Servant x Service – 13 (END)
「これで良し 明日につなぐ 楽しい職場」 (Korede Yoshi Ashita ni Tsunagu Tanoshī Shokuba)
“Now We’re Set, A Fun Workplace Leading To Tomorrow”
Now that was a good end.
A really good end, actually, and though some of you might not be happy with the fact that Lucy and Hasebe aren’t dating after all that, I think that was the right place for this series to end. After all, Lucy only just discovered her budding feelings for Hasebe; unlike him, she hasn’t been in love with him for a long time, and she’s yet to come to terms with her feelings and with his. That she’s gotten as far as considering it is quite the achievement for our naive little Lucy, and things are looking up. Which is more than you can ask for sometimes when you work a desk job.
Whose Fault is it?
Can you really blame Hasebe’s dad for the lame decision making he made on Lucy’s name? If it’s true that your child is sick, isn’t it only natural to have a hard time concentrating on your job? Sure, Hasebe Sr. is probably an airhead like Hasebe who doesn’t take his job as seriously as he should, but it doesn’t make him a bad guy, just as it doesn’t make our usual Hasebe a bad guy for being a flaker. It’s not really something that should be blamed on one person so much as on an unfortunate set of circumstances. Though maybe Lucy’s parents should feel a little bit bad about thinking up the name in the first place; just a little.
Honestly, Lucy’s feelings for Hasebe are not so much the problem in them not dating as is her own self-image, and it’s not really a stretch to say that the circumstances surrounding her name are a big part of the problem. Whether she likes her name or not is actually a pretty big deal as far as self-esteem goes; it’s just not nice being teased for something so crucial to your identity. I know, having been in her shoes my whole life, how lame it is to see people laugh and make fun of your name, and how that affects how you feel about yourself. When it’s a process that goes on your whole life, it’s really hard to stop thinking you’re worth more than those cruel laughs. As it is, she doesn’t feel like she deserves Hasebe’s attention properly; she doesn’t think she’s worth more than a tease, and while that sentiment changes a little as she realizes her feelings, there’s still some stuff she has to overcome before she really takes that step toward commitment.
As most comedy shows go, this was a pretty satisfying end. You get good characters on the cusp of learning something (such as Ichimiya and Chihaya working out their relationship) but not quite getting there, and that’s okay. This is the sort of show where “life goes on,” and life does go on; you keep learning new things, meeting new problems, overcoming obstacles, and moving forward. Life is a fun place, if you want it to be, and even a boring old desk job can be fulfilling if you look in the right places.
Servant x Service was a series that I was intrigued by from the start. I don’t know how obvious this has been, but I love to laugh, and comedies are one of my favorite genres to watch, though they’re also one of the most difficult genres to blog. At first, I didn’t find this series uproariously funny so much as I found it to be quirky and amusing, but over time, it grew on me. From the catchy as hell OP (which I will miss horrendously) to the distinct and fun characters
minus one Touko*cough*, most everything about this series was a pleasure to take part in every week. The direction and writing were brilliant, the laughs were well constructed, though not necessarily anything new, and best of all, there was a clear sense that the author of the series really gets civil service and what it’s like to work a desk job. Those people we interact with at offices aren’t robots (though Momoi is, fufu), and they have their lives they live behind the employee facade they put up every day. There are cosplayers, office romances, devoted fathers, and all sorts of other personalities at work, even if we’re not usually partial to seeing those sides of those people. It’s this spark, this bit of understanding, that really makes the show dynamic and fluid and fun, and I for one really enjoyed it immensely. It’s a shame that that’s come to an end for now, and my Thursdays will be a hell of a lot less enjoyable without “May I Help You?” playing on my screen every week. Thank you all for staying with me through yet another season, I hope you all had as much fun as I did watching Lucy, Hasebe, and everyone else go about their everyday lives. Now onward! To a tomorrow filled with more anime, fun, and office romances! Okay, maybe that last one is a bad idea sometimes.