Dec 30, 2015
Please do not be fooled by my score! I really enjoyed this show! (My rating system is a little strange, especially for animated shorts.)
This special starts off in charming fashion with a combined effort "irasshaimase" (welcome) from Wakaba, Moeko, and Mao, while Nao (glasses-kun) huddles in the corner. Hell yes, a maid cafe episode! When Moeko suggests that they all go somewhere during Golden Week, Wakaba informs her friends that she can get them a job at a maid cafe. But as it turns out, it's all a setup by Wakaba's exceedingly wealthy family--a cafe that they run for fun. What follows is a
hilarious series of failures, surprise talents, and even a magical girl transformation. Wakaba's uncanny ineptitude to deliver a tray of waters, Mao's culinary prowess, and Nao's embarassing otaku display were the highlights of the episode, and frankly a great way to spend 8 minutes. The special is capped off in traditional Wakaba fashion as she and her family attempt to pay off friends and customers alike with ludicrous sums of money. Truly, an inspiration to ojousamas everywhere!
Wakaba Girl is a great little series to watch if you are a fan of anime comedy and the moe genre as a whole. The only things that stop it from receiving top marks are the lack of strong underlying themes (it is pretty much a pure comedy) and its short duration, which make it difficult to build tension and set up epic scenes. But as a light-hearted comedy, Wakaba Girl excels.
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