English: Servant x Service
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisAnime about the staff of the health and welfare section of the ward office of a certain city. Newcomers Hasebe Yutaka, Yamagami, Miyoshi Saya, and their supervisor Ichimiya Taishi go through the everyday quirks of working at their office.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Servant x Service
Characters & Voice Actors
Office comedies. Not very many people can think about this genre of comedy without thinking of heavy hitters like the two Offices (UK and US) and to a lesser extent, Parks and Recreation. Now, there seems to be a series that tries to take the office lives of Japanese civil servants and turn it into a comedy. Does it succeed? Let's find out.
The story of SxS is relatively episodic as it follows the various members of a staff of civil servants, as well as their crazy families and friends. Episodes range from a kidnapped boss to meeting the grandson of a talkative old lady among other things. There are no fight scenes, just brief bursts of comedy, as if the story was a string of 4 - komas (which I would imagine it might be since the series was originally a 4 - koma manga). That doesn't mean that the series doesn't flow. Quite the contrary, the series maintains a steady pace throughout (except the end, more on that latter) and the comedy comes at regular intervals. Comedy is usually up to the individual, but the series does a good job at covering a variety of audiences, allowing it to stretch past audience limitations that its highschool comedy counter parts suffer from.
It must be said though that the series seemed to rush at the end in terms of the romantic sub-plot. The problem with it is that it doesn't reach a satisfying conclusion. It wouldn't be necessarily a bad thing if it wasn't the central focus of the last few episodes but to not get a concrete ending after all the hinting and nudging in the right direction is a real shame.
The animation is done by A-1 pictures and can be expected to be above average quality. The character designs are down to earth, as to be expected from an office comedy but with an anime twist. The opening has a nice surreal feeling to it, with odd imagery contrasting with the character's somewhat dull work environment.
The acting is solid, with the voices of Chihaya and the section manager taking the gold. There must be more weight given to such good performances since the show is a conversational one, so a good vocal cast is a necessity. On the flip side, BGMs aren't entirely remarkable and the ending doesn't do anything to help the series. That being said, the opening is catchy and captures the hectic nature of the lives of these particular people, which is a plus.
Each main character has their own quirks that separates them from any apparent stereotypes they may bring to mind, making this cast a unique one. Lucy is a somewhat shy girl who loves to read but really hates her name. Miyoshi is the voice of reason but has a tendency to talk more than she needs to. Chihaya is a avid cosplayer that can spit acid with the best of them. Hasebe is a slacker that soon gets the hots for one of these females. The list continues. The side characters are decent as well, but if the side characters got some more character development (especially the section manger), this feature could've been an even bigger asset.
Some of these characters, you will hate. Others, you will love. Because of this polar nature, it comes down to personal preference. However, regardless of what others may say, these characters are anything but generic.
Whether during lunch break or after school, dawn or midnight, SxS is sure to give a bellyful of laughs. While it may trip up on some of the more serious aspects it has, its wide range of comedy makes it enjoyable to almost any anime fan regardless of experience or age.
The story has enough laughs to make up for its hiccups. The art is clean and crisp, as to be expected from A-1 Pictures. Sound isn't a strong part of the series but its opening and vocal cast are very good. The characters each have a dash of uniqueness, making them relatable buffoons rather than cardboard cut outs with different colors.
Give this anime a chance and it'll be sure to serve you well. read more
There is a recurring issue with many slice-of-life shows that predominantly feature comedy: a tendency to neglect clear development in the narrative. The result of this lack of plot progression is that the humour soon becomes repetitive and events that take place can become almost painfully predictable, particularly if this show focuses on a smaller cast of characters, or even a single character (yes WataMote, I am talking to you). Static characters and predictable gags are the bane of comedy, while surprise, suspense, anticipation and variation are the sugar that can make it oh-so-sweet.
Taking these factors into account, it is evident that Servant x Service is probably one of the best comedy anime of recent years, and one of the few I can work up the enthusiasm to follow on a weekly basis (unlike most other comedies of the Summer 2013 season, which, except WataMote, I dropped almost immediately). With a solid cast of simple, likeable characters with quirky personalities, this show is possibly one of the best ways to kill a few hours.
The episodes are typically split into 2 segments, each one depicting a smaller subplot, while also keeping the overarching narrative intact and ensuring genuine development (which is most evident in the primary "Lucy x Hasebe" romance and secondary "Chihaya x Ichimiya" subplot). This, along with the large cast, ensures that the humour is surprising and unpredictable. By telegraphing future plot points (known in film and TV as "planting causes for future effects"), a sense of anticipation develops that keeps you watching, as you find yourself keen to see how events will pan out. This is all a perfect example of how comedy in any medium is done.
Aesthetically, there isn't much to report. We have a largely conventional (but acceptable) art style, which flows well and ensures that character models are consistent and easy to watch. The opening is catchy, but it isn't a fine example of music, and the ending's a pretty easy-going and pleasant track. Voice acting is good (though we do get to hear Taketatsu Ayana as a tsundere-imouto, which has now been done about as many times as the sun setting in the evening, though I suspect this was deliberate).
So in the end, the otherwise mediocre Summer 2013 season produced a gem in an unlikely genre, as the oft-muddied comedy conventions get a well deserved polish. I can rarely claim to enjoy straight-comedies, but this is probably my favourite show of the past few years. read more
Same mangaka, so the similarities are endless - humourous happenings between a bunch of quirky characters in a work-based setting.
If you liked one, you will like the other!
Great cast that keeps the show going.
Same comedy style and same charm that's only present in these two shows
Both take place at a certain workplace and both are nice-looking comedies.
Both animes are produced by Aniplex and A-1 Pictures, leading them to have a similar art style. Working!! and Servant x Servant both share the same work/employment settings and are both light hearted comedies.
Both animes show the ups and downs of the setting of employments with humor. Also, both have the same producers and creator!
From the same production studios (Aniplex and A-1 Pictures), both series features an environment of the working field where we see the characters' every day lives. Thus, expect a lighthearted environment of hard working individuals as they go through everyday in a slice of life format.
There is a lot of humor, drama, and catchy dialogues presented. Among other things, the colorful casts are defined by their various personalities in the working field.
Servant x Service is (give or take a few) Working!! in an office environment: Funny and enjoyable characters
-Both light hearted comedies in the workplace
-Perfect for relaxing after a tiring day
-Recommended for anyone who likes comedy
Both are slice-of-life comedies (with a good amount of romantic comedy elements in it) that tell the tale of a group of eccentric people at a workplace and their relationships with their fellow workers. The type of comedy is similar, as long with several of the characters.
The same comedy and slice of life genre, except one is set in a gov't office and the other is in a family resto.
Both of them have a story about their life at working place. If working at family restaurant and servant x service at civil service office
From the studio that brought you the action series 'SAO' comes a comedy about a friendly working environmental show. In the series, it follows the daily lives of the main characters working in an office or a restaurant where they just do best on their jobs. There are funny moments, romance, and somewhat conflicts between the characters.
There is not much of a difference in the series, but Working is basically a teen job, and works at a family restaurant. Servant X Service, basically an adult job working on some office building.
Both have little-to-no plot (not a bad thing!) Instead, they are driven by the character interactions (which are hilarious). The medium cast size allows us to know the supporting characters without losing focus on the main characters. A romantic aspect develops throughout the series. Overall, you'll get a very similar vibe from both anime, and if you liked one, you'll definitely like the other.
Working!! and Servant x Service both have characters that work together at a company/business.
A group of unique co-workers do stuff at the workplace. There are different situations in the different settings and a little bit of love can be sensed in the air.
- Both are seinen comedies.
- Both are about a working staff: one at a city welfare department, other at a manga store.
- Both have a side-focus on romance which develops nicely.
- Both are quite refreshing.
If you liked Servant x Service, chances are you that you will like Denki-gai no Honya-san as well.
While Servant x Service takes place with characters doing office work it still has the theme of colorful cast members working the same job and each bringing their unique style to the job. Sometimes it could result in misunderstandings, other times characters really showcase how their quirks could be perfect for the work they do.
Comedy shows involving quirky co-workers and the ups and downs of a job. Denki-gai has a more wacky comedy but both are light-hearted stuff to relax a little bit. The character's interactions are pretty interesting and will keep you entertained for a while.
Opening Theme"May I Help You? (めいあいへるぷゆー?)" by Lucy Yamagami (Ai Kayano), Saya Miyoshi (Mai Nakahara), Megumi Chihaya (Aki Toyosaki)
Ending Theme#1: "Hachimitsu Doki (ハチミツ時間)" by Lucy Yamagami (CV: Ai Kayano) (eps 1-4, BD 13)
#2: "Hachimitsu Doki (ハチミツ時間)" by Saya Miyoshi (CV: Mai Nakahara) (eps 5-8)
#3: "Hachimitsu Doki (ハチミツ時間)" by Megumi Chihaya (CV: Aki Toyosaki) (eps 9-12)
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Related ClubsSlice of Life Club, SweetKotomi's Cute Girls: Island Paradise, Ai Kayano Fanclub!, Akira Ishida, Tetsuya Kakihara Fanclub, Gladies, Nakahara Mai Fanclub, Realistic Anime, Servant x Service, Daisuki Appreciation Club
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