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「9 BRIDGE」

There’s ridiculous and then there’s Luna’s Papa from Seto no Hanayome ridiculous, which Stella takes a page right out of by buffing up on-the-fly after learning that Sister’s in love with Maria. Quite honestly, I was more disturbed than anything else by the sight of her growing to inhuman male proportions and taking out her frustration on Riku, but I was amused by how the heartbroken potato-head Hoshi just spouted out Sister’s true feelings after Riku tried to keep it from her. Riku was right to fear that another distraught individual like Hoshi would be created if Stella found out, though I truly doubt he was prepared for a monster full of pure killing intent to be come forth. The last time I checked, little girls don’t grow a hundred fold pumped full of steroids regardless of how strong their emotions are, but I guess I can see why Stella is able to recruit underlings with ease.

Absurd transformations aside, I figured the bright side of all this was how all of Stella’s hate was directed towards Maria, meaning Riku may not have to endure anymore than he already did. However, he still choose to stick his head into other people’s business, so it was pretty funny to see Maria confide in him for protection with Sister looking on. It was clearly for Maria’s personal enjoyment since she already knows Stella puts up an innocent facade, so watching Riku’s attempt at peaceful negotiations break down was a pretty good “oh snap” moment. It was only topped by Maria subsequently showing that she isn’t just any farm girl, moving at Dragon Ball Z-like instantaneous speeds and getting the jump on Stella, AFTER she already finished trimming the wool from all her sheep. That was nicely foreshadowed by Sister saying he doesn’t dare stop Maria out of fear he’ll be killed a hundred times over and followed up by him being silenced about talking about her past. I was actually looking forward to seeing Stella attempt to perform seppuku following her humiliating defeat, but watching Hoshi come in to stand up for her in light the kindness Maria showed, only to suffer from Stella’s wrath was so random yet so hilariously expected at the same time. A lot of the humor in this gag-comedy series is always right on cue with all the quirky scenarios it sets up and that was a prime example of one.

As for Hoshi, his backstory on how he was once a top artist whose success rested solely on the song writing and composition of his producer gave me a good laugh, not so much because he used to perform his own crappy songs under the bridge in a moon mask out of frustration, but because that was the moment Riku found out Hoshi isn’t in denial about wearing a mask like Sonchou is with his kappa suit. It was pretty messed up to see the situation reversed with Riku imagining that the mask itself was a parasitic organism of sorts that feasts on unsuspecting humans who stroll into “Hoshi’s” trailer before having Hoshi correct him with the logical explanation, but that was the very reason I found it so funny to begin with. In any case, it was nice seeing Nino years earlier with shorter hair, though I’m not sure what to make of her being the reason Hoshi is what he is today. No longer relying on the light of the sun (i.e. his producer) to shine brightly, he’s given up his moon mask for a star one. Symbolically speaking, it makes perfect sense, but rationally speaking, he’s still a crazy lunatic who wears a star mask.

* One-shot gag this week was Nino German suplexing Riku in her sleep.

 

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May 31, 2010 at 3:06 pm
30 comments »
  • May 31, 2010 at 3:19 pmNeo_NMO

    • May 31, 2010 at 5:18 pmmegalith

      Wow.. My thoughts exactly. Hahaha!

    • June 1, 2010 at 1:08 pmkabayongtao

      As I remember, I think Nagi named her, “Pretty Britney”.

  • May 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm7

    Nagi cameo

  • May 31, 2010 at 3:55 pmAznCoffee

  • May 31, 2010 at 4:05 pmunknown2

    bisuke from HxH??? lol

  • May 31, 2010 at 4:12 pmClick

    This part is forever.

  • May 31, 2010 at 4:26 pmsadakups

    Simpsonized Arakawa FTW.

    • May 31, 2010 at 4:57 pmPw3age

      I was surprised how nice it looked.

  • May 31, 2010 at 7:33 pmJShaggy

    http://randomc.net/image/Arakawa%20Under%20the%20Bridge/Arakawa%20Under%20the%20Bridge%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2028.jpg

    This eyecatcher was very Matt Groening-esque (creator of The Simpsons and Futurama).

  • May 31, 2010 at 8:10 pmstarss

    HOLY C***! SIMPSONS REFERENCE FOR THE WIN!

  • May 31, 2010 at 8:33 pmquigonkenny

    Am I the only one who thinks Black Lagoon (specifically Balalaika) every time he sees Maria? She’s definitely got a different type of character design from everyone else…

    • June 1, 2010 at 7:11 amunknown2

      nope your not the only one….that Nun looks like from black Lagoon!!!

  • May 31, 2010 at 8:56 pmBlueEyedReaper

    lol: Simpsons!

  • May 31, 2010 at 9:07 pmcutemi2

    the transformation of Stella reminds me of an parody of Hunter X Hunter Greed Island Final where Biscuit Krugger transform into a masculine person
    http://randomc.net/image/Arakawa%20Under%20the%20Bridge/Arakawa%20Under%20the%20Bridge%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2013.jpg

  • June 1, 2010 at 12:07 amEW

    apparently nobody, including divine, got the Hokuto Shinken references…

    • June 1, 2010 at 3:38 pmdivine

      I haven’t watched it, so that’s a given for me. :\

      • June 1, 2010 at 6:24 pmEW

        its awesome to the max (and you will get all the sudden muscular mode scenes in anime in the future =D)!!!

      • June 4, 2010 at 2:22 pmRockmanshii

        You have to watch it Divine, maybe not all of the 126+ episodes but you gotta give it a shot as soon as you have more free time , but you blog everything (thanks) so meh I know you don’t have time lol, it’s not super super super good but sometimes it’s very very very awesome.

  • June 1, 2010 at 1:58 amzan

    Did anyone realize in the ED sequence’s last scene, instead of Riku sitting beside Nino on the bridge, he falls off it instead?

    • June 4, 2010 at 7:26 amKopi

      You’re right! It seems weird and funny to see him falling of the bridge right before Nino smiled at him.

      • June 4, 2010 at 7:26 amKopi

        *off :P

  • June 1, 2010 at 9:12 pmlvlln

    Fun episode, but I had a hell of a time writing a post on it because it was… just… comedy, especially the 1st half. There was some back story told, and I did like learning that Star has no delusions of actually having a star for a head, but I wanted to see the story move forward.

  • June 3, 2010 at 7:05 amZaku Fan

    Everyone under the bridge are all “crouching tigers” and “hidden dragons”! If you’re not at a certain level in terms of singing/corporate/combat ability, probably you can’t live under the bridge.

    Hoshi is/was even more popular than Hikki!

    • June 4, 2010 at 2:16 pmRockmanshii

      lmao at the artists references SMAC, Utatada Hikaru and Bonjour Musume killed me.

  • June 3, 2010 at 8:09 amdrzero7

    Since when did Stella became Biscuit….

    And the Simpson reference… Japan is like the last place I expected that…

  • June 4, 2010 at 2:12 pmRockmanshii

    This was the funniest episode for me because it had both over the top moments of Stella and Maria (they’re my favorite characters).The bra, the transformation , the fights, the death star(hokuto no ken hell yeah), Hoshi’s story, Ric falling in the ED, everything was hilarious . In top of being the ultimate challenger for Hitagi in the “most verbally abusive girl you would still date” ranking, Maria is also super strong and badass. For a moment I thought they should have saved some of the jokes for later lol.I also thought immediately of Luna’s Papa when I saw Stella transforming as Seto no Hanayome is my favorite comedy anime of all time with fumoffu.

    And btw, since we know that Ric is teaching under the bridge the opening and the lyrics make so much sense.

  • June 5, 2010 at 12:49 amSilvite

    • June 6, 2010 at 10:24 pmItachizame

      I see him in the backgroup but he’s very fuzzy, GAO!!!

      WOOW Samurai ^_^

  • June 8, 2010 at 12:55 pmKapwan

    Loved the constant Hokuto No Ken references. Its funny when you realize how much Riku has changed from when he first started living under the bridge.