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Working - Best comedy series of the last years?

Review 10. April 2011 22:20


Let's go ahead with another review, this time we'll talk about a very famous manga/anime series that got recently the spotlight for a second season anime adaptation.

I'm talking about Working, a series based on the original work by Karino Takatsu.


Let's start with a synopsis :

Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16 year old high school student Takanashi Souta works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Taneshima Popura, a high school girl who's a year older than Souta who's easily mistaken for a elementary/middle schooler, and Shirafuji Kyoko the 28-year old store manager who doesn't bother to do any work at all.

This is THE comedy/slice of life series, it embodies everything a series of these two genres should have (funny jokes, unlinked/unrelated episode plot, etc...)


The series setting is quite fresh (never heard anything like that to be honest) and the execution of the story very good thanks maybe to very strong characters.

One thing you'll notice from the start is that the series allow you to know each of the character strong points slowly using easy to remember antics. (Who can forgot Mahiru's androphobia?)


Most of the jokes end up recurring around these antics like the Mahiru's Androphobia, Popura's hate to get called "little", Yachiyo working around with a katana or simply the manager not working eating parfait.

You may think "but that way won't get boring in the long run?", but well...I thought the same, but here I am searching for more Working! Laughing


The characters in the series are all likable and with very particular traits (other than all of them having different hair colour) that it'll make very easy to distinguish between them.  (Popura's low height, Mahiru power punch, Yachiyo's Katana, Aoi's voice)

There is obviously no growth in the characters personality (otherwise it won't be a slice of life comedy series)


My favourite characters is by far Aoi Yamada, she's by far the most funny character in the series and she's voiced by Ryou Hirohashi that is one my top liked seiyuu so well...

Second place for Popura Taneshima, she's criminally cute in each and every thing she does. Also she's voiced by Kana Asumi (the same as Yunocchi from Hidamari sketch) that I also love. So what can possibly go wrong?


The graphical quality of the series is pretty high, I liked the girls design, but unfortunately the animation is sometimes very incomplete and not very consistent during the various episodes. (Hope for a better production for the second series)

The sound quality is outstanding in both Anime and Drama CD, with seiyuu like Jun Fukuyama in Takanashi Souta, Daisuke Ono in Jun Satou's role, Eri Kitamura in Yachiyo Todoroki's role, etc... it's a wonderful thing to listen.


Concluding, if you are looking for a funny comedy/slice of life series this is more than suggested as the great quality of jokes and the relative good aura of the Wagnaria workplace is great to have some relaxing hours!

See you soon,


Discussion (16) -

4/10/2011 11:55:49 PM #

Ephemeral Dreamer

Yep, this was a funny series! Personally, I liked the manga more though, especially since it had more of Takanashi's sisters, who are my favorite characters.

Ephemeral Dreamer | 52 Comments - starstarstar | Reply

4/11/2011 7:59:42 AM #


I like just the "little" one, the other are....not my type...

feal87 | | Reply

4/12/2011 4:27:56 PM #


I highly anticipate season 2

baka~ | 124 Comments - starstarstarstar | Reply

4/12/2011 5:00:30 PM #


More Yamada!!! *_*

feal87 | | Reply

4/12/2011 5:29:17 PM #


I like the manga more than the Anime but the Anime was fun in its own way. Really enjoyed the first season and looking forward to the second! My only gripe with the Anime? They didn't keep Nakahara Mai for Mahiru. Don't get me wrong, Fujita Saki is pretty decent. It's just that Mai was better at doing ear-piercing screams than Fujita based on what I've heard in the drama CDs.

Keiri | 94 Comments - starstarstar | Reply

4/12/2011 5:37:22 PM #


Well, it's nice to have variety and a different feeling between drama cd and anime so I'm ok this way. The same voice too much will tire sometimes.

feal87 | | Reply

4/13/2011 4:25:10 PM #


Working!! is evil.

It has awakened the lolicon in me.

du5k | 45 Comments - starstar | Reply

4/13/2011 4:36:28 PM #



feal87 | | Reply

11/16/2011 3:10:07 PM #


i open a land mine of so fun and so cute series here... done episodes 1-6 already... it's hard to resist... so cute Poplar-chan and i love Yachiyo-san... and everyone is so fun... and His Older sisters are all beauty... and little sister is cute and so dependable...can't get enough... will continue now on storming each episodes : >

Anon... | 201 Comments - starstarstarstarstar | Reply

11/16/2011 3:17:29 PM #


Oh yeah, Working is pure fun, the first season maybe focus a bit too much on Inami, but the second one is correcting that problem as well.

feal87 | | Reply

11/16/2011 3:23:29 PM #


i think its fine not to hold back watching them all in one go : >... with the season II there so there's lots more... since i can't stop... i want more of her older sisters : >... and anyone who see's our so cute Poplar will awaken like "du5k" and me... above this^...haha : >

Anon... | 201 Comments - starstarstarstarstar | Reply

11/16/2011 3:25:32 PM #


Ahahah, "私わちっちゃくないよ!!!"

Go ahead and let us know!

feal87 | | Reply

11/17/2011 9:29:45 AM #


done with the season one... oh my!... can't get enough of her Big Sister's and little sister too also Poplar-chan... so cute!...

... love Yachiyo's and Poor Sato's scenes...

... this series runs almost on the Inami's Phobia of Mens line... want more of my favorites in focus... going to Season II...

Anon... | 201 Comments - starstarstarstarstar | Reply

11/17/2011 10:13:14 AM #


Yamada?! Why don't you love Yamada?! She's so cute! She's mine!

Btw yes, little sister + Poplar make a great pair.

Let's see what you'll think of season 2!

feal87 | | Reply

11/17/2011 2:19:43 PM #


ooohh... Yamada and i wont get along... (Both spoiled)... happy going in the Season II with the change in Anime quality haha though i know I and II has a year? difference in airing... just happy since for me it hasn't been a week from I to II... want to see MY Big sisters but they're not at the episode 1 yet : >

Anon... | 201 Comments - starstarstarstarstar | Reply

11/17/2011 2:31:21 PM #


Ahahah, they don't appear in the first couple of episode, but worry not. They have big roles in a while...

feal87 | | Reply

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