Despite his best attempts, Ric’s unorthodox days under the bridge continue as always. He’s making little progress with his clueless lover, Nino; Hoshi continues to torment him at every turn; and even a simple baseball game leads the hapless heir to make an enemy out of a large Amazonian warrior woman! With bungled attempts to move in with Nino leading to the pair trading rooms and the highly competitive Arakawa Marathon taking place, Ric’s idyllic riverside life seems destined to prove more problematic than ever.
The brash Hotori Arashiyama is a far from regular girl with the lofty dream of becoming a genius high school detective, but for now she is working at the Seaside maid café to earn some extra money. Unfortunately the establishment itself is deserted and the teen is far from being the epitome of a gracious maid. Enter Toshiko, Hotori’s friend and classmate, whose expertise and passion for maid cafés – as well has her interest in Sanada, one of the few regular customers – leads her take on the quest to turn Seaside into a bistro to be proud of. However, can a cafe owned by an elderly woman whose solution to everything is curry and staffed by a clueless, foolhardy teenager really become a success, or even attract more than the usual four patrons?
Both shows are wacky comedies set in a kind of bent take on the slice of life genre. Both series start with a setting and then throw any sense of plot out the window in favor of odd, side splitting exercises in absurdity. Both series are from the same era and produced by Shaft, which means tons of odd close ups, distorted camera angles, bizarre facial expressions, and other artsy trickery. Arakawa features a larger, and perhaps stranger cast, but if you enjoy the pace and absurdity of one you will definitely like the other.