A young man is drawn by his eccentric new girlfriend into her home, a village of eccentrics who live under a bridge on the Arakawa River.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
2010  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai (TV Series 2011)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A friendless teenager, feared by his fellow classmates, joins a club hoping to finally make some friends.

Stars: Ryohei Kimura, Marina Inoue, Kanae Itô
Lovely Complex (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Risa and Otani are always being laughed at as the comedy duo. Risa, a girl, is taller than the average girl, and Otani, a boy, is shorter than the average boy. However, Risa have a feeling for Otani that make him shock.

Stars: Kae Araki, Saori Higashi, Kazuko Kojima
Gantz (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of people are resurrected from their deaths by a mysterious black ball called GANTZ to combat alien criminals hiding on Earth.

Stars: Mie Sonozaki, Takurou Nakakuni, Hajime Iijima
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Yuuta suffered from "chuunibyou" while he was in middle school. When he graduated, he try to forgot about it but he accidentally got into a contract with Rikka and disrupts his desperately ordinary life.

Stars: Krystal LaPorte, Chinatsu Akasaki, Azumi Asakura
B-gata H-kei (2010)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Stunning 15 years old Yamada enters the high school with an ambitious dream: to have one hundred sex friends! The problem is: she is a virgin, and she hasn't even has a boyfriend! When she ... See full summary »

Stars: Yukari Tamura, Atsushi Abe, Yui Horie
Arakawa Under the Bridge (TV Series 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Kou Ichinomiya has always lived according to the creed of his wealthy, successful family: never be in debt to anyone. But one day, under the Arakawa Bridge, his life is saved by a homeless ... See full summary »

Stars: Kento Hayashi, Mirei Kiritani, Natsumi Abe
School Days (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The school related dramas experienced by Makoto Ito.

Stars: Daisuke Hirakawa, Shiho Kawaragi, Tae Okajima
Eyeshield 21 (TV Series 2005)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Kobayakawa Sena is a little guy who always get picked on by the bullies in school. Since elementary school, he always play the role of the 'errand boy' to the extent that he has become ... See full summary »

Stars: Grant George, Yuri Lowenthal, Derek Stephen Prince
Maid Sama! (TV Series 2010)
Animation | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The tyrant student council president, Ayuzawa Misaki secretly working as a waitress in a french maid uniform for part-time. One day, the most popular boy Usui Takumi discover her secret and start to have interest in her.

Stars: Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (TV Series 2012)
Animation | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Shizuku, a hardworking student who isn't interested in socializing, finds an unlikely friend, Haru, an emotionally volatile boy at her school.

Stars: Haruka Tomatsu, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Atsumi Tanezaki
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A sketch comedy about three friends attending an all boys school.

Stars: Tomokazu Sugita, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Daisuke Namikawa
Bakuman. (2010–2013)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high school student, content to live out a relatively normal life as any other does, is persuaded by his classmate, Akito Takagi, to become an aspiring mangaka ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun'ichi Suwabe, Chris Niosi, Atsushi Abe
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Hiroshi Kamiya ...
 Kou Ichinomiya (13 episodes, 2010)
Maaya Sakamoto ...
 Nino (13 episodes, 2010)
Keiji Fujiwara ...
 Village Chief (13 episodes, 2010)
Tomokazu Sugita ...
 Hoshi (13 episodes, 2010)
Takehito Koyasu ...
 Sister (13 episodes, 2010)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ...
 Shiro (13 episodes, 2010)
Chiwa Saitô ...
 Stella (13 episodes, 2010)
Miyuki Sawashiro ...
 Maria (13 episodes, 2010)
Edit

Storyline

Kou Ichinomiya is a perfect man with a perfect life: he is handsome, smart, self-sufficient, and the young heir to a grand corporation. One day, he falls into the Arakawa River and nearly drowns, but is saved by a young girl named Nino, who lives in a community under a nearby bridge on the Arakawa. It's the Ichinomiya tradition to never be indebted to anyone and settle all accounts, and now Kou owes Nino a life debt. Her request is that he becomes her lover and lives with her. And so Kou begins a new life as a member of the village under the bridge - a village, he discovers, full of self-deluded and eccentric people. There's the musician who wears a star mask, a male war veteran dressed as a nun and his femme-fatale rival who runs a farm, a hairdresser samurai and many others, all led by a man in a green costume. Still, as time passes Kou begins to truly feel at home at the Arakawa under the bridge. Written by Q. Leo Rahman

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Animation

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 April 2010 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Arakawa Under the Bridge  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hoshi wears a star mask, and considers himself a superstar. "Hoshi" means "star." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Arakawa Under the Bridge (Season One)
1 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Protagonist Ko Ichinomiyo has been raised to believe that he should never be in debt to anybody so when he falls into the Arakawa River and is saved by the enigmatic Nino he has a problem. He feels he owes her something but she wants none of the material rewards he offers. When pressured to say what she wants she eventually says she wants him to live with her as her lover! Unwilling to be in her debt he agrees and finds himself living with Nino and a group of misfits under the bridge. They are a strange bunch; Nino claims to be from Venus and she is the most normal of the bunch! The others include a 'rock star' who always wears a star shaped mask, a cross-dressing nun, a man in a kappa costume and two children who wear metal masks and claim to have escaped from a lab. Over the course of the first series Ko grows to understand his new community and must ultimately help defend it when his father tries to develop the land.

The set up for the series might make it sound silly; the characters certainly are a strange bunch, but as we get to know them we see that they are fully rounded characters who just happen to be a bit strange. They must deal with their various issues and with each other. Most importantly of all though they provide many laughs. The character designs are a bit less detailed than most anime series but that suits them; it also makes them fairly distinctive. The series also nicely depicts the fact that just mainstream society sees a group as a bunch of misfits and weirdos doesn't mean they don't have their own little society with similar problems as anybody else… they have their jealousies and must work within that society. One might expect a series where a man is forced to become a woman's 'lover' to contain plenty of fan service but I don't recall any such scenes which was a refreshing change; in fact there is little to offend here. Overall I thought this was a fun series and look forward to watching the second season which is titled 'Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge'.

These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles… it is worth noting that rather unusually there isn't an English dub available, at least not on the UK DVDs.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Arakawa Under the Bridge (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?