Arakawa Under the Bridge #08 — Mouth to Mouth

May 23rd, 2010


Say "ahh."


Eh. I’m not really sure how to feel about this episode. I do think that it was definitely better than most of the early ones, but almost all of the jokes were so predictible that the whole thing felt completely phoned in. Every character immediately fell back into their usual stereotype within 15 seconds of trying to play it straight and the "If you’re lovers, then kiss" thing (along with Kou’s 5 minute overreaction to it) was as cliche as it comes. The art was pretty dodgy this week too, not that this show has ever exactly been the Rembrandt of anime, but this episode definitely had more than its fair share of faces needing quite a bit of touch up and recentering.

At least the overly obsessed Man Friday was somewhat amusing, the ‘dental checkup’ being the clear highlight. That was terrifying, although I wasn’t aware that Star-For-Brains was so homophobic. Then again, it didn’t really look like they were kissing so much as devour each other’s faces at the same time. It does undermine Kou’s whole "I come from the real world" schtick when he reveals that he had a crazed, slightly extremely gay old man inspect his teeth and lovingly clean his face after breakfast though. If this is normality, then a man dressed in a habit hiding on top of your garderobe with a sniper rifle isn’t really shouldn’t be that unusual.

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8 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Yue says:

    So, why did she kissed him again? ~_~

  • Haesslich says:

    FINALLY she kissed him… although it’s scary how normal-looking Sister and Maria are outside of their usual uniforms. Even that pistol looks normal on Sister.

    • Yue says:

      I’m tracking how this series would end up in Aroduc’s blog. Haesslich, as someone who straightmindedly watches Arakawa, are you convinced that it’s my mistake not watching this?

  • Haesslich says:

    Yue: It’s not a mistake to avoid the series – it’s very SHAFT-y, which gives you an idea for how it goes. It can get tiresome with some of the jokes, but if you enjoy total insanity, you could do worse.

    • Yue says:

      I’ll be taking your advice in good faith. I just hope SHAFT gets better material and direction for their next project. Thanks Haesslich.

    • lvlln says:

      I would say that, actually, Arakawa Under the Bridge isn’t very Shaft-y at all. It’s probably their most “normal” or “mainstream” work in recent memory besides Dance in the Vampire Bund.

  • lvlln says:

    I wasn’t sure what to think of the episode at first either, but I ended up really liking it. Takai’s reaction to the kiss was very heart warming and showed him to be more of a father to Riku than his real father ever was. And though the kiss was predictable as all heck, it didn’t make Riku’s – as well as Star’s – reaction any less amusing.

  • Leah-san says:

    Worst Yaoi Ever.