Arakawa under the Bridge 5 – another ninja
May 4, 2010
Episode 5 of Arakawa under the Bridge continues the story of Stella’s welcoming party. A couple of new characters are glimpsed, and a proper introduction is provided for P-ko-chan. Maria finds the most vicious way possible to compliment Recruit, and Recruit and Hoshi end up in a pissing match.
The cast for this show continues to amaze me. P-ko, introduced in this episode is voiced by a relatively new seiyu, Chiaki Omigawa (Jun, from Natsu no Arashi). She has the sort of voice that can really sound like she is breaking down in tears, which made her lines about Ric being a pepper-insulting ninja that much funnier.
Maria (Miyuki Sawashiro) spread her own malicious sort of cheer throughout the episode. I made a separate post about the new OP, which features Maria. The episode picks up with Sister, bleeding from Maria’s killing blow. Fortunately Sister has planned ahead, by bringing a cart for Recruit to transport Sister back from this engagement. Unfortunately Sister will be viciously attacked by Maria at least twice more this episode. Including an utterly cruel moment in the show’s closing moments.
Even more unfortunately for Recruit, Maria finds Recruit’s weakness at the welcoming party and viciously attacks him as well.
Hoshi, seeing an opening, can’t help but start a pissing match with Ric. Ric, being Ric, can’t help but accept the challenge. I have to say I don’t think fighting Hoshi on his terms is a great plan. Since Hoshi is a bit of an idiot, it would probably be wiser to ignore him. Instead Ric has seemingly decided to lower himself to Hoshi’s level.
Beyond merely introducing new characters (which it did do), this episode gave us deeper insights into Sister, and returned to the matter of Recruit’s aversion to being in anyone’s debt. Further, Ric’s sensitivity to the matter has been exposed to Hoshi (who believes himself to be a rival for Nino’s affections) and Maria (who enjoys tormenting people).