WORKING’!! – 11
「決意ですが、何か？」 (Ketsui Desu ga, Nani ka?)
“It’s Resolve, Is That a Problem?”
I have to say that this was one of the most random episodes of WORKING!! I have ever seen. While in the past I’ve complained that some episodes weren’t as funny as others, this one felt like it came from way out of left field. The increased focus on the slice-of-life aspect of the show really surprised me.
The episode starts off similar enough with Aoi losing Daisy. Aoi’s comment about it being a product of their love was really in the spirit of the comedic misunderstanding. Of course, while they were looking for the bear no work actually gets done in this place.
The real focus of the episode was the Jun x Yachiyo dynamic that was explored a little bit more two episodes back. After overhearing Jun talking about liking someone, it was nice to see Yachiyo get a little flustered, worried, and jealous. Her stammering about not being worried about Jun reminded me of Aoi (a tsundere) in Beelzebub. While we didn’t get a confession from Jun to Yachiyo, I like that he gave himself an ultimatum. I don’t remember it being brought up before but finding out Jun has been interested in Yachiyo for 4 years is enlightening. It might actually be good for him to do this since it is an incentive to get something done. At least we know that if being a cook doesn’t work out for Jun, he can become a hair stylist. The music was very fitting and this whole portion of the episode reminded me of slower romance/drama shows like Kimi ni Todoke.
The most interesting part of the episode was the interlude with Nazuna. It was nice to get to see the Takanashi household through the eyes of another family member without much involvement from Souta. It reminded me of the Izumi episode. In her effort to grow up we get to see the secret to Nazuna’s growth: milk, exercise, and lots of sleep. The Takanashi sisters are an interesting bunch. I found the phone parts funny. They were both really fast. Trying to grab a shot of Kazue checking her phone before slamming it down took some real effort on my part.
Overall, I kind of like the change of pace. Shows like these can get stale quickly. Going off on tangents like these can help stir the pot.
* Sorry for the delay! Family stuff and laziness.
* Twin-tail Popura actually looks cute. I wouldn’t mind seeing her like that more often.
* While other lawyers might figuratively throw the book at them, Kazue really does throw the Six Codes at them!
* I didn’t get the joke Jun tried to pull at the end of the episode with the water and medicine. Anyone care to explain?