Arakawa Under the Bridge
(荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ, Arakawa Andā za Burijji
?) is a Japanese manga series created by Hikaru Nakamura. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Young Gangan starting December 3, 2004. An anime adaptation by Shaft was broadcast in Japan starting in April 4, 2010 on TV Tokyo.
The series tells the story of Kou Ichinomiya, a man who has accomplished many things all by himself. Ever since he was little, his father has taught him one rule: to never be indebted to another person. One day by accident, he falls into a river and almost drowns. A girl by the name of Nino rescues him and in turn he owes her his life. Unable to accept the fact that he is indebted to her, he asks her about a way for him to repay her. In the end she tells him to love her. This is the beginning of Kou's life living under a bridge. However, as Kou starts to learn, Arakawa is a place full of weirdos and all of the people living under the bridge are what society would call, "denpasan".
The manga is written and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura and is serialized in Square Enix bi-weekly seinen
magazine Young GanGan
. As of March 2010, the serial chapters have been collected into nine tankōbon
the first one released on August 25, 2005, and the ninth on September 25, 2009. The tenth volume is scheduled for release on April 24, 2010.
The original manga is being adapted into a 13 episodes series by the studio Shaft and is directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. The anime adaptation was announced in August 2009, and started broadcasting in April 4, 2010 on TV Tokyo.
The anime has three theme songs, two opening themes and one ending them. The main opening theme is "Venus and Jesus" (ヴィーナスとジーザス?, "Vīnasu to Jīzasu") by Etsuko Yakushimaru and its ending theme "Upside-down Bridge" (逆様ブリッジ?, "Sakasama Burijji") by Suneohair. The opening theme will be released as a single on May 26, 2010, and the ending theme on June 23, 2010. The opening theme for episode five is "Title Nante Jibun de Kangaenasai na" (タイトルなんて自分で考えなさいな?) performed by Miyuki Sawashiro.