Mar 14, 2019
There were no reviews for Working!!, so I decided I'd write one for people interested in reading it. I decided to read it after looking for more 4-koma style manga to read, and I'm glad I decided to do so. There are no spoilers in this review.
Story: The main plot that drives the manga is that our main character has been recruited to work at a family-style restaurant. While there (and occasionally at home and commuting) he interacts with a regular cast of employees, an irregular cast of visitors, and his own family members. There are subplots throughout the manga for almost each of the
regular characters as they deal with their own problems (good or bad), and they all help each other succeed in their lives. The author did drag some of these stories out too long, or extend them farther than they needed to by repeating some of the story (although enjoyable, I wanted the payoff!), but it was pretty well done for a feel-good manga.
Art: The art is very basic, nothing outstanding like scenes from Berserk but in a 4-koma you don't need quality, you just need consistency and for the art to nail reactions for punchlines. It was well done here, I love reaction faces being done well in comedy. Look forward to both foreground and background reaction faces that will have you smirking as you read.
Characters: Characters were, for the most part, well written. I think a couple of them were lazy, but they fit their role among all of the others so it worked out very well. You really do enjoy reading the interactions between the older and younger characters, the irregular visitors showing up when least expected and bringing instant comedy, and of course the romantic subplots which aren't diabetic while still giving you a 'rooting-for-them' kind of feeling. Within this type of manga, it can be hard to establish good character growth and I believe it was done well here.
Enjoyment/Overall: I loved this manga. It was something that I looked forward to reading every time I picked it up. I think something that authors struggle with in 4-koma is making the punchline feel natural, and there never felt like there were any really forced ones throughout reading this. There were lulls every once in a while where I was waiting to get back to the good stuff, but it never felt like I wanted to put it down, nor wish I could just finish reading it so I could be done with it. Rather, I'm disappointed that I've finished it so soon and wish I could re-read it again for the first time. It's not going to be in my favorite manga of all time, but it will always be something I recommend to someone as a great read.
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