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The metaphoric-like scenes shown prior to the opening sequence tend to depict this series in a more serious and almost surreal light, but this showdown between Kou and his father turned out to be just as good when the latter experiences a repeat of what started Kou’s life under the bridge. While everyone was busy wishing upon on a pair of Riku and Hoshi shooting stars care of Maria’s sadistic efforts, Sonchou proved to be a heavyweight in the world who can get the government to put a stop to the Ichinomiya group’s plans. That of course is when he’s not busy frolicking around in a kappa suit and trying to douse fires with whatever little water is on his head. As a result, Nino’s wish for everyone to stay together came true, even though it wasn’t due to Riku and Hoshi’s sacrifices. In Hoshi’s case, he got what he deserved for boasting about how Nino likes to wish upon a star, but Riku had the unfortunate pleasure of getting dragged into it. As a pair of idiots fighting over Nino’s love though, it was pretty funny seeing them continue talking smack until Maria eventually booted them off the pillar.

Somewhat overshadowed by the usual gags of Maria getting under Sister’s skin and everyone making wishes from Riku and Hoshi’s endless suffering was the small resemblance to a love story upon Seki’s arrival. He was only concerned about trying to figure out what kind of strings Kou pulled to put a stop to his plan and ended up realizing that his son didn’t do anything, but his discussion with Nino was oddly familiar to the one she originally had with Kou. In particular, the way Nino responded to the Ichinomiya family motto regarding debts by saying how she gets enjoyment from feeding Riku and how he’s working for their sake to prevent them from getting evicted. Instead of making Seki indebted to her, Nino’s kindness reminded him of who I imagine to be Kou’s mother, whom he doesn’t seem to be with any longer.

Upon hearing Seki’s cell phone ring from Kou’s call for the first time ever (indicated by the unique ringtone he assigned his number), I was really hoping Seki would answer it just to see how their conversation would go. Unfortunately, he proved to be too proud to the very end and left his pants and phone with Nino, but hearing him encourage Kou to try and do what he wasn’t able to with his mother was almost like he acknowledged his decision to be with Nino. The real love story-like moment came when Nino answered the call and heard Riku trying to tell his father that he wants to be with her forever even if he has to leave his life under the bridge. His indirect love confession was kind of sweet despite how it came off as frantic, desperate, and full of fear of his father.

For a series primarily focused about the gags, it’s nice to see the subtle story elements come together in some way. While the actual things that take place are pretty random and just plain silly, the time Riku spends with everyone under the bridge has been unassumingly advancing things along with Nino. Not a whole lot happens between them each episode, but whenever Nino speaks up about something, she generally surprises both Riku and myself. She’s a bit of a marvel that I can’t help but take notice to and it looks like Riku and his father Seki sort of feel the same way. That said, with the risk of getting evicted out of the way, I hope the series finale next week will give a little more focus to Riku and Nino, amidst the plentiful jokes that will surely come with it.



June 21, 2010 at 2:31 am
  • June 21, 2010 at 2:55 amZaku Fan

    LOL, i was right. If you’re not of remarkable ability, you can’t live under the bridge

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:09 amLeftArrow

    Man I want to watch this, too bad it there aren’t that many fansub groups subbing this. It takes like 3-4 days :(

    Oh well they got shit they got to do so I guess I’ll wait.

    • June 21, 2010 at 5:53 amrazi

      actually, subs are already out, I always watch this series with subs the day I see new blog here

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:11 amHypernova

    Chief’s identity as the Man was not supposed to be revealed until much later in the manga (Vol9+), anime audiences get the answer first purely due to the VA’s (since you can’t “hear” the Man talk in the manga). Technically this takes away a good chunk of the suspense and guessing of who the Man was. Although there was various foreshadowings.

    • June 23, 2010 at 6:36 pmlvlln

      I thought the Chief disappearing at the end of the previous episode and not appearing in this one was evidence enough that he was the man.

    • June 23, 2010 at 7:08 pmKagekyuubi

      Goddamit! Couldn’t you have put that little detail under a spoiler? I just finished vol 8 and was going to get to vol 9 later.

      Must unknow spoiler. Must unknow spoiler. Must unknow spoiler…

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:14 amAznCoffee

    NINO. :]

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:20 amjrj

    nice episode… although I was kind of thinking that they won’t solve the crisis until the finale though…
    more Riku x Nino :)

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:48 amPazoozoo

    Once more Nino proves she can talk to men and inlight them xD

  • June 21, 2010 at 5:18 amKarmafan

    Maria is scary!

  • June 21, 2010 at 5:22 amEspada

    HURRAY FOR 26 EPISODES! i mean 200+ episodes? O_o

    • June 21, 2010 at 11:45 amviral

      It’s 13, not 26.

      • June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pmlvlln

        I wish it had 26 episodes, though. Or a 2nd season. I feel like there’s still much development to see between Nino and Riku, as well as the other characters.

  • June 21, 2010 at 6:20 amcutemi2

  • June 21, 2010 at 9:11 amSunRise

    How many episode has this anime been set for?
    Hoping it is 26:)

    • June 21, 2010 at 11:44 amviral


  • June 21, 2010 at 1:33 pmZepwich

    Randomness as always from Arakawa. Shame its only 13 episodes, I want more!

  • June 21, 2010 at 1:53 pmClick

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:37 pmSuppa Tenko

    Lolz, Kou’s father got arrested for streaking…

    • June 21, 2010 at 4:46 pmdivine

      And talked smack back to the police officer trying to interrogate him!

  • June 21, 2010 at 3:46 pmSatoida

    Waaaah last episode next week T_T

  • June 22, 2010 at 12:55 amjustsomeguy

    Noo I want MOAR!! (;^;)
    I wish upon a shooting hoshi for more episodes!!

  • June 22, 2010 at 5:50 amBlueEyedReaper

    Wahhh: I want more of this :D

  • June 23, 2010 at 7:21 amRockmanshii

    “Your pants are singing” joke totally broke me I’m still laughing about it.Maria was so funny this episode, Ric and Hoshi are too busy fighting to see that she’s mocking them.This show,Angel Beats! and Mayoi Neko Overrun are ending ,they were the best laugh providers for me this season.
    (And the preview comment works fine for me.Nice addition to the site Divine.)

  • June 23, 2010 at 12:36 pmIsland Esper

    I hope Hashi and Riku kill themselves a long with sister so I can have Nino and Maria to torture me :)

  • June 23, 2010 at 2:45 pmAlcohol

    I seriously need more of this. Too bad it’s ending already. sigh

    Am I the only one who thinks the BGMs are awesome?

  • July 2, 2010 at 1:10 pmxiah

    Watched this episode right now, and Ko’s father is slightly attractive. o_o.