WORKING’!! – 05
「ワグナリアの巨大な胃袋」 (Wagunaria no Kyodai na Ibukuro)
Wagnaria’s Big Stomach
Another week at Wagnaria yet we don’t actually see much working (big surprise there). That holds true of course unless you count Maya who is always silently and diligently working in the background. The lack of working was the main focus this week with Kyouko’s actions taking center stage. Not only does she do nothing around the restaurant but also manages to consume much of the ingredients. Between the breaks, the odd personalities, and Kyouko eating more food than is probably being made for the customers, I continually wonder how Wagnaria is still open for business. The only thing that could stop Kyouko’s gluttony is the fear of losing her job and the place where she can freely (emphasis on freely) feed her hunger. Her growling stomach sounded like a clip of an audience from a game show when they say “awww” when someone loses. What would she do without Wagnaria?
Souta’s love of all things small and cute takes a step in the wrong direction this week when he finds a young girl behind the restaurant. I was thinking the exact same thing Popura was thinking when he ran in with the girl in his arms…Call the cops! It’s really scary how normal Souta seems to be then turn into such a creeper. His whole spiel about the play date/babysitting and raising some lost girl wasn’t helping his image. Though you still have to pity the guy since he gets so much crap from his three older siblings, I might just hate older people too if I felt they were all like the older women in his life. I feel like he’s one of those people who might snap one day and turn into a real kidnapper.
WORKING’!! likes to recycle its gags. Every week we see much of the same scenes: Popura being treated as a child, Aoi’s struggle to get the attention she feels she deserves, Jun getting wrapped around Yachiyo’s finger, Hiroomi’s evil intent, etc. but it’s never really a problem when the jokes stay funny. The show makes great use of the cast. It changes things up enough to keep it feeling fresh and hasn’t felt slow or failed to make me laugh yet.
Note: I guess I’ll be taking over this show for Divine.