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「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.

Lucy’s Self-Esteem

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.

Fin

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.

Epilogue:

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Final Impressions:

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.

September 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm
47 comments »
  • September 29, 2013 at 6:42 pmJacked

    Needed more of Momoi (or whatever their boss’s name is) being bullied.

    But otherwise this was, like you said, satisfying.

  • September 29, 2013 at 6:46 pmLinkark07

    I would love to see a crossover between Working and Servant x Service one day.

    • September 29, 2013 at 7:33 pmtenshika

      there’s actually a drama cd that covers the cross over! i hope this is not a spoiler, but we know that Satou and Yachiyo from Working should get married. and they (accompanied by other charas from Working) did go to the office to submit their application. and it’s the glorious comedy from there

      • September 29, 2013 at 7:46 pmLinkark07

        Oh man, I imagine Takanashi’s reaction when he saw chief Momoi.

        “Kawaii. That rabbit is kawaii. It is so kawaii like senpai.”

    • September 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm†sooɹɔ†

      For some reason imagining that is kinda bit creepy don’t you think?

    • September 29, 2013 at 9:05 pmcruiser2710

      That’ll be awesome… I’d like for the 2 to cross

    • September 29, 2013 at 9:41 pmHayate

      i can already imagine Inami-chan punching Hasebe

      • September 29, 2013 at 10:03 pmMagoiichi

        I would love to see that actually, but then Takanashi would be jealous.

      • September 30, 2013 at 5:05 am†sooɹɔ†

        I can already imagine Ichimiya asking Chihaya on an unexpected date and will be having lunch at Wagnaria and then encounter Yachiyo.
        Or just Lucy and Hasebe.

    • September 30, 2013 at 5:07 pmtsukioniisan

      Yeah… and Chihaya will sew the casts cosplays to wear. More like, SxS casts wearing W!’s uniforms and vice versa.

  • September 29, 2013 at 6:53 pmMegaGamingAce

    This was an awesome series. If they were to have a season 2 about Hasabe and Lucy’s relationships developing even more, I wouldnt even mind.

  • September 29, 2013 at 6:54 pmBear

    The show kicked into gear for me when Hasebe realized he’d fallen head over heals for Lucy. It brought out the real person under the facade that he had created because he had no direction in life.

  • September 29, 2013 at 6:55 pmMagoiichi

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  • September 29, 2013 at 7:45 pmpaulrenzo

    I hope I’m not the only who ended up liking all the characters (yes, even “bitchy” Touko and “boring” grandson Tanaka)

  • September 29, 2013 at 7:47 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    …why…why is everything ending already?!?! So many series ending!! *cries as usual* (But thankfully, more beginning soon.)

  • September 29, 2013 at 7:54 pmSherylfan

    Finally lucy speaks up, very nice ending.

    lol at kanon fixing Kenzou and Megumi finally dragging everyone out to coplay in eplilogue.

  • September 29, 2013 at 7:54 pmsadakups

    OMG Plot twist. The boss is actually dead. Kanon’s coping mechanism is to turn him into a robot bunny.

    BEST SHOW THIS YEAR.

  • September 29, 2013 at 8:14 pmRX-78NT-1

    XD damn that Miyoshi got Tanaka-san(the grandson) on check lol and darn it Ichimiya couldn’t go through telling Touko the truth about him and Chihaya.

  • September 29, 2013 at 8:18 pmbolton

    Pleasant surprise of the season. I loved it and I want more.

    The only thing I really don’t get is when Chihaya uses the expression “ざま(zama(sp?))”. Can anyone share the meaning of this?

    • September 30, 2013 at 4:53 ambanzemanga

      It means “serves you”. The whole phrase is “ざま見ろ” which means: “look, serves you right”.

  • September 29, 2013 at 8:41 pmTez

    Great end to a great anime!

    I hope there is a second season.

  • September 29, 2013 at 9:06 pmcruiser2710

    Loved the ending and dere-dere Lucy is cute

  • September 29, 2013 at 10:29 pmPetitorenji

    This will make for such a good live drama.

  • September 29, 2013 at 10:37 pmPeds

    Loves this show, and it was a good ending. A second season will most likely not be made but if it becomes a reality I am there.

  • September 30, 2013 at 12:36 amFT5.Havok

    Season 2 anyone? xD

  • September 30, 2013 at 3:13 amYuzu

    Ahh, so I’m not the only one who thought this was basically like Working!! but under the guise of a civil service job instead of a restaurant.
    Or am I still the only one..?
    However, I would love to see either a crossover or a second season. There’s no way they’d just leave us hanging like this right?

  • September 30, 2013 at 3:21 amyusuke

    Definitely gonna miss hearing the opening XD

  • September 30, 2013 at 5:29 amPatsuan

    TANAKA and the rest!! Kuuki yome!
    He really needs Miyushi’s S to keep him in check :3
    Also, Dere Lucy was just too much HNGGGG!!

    Ahm… Anyway, I want to thank Kairi for sticking up with the show and blogging it till the end even when it was clashing with IRL stuff.
    I myself ended enjoying the show even more that I thought I would so needless to say “season 2 whem?!”

    • September 30, 2013 at 6:04 pmKairi

      Thanks so much, I’m really sorry about all the lateness and general unprofessionalism this season, I’ll do my best not to let it happen again next season. >.< Seeing you guys enjoy my posts and discuss after an episode is the best feeling in the world, I’ll work hard not to let you down!

  • September 30, 2013 at 6:19 amFaint Smile

    Good show!.. I hope there would be another season in the future..

  • September 30, 2013 at 6:28 amechykr

    Now that sure was some epic resolution to Hasebe’s guilt trip. Lucy is just too kawaii, with her de-facto wedding proposal “it’s all your fault so you’ll have to take responsibility”. <3

    Credit to Hasebe finally taking the courage to be honest to Lucy goes to Ichimiya, who told him it's better not to keep secrets for too long. (Though he's probably the least qualified to say so, what with Chihaya's death stare, and his later chickening out about telling his sister about Chihaya. LOL )

    And w00t at Miyoshi furthering her relationship with Tanaka (grandson), with her actually taking on the dominating role while Tanaka (grandson) sheepishly submits to her. XD
    http://randomc.net/image/Servant%20x%20Service/Servant%20x%20Service%20-%20ED2%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    Besides Working, congratulations to mangaka Takatsu Karino with another popular comedy made. Will be looking forward to season 2 (as well as Working season 3).

  • September 30, 2013 at 6:30 amechykr

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cISsWGUvrs4
    Fake viral trailer to Chihaya’s favourite anime Magical Flower.

    It didn’t take Chihaya long to assemble her own Magical Flower cosplay team.
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  • September 30, 2013 at 7:13 amRyuuzaki

    im a bit disappointed that lucy and hasebe doesnt start dating after all that. give us season 2 so we can see it! ichimiya and chihaya’s relationship is still a secret to touko until the end, poor chihaya. anyone here that find chihaya without hair pins is a lot cuter? and please miyoshi dont date that uh, what is his name again? that hasebe’s stalker friend?

  • September 30, 2013 at 8:16 amrockmanjoe

    Amazing show! I need a second season.

  • September 30, 2013 at 9:05 amMgMaster

    #1 Chihaya.That is all.

  • September 30, 2013 at 9:53 amAnonymous

    Some idiot here is downvoting everyone’s post here for the sport of it it seems. This is his second wave, seeing as the most recent posts have all received a -1 regardless of the content. I have gone ahead and upvoted you guys.

    • September 30, 2013 at 6:06 pmKairi

      Oh it does seem like that’s the case. I’ll see if there’s something to be done higher up; I’m just a kouhai. Thanks so much for the lovely gesture and upvoting everyone, that’s so nice! ^^

  • September 30, 2013 at 11:02 ammianghuei

    http://www.servantservice.org/story/

    The epilogue to the show: curtain calls and writings. Awesome!

  • September 30, 2013 at 1:15 pmSmithCB

    Dashing in this response since I’m at work… I don’t suppose the reason we can’t see the face of the fiance’ is because he’s a character from ‘Working’, maybe????? Seems like a waste of figurative celluloid to show that if it doesn’t matter.

  • September 30, 2013 at 6:25 pmnagi

    Easily AOTS for me. No, make that AOTY! (if nothing else comes up that can top this)

  • September 30, 2013 at 7:15 pmAn_chan

    Open end is a shit end. Always.
    S2 fix pl0x.
    willnotwatch/10

  • September 30, 2013 at 7:26 pmAP

    This series finished way too soon. I didn’t have many expectations starting it but it was surprisingly very good. I haven’t heard much about a manga but I hope they make a second season.

  • September 30, 2013 at 7:28 pmrandom viewer

    Aww one true pair endings are nice. Lucy and Yutaka are already set for marriage in my mind.

  • September 30, 2013 at 11:20 pmTensai Otaku

    One of the best this season too in my opinion from the same studio and Mangaka that did Working!

    Square Enix is proving to be one of the best comedy animes publisher indeed T_T !

  • October 1, 2013 at 9:28 pmMormegil

    We never did get to find out Lucy’s bra size…

  • October 3, 2013 at 10:25 pmGinobi47

    Chihaya’s epic rabbit stomping is epic. enough said

  • March 15, 2014 at 3:12 amCrook

    This isn’t a german website.