Arakawa Under the Bridge – 06
「6 BRIDGE 」
With the way the musical showdown to win Nino’s heart concluded, Riku may have won the battle but definitely lost the war with the birth of the loser’s war cry song, better known as the “Himo Song”. Having that one word song catch on is probably maddening enough, but the Tetsujin siblings just had to add insult to injury by referring to Riku as “brother Himo” too. I was kind of expecting Riku to sort of lose it well before it came to this, but apparently being perceived as a leech when he’s actually filthy rich is one of the biggest kicks to his ego is.
In comparison, he didn’t even react that badly when Tetsuo and Tetsuro were trying to learn to swim with the only thing holding them back being their deadweight helmets. It was pretty close though, which is why it was pretty funny seeing Riku try to block out hearing any more nonsense when they added how removing their helmets would also allow them to fly and travel between space/time. It was nothing short of a face palm moment, so I was surprised to see Riku give teaching them how to swim another go by using Styrofoam packing as kick boards. I thought they were a lost cause after they insisted they can’t remove their helmets because of some research facility’s involvement, but he stuck with it and made Nino praise him for working as a teacher.
As for his run-in with Sonchou at the Tetsujin bath, the gag revolving around “you must be that” got a lot funnier as it went on, with the village chief thinking it was in reference to being a mythical spirit when Riku was thinking he’s a huge dumbass. When the discussion on getting sick came up and Riku taught them how to take care of themselves, I found the “Made in Me” Kappa Broth that’s supposed to cure everything pretty gross simply because it was nothing more than Sonchou’s bath water. However, I got a laugh out of it when Riku subtly added that it must taste like polypropylene (due to his suit), before seeing that the Tetsujin brothers were still sold on it.
Given the way things concluded here with Riku thinking about working as a teacher who teaches common sense and deviously looking forward to the prospect of doing so, it looks like the next episode may focus on that. I can’t imagine trying to educate this delusional bunch going well at all though, so I think Riku will pop just as many veins in his forehead this way. Good face palming times!