Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge – 07

No Venus, just more insanity

Are we there yet? ARE WE AT VENUS YET? NO? We haven’t even left yet? So after a near poker-faced episode 6 that had the fans basically packed and ready to go to Venus with Nino; we get this. ‘This’ being a 5 star comedic episode with little to no mention of Venus. Trust me, it’s still worth it.

I miss my dramatic openings!!! Why was that replaced with Whitey and Mayor arguing over who is healthier?!?! T.T Oh well, at least it serves as a lead-up for Mayor’s decision to give everyone under the bridge a physical examination, courtesy of Ric’s assistants. Where are the machines plugged into? Shhh, just pretend.

P-ko dieted so much she looks like a Shiki victim so that she will appear thinner when she’s weighed. It’s hard to be confident when you’re surrounded by the tall, curvaceous Maria and Stella who is….just tall. o_o X-rays are up next and so is Mayor. I don’t know about you, but I love it everytime he takes off his shell so casually, and then calls it an illusion XD To make his kappa disguise even worse, they find FANS in his costume on the X-ray.

I guess you can say Mayor is a FANboy? AM I RIGHT? *cricket chirp*

Whitey gets X-rayed next, but Shimazaki gets lost in another fantasy and tells him he requires “more thorough testing.” Oh baby. More romance in the air as Nino fusses over Ric, who is having a mild asthsma attack in response to some allergen test. Hoshi catches on, and forcefully raises his blood sugar levels so that Nino will be worried. More surprisingly, Sister has a mini-epiphany, and runs home to catch at cold by sitting in front of his fridge. I think Maria would just take advantage of him even more, but it’s a cute thought. <3


I’m kind of sick of these Hoshi vs Ric fights…but at the same time, they’re always funny. Ric always bursts out of his businessman shell to do something outrageous to compete with him. Hoshi’s responses are stupid (eg. rubbing a thermometer under his armpit to make it seem like he has a fever) but oddly effective. In the end, it makes Nino cry. Who would’ve thought you can’t pierce the atmosphere if you’re not healthy?

The next part is my favourite. Nino and Sister say that surviving alone for a week in the Church’s underground shelter will be like a test to see if they can co-operate in the harsh, Venusian conditions. If they can’t get along here, how can they survive in Venus, right? The girls go in first, which starts off without a hitch (except for Jacqueline having to drop out. No Billy = No deal.) and goes downhill on the last day.

Maria snaps. Without having anyone to tease in a week, she breaks her “don’t tease girls” rule and unleashes a flurry of insults onto P-ko. Stella creates a new finishing move, adding to the chaos by trying to test it out on the poor redhead. Nino stops the fight….only to question the Pikmin-like sprout on her head. Everyone sans Nino runs out of the shelter after P-ko, because a week of sanity is really too much to ask for.

I doubted the men from the moment Hoshi and Ric stepped into that cramped little room. Sure, Sister and Whitey were there, but they completely ignored everyone else. Hoshi and Ric actually didn’t fight! Arakawa, how you love to throw me off. The first big event for the boys is that Mayor has turned into a girl. Sorry P-ko and Jacqueline, but he’s with Billy now. They apparently read the post/comments from my post on episode 5 and decided Arakawa needed more yaoi.


Oh, but it gets worse. Ric finds P-ko’s daily log, and tries to spark some conversation from the things she wrote. It ends up being filled with girly gossip, which isn’t exactly the best icebreaker for a group of guys. Frustrated, Ric turns to a random page and they vow to talk about it. The topic: Kameari from “Kat-tsun”…Which translates to the boyband Kat-tun, obviously XD I loled at this point, for sure XDD

The real kicker is that they boys actually make it those 7 long days. When the girls go to check, they even hear peels of laughter from the room. Once that door is opened though, IT CAN NEVER TRULY BE SHUT.


This is like some horrible mosh pit gone awry


Oh god, why does this look like a younger Whitey? @[email protected]

End Thoughts: Anyone else think P-ko’s role keeps changing? In season 1 she was just that klutzy girl, but I haven’t seen her do anything clumsy for a looong time. She’s turned more into the girly, Mayor-obsessed kid who is the butt of everyone’s jokes. Oddly enough, she makes for a really good target. I miss her slipping on 100 banana peels side, but I guess that’s common in anime. God forbid we have a normal character in this show. =O

The first part was good, but the second part was the real winner here. Not only did I get to see Maria do her evil thing and hear a full-out derranged laugh from seiyuu goddess Miyuki Sawashiro, all 3 boys went rabid. Last Samurai was (no pun intended) the LAST person I’d expect to lose it. It’s great to see a personality from him aside from the “gozaru” samurai speech pattern. Seriously, that Kameari thing still kills me when I think of it. I think I need to go listen to some more Kat-tun with a ridiculous smile plastered on my face.

No Venus yet, but I’m willing to wait for it. =D VENUSVENUSVENUSVENUS LET’S GO!!!


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31 Responses to “Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge – 07”

  1. Alynn says:

    This episode was soooo funny.
    The mayor and his “Don’t make fun of my bone structure.”
    Sister’s fantasies.
    Supposed female mayor.
    P-ko and her sprout haha
    Kameari frenzy (pretty scary also to be honest).

    I also agree with you in the fact that P-ko is changing. I did notice that she was more girly and that everyone is always somehow making fun of her.

    Can’t wait for vesus as well!

    • Overcooled says:

      SOOO GOOODDD XD I like how they shut the door and called a doctor XD

      OK, so I’m not the only one that sees this change. i haven’t seen her tend to her vegetables since those Mayor tomatoes @[email protected]

  2. sassy says:

    I liked the endcard for this episode.


  3. Hoshi says:

    ~I KNEW IT. Arakawa can’t be serious for more than one episode straight X’D Not that it’s a bad thing! This is one of my favorite episodes actually 8D
    That Kameari thing WAS HILARIOUSSSSSS~!!! I couldn’t stop laughing, and my mom walks in my room like, “WTF are you watching? o____o;” x’DDDD
    I love the Ric vs. Hoshi fights a lot…for some reason.
    and the endcard was EPIC<3

    • Overcooled says:

      It was pretty hilarious, I must say. XD Serious or funny, I don’t mind, as long as it’s Arakawa <3

      That Kameari thing is win....Kat-tun started playing on my iPod today and I couldn't help but smile. The people on campus must've thought I was a creep.

  4. sunnypooh says:

    Yea!! the kameari thing was truly unexpected and soooo funny!!! hahaha.. didnt expect hoshi to be so cooperative with ric till the end of the week!!

  5. oplover says:

    Damn SHAFT, you guys never disappoint me. After awesome episode, and the ED song by suneohair, and at last KAMEARI LOL.

  6. Dan-go says:


  7. MikADo says:

    lol lol lol lol i laughed my brains out at the end
    when they were singing kameari~ 😛 also i laughed when
    sister sat in that refrigirator for the whole night and
    still didn’t catch a cold 😀
    Shaft never fails to dissapoint me

    • Overcooled says:

      I know, I’m a SHAFT fangirl now <3 Everything they touch turns to gold (almost).

      Kameari needs to become a new meme. Like, seriously.

  8. anaaga says:

    LOL i laughed sooooo hard at this episode. everything EVERYTHING was so hilarious!!! i actually got stomach cramp for laughing so hard at the last scene with Kameari fanboys xD why are they talking about kameari though? can’t they talk about, er, kararishi (making up some name)? xD he has waaaay more scandal than kameari, it’s so much fun reading about them 8D

    • Overcooled says:

      LOL wow, I didn’t laugh that much, but if there’s any episode to give you a stomache cramp…it’s this one XD

      But Kameari is like, oh so cool. He’s the best, and pretty and talented and squeee~ *foams*

  9. Joojoobees says:

    Another great episode. I think they had to drop the philosophical intro for time. This episode was packed. They didn’t even have time for the gag contest that is usually at the end.

    • Dan-go says:

      KAMAERI>gag contest

    • Overcooled says:

      I still miss the really good ones from season 1 D= But you’re right, it was probably for time. There’s very little they could cut to make room for an extra opening bit…especially if they had to cut the gag contest.

  10. Dan-go says:

    sooo is anyone going to do a post on the arakawa OP theme single??? cosmos vs aliens <3

    • Overcooled says:

      I’m almost certain we will once the single is released. 8D

      • Dan-go says:

        …i have it though, i think it just got leaked early :3 it has Cosmos Vs Alien, Nanchatte the World and Wool wa yukkuri yume wo miru ka in it

      • sassy says:

        Release date was the 17th hehe

        • Overcooled says:

          Uh, well I guess we’ll be on that soon then LOL.

          You can tell I just shamelessly download whatever Metanorn posts ohohohoho~

          • Dan-go says:


          • Dan-go says:

            also…u mean legally download of Itunes right? because Metanorn DOES NOT link download to copyrighted music *cough shhhhhhhhhhh *cough

  11. Captain says:

    Oh yes *u* I totally thought Pikmin when I saw P-Ko’s sprout. I WONDER WHEN IT MIGHT BLOOM. Though I never saw her as the type who would diet.

    And when I saw that Mayor had boobs, I just thought that the fans were blowing outwards. Then I realized that it was Jacqueline. ‘kay I’m just strange.


    • Overcooled says:

      Urge to draw P-ko with a flock of pikmin…rising! lol I wanna see her bloom too! XD She’s certainly gotten super girly, I guess she’s the type who diets, gossips, and fangirls like there’s no tomorrow @[email protected]

      LOL I forgot all about the fans at that point. I was just like WTFFF but then I saw she was next to Billy, which tipped me off.

      YEAH ME TOO! ME TOO! KAMEARI! *flails about*

      • Captain says:

        *has totally been stalking your dA account but just hasn’t watched you yet*

        She fangirls about Mayor. Which is..creepy because he’s really just a middle-aged man dressing up D;

        • Overcooled says:


          Oh God, why did you ruin that pairing for me. It’s so cute until you mention that Mayor would have to be a lolicon for it to work.

  12. Hana says:

    I’m glad we got to see more of Shiro and Last Samurai in this epi too, the latter certainly needed more character development and he certainly (er, kinda) got it here. The (possibly blooming) sprout on P-Ko’s head was just disturbing though o_0 .

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