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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Score: 7.851 (scored by 53754 users)
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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.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Working!!
Characters & Voice Actors
Slice of life has to me always, always been a rather interesting genre of anime. Since life is comprised up of many aspects, the amount of possible interpretations of life for an anime are almost limitless. Today, i will be reviewing an anime that talks about the high-school part time job, in the most literal title of all time, Working!!
Story (7.00/10): The story of working!! is pretty much how it sounds, working. Our main protagonist Takanashi Souta is stopped on his way from school by a small little girl named Popura (that's how you spell her name in Romaji, don't try and tell me otherwise), urging him to come to the place where she works and help out there as a part timer. After some rather simple convincing, our main protagonist does come and work at the family restaurant known as Wagnaria, where he meets a bunch of oddballs.
As a base concrete idea, this story has really no originality. Throughout all of anime, the idea of a main protagonist meeting a bunch of oddball characters has been explored many times by other anime. That's not to say the idea is stale and bad, as many shows, like this one, have actually made use of the idea in a beneficial nature, but the fact remains, that the idea is overused and quite common in anime overall.
As far as a plot line, this anime surprisingly has one. Not a very noticeable one that you notice straight from the beginning, mind you, but a plot line nonetheless. The anime does this weird sort of set up, where practically the first half of the show is built in an episodic format where the topics and plot points of the show scatter around depending on which episode you're watching, and then ending off in the second half with a cute, but somewhat unnecessary romantic plot line. While I am a huge fan of romantic subplot and romantic storylines, focusing quite a substantial amount of screentime on it felt a little off, as I felt like I was watching a completely different anime altogether.
Overall, I felt like the story of Working!! was enjoyable, even with its slight story flaws and overused base story idea. Nothing felt rushed into terms of story pacing, and the anime did a great job at exploring the main characters by giving most of them a episode that was practically devoted to them in the first few episodes, which I felt was a very good way at giving the audience a way of knowing who the characters were and what they had that was unique to them. For an ending, it could be better. There wasn't really a resolution I felt to the series, and nothing really stood out as extraordinary when the series ended.
+ Introduction episodes for main characters
+ Good story pacing
- Bland base plot idea
- No real resolution in the end
Characters (8.33/10): For most slice of life's, good and memorable characters are usually required to make the show interesting and overall a good show in general. And Working!!, certainly has that.
For the main cast, we vary from all different ends of the spectrum. We have the main protagonist obsessed with cute things, Takanashi Souta, Taneshima Popura, who is ironically nicknamed Poplar, given her size, (Poplar trees are quite tall in nature.) and Mahiru Inami, which to me, has a personality who reminds me of Arashiko from MM! (Basically, she has a fear of men, and instinctively punches them in the face if they get too close.) As well, as a whole other smorgasbord of characters of whom all have quite interesting and memorable personalities.
In terms of supporting cast, we don't have as large of a cast as other animes, but for what we do get, we get characters who are quite memorable to some extent. Character's like Souta's family of four sisters, Inami's parents, and some random ones that appear for periods of time.
The show uses its characters well, making its bland plot idea very flavorful and colorful due to the fact that the characters that live in this world are very out there in terms of personalities, and create some great and wonderful funny moments. The interactions between these characters are very prominent in the series and as such, make the series what it is.
There are however, some downfalls. The biggest one I see, is the fact that the anime sometimes doesn't do a good job on utilizing its main characters to their fullest capacity. What I mean by this, is the fact that they don't use all of their main characters as well as they could. Towards the end, the story rather than focusing on all 8 of the main characters as they had done previously, only really focused on 2 characters, making everyone else feel somewhat obsolete and pushed into the supporting character roles. To say that they didn't get any proper screen time is an overstatement, but I would've personally liked to have seen more of the other characters rather than the two that the series focused on at the end.
+ Memorable main cast
+ Good supporting cast
- Little screen time for most of the main cast towards the end
Art and Sound (7.34/10): Working!! was animated by A-1 pictures, who you may know for animating anime such as Anohana, Oreimo, and the ever debated Sword Art Online.
In terms of art, the anime gives off a light feel to it. Everything from the background to the actual characters themselves are drawn in this semi-neon color palette where everything gives off a shade of white. Everything looks rather simple, which for me, fits perfectly with the simple and easy storyline that the anime is following.
On the other hand, we get chibi moments for whenever the comedy occurs. All of these parts drawn in this style have your ordinary chibi feel to it where they all have a rather simple style to follow. Not to say it's bad, but it doesn't really look out of this world amazing.
In terms of sound, the anime features some pretty energetic and surprisingly catchy and memorable tracks for their opening and ending songs. Their not bad in terms of listening to them, as they are quite catchy and energetic, but on the wow factor of anime songs, there are certainly more well known tracks out there to listen to. But for what it's worth, they are good songs.
+ Good light colored art
+ Catchy songs
- Somewhat generic looking chibi art
Personal Enjoyment (8.45/10): For slice of life's, I always look for something unique to really grip me into the show. There has to be something great and memorable to watch, if I'm going to continue watching it. For this show, it was definitely the memorable characters.
To say that I loved this show to death, is an overstatement. To say I liked this show? I'll give it that. It's not a complicated show and it's not too simple. Working!! has that very simple idea of slice of life animes that I like, combined with a more deeper connection between characters that you get more out of most slice of life animes. It has that very nice feel good feel to it where you can watch one episode or two at a time, then continue it without problem some other time. It's not complex, it's not simple, it's just a very charming little show that talks about the ins and outs of people at a workplace.
Overall Score: (7.73/10) read more
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
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
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.
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
Both have a female with androphoia who is trying to overcome it with the help from her friends, and just that 1 male who is basically the punching bag.
Both anime has something to do with overcoming something. Both has comedy and romance but MM! i would say has more romance than working
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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