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Characters that made my year – Nino (12 Days of Christmas – Day 5)

December 18, 2010

Today’s character is one that has provided me with a massive amount of enjoyment over the past year.  On this fifth Day of Christmas, let us fall in love with Nino from Arakawa Under the Bridge / X Bridge.

Nino is an amazing character.  We know next to nothing about Nino (not even her real name!) but she remains endlessly fascinating – The majority of Arakawa’s charm can be attributed to this one character.  Nino’s influence is far-reaching Under the Bridge – Hoshi ends up there because he falls in love with her, the Mayor and Sister kind of act like guardians for her and the other girls all gravitate to her despite Nino’s rather stoic personality.  Of course its through Ric that we really get to know Nino. We watched how her mysterious charm worked its magic on the neurotic mess that was Kou Ichinomiya, and turned him into the much more relaxed character of Ric that we are now familiar with.  Its Nino & Ric’s relationship that keeps me coming back to Arakawa.

The moment that I’ve picked as my favourite Nino moment of the past year, comes in episode three of the second season.  It was ridiculously difficult to select just one moment of Nino’s brilliance (just as it was difficult to only pick one for Izaya yesterday), but I think ep3 of S2 was very special.  In this episode we get to see Nino exhibit more sides to her personality than we would have thought possible as she gets legitimately angry with Ric.  However its towards the end of the episode when Ric is desperately trying to make things up with her, and learn more about Nino that was the moment for me.  The Nino here is one who is frightened to lose the person she loves, and it’s probably the first time we’ve seen her being this emotionally transparent – Ric sees it too and is moved to tears, temporarily getting over his issues and reaching out to Nino.  Its a beautiful moment in a fantastic series – the past year has been a good one thanks to Nino and the other residents of Arakawa Under the Bridge.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2010 4:19 pm

    YES, that scene was lovely.
    For Ric and Ninno who are rarely seen being intimate with each other that was one of the best scenes from the season.

    • December 18, 2010 9:40 pm

      Yeah it was fabulous to see Ric reaching for Nino for once – such a sweet moment

  2. December 18, 2010 5:03 pm

    I don’t think I would’ve been able to choose a single moment of Nino greatness to highlight myself, but I think your choice is a great representation of Nino’s humanity, despite her alien roots, haha. I loved how real and raw Nino’s emotions were – for the first time ever – and the subsequent growth for her relationship with Recruit.

    Hurrah for Nino-san!

    • December 18, 2010 9:41 pm

      It was really difficult to pick one moment – Nino is always amazing, but this moment really got to me because it was a different side to Nino.

  3. December 18, 2010 6:34 pm

    Cheers; everyone loves Nino. Maaya seemed like the right person to do the voice job, too.

    • December 18, 2010 9:41 pm

      Oh yes Maaya Sakamoto is part of why I love Nino’s character so much – brilliant casting.

  4. December 18, 2010 6:41 pm

    I wanna see Nino in a wedding dress! LOL. she’s so awesome!

    • December 18, 2010 9:42 pm

      Nino looks fabulous in anything, but I would love to see her in a wedding dress too! 😄

  5. December 18, 2010 6:54 pm

    Season 2?

    • December 18, 2010 9:42 pm

      I acknowledge the existence of season 2 even if you deny it Scamp~!

  6. December 20, 2010 1:26 pm

    She made my year too! She really breaks out in the second season. I loved that episode you talked about. In season one, she took a back seat to the side characters toward the end. In that episode, she showed so much depth. She’s no longer just the weird girl with a mysterious past.

    Anyways, Nino is lovely!

    • December 20, 2010 11:12 pm

      Season one was really more Ric’s show as he underwent a lot of changes. Season two has definitely been more about Nino & the other residents, as Ric is now firmly one of them.

      Nino has so many layers, its always fascinating to see another side to her!

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