if your gonna be blogging this series but GL if you are and enjoy if your simply watching for shits n giggles.

    • Crusader
      Posted April 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      Might as well try to blog it, because Nino is worth it.

      Looking forward to the locals beating the crap out of Riku.

  4. Posted April 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    His name will be Toby…

    At least it’s not LUCKY *plays Semi-Charmed Life*

    Looks like Sister Yolanda has been expanding the Church of Violence…

    Cannot UNSEE Mwu in a nun’s habit…

    • Crusader
      Posted April 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      I think that this show will be trying to put us all on the path of brokeness…

  5. Posted April 22, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I believe Sister is Eastern Orthodox, as evidenced by the triple cross.

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