As I would expect from a slice of life anime based on a 4-panel, the characters have remained the same for the most part.
The series focuses on the unique quirks that each character has and plays with them to create amusing interactions amongst the restaurant staff of Wagnaria. Each worker can be easily identified by the “unique” trait associated with them, making it a simple task to predict the outcome of their encounters. As usual, some of their past histories are revealed during the anime while others aren’t even mentioned (I guess they weren’t interesting enough). With the late introduction of Matsumoto in the last episode, you just assume that they’re planning for a second season.
The main plot development was rather weak and mostly revolved around the relationship between Takanashi and Inami. I felt Inami’s extreme fear of men was overused and too much screen time was devoted to her. It would have been nice to see more development between Takanashi and other members of the staff. I was leaning towards Takanashi x Taneshima.
I do realize that this was a 13-episode deal, so Takanashi x Inami probably did not get as much screen time as I felt they did. Still, their formula worked for me. This was easily the most enjoyable series to watch this season.
As an added bonus, its OP is really catchy…