Welcome back to the Arakawa family, nutters style~
Guests: Overcooled & Kyokai
Overcooled: After season one took everyone by storm, it wasn’t surprising when they announced a season 2. Kyokai and I were about as excited as one can get to start watching this.
Kyokai: For evidence you can always check our fall review, where we not only fangirled but were ready to draw blood to blog this. :3
Warning: the following contains a lot of fangirling, uncontrollable laughing fits and sudden outbursts of…I don’t even know what anymore. Instead of a summary, you get to see our thoughts IN REAL TIME as we watched the episode together. Except, well, it’s not real time anymore because it’s been edited. YOU GET THE IDEA. If you REALLY want a proper summary… fine: Nino and Ric switch houses, Ric runs into a crazy Amazonian..thing, there is an epic marathon, and Nino dreams about her parents.
Kyokai: I’ve been dying to see Arakawa 2! Let’s get this show on the road!
Overcooled: Oh, this is glorious.
Kyokai: Oh god, I love this!
Overcooled: Those opening sequences always get to me. They’re so deep
Kyokai: Yeahhh, simply gorgeous
Overcooled: and then Nino ruins it
Kyokai: Wow, a dream? Holy shittttt. LOLLLL! That was too good.
Overcooled: Awww, I like this opening!
Kyokai: Oooooh, new costume. I love it. Plus some outer planetary stuff.
Overcooled: Arakawa always has sexy visuals.
Kyokai: Oooh it’s heaven for my eyes. I think the singer is the same as the previous one.
Overcooled: Me too.
Kyokai: Mariaaaaaaaa! I missed youuuu! And the Amazonian….
Overcooled: I really hope…and yet not hope…that man-woman is in the show LOL
Overcooled: AWWW THE KISS IN THE OPENING
Kyokai: Awww, I missed Hiroshi Kamiyaaaaaaaaaaaannnn and Sakamoto Mayaaaa <333333
Overcooled: KAMIYAN YOU JERK, YOU MADE NINO CRY.
Kyokai: Lol, poor Nino!
Overcooled: Mmmm seiyuu heaven <3
Kyokai: She’s so adorable… *squishes Nino plushie*
Overcooled: OMG THIS IS JUST LIKE I REMEMBER IT
Kyokai: This is so screencap worthy HAHAHAHAAAAAAAA
Overcooled: Every second is gorgeous~
Kyokai: I can’t get enough of this. Oh man, his wildest dream!
Overcooled: Omg please move in with him
Kyokai: JACKPOT DA ZE~
Overcooled: LOL, Ric’s lucky day. He finally gets some more action
Overcooled: LOL NINO
Kyokai: SHIT NOOOOOOOOOO! As expected of Nino. All dreams gone to hell.
Overcooled: Damn girl, you got him whipped
Kyokai: I remember this room…that drawer is so nostalgic. First time Nino came out of it… <333
Overcooled: I bet it smells like her mwahaha <—(instance where I predict the future #1)
Kyokai: ahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa look who’s there
Kyokai: *rolls on the floor laughing at the song*
Overcooled: He needs a character song single
Kyokai: Srsly he does! Rabu rabu rabuuuuu~
Overcooled: LOL WTF WAS THAT ACCENT?
Kyokai: GANSTA accent
Overcooled: OMG YES PKO
Overcooled: I forget her seiyuu’s name but I love her LOL
Kyokai: Me too, I love the spontaneity of her.
Overcooled: omg the vegetable
Kyokai: Looks like Chief…. LOL. Hoshi…………what’s he doing………?
Overcooled: By the way, his boots are sexy
Overcooled: Omg I wasn’t the only one who thought of the scent thing
Kyokai: Her smell. You so proved it lollll… Chief’s zipper’s off LOLLLLLL
Overcooled: Omg sancho
Kyokai: Zannennn~ you sexy collarbones
Overcooled: Arakawa…so good…I’m dying
Overcooled: This is so funny, and I like…never laugh at comedies
Kyokai: There’s a reason why we love this. Ric’s monologues are the best
Overcooled: I KNOOOWWW
Kyokai: hahahahaaa—haaa? Stella’s clothes or Nino’s kiddie ones?
Kyokai: Sleepwalking again
Overcooled: She’s gonna sleep-murder him
Kyokai: I knew it. Her sleeping face: Kawaiiiii~
Kyokai: Poor bastard (Ric got kicked into the drawer to sleep)
Overcooled: I do that in my sleep too
Kyokai: hahahahaaaaaaaaaa I would love to do that. Poor Ric
Overcooled: OOFURI LOL
Kyokai: I need to watch that show
Overcooled: Seeee, it’s a sign? XD
Kyokai: SISTER, I MISSED YOU
Overcooled: I love Sister
Kyokai: It’s like a happy reunion
Overcooled: OHISASHIBURI ARAKAWA
Kyokai: HAI HAIIII, OKAERI~
Overcooled: 8D …Now Ric…please don’t get ambushed by Stella
Kyokai: I hope Maria shows up
Overcooled: ME TOO, I WANNA GROW UP TO BE JUST LIKE MARIA
Kyokai: AMAZONIAN ALERT
Overcooled: NEW CHARCTER
Kyokai: Oh mannnn…
Overcooled: KOBAYASHI YUU?
Kyokai: This is the one who voiced Chihoro in Occult
Overcooled: YEAH! AND RIO IN SORA NO WOTO! I LOVE HERRRRR
Kyokai: Must be her. SHE IS AWESOME.
Overcooled: I’D RECOGNIZE IT ANYWHERE
Kyokai: Where did she go………….
Overcooled: …lol nothing happened to him…
Kyokai: Damn it, the random blondie…Kenpachi’s seiyuu?
Overcooled: …wait, kyokai, wtf is happening? why are they doing all this random stuff? XD Oh well, no complaints
Kyokai: I dunnoooo
Overcooled: Go marathon if you want to XD
Kyokai: OH SHIT. CHIEF IS ACTUALLY FLASHHHH.
Kyokai: AMMUNITION WTF! Sister, omae~ Oh god his explanation
Overcooled: This is…I don’t even…words are…..
Overcooled: lolwut I thought the horse was talking
Kyokai: Same here XD And oh wow…
Overcooled: O.O Shiro-san, sugoiii~
Kyokai: Check out Whitey!
Kyokai: Poor him…..the number one gone. It’s sad
Overcooled: I love this so much I can barely even focus
Kyokai: I’m trying my best too. As expected of Hoshi…Ohohohohooooooooo competition! Shit, he always eggs him on
Overcooled: I hate when Hoshi belittles him -_-
Kyokai: OH MAN HE JUST USED THAT LINE FROM TTGL! KAMINA!
Overcooled: lawl I know. POWER UP DA ZE
Overcooled: It’s like Mario Kart
Kyokai: Check out the Chief doing yoga or something…….
Overcooled: Wow, it really does..look like a crab…<_<
Kyokai: DAMN IT HOSHI
Overcooled: AHHHH MARIO KART YES IT REALLY DID HAPPEN ROFL
DUN DUN DUUUUN DUN DUN DUN-DUN DUN! DUN DUN DUUUN DUN DUN DUN-DUN DUN!
Kyokai: DAMN IT, HOSHI NO BAKA! This is tooo goooodddddd. It would be fabulous if Nino just walks in and wins
Overcooled: Sister, so pro! I feel like working out now
Kyokai: Oh goddddd, one-legged race. I love him all worked up……………Oh Nino’s the cheerleader GO RICCCCCC! WINNNNNN!
Kyokai: FFFFUUUUUU- WHITEY
Kyokai: NAZE? Naaazeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee? LOLLLLL, Jiraya samaaaa…He’s so dead
Overcooled: Nino always knows how to cheer him up~…sort of
Kyokai: Oh yesssss. Sort of
Overcooled: omg sister
Kyokai: His scar’s gonna open if he works too hard
Overcooled: Mmmm so pretty
Kyokai: Again that scenic scene. Ooohhhhhhhhh… Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh….
Kyokai: The satellite! Memories returning…….O.O
Overcooled: LOLI NINO
Kyokai: Oyaji! Kaasaaaaaaannn! Wow, she remembered.
I sure hope that jellyfish isn’t related to her
Overcooled: Kekeke this is going to be good
Kyokai: …and then she’s gonna forget when she wakes up T.T
Overcooled: The preview is with Hoshi O.O
Kyokai: Too good. Chief’s gone
Overcooled: I can die happy….
Kyokai: Hoshi’s getting all the attention. Seriously, this just reminds me how much I missed this show. I mean, if you look at it nothing much happened but stillll SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD
Overcooled: Nothing happened…but EVERYTHING HAPPENED
Kyokai: Exactly! It was like reunion with family
Overcooled: It was everything you could ever want from season 2. The jokes are just as good as ever
Kyokai: AND THEN SOME. Same for all the characters
Overcooled: Arakawa has some of the best characters…original, funny, and interesting XD Plus…NINO’S PAST!!!
Kyokai: Last season was Ric’s father, This season it’s going to be Nino’s family. I just want to go huggle SHAFT for doing this
Overcooled: <3 AGREED. I’m excited about Nino’s past, this could turn out veryyy interesting
Kyokai: I am just wondering If she’s really from Venus……Knowing Arakawa, it could actually happen since they add in some very weird twists
Here, have a Fresh Fish:
So, how’s my mime behind an invisible wall going? Good?
You too can prevent the spread of rabies.
OH SISTER. I like how you have missiles lying around at home
…Yeah, this is just cute lol
Not exactly the typical face of someone about to kick a man into the ceiling
Overcooled: It’s always hard to do follow-up talk about comedies. It’s just jokes, right? No deeper plot to discuss, no character development…But somehow Arakawa manages to have the most beautiful, solemn moments in-between the hilarity and still get the desired response. It’s not JUST a crazy comedy series, it does a little bit of everything and does it WELL. So there is always a LOT to talk about when it comes to our beloved Arakawa.
I’m usually very critical and picky with my comedies. For one thing, it is rare for me to laugh at ALL during comedies. I’m generally unaffected, and the best you get is a smile or a chuckle. It’s HORRIBLE because I wish I got more into comedies and actually laughed more. That being said, this episode of Arakawa alone made me laugh more than any episode of any anime ever has…I know you think I’m crazy because it was episode 1 and no way episode ONE could be that good but it was. IT JUST WAS.
Although the type of humour is a bit off-the-wall for some, it really tickles my funny bone. Off of humour, Arakawa also gets you extremely attached to all of the characters. The beautiful animation and darling seiyuus help, of course. Let’s not forget Omigawa Chiaki amongst the big stars, because I LOVE her voicing of P-ko to bits. That woman did a spot-on job of playing Maka in Soul Eater, and needs MOAR PRAISE! Anyways, if you somehow aren’t compelled by the picturesque opening sequences hinting at darker, more serious aspects…I…have no idea how to please you…
Kyokai: HHHHNNNNNNNGGG, I feel loving nostalgia~ Arakawa has been one of the shows that I absolutely loved from the time it started in spring. I roared and whooped in amazement when I found out that a second season was releasing in fall. I mean just after a few months, SHAFT actually does something for their audience and releases something in TIME?! Shock and horror indeed after that loooong wait for the last episode of Bakemonogatari. If only it had been some other show but oh man, then they go and announce the animation of Kizumonogatari…. There’s a very satisfied fangirl sitting right here, writing her heart away to SHAFT and the awesomeness of Shinbo… <333
From our conversation, you can very easily typecast us as fangirls of this show. It dishes out and we eat and laugh like maniacs. Watching this episode was like meeting an old friend after years and remembering how awesome it was to spend time with them and remember the good old memories. Not to mention, the OP’s sung by the same Etsuko Yakushimaru, who immortalized “Venus to Jesus” in the previous season. In marketing term, you call this “Recall” in consumerism, even if you package something with different coloured paper, the way a product looks, feels, smells will always remain registered in our brain and whenever we will see it again, we would recall it clearly and if it’s something we love, double the fun of that Recall. And that is exactly what happened with Bridge x Bridge.
As expected of SHAFT, amazing OP animation
I don’t know where I commented this but when I saw the Amazonian at the end of the first season, my suspicion of Nino actually being from another planet got proving wind. As it’s Arakawa anything can happen but it would actually make sense because Nino is sure not normal. Also, her strength is evidence, as we are not talking about Durarara!! here neither Shizu-chan for that matter, who can easily uproot trees and send multi-coloured gangsters flying off in a whirlwind. There are more possibilities to look forward to now. Sakamoto Maaya makes Nino brilliant and Hiroshi Kamiyaaan~ is the best choice for Ric. Put them together and you have a bombastic duo that would get you rolling on the floor with ease. And this is just the beginning; the truly stellar seiyuu cast makes every episode a treat to watch with the situational comedy and different identity cover that everyone sports.
Of course, we’ll be following this religiously and wait with bated breath for each episode every week! As there was no ED this episode, hopefully we will be able to listen to Suneohair’s “Akai Court” in next one (yep, the same singer of previous ED). I can bet someone in SHAFT became lazy and that’s why the ED was not completed by air-time. XD Anyway, I see Ric-kun getting into trouble because that Amazonian is SO after him; seems like we will get more information about Nino finally. So, I will say, gambatte ne, Ric-kun, but I think you will always be egged on by Hoshi to more competitions. So, keep the spirits up and repeat after me: Orewo dareda omotte agaru?!