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Arakawa Under the Bridge

Brought to you by the mad comedy wizards at SHAFT and SHAFT’s go-to director Akiyuki Shinbo, comes a very strange love story. Kou is a young man born with a silver spoon in his mouth as the son a wealthy corporate head, however he’s grown up with the concept of never owning anything to anyone pounded into his psyche. This concept governs his entire existence. No matter how small the issue might be, he is determined to do it himself and ensure that he receives no help at all from anyone. This is complicated when he is saved from drowning by a strange girl named Nino, who claims to come from Venus. In return for rescuing him, and at Kou’s insistence that he repay her as quickly as possible, she asks him to stay with her in her home under the bridge as her boyfriend. Kou, despite misgivings, accepts.

It’s based on a four-panel gag manga, as evidenced by how each episode is broken up to several three-four minute segments that focus on one idea or joke.

The animation is typical SHAFT animation, with lots of quick shots and close ups and odd shift in art style. It’s not particularly impressive, but it gets the job done and has enough life to it that there’s certainly nothing about the technical quality that will bother you.

Episode 1 had some good moments, but was a bit uneven overall and tended to beat some of its jokes to death. Episode 2 was a bit improvement and was much funnier and had fresher jokes overall.

Early Verdict: A funny show and one that shows some promise. Will stick with this for at least a few more episodes.

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April 15, 2010 - Posted by | Anime | , ,

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