Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge episode 8: My super almost-ex-girlfriend

She looks how we feel.

Let’s see, the bloody Amazoness returns (booo!) and proceeds to try and break up Ric x Nino (BOOO!), yet helps to turn this epi into one of the best yet (WHAAAAAT?!).


Episode Summary:

You tell him, P-Ko!

Ric is once again teaching the kiddies (er, and Nino) at his open air classroom on the riverbank under the bridge. Until he realises that he has an extra student. An extra large, and an extra (trying-to-be-)moé, one. Yes, for some bizarre reason, the Amazoness aided by her tengu-masked minions is out to seduce Ric, and he is soon under the minions’ hypno-spell, which reduces him to an extra-sparkly hot-for-the-Amazoness mess. P-Ko, who is also looking on and notices Ric’s bizarre and sudden interest in the Amazoness, tries to snap Ric out of it and then advises a confused Nino to ask Ric for a date. This is to be a romantic stroll along the riverbank, commencing at 1 o’clock., and a much happier Nino proceeds to wait for her man at the appointed time…

SIX HOURS later, a surprisingly chirpy Nino is still waiting for him when he eventually turns up. With a wedding dress clad Amazoness in his arms. Cue a plea from Ric for Nino to break up with him. A considerably less chirpy Nino, though, is having none of it, and challenges the Amazoness to see who loves him more. After an impressively clean fight, Nino barely breaks a sweat as she defeats her exhausted opponent. Meanwhile, Ric manages to break free of the hypnotic stupor under which the tengu-minions try to keep him, before he is reunited with Nino. Who proposes to him. Sort of.


Thoughts:

Dawww.

I must say, my heart sank when I saw the Amazoness, which’ll probably come as no surprise given my thoughts on epi 2. And yet, her involvement wasn’t as annoying as I thought it would be (even the whole schoolgirl thing) in this epi and it facilitated some of the best Ric x Nino development yet, which, along with the crazy girl ‘fight’ and the whole ‘marriage’ stuff, gave us that fabulous mix of dawww and bwuahaha! that I love about this show. It was also nice seeing the eternal-romantic P-Ko doing her best to rescue the almost-sinking Ric x Nino ship, though it was satisfying that Ric eventually snapped out of it in the end by himself, at the thought of truly losing Nino. And NINO. Talk about giving us another umpteen things to love about her, in the way that she so awesomely showed off the strength of her love for Ric and her compassion towards others. And finally, two things that certainly remain just as uncertain by the end of this epi: the Amazoness’s connection to Ric (e.g.: how she had his mobile number) and the whole is-she-isn’t-she-an-alien thing re: Nino, considering how efficiently she kicked her towering opponent’s arse.

As mentioned, despite the prominent role of the Amazoness, it was all about Ric x Nino in this epi, even though Ric spent most of it somewhere even zanier than Arakawa-land. Clearly, Ric has a good excuse for sort-off cheating on Nino, but it was nonetheless pretty sad/ irritating/ unfathomable seeing someone cheating on such a great girl. On the other hand, as I mentioned above, Ric’s successful ‘snapping out of it’ of his own accord was sweet and Nino’s reaction was AWESOME. Granted, in almost any other context, a girlfriend facing-off with the wife of a happily married man who has just dumped said gf saying that she (said gf) doesn’t care if they are married would probably be rather worrying. Thankfully, Nino’s disrespectful attitude towards marriage in this case [er, btw did this actually happen or not? Hmm] is entirely justified, sensing this particular union to be the sham that it is. Which is also kind of awesome of her to realise, given how deadpan and literal her usual expressions and the way she take things are. Usual, being the operative word here. In fact, Nino’s expressions/ gestures/ movements were collectively my favourite thing about this epi, especially how happy she is when she arranges and anticipates her date, when she explains about how she protects Ric, and when she thinks that she is marrying him.

And when she looks like this:

XD

Okay, so that was only in Ric’s head, and clearly we have a long way to go before Nino realises that marriage means a bit more than drinking milk together on a sofa. However, Nino’s general increase in her repertoire of facial expressions and her eagerness to fight for this love is hopefully a step in the right direction. In fact, I wouldn’t put it past this show to actually have such an ending for them as Ric in blushing-maiden mode might imagine… but, yeah, as I said, that would, to say the least, be a very long way off.

Finally, I mentioned P-Ko, but I wasn’t quite sure what to make of a certain other, pointier character who was also looking on at all the madness with equal interest. Clearly, Hoshi was rather amused at Ric’s sudden change of heart, but then when he actually found out that Ric was in lala-land during most of the goings on, Hoshi seemed reluctant to take advantage of the situation and steal Nino away, presumably without having to fight fairly for her himself. Of course, we never actually saw him having to make such a decision, as Ric woke up soon afterwards, which was probably a good thing as we can’t have Hoshi turning out to be such an honourable guy just yet, as that would take all the fun out of his future interaction with Ric, if he’d already bowed out of the battle for Nino’s heart (not to mention that I’d have less to write/ raeg about, so yeah). Either way, after such an enotional epi, we’re probably due at least one more sillier one before the Ric x Nino ship encounters any more stormy weather, so here’s looking forward to more Arawaka madness…


More Pics:

Well, at least hypnotised Ric is even more easier on the eyes.

 

The many faces of Ichinomiya Jr.

 

Not sure which Nino reaction is weirder here.

 

Dawww, she looks so happy…

 

…Okay, I can’t think of *anyone* who deserves this much love…

 

…and blind faith…

 

…least of all you Ric (at this point)!!!

 

Puh-lease, this is Nino-hime we’re talking about…and of course she totally pwns.

 

Oh, Hoshi, if I wasn’t so distracted by those hideous sandals, I’d probably agree.

 

From the kyaarific to the ridiculous. LOVE it!

 

You know, for second there, the Mayor looked pretty impressive…but hold up – he’s sick of gags?! Him??!! This can’t be good…

 

Here come the, um, girls? AKA the trap, the ladies, and the loli… not sure in what order though…

 

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17 Comments

  1. Sebz
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Ric trying to be the “prince” for Amazoness was one of the most hilarious gigs I’ve watched in this series. Though I hate the fact that Nino now has a rival (cus we’re all already dealing with Hoshi).

    Ric, don’t you EVER break Nino’s heart, you hear?

    • Posted November 29, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      And what a dashing prince he makes! Though, yes, I could’ve done without the love, er, square(?)!

      Hear, hear!

  2. ectholion
    Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    well there is one other thing we can confirm from this episode hoshi likes to wear last season womens shoes… lol. great post hana i loved it more then the episode. :)

    • Posted November 29, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

      Yeugh, now I hate gladiator sandals even more. Cheers ectho, always a pleasure mate! :)

      • ectholion
        Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

        LOL, im glad im not the only one here that hates gladiator sandals, possibly the ugliest shoe ever made

  3. Posted November 28, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    When Hoshi’s sandals first appeared on screen, I thought they were Amazoness’s feet. …Yeah his taste in clothing isn’t always the best (I distinctly remember him wearing plaid pants once), but it’s funny how his wardrobe is one of the only ones that keeps changing.

    • Posted November 29, 2010 at 7:29 am | Permalink

      Oh yeah, he certainly has a thing for plaid, doesn’t he? Well, at least that’s something, too bad each outfit change is more dodgy than the last.

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    I also thought it was pretty odd the Amazoness decided to go after Ric, I mean a lady of that caliber could probably get any guy she wanted. Ok, my stance may be somewhat clouded by my habit of unconditionally supporting underdog figures worldwide, but I seriously don’t get the hate for her. She’s no less developed/one dimensional than, say Stella or Maria (not to deny their awesomeness) and I personally found the Captain or Billy/Jacqueline a lot less funny than her.

    It was a pretty decent ep nonetheless, but felt a bit odd for some reason. I know Arakawa has a lot of purely comedy episodes, but this more than any of the others had, to me, the feel of an anime original ep. I guess it’s because the Amazoness’ interest seemed so sudden and forced and I felt no real threat to Nino/Ric’s relationship. Episode 3 was much more natural with the drama, plus the dynamic between the two felt like it had shifted by the end, unlike this ep which seemed to revert back to the status quo like nothing had happened. Ah well at least it ended well, plus it gave me the urge to drink a pint of milk, so I guess I’ll take that as a positive… somehow.

    Ps. Thanks for not including a pic of that ott shocked P-ko expression. I don’t need to see that image. Ever. Again.

    • Posted November 29, 2010 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      Lol! Well, someone’s got to support them, I guess. :P Okay, I’ll concede that the bee bimbo is just as one dimentional.

      Interesting what you say about the anime original feel, I think I read somewhere else that the Amazoness isn’t in the manga so much, so the aimators might very well have embellished quite a bit of the source material for this epi. You’re right about the ending too, in that, despite the emotional outpouring from Nino, she and Ric do seem to end up at the end of this epi like how they were at the beginning of it. Except there’s more milk. Which reminds me of what I added to a thread on blindability’s post, which I’ll happily copy here:

      Scamp:
      …run off to drink milk on a couch with another woman
      I’m going to have to remember that euphamism. He’s gone off to drink milk on her couch, if you know what I mean
      blindability:
      Drink milk with you on a couch? Why I thought you’d never ask.
      I suppose it doesn’t translate 100% because Nino’s also a foreigner.
      luffyluffy:
      I think of the “Son, your father is really the milkman” trope.
      Hana:
      OMG Nino’s father’s a Milkman?! Hold up, that makes PERFECT sense; all that calcium she must have gotten growing up! They should totally use her for a ‘Got Milk?’ advert, or whatever the Americans call them, the sale of milk would increase SO much. Then again, the sale of anything would increase if she became their poster girl. Mmm, milk…

      …nuff said.

      PS No probs, recalling that disturbing pic would’ve undone all the work P-Ko has otherwise done this season to no longer make me hate her.

  5. ~xxx
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    hoshi has some weirder fashion sense than the monkey-eating eagle.

    The sandals was a bit… Outlander.

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      ‘the monkey-eating eagle’

      ?!

  6. Posted November 30, 2010 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Nino’s punch was probably one of the best part of this episode even idf it was nothing but a filler, I want more sister and I want a telescope episode.

    Probably the reason why I didn’t like this kind of drama is because I grow up watching horrible dramatic TV dramas, the amnesia hypnosis and all this kind of things were highly overused and seeing them in Arakawa wasn’t a good idea for an episode (IMO) not even a filler one.
    Yet the last scene of Ric an Nino getting married was so cute that made me forget almost everything that had happen before, Nino you are so cute and forgiving.

    Love the Goddesses picture of Nino, so cute

  7. Emperor
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    And here I wanted to write that Arakawa has no boring episodes but this one surely was. -_-

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Let’s all hope epi 10 brings things back on form…

  8. Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I actually didn’t like this episode that much. The jokes were pretty good, but the Amazoness put me off so much, I couldn’t relax. I don’t like seeing NinoxRic get interrupted (even though the end result is Nino and Ric getting CLOSER) and she is an annoying character by design…Probably on purpose <_< Derrr…

    At least Hoshi wasn't a jerk this episode. I wouldn't have been able to handle it. XD

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      If NinoxRic hadn’t have got closer after all that then I’d completely agree with you. Again, let’s hope epi 10 brings things back on form!

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