Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge

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  • 2010
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.1  (687)

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge is a quirky anime show that premiered in 2010 and is produced by NIS America. The show revolves around a young man named Kou Ichinomiya who comes from a wealthy family and upholds the belief that he must never be indebted to anyone. However, one day, when he falls into the Arakawa River, a homeless girl named Nino rescues him, and he owes her his life.

To repay his debt, Nino asks Kou to be her boyfriend and to live with her under the bridge. Thus, Kou is sucked into the bizarre world of the Arakawa under the bridge community - a motley crew of eccentric characters - who live unconventional and idiosyncratic lives.

Throughout the show, audiences see Kou adapt to the surreal community’s ways of living and its strange customs. The narrative captures Kou's inner turmoil as he battles with his conservative beliefs as he takes on the challenge of living with Nino and her strange family under the bridge.

The Zetsubou-sensei series creator Kumeta Kouji, created Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge with comedy and humor at its core. The show is filled with the director, Shinbo Akiyuki's trademark animation style with stop-start editing and jump-cuts. The whimsical animation style is reminiscent of a pop-up book, with bright, vibrant colors and bold character designs.

The series has a talented cast of voice actors, with Hiroshi Kamiya portraying Kou Ichinomiya excellently. Kamiya, known for his performances in Attack on Titan, Blue Exorcist, and Welcome to the NHK, brings Kou Ichinomiya's character to life in Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge with a strong and well-rounded performance.

Maaya Sakamoto voices the quirky and enigmatic Nino, who brings some of the show's biggest and most complex themes to life. Sakamoto, known for her voice acting work in shows like Ghost in the Shell, Black Butler, and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, brings a surreal, other-worldly voice to Nino, which brings a depth to her quirky character.

Another standout performer is Keiji Fujiwara, who voiced the charismatic and philosophical homeless man, Hoshi. Fujiwara, who also featured in many iconic anime shows, including Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, and One Piece, delivers a flawless performance, entertaining the audience with his deadpan humor.

The show's soundtrack is an eclectic mix of piano, drum, and xylophone music, which complements the show's quirky animation style and mood. The opening and ending songs, sung by the voice actors themselves, are catchy and memorable.

Overall, Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge is a show that takes viewers on a truly bizarre ride through a surrealist world. The eccentric, quirky characters, the show's weird sense of humor, and its beautiful animation style make it a unique and enjoyable experience for anime fans. The show is a must-watch for those who are looking for something unconventional and different from the typically anime shows.

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on October 2, 2010.

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E 13
13. E 13
January 29, 2013
Continuing from the previous episode, the Arakawa King Game competition rages on! Maria and Sister go head-to-head in the final leg of this fateful battle. What happened to the Venus excursion, you ask? Who cares!?
E 12
12. E 12
January 29, 2013
On a whim, the Chief decides to play the King Game, setting into motion a potentially deadly battle. The winner of the game is allowed to issue a single royal decree that everyone else must obey. Everyone prepares their signature attacks and secret alliances, and the battle royale begins!
E 11
11. E 11
January 29, 2013
The Amazon was once in love with Rec, but now it seems she's fallen for Hoshi...! Where will her fickle heart lead her next? Also, don't miss the scenes where Nino and the other girls show up in yukata and swimsuits!
E 10
10. E 10
January 29, 2013
We find out that the rocket taking everyone to Venus has a weight limit! The residents split into teams to try out different dieting techniques. What kind of results can we expect? And what kind of aftereffects might the twins experience!?
E 9
9. E 9
January 29, 2013
First up, we catch a glimpse of Whitey and Shimazaki getting a little too close for comfort! It turns out they were just expressing their passion for line-riding, but Rec images something completely different. Later, Last Samurai and the Chief outdo themselves and ruin a perfectly pleasant tea party.
E 8
8. E 8
January 29, 2013
The Amazon returns to the riverbank with her annoyingly cutesy routine, and Rec is as baffled as ever at her advances. But when the Tengu squad manages to hypnotize him, the story takes a turn for the weird. Where will this twisted love triangle go from here!?
E 7
7. E 7
January 29, 2013
A conversation between the river's two middle-aged men leads to a push for health awareness and check-ups for everyone under the bridge. Rec and the others don't think too much of it, but their well-being is more important to Nino than anyone realized! The path to Venus is a long and dangerous one...
E 6
6. E 6
January 29, 2013
Shimazaki continues investigating Nino, while deceiving Rec's dad at the same time. But then...she activates the Death Trap! Elsewhere, Nino reveals to Rec that her parents have contacted her. Upon hearing this, Rec...
E 5
5. E 5
January 29, 2013
In the top half, the Captain comes roaring back with a vengeance. What's his reason for being here, again? Later, we finally get a glimpse into Billy and Jacqueline's stormy past. Their love, a love between a bird and an insect that transcends classes (and species!), strikes a chord with P-ko, Rec, and even Hoshi.
E 4
4. E 4
January 29, 2013
Rec suddenly finds himself directing a romance movie at P-ko's request. The residents of the riverbank are cast in leading roles, but they just refuse to get serious. Will Rec ever finish his masterpiece? Later in the episode, we see Rec taking part in a real test of courage. Rec's super afraid of ghosts, but who will manage to give him the biggest fright!?
E 3
3. E 3
January 29, 2013
While cleaning his room, Rec discovers some cassette tapes that were apparently hidden away by Nino. He causes an international incident when he decides to listen to them behind her back; next thing you know, all the other girls are openly hostile toward him. But he tries to make it up to her, I swear!
E 2
2. E 2
January 29, 2013
That weird Amazon from before makes another appearance, and her mysterious treasure is finally revealed! Also, a rabid sci-fi fan and self-proclaimed Earth Defense Force fleet captain makes his debut at the river, adding another space-spice to the Arakawa stew.
E 1
1. E 1
January 29, 2013
The first half reveals each resident's secret side when they pay Nino's place a visit. The second half indulges in a men-only marathon. Who will come out on top!? Oh, and uh...don't worry about that Amazon lady that shows up in the middle!
Where to Watch Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge
Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge is available for streaming on the NIS America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge on demand at Google Play.
  • Premiere Date
    October 2, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (687)