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