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What better way to hide an illegal alien in the country than stuffing him in a big bear suit with a big jar of honey that doubles as a gun in disguise! Credit goes to Sister for disguising himself like that, even though the sight of a huge bear roaming around the riverbed on two feet is as equally suspicious as a man in a nun’s habit. Oddly, no precautionary measures were taken for Sonchou or Hoshi, while Shiro continues to be the most deceptive out of the bunch at taking on an authority role to dismiss the construction workers contracted by Riku’s father, Seki. All of this of course is in preparation for the big turn of events that this adaptation will likely conclude on — Riku taking on his father head-on. If it were up to him, Riku would’ve gone for the indirect approach sneaking in an alternate project for the Arakawa riverbed from his “Goes” company, but that obviously wasn’t going to happen with Shinozaki assigned to observe him around the clock.

Incidentally, that led to some pretty hilarious moments, such as the reappearance of Takai who’s been eagerly waiting for Kou to call upon him for his services, particularly the fatherly kind. With Kou away from Arakawa for a week to handle the business venture to circumvent the Ichinomiya Group’s one, the appearance of his lookalike construction worker and the punishment he had to endure at the hands of Nino and the others was amusing in the sense that they more or less killed him. We can all thank Stella and her contribution to the hazing for that. What I actually found funnier though was how Nino really forgot Riku’s face after only a few days without seeing him, so much that she struggled over a doodle of him and ended up hugging Takai when Riku finally returned. So yeah, it looks like Nino wasn’t joking when she said she’d forget about him if he wasn’t around everyday back in episode one. Hearing everyone’s selfish requests of changes to Riku’s public park development plan also resulted in some good laughs, mainly due to Sister’s concern about how exposed they are to an attack by the water.

Sister has always been one of the funnier characters to me, so it was hilarious how he actually got around to setting up traps this time around, only to end up chasing off Riku’s contracted construction workers. Plus, his line about how Riku’s father is scarier than nukes when Riku resorted to calling his father directly for the first time ever was so unassuming but funny given how nonchalantly it was slipped in. As for the call itself, I can’t say I’m surprised that Riku’s scared to death about calling his father after being told he better have a good reason and right to take up his time; however, that proved to add to the hilarity when the number Riku had didn’t even go through. Anyway, we should have two more episodes to go to wrap up this series in some way, which I imagine would get even better if Riku and Seki come face to face.



June 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm
  • June 16, 2010 at 1:36 pmFlags

    Cell phone wallpaper was the best part of this episode. Also, having Hakuoro as Papa is pretty hilarious on its own.

  • June 16, 2010 at 2:09 pmClick

    Almost died laughing during this episode’s Arakawa Gag Contest :P

    • June 16, 2010 at 6:25 pmlvlln

      Yeah, I think this week’s gag contest bit was the best so far. I didn’t like Stella’s transformation initially, but it’s proving to be pretty hilarious.

  • June 16, 2010 at 2:50 pmSatoida

    I couldn’t help laughing at Nino’s “I’ll remember it when I see it” and her “I like the riverbank as it is! …just add a small launchpad”

  • June 16, 2010 at 5:11 pmPw3age

    Typical bear with an (loaded) jar of honey. Yep.

  • June 16, 2010 at 5:52 pmRockmanshii

    Nino’s picutre on Ric ‘s phone is quite funny.
    Awww too bad this is going to end soon.I want more.I want more MARIA.

  • June 16, 2010 at 6:15 pmAznCoffee

    Whoo hoo :]
    I thought Ric was prty cool this episode.

    And this week’s Arakawa Gag Contest was hilarious. xD Stella <3

    • June 19, 2010 at 5:18 pmFeik

      All I could think of when Ric was doing that was the Drama Left Eye Detective

  • June 16, 2010 at 6:22 pmoutcast

    I can’t imagine this show ending. It needs to go on and on. There is still so much left. Love stuff, background of them weird brothers, more farm girl abuse. MORE EVERYTHING.

  • June 16, 2010 at 7:24 pmcrazystudyguy

    Lol, the Souten no Ken part (or fist of the blue sky) with Sarah and the pressure point had me laughing ( Recently just watched it)

  • June 16, 2010 at 7:26 pmpari

    this episode was so fun.i still laught

  • June 16, 2010 at 8:44 pmRin

  • June 16, 2010 at 9:11 pmamado

    if stella’s transformation made her impenetrable to swords, why did was she stopped by maria in ep 9?
    I also like sisters part and trap in this, he is my fave char in arakawa under the bridge.

  • June 16, 2010 at 11:54 pmZaku Fan

    Its sad that Nino forgot Recruits face in only a few days :P

    • June 17, 2010 at 2:04 amcrazystudyguy

      yeah it does kinda destroy the relationship that they have been trying to build up between them in the series

    • June 19, 2010 at 5:19 pmFeik

      Although she forgot his face, she still ran to hug him… Plus it looked like she recognised the tie ;)

  • June 17, 2010 at 12:05 amSuppa Tenko

    So basically Stella is Kenshiro?

    The reason why Maria’s scissors work on Stella is because she has a higher power level.

    • June 17, 2010 at 9:09 amroyceHOLLERED

      Every time Stella transforms i sing the Hokuto no Ken theme “YOU ARE SHOCK!!! OOOOOOOH OOOH OOHH”

  • June 17, 2010 at 3:14 amROFLWAFFLELAWL

    Wait…didn’t Riku just tell Sister to disguise and Sister willingly..and for some reason…picked the bear costume?

    Anyways this series is too damn funny.

    How long is the series supposed to be?

    And Stellas more like Mao- right? @ Suppa Tenko

    • June 18, 2010 at 1:48 amdivine

      You’re right, the bear suit was Sister’s own idea.

  • June 18, 2010 at 6:13 pmIsland Esper

    Nino for president! She can get all the bribes from corrupt people and will forget them in an instant. lol that was brutal. Also she was so serious until the “add a launch pad” line :)

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:39 pmSuppa Tenko

  • June 22, 2010 at 10:09 am1Lau

    @ Rockmanshii
    Season 2 is coming real soon.
    Not next quarter, but the 1 after that (half).

  • June 28, 2010 at 8:14 pminnerchihiro

    The cell phone bg literally makes me lol every time I see it. I’m considering trying to blow up a picture and send it to my phone.