Arakawa under the Bridge OP 2 – Maria
May 3, 2010
Episode 5 of Arakawa under the Bridge hasn’t been translated yet, so I present here the second OP, featuring Maria. Given that Maria was barely introduced until the final minutes of the last episode, some might be wondering if she deserves to take over the opening credits. Let me just say that this OP really impressed me, and elevates Maria significantly in the ranks of the under-bridge denizens. The vocal performance is solid, as is to be expected from Miyuki Sawashiro (e.g. Celty, Durarara!!, and Shinku, Rozen Maiden).
The song has a campy feel, as if they are hearkening back to songs from the 1920s. The animation itself has some really nicely rendered sections, especially of Maria dancing around. No subs yet, but the imagery clearly draws on her (abusive) relationship with Sister. At one point the bullet-head twins are seen heating Maria’s bathwater. First they were part of Hoshi’s gang, then Stella’s, now this? I’m starting to feel sorry for those two. Update: Apparently the twins run a bath service for everyone under the bridge.