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Kaiten
June 22, 2010, 04:14 PM
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Arakawa Under the Bridge
By: NAKAMURA Hikaru (http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=2316)
Genre: gag
Serialized In: Young GanGan
Scanlated By: Slowmanga (http://slowmanga.shikima.net/)
RTS (http://mangahelpers.com/m/arakawa-under-the-bridge)

Gag manga about Kou, a young "elite" man, who has a policy of not being in debt to anyone. But he ends up owing his life to a strange girl who saves his life. Nino, the girl who claims she's a venusian and lives under the bridge by the Arakawa river, demands that Kou become her lover. So the young man ends up living there too.

Debut manga by the creator of St. Young Men
Like the manga? Try the anime! (http://mangahelpers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59625)

Charlie
June 22, 2010, 09:20 PM
This series is great, I'm currently watching the anime of this. Going by the anime alone, I'd recommend this manga for reading. I'm planing to to read this myself once the anime ends.

Kaiten
June 23, 2010, 12:48 PM
Read it soon. Parts of volume 1 hasn't been animated yet, a lot of them are chapters focused on Nino too. She disappears a little less in the manga, I like her a lot more now. Star is still epic; I haven't read far enough for Stella, Piko and Maria yet. Kou is a bigger asshole in the manga ;)

<.Haruka.>
June 24, 2010, 12:03 PM
I haven't read far enough for Stella, Piko and Maria yet. Kou is a bigger asshole in the manga ;)
I think you can find those 3 on volume 2, I agree with regards to Kou there, though I do prefer him on the anime when it comes to the artstyle.

Also I observed that the first volume starts and centers mostly on Nino & Riku (Kou), and then the rest of the characters in the Arakawa bridge were introduced. The manga is as hilarous as the anime, AUB is truly a cool masterpiece just like the previous work (Saint Oniisan) of the mangaka.

Kaiten
June 24, 2010, 12:34 PM
She's turned into one of my favorite mangaka, certainly my favorite comedy mangaka. You were right: Maria, Stella, and Piko all showed up by the end of volume 2. A good chunk of volume 2 was taken up by the date, otherwise I did like that it focused on the side characters, some of whom are my favorites. I loved (forget which volume) when Nino and Rik "adopt" a child. Great scene. Nakamura is so good at inserting humanity into the comedy. I don't just laugh because of the jokes but because I care about the characters.

<.Haruka.>
June 24, 2010, 01:09 PM
I loved (forget which volume) when Nino and Rik "adopt" a child. Great scene. Nakamura is so good at inserting humanity into the comedy. I don't just laugh because of the jokes but because I care about the characters.
Its on volume 2-ch. 24 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v02/c024/7.html) to vol. 2-ch. 25 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v02/c025/) i think, where they randomly picked up a child while picking trash on the riverside. This is a good part also, I hope they can include this on the anime..

Each character's uniqueness in the story brings natural humour and appeal to the readers, i guess, that's why its quite lovable for me. :)

Kaiten
June 24, 2010, 04:54 PM
I catch myself wondering about their back stories. How did Chief get to the river bank? What did he do before he decided he was a Kappa? How did Nino get there? There has been some back story for Maria, Star, and Sister but I'd like more. Maybe to come in the unscanlated, unanimated chapters :p

Kuuki
June 25, 2010, 05:34 AM
I like the manga more than the anime actually. I bought all 10 volumes because I adore the artwork. And in each volume, there are omake at the end with colored pages. Truly a masterpiece <3

Kaiten
June 25, 2010, 01:30 PM
I like the manga a little more too. The anime has been good too but feels, first time I'm saying this, cliche SHAFT. There other series all had a distinct feel amongst all the SHAFT trademarks. Arakawa is the first one that feels formalized, it's style a little to similar to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, only gentler. The manga also has more Nino, who in my opinion is the heart of the series.

Kuuki
June 27, 2010, 09:45 PM
Oh, I don't know if it's a good thing, but I have not watched other animes by SHAFT, so I think the anime is quite unique with all the quirky things XD

I also think that the manga centers Nino more, and the anime narrates more to Kou/Riku's side.
Somehow, I have a feeling that the manga is going to end soon, in 1 or 2 volumes left. Not going to spoil anything though :D

igotthegoods
June 27, 2010, 10:37 PM
Well, Kuuki, I highly suggest you check out some other SHAFT anime. I consider (at the very least) Bakemonogatari as well as all of the seasons of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei to be compulsory for any anime fan. :tem And yes, Arakawa actually is becoming a bit "cliche SHAFT", but I don't necessarily consider it to be a bad thing. I'm still highly enjoying the anime. ^^

As for the manga, I read the first two volumes yesterday and loved it. The character designs aren't quite as pretty as in the anime, but otherwise I definitely prefer the manga (which is usually the case for me). I agree with everyone else that the stronger focus on Nino in the manga is really nice. And I feel like the comedy shines through a little more in the manga as well. Even though SHAFT always creates a stylish anime, all the little bells and whistles aren't really necessary when the source material is so good. The characters are lovable and quirky enough on their own. :amuse

I kinda dig the length of the chapters, too. The shortness of the chapters seemed to make this a really super-quick read for me. Well, that and the fact that the manga is just plain fun to read. :D

Kaiten
June 27, 2010, 11:35 PM
Oh, I don't know if it's a good thing, but I have not watched other animes by SHAFT, so I think the anime is quite unique with all the quirky things XD

I also think that the manga centers Nino more, and the anime narrates more to Kou/Riku's side.
Somehow, I have a feeling that the manga is going to end soon, in 1 or 2 volumes left. Not going to spoil anything though :D

I don't know how to put this but: compared to most anime Arakawa is very unique. Everything by SHAFT is. Compared to some of their other series like the ef franchise, Bakemonogatari, PaniPoni, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei they seem to be relying on a formula. That's not to say it was bad, more like 9/10 where as those others are 10's.

No spoilers :3c
With the success of St. Young Men, and Arakawa being six years old it wouldn't surprise me if it ended.


Well, Kuuki, I highly suggest you check out some other SHAFT anime. I consider (at the very least) Bakemonogatari as well as all of the seasons of Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei to be compulsory for any anime fan. :tem And yes, Arakawa actually is becoming a bit "cliche SHAFT", but I don't necessarily consider it to be a bad thing. I'm still highly enjoying the anime. ^^

As for the manga, I read the first two volumes yesterday and loved it. The character designs aren't quite as pretty as in the anime, but otherwise I definitely prefer the manga (which is usually the case for me). I agree with everyone else that the stronger focus on Nino in the manga is really nice. And I feel like the comedy shines through a little more in the manga as well. Even though SHAFT always creates a stylish anime, all the little bells and whistles aren't really necessary when the source material is so good. The characters are lovable and quirky enough on their own. :amuse

I kinda dig the length of the chapters, too. The shortness of the chapters seemed to make this a really super-quick read for me. Well, that and the fact that the manga is just plain fun to read. :D

I love Hikaru's writing style. She comes off as more cynical in the manga, I think. Maybe the candy colored animation (total win) softens things a bit.

Gag is great for speed reading :)
Jaguar has really short chapters like this. I think it's typical of gag/4koma but havent read enough to know.

Kaiten
August 19, 2010, 01:54 PM
Volume 3 came out yesterday, go, read nao.

A lot of this volume was animated already (really like getting parts I haven't seen yet) but has a lot of great parts. Farming with Pi-Ko was great, Ric's first kiss, and the arrival of Ric's secretaries were some of my favorite parts.

Only complaint: scan quality wasn't as high with this volume :(

<.Haruka.>
August 20, 2010, 05:35 PM
I've been reading vol. 3, and I agree lots had been adapted on the animation but most of my favorite scenes were the ones who weren't shown in the anime.

First one I like was Star's new song, "go to hell, seducing teacher," on chap. 59 (the anime had a different name on the song but its same i guess on cursing Ric) :sweat

On chapters 63 & 65, just found out that Rick was afraid of earthworms when they were digging potatoes on P-ko's garden. (..and i think Nino loves dragonflies aside from fish...)

On chap. 64, its quite funny to see Chief/Kappa style of stealing potatoes, his view between humans & kappa & how P-ko's imagination run wild being her as 'Juliet' & Chief as 'Romeo'. :amuse

Lastly, Maria's gift ~(pg.1 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v03/c076/3.html) pg.2 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v03/c077/)) to Sister was quite hilarious, (chap. 76)

Kaiten
August 27, 2010, 02:12 AM
Maria's gift was one of my favorite parts. The sincerity Sister received it with cracked me up.

Chapter 78-82 is out! The cover of volume 4 is epic, absolutely hilarious.

<.Haruka.>
September 11, 2010, 11:03 AM
For the rest of volume 4 ~chapter 83-90 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v04/c083/1.html) & 91-99 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v04/c091/)...

The chapter starts with a little glimpse of Hoshi(Star) without his mask.
I love when they showed Nino with shoulder-lengthed hair on Star's flashback story.

The highlight chapter for me is the crazy marathon competition, where Recruit, Star, Sister, Chief (kappa), and Whitey participated. The event and result was something unexpected & hilarious as well.

Just noticed also that Whitey-san has quite some hidden talents despite his white lines obsession. :amuse

<.Haruka.>
November 02, 2010, 08:47 PM
volume 5 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v05/c108/) and vol. 6 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v06/c137/) are up already. Some of the recent events/new characters in the anime are also seen here.
I find more mystery on Nino's identity after reading vol. 6.
Also love the chapter Entrance To the Path To Be the Strongest part (Battle Royale style). :amuse

Akiyama
December 01, 2010, 07:45 PM
Some new wallpaper released from Square Enix (http://www.square-enix.com/jp/magazine/event/comiweb/2010w/). The best is Arakawa Under the Bridge.
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<.Haruka.>
March 19, 2011, 09:04 PM
Volume 7 (http://www.mangafox.com/manga/arakawa_under_the_bridge/v07/c167/1.html) chapters already out and complete by Slowmanga scans. My favorites are Chief's secret and the Battle of the weakling chapters. :)

baboysai
July 12, 2011, 09:42 AM
OMG, the latest chapters have such interesting developments! finally they show scenes leading to the explanation of Nino's identitiy, along with the chief, and surprisingly, even Maria and Sister are involved???!

k-dom
September 12, 2011, 03:09 PM
Today release made me finally catch up with Arakawa.
This is really a great comedy manga. Each time we see start double mask, it makes me laugh thinking at it's first appearance which is one of my favorite gag.

tonyyao82
November 29, 2011, 10:10 PM
I'm surprised that not more people are reading this manga. It's pretty damn funny. I wrote about it at: http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/13164896870/absurd-is-beautiful-arakawa

I think it's one of those titles that makes you look at life and realize that we're all absurd in our own little way.

shukketsumaru
September 02, 2012, 09:50 PM
This is indeed super funny. Plus the anime was done by SHAFT. I <3 Chief and his kappa-antics and his stealthy con in attaining a house.

Josef K.
September 03, 2012, 05:19 AM
This is indeed super funny. Plus the anime was done by SHAFT. I <3 Chief and his kappa-antics and his stealthy con in attaining a house.

I am not sure, but since the anime introduced me to this, I think many were drawn to this manga by the anime, since it might even be done better than the manga. Overall it is a great series, still I place the anime above.

baboysai
September 03, 2012, 01:21 PM
does anyone have an opinion on the live action series though?

k-dom
September 04, 2012, 02:01 AM
Sorry I only read the manga. Does everybody has tried Jesus and Boudha by the same mangaka ? I immediatly recognize the humor of Nakamura, though I didn't start it making the connection at first.

Josef K.
September 04, 2012, 02:34 AM
Sorry I only read the manga. Does everybody has tried Jesus and Boudha by the same mangaka ? I immediatly recognize the humor of Nakamura, though I didn't start it making the connection at first.

Saint Young Men is a really good manga, indeed, I find this to be more complex though. Even though the similarity in writing and stuff is really the same, as you said you can "feel" that it is the same author. :D

baboysai
September 04, 2012, 11:33 AM
I love Saint Young Men. In fact, I like its humor better than Arakawa. But I'm reading Arakawa primarily for the romance and mystery, lol.

Josef K.
September 04, 2012, 02:01 PM
So we can all agree that Hoshi is everyone's favorite character, no? :D

baboysai
September 04, 2012, 03:41 PM
My favorite character is Nino. She's so badass. And she's one of the greater mysteries under the bridge. Seconded only by the Kappa man.

k-dom
September 04, 2012, 04:13 PM
Hoshi is stars right ? Yes he is one of my favorite. When i read thd moon joke for the first time i was saying to mysdlf : this manga is pure gold