Genres: Comedy, Romance
Ichinomiya Kou, sole heir to the Ichinomiya Corporation, has lived his life without debts. His father commanded that only man who can support himself, alone, can lead this company. To take this to the extreme, when Kou was three years old his father took on the role of a helpless child so that Kou could pay back those first three years of debt. Now 22, Kou suffers from severe asthma whenever he finds himself in debt and goes to great lengths to be self sufficient. This all works out well until a gang of kids steal his pants and hoist them to the top of a bridge.
Kou scales one of the bridge supports to recover his pants, shrugging off the help a young girl fishing off the bridge offers. Now debt free and pants in hand… disaster strikes. The bridge support collapses into the water and Kou nearly drowns. The girl, named Nino, has rescued him from certain death. However, he is now in debt way over his head. As Kou tries to think his way out of his predicament, he learns that Nino lives under the bridge in a make-shift room of cardboard, street signs and a big curtain. Thinking himself lucky, he offers to buy her a proper house to clear his debt. She says she doesn’t need one, and his asthma comes back.
She wants him to fall in love with her instead. While he initially takes this as a joke, his sense of duty forces him to go through with it. Nino lets Kou know that her behavior may be odd because she is from Venus. His first night under the bridge, as Nino wants his to live with her now, nearly kills him due to the cold and precarious living space. Kou constructs himself a rather sizable apartment up under the bridge to fulfill his agreement.
He spends his time in this under-bridge village, called Arakawa by its inhabitants, attempting to stay sane. From the Village Chief who dresses as a kappa; the town’s religious leader named Sister who is a gun toting, cross dressing man; Shirai Tooru who can only walk on white lines; and the multitude of young, masked men who despise Kou for being with Nino… he is having a tough time adjusting.
This series flows pretty well from joke to joke and situation to hilarious situation. The central premise of Kou needing to clear his debts only serves to ensure he stays and racks up more debts. As the only thread to hold this chaotic mess of insane individuals together, it pulls its weight. I am excited to see how things get moving, as we are only just in character introductions by this stage of the show.
Overall Hook Rating: A