Arakawa Under the Bridge


Arakawa Under the Bridge (荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ) is a Japanese manga series created by Hikaru Nakamura. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Young GanGan starting December 3, 2004. An anime adaptation by Shaft was broadcast in Japan between April 4, 2010 and June 27, 2010 on TV Tokyo. A second season, titled Arakawa Under the Bridge*2, aired in Japan between October 3, 2010 and December 26, 2010.

Set in Arakawa, Tokyo, the series tells the story of Kou Ichinomiya, a man who has accomplished everything by himself. Ever since he was little, his father has taught him one rule: to never be indebted to another person. One day by accident, he falls into the Arakawa River and almost drowns. A girl by the name of Nino rescues him and, in return, he owes her his life. Unable to accept the fact that he is indebted to her, he asks her about a way for him to repay her. In the end, she tells him to love her, beginning Kou’s life of living under a bridge. However, as Kou starts to learn, Arakawa is a place full of weirdos and all of the people living under the bridge are what society would call “denpasan“.

Never judge a book by its cover, or in anime’s case, never judge an anime by the first episode. Arakawa under the Bridge started out (for me) as a fairly pretentious and rather bland series, and I fully expected that I would be ready to drop it by around episode 5 or maybe even sooner. Now that isn’t saying the first episode was bad by any means, it just didn’t stand out at all to me, it was a regular opening describing the 2 leads and giving a good amount of exposition. As the episodes progressed, I slowly began to enjoy Arakawa more and more, and began to see something special in this anime.

Quality: 320kbps + scan BK
Opening Theme: The Bridge
#1 “Venus to Jesus” by Yakushimaru Etsuko [Single]
#2 “Title Nante Jibun de Kangaenasai na” by Miyuki Sawashiro
Ending Theme: The Bridge
Sakasama Bridge” by Suneohair
Opening Theme: The Bridge x Bridge
#1 “COSMOS vs ALIEN” by Etsuko Yakushimaru [Single]
#2 “Saka-sama Go! Summer!! ~Iya, Yuku no wa Kinsei Dakara~” by Cho
Ending Theme: The Bridge x Bridge
Akai Coat” by Suneohair [Single]
Arakawa Under the Bridge Original Soundtrack .

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