Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2010 to Jun 27, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisSet in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16-year-old high school student Souta Takanashi works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Popura Taneshima, a high school girl who's a year older than Souta, yet easily mistaken for an elementary/middle schooler, and Kyoko Shirafuji, the 28-year-old store manager who doesn't bother to do any work at all.
(Source: NIS America)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Working!!
Characters & Voice Actors
With the coming of an Anime with just about no plot, one wonders how good something like Working!! can actually be. To my surprise, what was supposed to be a filler series to pass the time for me ended up being one of the most enjoyable of spring 2010.
There isnt much of a story really. Takanashi justs goes to work at a family restaurant full of weird and unique co-workers and takes it from there for the rest of the series. However even with the lack of a real story, Working!! makes up for easily with their characters. Even with the lack of plot, a handful of the characters were well done in the sense that they achieve what this anime was ment to do, to make us laugh. There were quite a bit of running gags, but still has more then enough to keep you watching.
For an anime with very minimal plot, it does a very outstanding job in entertaining its viewers and is definitely worth watching. read more
Looking at what I should expect for the Spring 2010 anime season through a calendar released by a source I don't know, one particular show had caught my interest. The little plot summary read, "The story is set in a family restaurant named "Wagnaria", in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido. Sota works part-time there among the restaurant's high-spirited and strange staff." Reading that and looking at the picture of that anime had made me want to watch it. After watching that first episode, I knew that I'd enjoy Working!!
Story: After reading that little plot synopsis, you would think that there's an interesting story behind Working!! Unfortunately, there isn't, but that's what made Working!! enjoyable since it IS a Slice of Life anime. The story kicks off with our adorable busty loli, Poplar Taneshima, greeting some customers on a normal work day. Unfortunately, the restaurant is a bit short-staffed, so it's up to Poplar to gather some new recruits since the manager, Kyouko Shirafuji, is as lazy as a sloth. After asking many people to see if they would like a part-time job, but only to get that offer rejected, she suddenly bumps into our main protagonist, Souta Takanashi. Though he thinks Poplar is a small child and is lost, Poplar retorts saying she's 17 years old and is looking for part-timers for her job. Knowing that he'll work with Poplar since he believes she's cute, Takanashi gladly accepts. From there on, Takanashi's life has became a bit more crazier now that he's working at Wagnaria.
Art: The art is nothing too extraordinary. Colorful and sharp, the art is nice to look at. Looking back, it feels like art you would expect from a Comedy and Slice of Life anime.
Sound: About everyone who's watched Working!! will always know the first few lines of the opening by heart. It is honestly one of the most catchy and probably addicting openings I've heard. The ending sounds great as well. The voice actors do a terrific job in playing their character. The male VAs, to me, felt it was like an ensemble cast. With Jun Fukuyama (DRRR!!, Geass), Daisuke Ono (DRRR!!, TMoHS), and Hiroshi Kamiya (DRRR!!, SZS) as Takanashi, Satou, and Souma respectively.
Characters: The characters, to me, were the main enjoyment of the show. Like what the little plot synopsis said in the beginning of this review, "...high-spirited and strange staff.", strange is the key word.
First off, Takanashi may look like a normal person, but the truth is that he loves small and cute things, ranging from little children, animals, and toys, which is pretty much why he started working due to Poplar being small and cute. When he revealed this information to Satou and Kyouko, they thought that he was a lolicon which Takanashi strictly objects.
Next we have the highly eccentric and adorable Poplar. Again, you would think she's normal, but it's revealed that she has a very strong desire of becoming taller. Because of her small height, she is easily mistaken as an elementary or middle school student, thus making her very sensitive whenever her height is discussed.
One of the strangest characters in Working!! is the timid Mahiru Inami. Inami is introduced as an androphobic (fear of male) girl. Whenever a male approaches her, she punches them without hesitation due to a belief that every man is ready to attack her. Though she has this condition, she is still able to work at Wagnaria, but only serving the female customers.
Kyouko and Yachiyo Todoroki are what I consider the yuri couple of the show. Kyouko, as we know, is the lazy manager of Wagnaria, who does nothing but eat, usually the parfaits that Yachiyo brings her. Yachiyo herself is strange overall. She is always, and I mean ALWAYS carries with her a katana, which many are intimidated by that. She also has a deep connection with Kyouko. If Kyouko is away or is taken away from her, she gets sad and angry to a point where she would kill the person who took her away from her with her katana.
Next up are the chefs of Wagnaria, Jun Satou and Hiroomi Souma. Satou is probably the more sane one out of the main cast. He's known as an intimidating, yet helpful individual. However, he is in love with Yachiyo, but does not show it. He also enjoys teasing Poplar, usually concerning her height or messing with her hair. Though he may look always cheerful, deep down, Souma is the most deceiving of the cast. He enjoys teasing some of the staff, with the exception of Inami, and somehow always gets his hand on some sort of information that is secretive to some of the staff. Ironically, both characters remind me of Shizuo and Izaya of Durarara!! Both are voiced by the same actor and both almost have identical personalities, with Satou and Shizuo being intimidating and having blonde hair, and Souma and Izaya being very deceitful and are always able to get their hand on some information.
Lastly, we have Aoi Yamada. Though she's introduced late in the series, she appears regularly throughout the show. She's usually unhelpful and clumsy when it comes to work, but very curious as to what happens in and out her workstation. She also has a strong desire of having the ideal family.
Enjoyment: From beginning to end, I enjoyed Working!! Whether it be Takanashi "trying" to cure Inami's androphobia, the strange diversity that occurs in the Takanashi household, or the usual, but sometimes, strange happenings inside Wagnaria, there's always something to enjoy when watching this anime.
Overall: I really enjoyed watching Working!! It was an unexpected hit for me for the spring season. The opening just sucks me in and prepares me for something that I'll enjoy from beginning to end. With just only 13 episodes, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't longer since I found it to have a lot of potential, but nonetheless, those 13 episodes were great to watch. If you're considering watching Working!!, be in mind that it IS slice of life, meaning that it has almost no plot, and if you're one to watch for plot or just don't like slice of life, then Working!! isn't for you. For those that enjoy slice of life, Working!! is definitely worth looking into. read more
MM is built around a sadomasochistic pairing. Working isn't. So, when you first read Working's summary and note that it has a restaurant setting, you'd think it'd share few to no similarities with MM's school club shenanigans. BUT, Working may as well be about the members of a club interacting, so reliant on character gags it is--the whole at-work-not-school aspect getting overlooked... with school girls STILL being main characters. (Anime, I am disappoint...)
What makes these two super-easy to link is MM's Arashiko and Working's Inami. They have a phobia of all things male and react with EXTREME violence whenever one comes close to them. And although Working's male lead isn't a masochist (though he does come to question whether he is), he's a freak in his own right with his "minicon" fetish.
Like I typed above, Working cares little for actual working, and a GREAT degree of emphasis is placed on Inami punching the lead in S1; falling for him more with every punch. In fact, the series has more to do with the lead being punched than serving customers. The hate-to-love-via-punching 'romance' as the respective male leads get used as punching bags in order to cure their violent lady friends = THESE SO SIMILAR!
Similar plot, art, androphobic girl and good-but-unlucky main male character makes it almost identical.
Working bar ... MM club same vocie actors , woman with men phobia ... dominant women and the same feeling.
They have the same atmosphere. Some characters and relationchips are so alike. If you like MM! you'll like Working! too :)
Androphobic heroine. Also main protagonist wants to help the heroine get rid off this mental issue.
androphobic highschool girl and highschool guy who tries to cure her.
Both are about a boy that gets abused by women. Both also have a girl that suffers from androphobia.
Characters design look similar
Yuno and Inami's personality are nearly the same
There're cross-dressing in both
The main character's similar in the way that they both have the same voice actors and weird fetishes. There's also girls inside who are afraid of men. Comedy style is similar and so is the atmosphere
Both have in common:
*Comedy, some romance, slice of life
* Both have an androphobic girl
* characters have fetish and weirdness
* The male protagonist helps to the heroine with her androphobia issues.
* There are cross dressings in both
* Similar design and atmosphere
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.
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.
Both have the same funny slice of live and the characters are nearly identical.
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
Opening Theme"SOMEONE ELSE" by Popura Taneshima, Mahiru Inami, and Yachiyo Todoroki (Kana Asumi, Saki Fujita and Eri Kitamura) (eps 1-12)
Ending Theme#1: "Heart no Edge ni Idomou Go to Heart Edge (ハートのエッジに挑もう Go to Heart Edge)" by Souta Takanashi, Jun Satou, and Souma Hiroomi (Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono and Hiroshi Kamiya) (eps 1-8, 10-12)
#2: "Golden Day (ゴールデン・デイ）" by Mahiru Inami (Saki Fujita) (ep 9)
#3: "SOMEONE ELSE" by Popura Taneshima, Mahiru Inami, and Yachiyo Todoroki (Kana Asumi, Saki Fujita and Eri Kitamura) (ep 13)
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