Arakawa Under the Bridge episode 12: Déjà Vu

Now this was what I was waiting for. The much anticipated evil daddy’s visit to the bridge village. I was wondering if we were ever going to see him there at all. Let alone, er, so much of him. Speaking of which, nice choice of underwear there evil daddy…

Episode Summary:

Too right.

Turns out Riku couldn’t bring himself to actually call evil daddy, which leads the others suddenly to turn on his scaredy-cat arse. Thankfully, our lovely Venusian sticks up for him, claiming it’s okay to be scared of stuff. Too right. Except the deplorable Star then tries to stick his pointy oar in by trying to steal Nino away from Riku by claiming that he, Star, is the better man. Maria then steps in to break up the fight. Maria style. This involves Star and Riku (reluctantly wearing Star’s mask) becoming literal shooting stars by jumping off the bridge – or rather being kicked off by Maria – while Nino makes a wish on them. Nino agrees and wishes for everyone to stay together in the bridge village. Unfortunately for Riku, everyone else also wishes to take turns in wishing upon him for various random rubbish.


Meanwhile in his office, a severely pissed off evil daddy is told that his construction company has pulled out of the deal. Cut to said construction co. HQ where, it seems, they are being guided by a mysterious half-headless man in a green kimono, who tells them not to worry before he mysteriously disappears into a mysterious white background. Back to evil daddy, who finally decides to visit the bridge village. There, he is promptly stripped of his trousers by, it would seem, the same kids who dealt with his son all those episodes ago. And offered them back by the same Venusian who also dealt with his son all those episodes ago. Evil daddy of course, prefers to walk away trouserless rather than accepting Nino’s help, but not without telling her that she should look at his boxer shorts and feel honoured to do so. Hmm.

Clearly we should all be honoured to see this.

However, evil daddy is clearly perturbed to hear his mobile phone ringing with the ringtone that he picked out for his son’s eventual call, but decides to keep walking away anyway, telling Nino to keep that ‘n’ all. Soon, while the evil one is also contemplating a mysterious locket with a woman’s picture inside and hitherto kept in his breast pocket, a passing policeman sees him and promptly arrests his trouserless arse. Meanwhile, Nino finally answers the ringing phone and Riku (thinking it’s evil daddy on the other end) blurts out how much he wants to stay in the bridge village with Nino. Who is currently standing behind him. Cue relief on all sides, which is heightened when someone else calls Riku to let him know that the construction on the bridge village has been called off.


This week’s opening monologue was the weirdest one yet, so I’m not going to talk about it any more than I already have in these twenty-seven words. Moving on. Well, even though Riku and his evil daddy still didn’t meet for the big show-down, I really enjoyed this epi and thought it was a big improvement from last week’s rather uneventful one. Not least of all because Maria got longer screen time this week and got to kick arse. Literally. Clearly remembering Stellatron’s ‘Shooting Star’ special move from epi 10, Maria almost kills two stars with one kick (actually several) in her bid to outshine her younger and blonder friend. Poor Riku eh, to have been genuinely working his pert little arse off for all of them, only to have them turn on him the minute they find out he’d rather call the talking clock than his evil daddy.

Maria about to kick arse.

Speaking of whom, we – shock horror – get to find out a little bit more about the evil one. The ring-tone (the dodgy sound of it aside) and that locket certainly spoke volumes. It seems like he does want his son to call him and he misses his (dead?) wife(?). In support of these two observations, we know from last week’s epi that: Takai’s suggestion to Riku that he should make direct contact with his evil daddy certainly threw the eavesdropping evil one for a six; and also Riku’s mum looks like the lady in the locket. My guess is that the evil one wants his son’s love just as much as Riku wants his, but blames Riku for the death of his wife/ Riku’s mum? Or Riku’s mum was somehow the (fatal?) victim of some-emo-debt-related-thing, hence the father’s whole-emo-less-anti-debt-thing. At least that’s all my currently cliché-filled brain can come up with. Hopefully (no manga spoilers though please) the show will come up with something quirkier and well, more AUtB-esque…

…I dunno, what do you think?


Other highlights for me included: the random rubbish the other bridge villagers were wishing for; the mysterious green kimono clad man (*she says while desperately trying to remember who his voice reminded her of – the Mayor maybe? He wasn’t with them in the first section, right?*); Nino’s meeting with the evil one and her windmilling hair; Nino’s look of shock/ wonder when she was trying to answer the mobile phone, which reminded me of her expression in Riku’s mobile phone wallpaper in the last epi; and, of course, the evil one in his underpants. With that cop. Out of those, I think Nino’s scene and the cop scene probably contained some of the funniest lines in the whole series so far…

….so, with only one epi to go (*sob*) how do you think it’ll end and what was your funniest/ most enjoyable moment in this epi?

More Pics:

Loving the hair.



You know I actually heard a siren going off outside my window as well while I was copying this image, no lie. But then I guess that’s an hourly occurrence in east London.


Well said!

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  1. Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Lots to love in this episode, but my fave was Stella and the twins whipping Ric, and telling him to apologize to the cookies, while Maria looked on approvingly.

    • Posted June 22, 2010 at 3:54 am | Permalink

      Joojoo you sadist – if it was Star I’d understand! …though I’ll admit to holding in the laughter as I watched them chase poor Riku round and round :( / :) And yes, Maria is awesome! :D

  2. rpd
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    I’m used to that writing episodes some time after an episode aired.
    this is pretty fast. I can’t even find it here

  3. Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    The mysterious man in the kimono was undoubtedly the mayor. Not only did he have the same voice, but the last episode had made it a point to point out that he had disappeared without anyone knowing to where. And, as you wrote, he wasn’t in this episode, a continuation from the end of the last episode.

    • ahelo
      Posted June 23, 2010 at 3:23 am | Permalink

      oh yea. i din’t notice that. i was too busy LOL ing at the shooting stars.

      • Posted June 23, 2010 at 7:29 am | Permalink

        Yes, the shooting stars were so random… but for some reason made total sense (in that zany context) too, I like the way Maria’s mind works!

    • Posted June 23, 2010 at 7:25 am | Permalink

      Ah, thanks for confirming that. Guess we’ll see how his plan/ it all turns out next week…

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