Servant x Service is a hilarious 4-koma manga that eventually finds a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy center.
The manga mostly focuses on three new civil service workers:
- Lucy, who is overly sensitive about her name, and is completely oblivious
- Hasabe, a genius slacker and a flirt
- Saya, who is very quiet and tends to attract talkative types to herself
Joining them is a part-timer with an acid tongue, a supervisor with zero self-confidence, his sister who has a massive brother complex, and a boss who is actually a shut-in that communicates through a stuffed animal.
It's a great cast, and there is a lot of humor just in
watching them all interact with each other. It's pure silliness, and a lot of fun.
What's surprising, however, is that there is actual character development that happens amidst the zaniness. The characters mature and learn. They fall in love. They develop their relationships and change their opinions of each other in realistic ways. It's not overly dramatic or monumental; there aren't teary-eyed confessions of love in airports, or dramatic partings at train stations, or promises of eternal commitment at hospitals. But if you stick with it, there are some surprisingly sweet moments of real people letting their emotions show through in real ways, and getting rewarded for it.
So if you like silly office humor or sweet romantic comedies, I strongly recommend you read Servant x Service.