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「お仕事は, 慌てず, 騒がず, 投げ出さず」 (Oshigoto wa, Awatezu, Sawagazu, Nagedasazu)
“Work, Unfazed, Fuss, Tossed Aside”

That OP is borderline hypnotic.

Though I’m still not rolling in tears from the comedy in SxS, I do have to admit that I find the series hugely charming in its appeal. There’s a sort of knowing, smile-inducing feel to the adventures of this quirky health office that win over in chuckles and silliness as well as in those nods to what real life is like in such lines of work. Some of my favorite moments this episode include Chihaya-chan’s secret obsession with cosplay (I see a self-reference by A-1 to Vividred, for one thing), Lucy’s attempt to act ditzy for the sake of cheering Saya up and Hasebe’s resulting teasing, and Ichimiya-san being mistaken for a pimp (or something of the sort anyway). But even through these larger than life examples of humor, there’s definitely some real detail in what civil service is. Saya’s feelings of ineptitude, her easygoing personality attracting clients for the wrong reason, Hasebe’s almost cruelly simple methods of getting what he wants out of his job without batting more than an eyelash, and the hardworking attitude of someone like Lucy contrasted with the distracted ditzy-ness of Chihaya; all of these sorts of people exist in occupations everywhere, though here they are exaggerated for comedic effect. Being in this sort of profession is all about interactions and relationships, and that’s exactly what these workers do, whether it’s with clients, each other, or tsundere little sisters.

Speaking of tsundere little sisters, we get our introduction to the resident one this episode in Touko Ichimiya (Ookubo Rumi), a lover of the civil service profession with a brother complex. I can’t say I really like Touko, and I’ve already seen reactions by my fellow bloggers that there are similar feelings abound, but I think that has to do with how uninteresting she is as a character. We’ve seen this trope a million times, but she specifically hasn’t added all that much to make herself different and special for this series yet. She’s lacking a charmingly ridiculous name, or an ability to gather cute old ladies, for one thing, and so far the only thing I actively like about her is how the mark of anger on her cheek is perpetually ever-existent. Most of the episode she gets on my nerves, yelling at everyone on principle and waltzing in to bother earnest employees and customers selfishly. Perhaps with time I’ll grow to like her, but at the very least she did create a situation in which Ichimiya was perceived as a questionable adult, so hey, maybe she’s not so bad after all.

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July 13, 2013 at 5:18 am
33 comments »
  • July 13, 2013 at 5:22 amKai

    http://randomc.net/image/Servant%20x%20Service/Servant%20x%20Service%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2022.jpg
    Yeah for getting a high school girl’s email!

    I get what u mean Kairi, the song is seriously addicting. I kept humming the song even after it played finish.

    • July 13, 2013 at 6:11 amNitro

      not just the song, I think it’s excellent visually as well. you don’t see OPs like this often!

      • August 9, 2013 at 9:17 pmNoSicko

        The OP reminds me of Honey and Clover’s OP

  • July 13, 2013 at 5:25 amFafnir

    I play Pokemon, Dragon Quest, FF , F/SN , Super Mario……
    ‘Tom” Hasebe has a very broad taste for games huh

    • July 13, 2013 at 6:11 amTassadar

      Thumbs up for Fate/stay Night!

  • July 13, 2013 at 5:32 amJander

    http://i.imgur.com/eWdkwMU.jpg
    Nooo why did Pikachu and Bulbasaur turn into that?!
    http://randomc.net/image/Servant%20x%20Service/Servant%20x%20Service%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2009.jpg
    Magical Ruby! This after watching Fate/Kaleid made me laugh my ass off when I saw that cosplay.

  • July 13, 2013 at 5:35 amThe Truth is in the Axe

    I was cheering for the old lady to berate Touko. Sometimes, having clients stand up for you is a sweet, sweet feeling.

  • July 13, 2013 at 5:36 amTechim

    No screenshot for the pokemon/mario/Saber/Cloud/(& some girl that I only know as Keima Katsuragi’s dream girl) reference? =p

    On a side note, did anyone get a Kirino vibe from that tsundere imouto?
    I even thought it was the same seiyuu at first…

    • July 14, 2013 at 6:09 ambolton

      felt more like misaka to me :3

    • July 14, 2013 at 6:28 ambolton

      well, maybe i should watch ore no imouto before saying much…

  • July 13, 2013 at 5:51 amc2710

    Potential season 2 for VVRO?

  • July 13, 2013 at 6:17 amsadakups

    It was all good until that annoying school girl appeared.

    I mean, if a school girl told me how to do my job I’d slap her in the face immediately. And I was expecting Mai Nakahara’s character to channel her inner Rena and go ballistic on said school girl.

  • July 13, 2013 at 7:13 ammochaholic

    I was enjoying this until lil sis showed up. She was just too annoying and loud and her voice was irritating. But yeah, “the only thing I actively like about her is how the mark of anger on her cheek is perpetually ever-existent”. I marveled at this coz even when she was a kid it was there all the time! Even when she’s smiling and it didn’t make sense with her expression! So now I’m questioning myself and wondering if that was the author’s idea of a joke of a birthmark? I dunno anymore XD

  • July 13, 2013 at 7:21 amechykr

    Yamagami: F is small, right? Thank goodness.

    Chihaya: F is small?? WTF???

    I’d say Yamagami is at least H under that shirt of hers. Too bad Hasebe’s attempt to troll her into stripping didn’t work out, or we could have confirmed it right away. :3

    Author Takatsu Karino used to work part-time in her local municipal office (as well as in a certain family restaurant), so it is safe to guess that her own personal experience serves as a base for Chihaya’s character, considering how she’s the most laid back and detached character besides Hasebe, and has interests in anime and manga despite working as a temp in a “solemn” place like the local municipal office.

    Alongside with Silver Spoon, we now have two Hokkaido-based shows this season. (Working/Wagnaria was also based in Hokkaido, where Takatsu hails from. Now if only A-1 can arrange a crossover with Working. )

    • July 13, 2013 at 7:40 pmBenigmatica

      The only obstacle they would face is both Shogakukan and Square Enix. They need the go signal for a crossover to happen.

      • July 13, 2013 at 7:57 pmechykr

        Damn. Thanks for pouring water over my enthusiasm. :3

    • July 13, 2013 at 10:09 pmtsukioniisan

      Hah. I can already imagine Inami throwing punches at Hasebe. Rofl

  • July 13, 2013 at 8:05 amEmD

    I love Toko and everyone on the board I frequent does too.

    SO GOOD DAY TO YOU MA’AM. GOOD DAY, I SAY!

    The one who is not standing out to me, IMO, is Saya. She’s pretty boring.

  • July 13, 2013 at 11:09 amkatsudon

    This episode was hilarious, what with Chihaya trying to get Lucy to cosplay, Hasebe attempting to get Lucy to take off her clothes, the misunderstanding between Ichimiya and his coworkers when he hugged his sister and gave her money… The humor never stopped, and it was great. Definitely shaping up to be one of the best comedies of the season. ^^

  • July 13, 2013 at 11:12 amKanon

    And with this episode, Chihaya became my favorite.

    It definitely isn’t a ‘laugh until you hurt’ type of show but the consistency it which it does make you laugh and shake your head through the many antics of these characters is a testament to the job well done.

  • July 13, 2013 at 11:24 amMagoiichi

    What is it with this season? The second episodes of most of the anime I started watching are superior to the first episode. I was laughing from start to finish. Ichimiya and Toko are hilarious. My favorite part though was the “summoned” Old lady who gave Toko an earful. That’s a lesson to remember, never pick on Miyoshi or else the elderly community will go on the offensive!

    Chihaya is awesome, I’ll be waiting for that Black Rose Cosplay by Lucy, it’s gotta happen!

    I got most of the video game references except AER, what is that based on?

    • July 14, 2013 at 7:34 amPatsuan

      Maybe Key’s Air?

  • July 13, 2013 at 11:51 amMgMaster

    Chihaya stole this episode for me.There’s just something about those nearly expressionless yet funny characters that crack’s me up.

    As for Touko: AWAY WITH YOU ANNOYING,BITCHY IMOUTO!

  • July 13, 2013 at 3:03 pmMi-Chan

    I think this anime appeals to people like me, who are in the start of their career, and working in a similar government job, though I don’t work in civil. I graduated much younger than the people my age, and so I have 2 yrs experience by now, but I can relate to this anime in many aspects, if only the manager’s I had were like Ichimya I would have been much more engaged in the workplace TuT’, though I’d think I’m like that Hasabe-san, but when you work you learn to pretend to be stupid, camouflaging is a skill you need to learn xD….. besides that, this is one anime this season I’m definetly watching! thnks for your review, though I can’t wait to find out that Lucy’s name was probably agreed on by Hasabe’s dad xD (generations of civil service) haha xD….. ty!!!!!!

  • July 13, 2013 at 3:15 pmTaiakun

    While that little sis was annoying, like the other characters, she is an extreme example of someone you might find at a workplace too – the annoying customer who thinks they can do their job better than you!

    While I did not like her character very much, I did like some of her interactions with the main characters and the resulting humour:
    (i) The high school girl’s e-mail details
    (ii) Grannies sticking up for their favourite employee
    (iii) Lucy being flamed for having a ridiculous name
    (iv) The shady brother scene

    She was kind of cute when she was younger. Not everyday you see a kid in an anime series with a pernament anger mark on her face!

  • July 13, 2013 at 5:13 pmRegalStar

    One thing I really don’t get is why people react like the show is demanding them to like Touko and they have to defy it or something. Touko’s a jerk that keeps on humiliating herself because of it, and the last scene speaks more of Saya’s kindness than anything. It’s all just comedy.

    • July 14, 2013 at 12:35 pmMgMaster

      Long exposure to Kirino might cause TSUNdere imouto withdrawal.

  • July 14, 2013 at 6:12 ambolton

    loved the whole package, sister included (I’m a sucker for tsunderes). the OP is probably the best in this season!

  • July 14, 2013 at 7:34 amA Dollar Member

    I’m not completely over Chihayafuru yet, so hearing Kayano Ai go “Chihaya-san, Chihaya-san” really brings back the feels (even if there IS a -san attached to the end).

  • July 14, 2013 at 11:29 amAnnami

    I am really enjoying this show , I feel like a crazy idiot laughing/chuckling and grinning to myself for half an hour

  • July 16, 2013 at 3:47 amstardf29

    Whatever else can be said about Touko, one thing’s for sure: her being chewed out by Saya’s old lady friend was absolutely hilarious and the best gag of the show.