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Arakawa Under the Bridge

荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ

Mangaka: Hikaru Nakamura 中村 光
Born: 21st of Apr, 1984
Original Publisher: Gangnan
English Language Publisher:
Published: December 2004 to July 2015
Status: Finished
Number of Volumes: 14
Serialized: Young Gangan ヤングガンガン
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Demographic: seinen

Set in the Arakawa ward in northeastern Tokyo, Arakawa Under the Bridge tells the story of Kou Ichinomiya, AKA Recruit, a successful young businessperson who, through a bizarre series of circumstances, comes to live with a group of eccentric homeless people.

Kou is a straight-laced young man who refuses to remain in debt to anyone; however, when an odd young woman named Nino saves his life, he finds himself having to live underneath a bridge while trying to find ways to repay her.

The area is home to an eclectic community of colorful misfits who, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, begin to accept Kou as one of their own. Nino, for instance, claims to be from Venus; the village chief is a grown man who dresses up as a kappa, a Japanese river monster; Hoshi, a former pop idol who wears a mask in the shape of a bright yellow star; and Sister, a British war veteran who dresses as a nun.

The manga is mainly episodic, tied together by Kou and Nino's odd couple relationship, and, later, the attempts by Kou's parents to get him to return to his former life.
Background & Impact
The manga was adapted into a 13 episodes series by the studio Shaft, which was successful enough to warrant a second season of 13 episodes.

A live action drama was released in 2011, and a feature length live-action film was released the following year.