Best-selling mangaka Hikaru Nakamura (Saint Young Men) makes her English language debut with this surreal comedy starring a 620-year-old water sprite, a man with a star for a head, a nun, and a samurai who runs a barber shop under Tokyo’s Arakawa Bridge.
Part 2 contains volumes 3 and 4 of the Japanese edition.
Rec, insulted by the insinuation that he has nothing to contribute to the community under the bridge, decides to start a school. Rec’s secretaries from his company in the outside world investigate his current situation, reports of which are sent back to his father, who then targets the river bank for redevelopment, threatening the idyllic lifestyle of the river bank denizens…
“Arakawa Under the Bridge is a manga with a well-honed funny bone and a lot of heart […] Underneath all its absurdity and gags is a story about family, acceptance, and choosing self over the pressures of a materialistic society.” — Anime News Network