[Manga] ‘Arakawa Under the Bridge’ by Hikaru Nakamura (Part I): the Venusian woman, the myth of Tannhäuser, and the meaning of ‘recruit’

'Arakawa Under the Bridge' [荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ] Vol 1 - 14 by Hikaru Nakamura was serialized on Young Gangan between 2004 and 2015

‘Arakawa Under the Bridge’ [荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ] Vol 1 – 14 by Hikaru Nakamura was serialized on Young Gangan between 2004 and 2015. It was partly adapted into anime by Akiyuki Shinbo in 2010.

Synopsis: Kou Ichinomiya is born the scion of a powerful commercial empire in Japan and is himself a high-achieving university student who is already running his own business enterprises. One day, he falls over a bridge and falls into a river, and is rescued by a young woman named Nino, who claims to be an alien from Venus. Kou asks her for a way for him to repay her, and Nino tells him to make her fall in love with him, thus beginning Kou’s life of living under the bridge with her. Kou gradually learns that under the bridge is the home of a group of eclectic, borderline insane individuals with hints of mysterious pasts involved in espionage, warfare, ESP experiments, the mafia, high politics, stardom and space travel…

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