Arakawa Under the Bridge

April Anime Challenge – Arakawa Under the Bridge

Our anime challenge for April is the comedy anime Arakawa Under the Bridge. It is based on the manga written by Hikaru Nakamura, which first ran in the seinen manga magazine Young GanGan starting December 3, 2004. The anime ran in two seasons, the first 13-episode season, Arakawa Under the Bridge ran from April 2010 to June 2010 and the second, named Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge ran from October 2010 to December 2010.

The anime, set in Arakawa, Tokyo tells the tale of Kou Ichinomiya, a self-accomplished man. He is a man which lives by his father’s rule that his father imprinted on him since childhood:’Never be indebted to another person.’ Then an even happen which conflicts with that rule. You see, he falls into the Arakawa River and he almost drowns. Luckily a girl named Nino rescues him and in return he owes her his life. Because of his father’s in-bedded rule he cannot accept and he asks her a way for him to pay that debt. After relentlessly trying to get her to name a payment for his debt, she tells him to love her, and so Kou’s bizarre life starts of living under a bridge. To top that, he discovers that Arakawa is a world of weirdos!! It seems that this month we are in for a hilarious challenge!