WORKING’!! – 08
「嗚呼、妹よ」 (Aa, Imōto yo!)
“Oh, My Sister!”
This week’s sister theme really allowed for some balance between comedy and character development.
The series once again visits Souta’s despair at not having a cute little sister anymore. At his wit’s end, he desperately asks Popura to be his sister for the day which alienates Inami. Though this isn’t much of a problem for her since she turns a blind eye to it and quickly forgets about his weirdness when Hiroomi gets Souta to call a younger Inami cute (which she records). Inami is pretty obsessed over Souta but it’s nice to see her try so hard. It was funny seeing the staff try to help Souta out. Kyouko’s attempt at shrinking the number of shifts he works was pretty pathetic though.
Looking past all the comedy, what really interested me were all the little hints at Aoi’s life prior to Wagnaria. It would seem like Hiroomi knows more about Aoi than he lets on when he busts out the “kiribana” wordplay to see how she would react. When Hiroomi accurately predicts where Kirio would end up, he asks him about his mother which didn’t leave a very reassuring answer that their mom cares. And judging from Aoi’s reaction to the girl with her mother at the mall, it doesn’t seem that pleasant. It could be that she is just ignored/neglected since her mom is “busy” with work (judging from Aoi’s attempts at getting attention at Wagnaria) or worse. Still it’s odd that she tries to find a “brother” amidst all this because if Kirio really is related, he seems to love her enough to look for her. All she seems to be looking for is someone to pay attention to her.
The way the staff was protecting the people they love from Kirio and Hiroomi’s attempt at sabotaging Kirio’s attempts at seeing Aoi really put the “family” in family restaurant. Not only are the customers families but the staff itself functions as a family as well. Hiroomi’s soft spot for Aoi is interesting since he’s usually sadistic. The sister theme tied the episode together really well and served as a great lead for the latter part of the episode.
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