Arakawa Bridge^2 8 – delicate flower
November 27, 2010
Episode 8 of Arakawa under the Bridge^2 sees the arrival of a new student in Ric’s class. A delicate flower who has the hots for teacher, she manages to steal Ric’s affections, leading to an epic battle with Nino.
By the way, of all the reaction shots (and this show has a LOT of them), this shot of P-ko is the most extreme. Poor little P-ko. You can actually see her eyes bulging out of their sockets.
This turned out to be a very entertaining episode. Like Caraniel, I was very surprised to see the Amazoness acting as a love-rival for Nino. Her Tengu assistants powers of hypnotism were definitely impressive. Of course, in the end it had to be Nino that Ric truly loved. For a while Nino was acting very passively, so her final emotional declaration of love for Ric was quite a relief.
The Amazoness is actually an interesting “type”. Setting aside the historical source material and the comic book extrapolation of Amazonians, the tall, busty blonde woman frequently appears in other shows as a trouble-making outsider. Another example of this character is Kaere Kimura from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (who was voiced by the same actress, Yu Kobayashi).