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「スランプの理由」 (Suranp no Wake)
“Cause of the Slump”

Ah, the Takanashi women. I still remember how they were first introduced in episode four of season one and could’ve easily turned the show into a household sitcom. However, things turned out even better when Souta’s elementary school sister Nazuna (Saitou Momoka) started volunteering at Wagnaria and misunderstood her brother’s relationship with Mahiru. The natural extension of that seems to be passing on a different misunderstanding to the always lethargic Izumi (Hikasa Youko), who just for the record, is amazingly cute when she’s dressed in white.

I’ve heard Youko in a fair amount of roles since the first season aired in spring 2010, so I couldn’t shake the feeling that she voiced Izumi a little different than before. It could’ve simply been the amount of focus on Izumi this episode, but she seemed to have a lot more expression in her voice than I remember. In any case, she was a lot of fun to watch after she mistook Popura as Souta’s girlfriend and thought her brother’s as a pedophile. It was fun seeing a very different side to her, much like it was with Kazue (Shiraishi Ryouko) when she failed to hide her concern about Izumi running away from home. In Izumi’s case, it doesn’t look like anyone’s going to clear up her confusion anytime soon either, seeing as Nazuna still thinks Souta’s in a masochistic relationship with Mahiru, so I’m really looking forward to the moment she steps into Wagnaria and misunderstands everything first-hand. I really hope that’s in store this season, because I already got a good laugh from her conversation with Kozue (Itou Shizuka).

As for Aoi, her misery almost always results in my enjoyment, so when she complains about how she still has to wear an “in training” badge when Nazuna doesn’t, you can be sure that I’m reveling in every minute of it. Aoi’s great for comedic relief when someone gets the better of her and there was plenty of that to go around this episode. Both her and Popura are so simple-minded that’s it’s not only funny but cute to watch. It’s kind of crazy how Nazuna’s more perceptive to people’s feelings than even Souta, who will be forever blinded by his traumatically-induced mini complex. Because of her perfect ways, I definitely want to see her make more appearances at the restaurant, as I do with all of Souta’s sisters. Judging from the preview, the next episode looks like it’ll have some Jun x Yachiyo moments, plus a chance encounter with Otoo-san’s wife, which I’m all for as well.

* Full-length images: 11, 16, 18, 31.



October 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm
  • October 16, 2011 at 11:53 pmYalvyn

    Need More chefxchief.

  • October 16, 2011 at 11:55 pmhaseo0408

    Yes Takanashi sisters, there is something wrong with your brother´s brain but at least he is not a pedophile, he´s just a guy with a very bizare liking for cute and small things, including a girl who is actually older than him. Yes, that sounds better.

  • October 16, 2011 at 11:56 pmClick

    Oh, Working’!!’s still getting coverage? Way cool.

    Anyways, I’m super super happy that the Takanashi household got another episode. They’re so hilarious that they deserve a series of their very own.

    • October 17, 2011 at 12:35 amDivine

      For now, since I had time to do it. If it turns out I have time for another Saturday show, I think it might be more worthwhile to cover C3 though.

      • October 17, 2011 at 12:47 amClick

        Ah, sounds pretty sick either way. But if you do have time for another show, WORKING’!! may actually be a better choice than C³, since the former already has at least 3 posts under it rather than just a Series Introduction.

        Anyways, that’s just my 2 cents as a reader I guess. It wouldn’t even bother me if both shows went uncovered, since neither of which were going to be covered after their first posts.

      • October 17, 2011 at 1:25 amZen

        C3 is a pretty interesting show. The first 2 episodes were mostly your typical happy-go-lucky romantic comedy fare, that is until all hell broke loose, shifting things from carefree to somber in an instant. Probably one of the more innovative romantic comedies this season, with the use of two drastically different atmospheres, and a tormented heroine with two different personalities parallel to each atmosphere…hmm, reminds me of Blood-C…apples and oranges, I know, but they both use contrasting atmospheres and protean personalities…

      • October 17, 2011 at 1:28 amChaos2Frozen

        Tough choice between Working’!! and C3 ^^;

        This is just my opinion… While I do like Working’!! ALOT, everybody knows it’s a good show already from it’s past record as well as popular response. C3 on the other hand is a new show with good potential that not many people would give it a try after it’s misleading first episode.

        P.S- btw you haven’t uploaded C3′s ED yet ^^;

      • October 17, 2011 at 2:13 amCorn

        I would like it if you could continue covering Working than C3. We already have enough animes with naked girls as it already is LOL

      • October 17, 2011 at 3:33 amKinny Riddle

        At first I thought C3 was just another fanservicey loli anime, then the plot of the second part of episode 2 took a sudden turn towards the dark side with some epic action to complement it.

        While it’s not quite the “Tomoe Mami gets her head bitten off” moment, this series might still be worthy of a coverage ONLY if you have time, Divine.

      • October 17, 2011 at 10:12 amhaseo0408

        I agree, I love the comedy of this crazy family restaurant but C3 has turned out to be better than expected, especialy the last episode, at least for me that is.

      • October 17, 2011 at 11:26 amAlec

        Imo, C3 just got even more annoying. I’d rather see more Aoi than see more of that self-destructive emo girl in C3. It’s just me though.

      • October 17, 2011 at 5:43 pmDivine

        Hmm, it’s not a good sign for WORKING when talk about blogging C3 gets more comments than the episode itself.

      • October 19, 2011 at 6:05 pmmac65

        C³ reminds me of Yumekui Merry on steroids – both in the drama and in the
        quiet/playful parts. It’s caught my interest, but I’m holding off on judgement.

        Oops! This isn’t the C³ fourm?! … You sure? I hate it when that happens –>

        I thought Working’s jokes would become a re-hash from its 1st season. I’m happy
        that the writers are working hard against that. The voices and their timing are there, too.
        I’m wondering if his remaining 2 sisters will think he has a relationship with different
        girls at the restaurant… Will he be paired with the manager?

        Nazuna is definitely a surprise – a polar opposite manipulator of Hiroomi – I
        wonder if there’ll be a show about those – not in a romantic way, though, kinda
        like each trying to out manoeuvre the other. But maybe Nazuna’s too sweet for that…?

  • October 17, 2011 at 12:24 amZen

    The sisters were a much needed breath of fresh air after after x episodes of constant reimplemented running jokes. Here is a comedy show that does what it does quite well, but is risk-averse, tending to stick to what it knows instead of mixing up the gags, and therefore lacks the randomness factor that is present in some other comedies like Nichijou and Ika-musume. So a shifting some focus onto other characters was a good way to break up the routine and introduce some much-needed variety.

  • October 17, 2011 at 12:44 amOliviaven

    !!! Ah…..she tied up her hair. I envy her, my cats will never cuddle up with me. My cats bite……

  • October 17, 2011 at 3:29 amKinny Riddle

    Anyone here thinks Nazuna may be more than meets the eye? One only needs to see how she easily manipulates Poplar and Aoi to understand why. lol

    Not only is Izumi in white cute, she has a ponytail. <3

    • October 17, 2011 at 6:09 pmkarice67

      >Anyone here thinks Nazuna may be more than meets the eye?

      That’s precisely what she’s like: at the very least, Nazuna rivals Souma in terms of manipulative capability ^^

      The relative silence about Working’!! this week may be because most people haven’t actually gotten a chance to watch it yet. Seems like there was a delay at CR for some reason or other…

  • October 17, 2011 at 3:33 amZaku Fan

    This was a great episode.

    Now in addition to yamada and Poplar, i have to add Izumi to the list of wonderfully funny characters in the series. Her lack of physical strength and stamina, in addition to her habits like crawling around, is so ridiculous that i see a lot more jokes coming from that.

  • October 17, 2011 at 6:33 amaiueo123

    They made the Takanashi sisters too small lol. The sisters are supposed to be bigger than Souta, which induce his mini-con sickness from being bullied by her older sisters XD.

  • October 17, 2011 at 10:30 amBizarro

    I enjoy the series for the most part. But the punching which started off funny, has got to the point where it is annoying.

  • October 17, 2011 at 7:04 pmliz

    lol im kind of rooting for popura and satou because its always so amusing when he bullies her plus he looks like he has alot of fun doing it lol. The chemistry is so funny. This show is a breath of freshair and i embrace every minute of it ^_^

  • October 18, 2011 at 1:41 amdarkloco

    Just got to love the sisters, and how they each bring a different type of comedy to the show. I cant even choose which one i like more. Hope they show more of them in the episodes to come.

  • October 18, 2011 at 11:59 amLC

    Without a decently subbed episode, your review makes me hope that one will turn up soon because I’m missing out. I’m glad that brought back Souta’s sisters because they add more entertainment to the bunch.

    • October 18, 2011 at 12:13 pmDivine

      According to CR, there’s been a “production delay” for episode 3, so they won’t simulcast it until next week. I presume no group was planning to sub it because it’s simulcast on the first day it airs.

      Availability for Wagnaria!! 2: There has been a production delay in Japan and episode 3 has been postponed till next week. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. We will be working hard to release the video ASAP next week.

      That’s odd though, because the episode did air.

      • October 18, 2011 at 3:56 pmKarmafan

        Only Working 3 subs out are from a newer group and their subs are so awful (prolly used google or bing) I need a subbed version of the subs that they did just to understand the episode.

    • October 19, 2011 at 4:25 pmStyfles

      try animeseason.com? I watched it there with subs :)