Arakawa is probably my favorite comedy anime. There are a lot of jokes that successfully bring laughter to my face. It is an anime about Kou Ichinomiya, a man from a wealthy family that accidentally falls to a river one day. After being saved by a stranger named Nino, Kou said that he would do anything to pay back to Nino. However, what Nino asked is for Kou to become her boyfriend. Kou that can’t refuse then forced to live with Nino under the bridge.
Even from episode 1, I knew that this anime is not “normal”, and I was very right about that. There are a lot of unthinkable jokes that you won’t believe that this anime something comes from Square Enix. Basically the story is about everyday life under the bridge. But, with a lot of unique residents, you can’t expect thing to go the way we know.
I think Arakawa really uses their unique characters as the strength to build such a comedy. Every character is strong. They leave a strong impression, not just because of the appearance, but also because of the character itself. I found myself can’t stop watching the anime after I started. That’s just how good and absurd it is.
Probably the style of the animation is also what makes me like this anime a lot. It is similar to the style of Monogatari series (probably because they are both from the same studio). Not just that, the seiyuu of Kou is the seiyuu of Araragi, and the seiyuu of Nino is one of my favorites, Maaya Sakamoto.
Apart from those aspects, I found that the art is very consistent with bright colors. The character design is not perfect, but it does a very great job, and I don’t think that such a detailed character (for example like CLAMP’s character) will do as good as this.
The opening and ending songs are what I don’t really like from Arakawa, except for one opening dedicated to my favorite character in the anime, Maria. The music is very catchy and the lyrics are stunning. However, the BGMs are not that memorable as well. So, this may be the weak point of the anime. Still, I highly recommend this anime, especially is you need some laughs. Guarantee you won’t regret it.
MyAnimeList rating: 7.68
Personal rating: 9.50