Daisuke Higashida is a serious first-year student at Higashizaka High School. He lives a peaceful everyday life even though he is not satisfied with the family who doesn't laugh at all and makes him tired. However, his father's company goes bankrupt one day, and he can no longer afford allowances, cellphone bills, and commuter tickets. When his father orders him to take up a part-time job, Daisuke decides to work at a nearby family restaurant in order to avoid traveling 15 kilometers to school by bicycle.
I was so excited when I heard the news that they would be making another anime that was similar to Working! and I must say it's just as enjoyable to watch. It is almost quite literally the exact same show, they're in the same location (A different Wagnaria) but with new quirky and funny characters. It's like I'm re-watching one of my favorite shows all over, and I love it.
You can already see the potential love interests, a bunch of character specific interactions and many other funny side events taking place that will be running gags throughout the show. The art and music is on par with its spin-off counterpart, with it's catchy OP and ED.
But with that said the show doesn't come without it's flaws, the biggest one being they seem to be relying on some of the gags too much. Stuff like during one of the episodes they have a big time skip (1 year) so they could re-use Hana's deadly chocolate gag on valentines day, I mean.. what's the point of that? The show seems to be very hit or miss and its gags are kinda split up being on opposite sides of the spectrum, on one side you have a few awesome characters, the hilarious gags that come with them and some great development between them but on the other side you have kind of dull characters and just annoying gags that the show seems to be repeating, like the one I stated earlier.
The show also is also making character progression quite a lot faster then the other Working!, with two couples already dating (although one not being out of any kind of mutual liking of each other) so maybe if we're lucky we'll get a nice wrap-up like the original did a lot sooner.
Overall with the show having it's ups and downs I don't think it's quite as good as its predecessor but it's certainly still worth checking out.read more
Spinoff! Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? Hi I'm Lancehot & I'm reusing a Simpson's gag from nearly 20 years ago to bring you a preview of www.Working; another pointless spinoff to a somewhat popular series that doesn't need to exist or be watched. Hey, if 4Korma webcomic writers can reuse the same tired jokes again & again, so can I.
After three seasons & a double length finale, the Working!! series finally came to an end in Spring 2016. While never the most popular of shows, it managed to retain a large & loyal enough fanbase to not only see the original series adapted to completion, but also an adaptation of its spinoff webcomic version before the dust even had time to settle. Which begs the question: Is www.Working a final thank you from the producers to the fans, one last opportunity to enjoy the setting of Waganaria? Or is it a cynical attempt to squeeze one last round of blu-ray sales before the franchise is consigned to history?
Judged on the first four episodes, I'm inclined towards the latter. After an opening sequence that seems designed to invoke a sense of comforting familiarity in the audience, as the new cast get ready for a new day at work, the series' first let down walks into the restaurant to ask for a job. One look at Daisuke & you know he's going to be the most boring type of comic main character: the know-it-all straight man who snarkily despairs at the shenanigans going on around him but just can't help but keep getting involved. Sure, Souta could come across as a bit of an annoying, pervy sap, but at least he seemed to belong among the weirdos he worked with. Daisuke by contrast is the smug insert character type who's there so the author can laugh at their own bad jokes.
The new employees almost all come across as boring, unimaginative archetypes compared to their forebears. It's hard the pick a favourite: The enthusiastic idiot (Hana)? The excitable idiot (Takuya)? The weird one (Sayuri)? The other weird one (Miri)? The rich bitch (Shiho)? Maybe the Sailor Moon impersonator (Rui) is more your thing? Or the funny returnee (Kouki) who can't speak but apparently thinks in Japanese? Really so far the only character who has come close to being an interesting screen presence is Kondou, the layabout single mum college student. Otherwise, despite the majority of episodes so far having been focused on character introductions, there's nothing all that interesting to say about any of them, or any reason to care about what their stories might be going forward.
It doesn't help that there have been some half arsed attempts to make parallels between the two casts. Hana, like Mahiru, is prone to violently lashing out at others. But Mahiru did so because of androphobia, a condition that made her working at a restaurant so impractical that it worked as a joke. Hana, meanwhile, occasionally hits people because...because Mahiru did it? Otherwise she's just your normal ginger haired character, enthusiastic but dumb as a post & quickly paired off with Daisuke because that's how that works. & because the writers were really trying hard to come up with fresh ideas, we almost immediately get a pointless love polygon as Rui, who of course has an unconfessed crush on Daisuke, immediately misinterprets his spending time with Hana as romance. Must have been a long night in the writers room when they came up with that dynamic.
The gags thus far have all been predictable & old hat. Hana wants to be a chef but her cooking causes near death experiences? Hilarious. Sayuri freaks people out by serving & conversing with the ghost of an old man? Side splitting. Daisuke's family are comically blasé about his fathers business going bust despite it meaning he has to get a job? I'm holding back the tears. It doesn't help that Yumi Kamakura's directing is pretty lazy. Here's a tip: every time a 4korma adaption uses a titlecard screenwipe to transition between cuts, you're seeing a director admit they didn't put more thought into how to connect parts of a scene together. Since one happens almost every other minute, as well as there being not infrequent awkwardly long pauses as characters take several seconds too long to react, one can only assume that those involved thought they were done with the series after season three & just phoned this one in.
There are occasions when it seems like the production team actually felt enthused enough to get out of bed. The flashbacks to the childhood relationship between Shiho & Yuuta seem to have notably more thought into making them emotionally resonate with the audience than was put into making the comedy scenes funny. The recent test of courage episode was pretty well put together as well, although even they don't seem to know why they're doing it. I suppose the answer is because they're mostly teenagers & thus there's a mountain of high school anime out there to “borrow” from when the writers get bored with the restaurant setting.
Of course, it's only four episodes in, so there's always the possibility things will improve now the new characters have been introduced & the show can move on from trying to remind you of the original series to being its own thing. I'm not holding my breath, though. Based on what's been shown so far, www.Working seems like something that might have worked as a faster paced 5-10minute episode length series, but in its current form is a slow, unimaginative bore; with only the occasional flourish to keep it from being completely droppable. The only detectable enthusiasm in this production comes from the production committee, looking to reach into fans wallets one last time. Get your hand out of my trousers, Aniplex! I don't keep my wallet there!read more
I've been following the series of Wagnaria / Working since the first season and I am a card-carrying fan. It's probably one of my favorites slice of life anime. But I got so disappointed that I didn't even really mind to do a decent review, sorry about that, but it's true. The characters are very stereotyped, they all have cliché personalities and they have basically some forced and empty relationship, also, the humor is absolutely weak. I miss the previous characters so much, I miss the warm in the heart that Wagnaria used to cause in me so much. I miss the common days of trivial conversations and not so complicated plot whatsoever. Well, at least is how I feel.
I do not know if it's because typically Japanese jokes lose some sense when you hear in the Ocident or whether it was because the translation was not done well, but the jokes just didn't made much sense and not nearly were as funny as the previous seasons...
I'll keep watching, hoping it gets better, but honestly I don't feel like is gonna change. Call me nostalgic, yeah, I must be one.read more
natukasii ah ....
The intros for me to the anime world are Slam Dunk, Nichijou and Working.
This anime is just kinda of a rip-off of the "Working" franchise. But surprisingly, it turns out to be a not-so-bad idea. Since the original "Working" already had its own finale, it does make sense to start anew.
Like many other SOLs, this is not exactly a story-driven show. But instead, it focuses on the interactions and the chemistry between several characters, each with their own oddities.
As for the characters, Hana is my favourite. This is possibly due to her resemblance to Inami in Working. And also, her seiyuu sounds oddly attractive.
The show is aiming at the more lay-back type of the audiences, for its, to put to it mildly, lack of ambitions. But if you are just looking for some fun, it will definite be worth your time.
Would recommend it to anyone.
And also if you haven't watched "Working", you should.read more