WORKING’!! – 13 (END)
「さよならぽぷら」 (Sayonara, Popura )
Maya speaks yet again! Following in similar fashion, we are once again graced with a new-ish character as we have in the past with such additions as Kirio and the twins. Her words mark the end for WORKING’!! It’s not really a surprise that she did get lines and screen time again since it was the same deal with season one’s finale. Her involvement with this week’s episode really did leave me wishing that she had interacted more with our main cast throughout the season though. She contrasts with the over-the-top cast by adding balance and common sense but can be quite silly herself. By comparison, the cast makes her seem normal which oddly enough seems to be something she doesn’t want to hear from others. But as with most good things, less might actually be more.
Aoi continues being quite the white elephant. She’s an expert when it comes to the broken items report sheet and its placement and an “expert” on taking tests. With her patented Yama-dash she speeds to conclusions which leads our cast into despair over the thought of Popura possibly quitting Wagnaria.
Popura quitting brought up some questions as to the what Jun and Souta would do if she did quit. We have Yachiyo telling Jun that she wouldn’t know what to do if he quit working at Wagnaria and Hiroomi taking advantage of the situation to tease Jun further. Then Inami asks whether Souta would quit since she was the reason he came to work there in the first place. They both pacify their “partner’s” concerns saying they would go on. I find it quite funny that Jun and Souta need Popura. Jun needs her for stress relief while Souta needs her cuteness. I just need her there because it wouldn’t be the same without her. It was nice to see that the cast supporting her decision to quit should she decide to focus on the future even though they would greatly miss her.
I’m going to keep it short since not much has changed from the first season. Even with all the commotion about Popura, we still leave this series the way we found it. As Divine has pointed out in the past, there isn’t much depth (in regards to a plot) in this anime. One of the things with most slice-of-life/comedy shows is that the status quo reigns supreme which is why it isn’t very surprising we only got teased with the possibility of change in the various relationships. Kirio never ends up meeting Aoi, Jun never manages to confess to Yachiyo, and neither does Inami to Souta. There was no better way to get this point across than to have Popura find out she had not actually grown at all. WORKING!!’s way of spicing things up is to add something new to the mix almost every week (such as bringing in a character we don’t get to see often). With that said, it’s still a great show for those not expecting much other than the occasional laugh.
* Figured people wouldn’t mind a little delay since a the week is going to be thin on anime material and everyone is probably busy with the holidays. Anyway, Happy Holidays to all!
* The episode had a similar shot to season one’s ending.
* Fixed! [More] Proper (END) post LOL.