Working!! Final Impressions

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…

Rating: Good

11 Comments to “Working!! Final Impressions”

  1. Kylaran says:

    Working!! was such a delight from this past season. With a few let downs like DRRR and some okay shows like Angel Beats, Working!! really had its place in the past season in my eyes. I agree that Popura-chan should’ve gotten some more screen time, but in the end I really enjoyed Takanashi x Inami. Partially because Inami was one character that had the most potential for moving the storyline. Unfortunately, Popura-chan just doesn’t have that background (yet).

    I really enjoyed watching while taking a break from finals week.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Inami had a troubled background that the series could easily concentrate on. Popura-chan seems to be quite normal, but it never really showed her family or past, so maybe we’re in for a surprise next season.

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  2. ippius says:

    i REALLY enjoyed Working!!. All the characters are funny, and I sincerely hope there’s a second season~ More Maya p10x!

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    Reltair Reply:

    I find a second season to be highly likely (I hope). Glad to hear you enjoyed the series as well. ^^

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    yumetachi Reply:

    noooo!!! more yamada!!!!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Haha, Yamada was pretty epic. She was prepared for all situations, packed and good to go!

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  3. Fabrice says:

    Working!! works when it uses subtle or off-the-cuff comedy, but when it goes big, it goes bad. If one were to assess the anime by its first impression, then it chalks up to a lolicon average guy starts working in a restaurant filled with unique people who desperately try to avert being stereotypes that have been beaten to death over the years. So then Takanashi would just be a loser representation of the audience, Poplar would be loli service, Inami would be the worst character EVER, and Wagnaria would be the most boring place on earth to work. But that is not the case at all.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Whoa, that definitely isn’t the case at all, although some of the Takanashi/Inami “comedy” was overplayed.

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  4. Yi says:

    The OP really is very catchy.
    Anyways, I didn’t think too much of the series at first, but it seems like it turned out all right.

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    Reltair Reply:

    I can’t get that “Someone one one” out of my head!

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