Note: Don't read review if you haven't watched previous seasons of Working!! due this containing info on the latest season!
This concludes the Working!! series and I've gotta say, this episode ended the whole series so well and was able to leave everything on a surprisingly good note. As soon as you finish this episode, I can guarantee that you will be very reminiscent of all 3 seasons of Working!! and be glad you watched it.
Throughout this one episode, it helps reflect and showcase what the Working!! cast has accomplished in season 3 such as: (SPOILER)
- Aoi Yamada reconciling with her mother and brother, thus being
together with her real family
- Yachiyo and Sato having to be able to start an official relationship
- Inami losing her fear of men and prevents herself from punching them.
- Popura gaining new responsibilities by being promoted to Chief of the Wagnaria! restaurant.
Not only does this 49 min episode/special resolve Takanshi's problem with his mother which occurred in the previous season, but it also manages to have Takanashi and Inami's relationship grow as well. By the end, their odd friendship resulted into them loving each other and they become a couple.
What makes this episode so great in my opinion is that it shows again what the Working!! cast have been through and how they're able to officially resolve problems that affected them in the past. Though the problematic situations they faced are unrealistic to a certain extent, how they all are able to overcome these challenges is what made me like it so much. It felt engaging and made you care more about the characters (even if you haven't before).
The best thing about Working!! is that you begin to care more about the characters and love each quirk they have. They feel almost like family; and when they move on in life (like Yachiyo for example) you can't help but hope for the best for them despite them not being real people.
I would have to say the only downside to this episode is how it had to be separate from the 3rd season. Because in actuality, this is supposed to be the last episode of that season. So if you decided to treat this as it's own individual episode (like an OVA) it wouldn't be right since this is continuing off right where season 3 ended.
But overall, I would have to say this one of the best ways to end Working!! as a whole. I can't think of a better way to end the whole franchise. When I finished this episode, I couldn't help but feel this empty place in my heart to be honest. Sure I sound really sappy, but it makes the viewer remember what Working!! has done and completes the journey you've watched. And this episode does such a splendid job on ending the journey.
(Thanks for reading my review! I know it may not seem that good. But I don't write reviews often so that's why it doesn't seem as professional compared to others. Those who read my review, I hoped you at least enjoyed it!)
This will be a short review void of any spoilers for the 3rd season of Working!! and its hour long finale.
What a great end to the season of Working!!! and the series as a whole. Unlike most Slice of Life/Comedy anime, this season has a lot of closure, the characters grow up and mature a lot from the first season and all the side stories/teasing relationships you thought were just running gags all get fitting and nice resolutions to bring them to a close, with the finale bringing the main characters problems & relationship to a heart warming ending.
To anybody who has enjoyed the previous
seasons with all the different characters quirks and personalities and to anyone who enjoyed the funny little side stories that involved all these characters you will surely love this last season and its finale.
So this is really the cherry on top of the first three seasons. The main reason this episode came out was to wrap up everything that was left hanging at the end of the third season; Takanashi's mother and Inami's feelings and Taneshima becoming the next chief.
This episode really doesn't deviate too much from the aura that the first three seasons had. It wasn't just some OVA episode that had nothing to do with the main story, in fact, this is essential to finishing up the story. It's ambience doesn't change much except for some small heartwarming scenes and the addition of Takanshi's
Nothing too special except for some of the crying scenes or reaction scenes.
They really reused a bunch of ost that have already been placed and it feels nostalgic actually if you've been following the Wagnaria!! series since it was released, but I can't give it a higher rating under good conscience.
This is where the show truly shines. Every character has their own personality and their own way of creating humorous scenes. No character truly ever gets the short end of the stick, you get a good handful of their personality and that is what makes this show great. There is a large amount of character development as well.
The majority of the comedy this show brings is like the rest of the three seasons; slapstick comedy and comedy based on misunderstandings. But, that's not to say it wasn't good. For a 50 minute episode, it was awesome.
If you watched the first three seasons, there is no reason to not watch this. It wraps everything up very satisfyingly and the ending to this episode is very heart warming.
Meeting new characters, seeing them grow, and having fun with them. Being there- being part of everyone's adventure at Wagnaria is an adventure itself. Everything has been memorable and precious.
I don't know how to explain this sensation in my heart, but I'm overflowing with joy. The finalie was so fulfilling and satisfying; it was perfect. The only way to end such a wonderful show.
This feeling that Working!! has given me will keep me warm for a long time to come.
"Thank you! Please come again."
*This is the review of Working!! as a series, and not just this episode in particular*
The story was light, but also has
depth. It had the right mix of elements- making great use of a family restaurant setting to bring about its slice of life and comedy, and the skillful portrayal of characters and their growth bore tension and romance.
Chances are if you're reading this review or watching this special episode of Working!, you've already seen the first 3 seasons. If you haven't, I'd recommend you go do that first.
Now that that's out of the way, there's actually not a whole lot to say - it makes me happy to say that this special is everything a Working! fan could have possibly hoped for in the context of an ending. How many SoL shows have broken fans hearts by constantly teasing us with closure but never letting it happen? "Lord of the Takanashi" spoils the loyal viewers by shattering every SoL trope a weary
fan of the genre has come to expect, and it does it in a uniquely hilarious fashion only Working! can deliver.
Pretty much every story arc of Working! comes to an acceptable end here. It is a bit heartbreaking in a sense because this is the last piece of Working! animation we will ever get - but it's also extremely satisfying and fun to watch. You'll laugh, you'll blush, you might even shed a tear. Please don't hesitate to watch this if you are a fan - it's hard to imagine you'd be disappointed in this if you've come this far in the Working! franchise.
With this episode, Wagnaria is officially over, unless you count the spinoff.
Story: This episode ties together everything regarding Takanashi and Inami's relationships. Its initial story seems weird, and that teaser from the 13th episode doesn't help either, but the pacing of this episode allows for everything to close out on the right foot. The only thing that may strike as awkward is the fact that although a special, it's necessary to watch in order to get a conclusion with the story. But even with that, it's obvious that you'd watch this episode anyway, so it's not that bad.
Art: It's the same as the 3rd season,
so no change there. See my review on the third season for my opinion on it.
Sound: Same standard stuff, but the first opening comes back for the ending, which I felt ended the show even better than if they used the regular season 3 ending song.
Character: Everyone in this episode seems to change just a slight bit. Inami changes the most, however, due to this episode being centered on her. I won't talk about the plot, but I will say that the changes that occur to the characters due to this special are ones that I like.
Enjoyment: This special was an enjoyable last episode for me. Everything was finished, wrapped up, and packaged with a bow. All conflicts had been resolved, and all future questions all disappear with this episode. Even Todoroki gives an explanation for her predicament, effectively finishing out that conflict.
Overall: Not much else to say here, so I'll make it brief. This special was a great way to end the show. Although the plot could have been condensed into the regular 23ish minutes, they made it 49. That extra time gave me even more time to watch what is now one of my favourite series, so I enjoyed this very much. To wrap up this review, overall, this special was a fitting conclusion to a great anime.
I'll honestly admit wholeheartedly that I teared up to point of almost crying towards the end of this special. Not because it was sad, hell no. But ever since I started this series, it seriously felt like I have made friends whom have fun together, play together, and tease each other over the most simplest matters. This, in my opinion, was a fantastic way to end off the series by using all the development that was built up by the past three seasons.
For my personal thoughts on the special, Working!!(!) did a great job on conveying the feelings and
personalities of each character in the series, and that is seen especially within this special. Each character had their spotlight to highlight what they are known for without using up too much or too little with the time that was given. Some gripe I had watching this on the other hand is that the main "plot" did not actually start until a little bit before the midway point. What led up to it was your classic and love able slice of life comedy that the series has always showed. This is not much of a problem per ce because it did a good job setting up the final push of a certain couple (and mind you, that Scott Pilgrim gauntlet sequence was just gold).
On a more critical tone, Working!!(!) Lord of the Takanashi did not much of a story in how it was presented. Throughout the 50 minutes of this airing on my screen, most of this consisted of comedy and random antics that the characters have done in the past three seasons. Looking at it from a different angle, this special could have just been done in a normal length episode instead of 50 minutes if it took the route of purely just wrapping up unfinished character x character tropes.
But who am I kidding, there isn't much to complain about especially if you're a fan of this series. Like myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this special in almost all aspects.
Story 7/10 (I explained earlier)
Art 8/10 (Has the same charm as past seasons)
Sound 9/10 (Timing of the music with the instrumentals of previous pieces just adds a wonderful cherry on top)
Character 10/10 (They grow up just way to fast! buhuhuhu...)
The Working!! series ended so perfectly with this episode. It wrapped up any loose ends that may have been left out in a way that is both satisfying and "nostalgia-invoking?". Watching this episode will, without a doubt make the viewer reminisce and think back on the past 3 seasons and how far each character has grown (whether in height or as a person). If you've watched the Working!! series up till season 3, not watching this would be straight out foolish (haha). The episode bids a final farewell to staff of Wagnaria, which although leaves a certain emptiness in my heart, makes me (for a
lack of better words) happy to have stumbled upon this gem of a franchise.