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WORKING!!! – 14 (END)


“Lord of the Takanashi”


「ロード・オブ・ザ・小鳥遊」 (Roudo obu za Takanashi)

Not Fantasy, but Family Drama:

And… we’re back! It’s been three months since the last WORKING!!! episode, as this hour-long special came as a surprise to us all (and what a pleasant surprise it was). I remember while watching the previous episode, I didn’t feel like we were approaching the end – right up until the final scenes. Thankfully, that was purposefully done, as everything was wrapped up nicely in this one.

I’ve pretty much said most of what I can say about WORKING!! after blogging the third (and best) season. But I will clarify this: it’s one of the best anime comedies I’ve ever seen. Worth noting however, is the red herring they gave us with the preview for this finale back in September. Surely I wasn’t the only one who thought there would be more fantasy/game scenes like this one? There was no way they could keep that up for a 48 minutes, but I thought we would have gotten more of that, and not just the first few seconds. In saying that, this whole episode felt like a game, as Inami had to pass by each of the sisters (levels) to get to Souta’s mother (the final boss) and rescue Souta (her love interest). It played out nicely, fantasy or not, and gave the Takanashi sisters yet more screentime. I’ve never loved them as much as the main Wagnaria staff, but I thoroughly enjoyed each of them facing off with Inami, considering how non threatening they all were. There was no tension, but that was part of the joke, and it worked.

The core theme of this episode seems to be family. Whether blood-related or not, family ties and family drama was in full swing here. Souta’s mother was being built up as the Big Baddie in the last few episodes, and while her dastardly ways seems more twisted the more you think about them, I’m glad the resolution to all of this was a simple one. There was no epic battle, or exhausting melodrama – this was basically all just to get over the ‘lies’ that the cast were using as a shield, and being honest with their feelings and their words. Similarly, Yamada’s family had some scenes here as well, showing Yamada’s chosen big brother interacting with her mother, and how the Yamada siblings are still not on the best of terms. I never expected anything else, but damn I do love those purple haired dorks. Kirio in particular has been one of the funniest characters this season, and of course, Yamada was already (and is still) the best!

Souta x Inami!:

If you’ve been following my posts for this season, you’ll know that I didn’t initially love the Souta/Inami pairing. I knew it was bound to happen, but I always felt that Souta and Popura were the best pair, and I still do think that. But this episode gave a good explanation for why Inami deserves to ‘win’; calling back to Souta’s father getting a confession by his mother, who looked even tinier than pint-sized Popura. The funniest part of it all is that fact that she apparently willed herself to grow – there’s not logic behind it, and I loved it. That gave me a good chuckle. But the callback of father and son, and their height complex and having to ‘get over it’ was fitting enough for me to go “Ok, I’m fine with this.”

The scene on the bench with Souta and Inami was a wonderful one. The tension, the blushes, the build up to the “I love you“, to a teary-eyed Kirio popping up and giving his congratulations. All that was missing was a kiss, but I don’t think we really needed that. The fact that these two finally confessed to one another is enough of a resolution, along with everything else that was wrapped up this season. Any complaints I have are petty when you consider what we did get this year with WORKING!!!.

Overview – (Final) Final Impressions:

Since I’ve already given my final impressions, so I’ll try to get straight to the point: WORKING!! is great. Each season has been consistently fun, and this was the best one yet. There were so many unfinished character arcs and plot threads that were dangling from the second season that many of us expected to be ignored… but they weren’t! Confessions were made! Wives were found! Lost sisters were found! Love blossomed! So much happened, and most of it was thoroughly entertaining and made me love the characters even more than I already did before.

Bringing it back to the theme of family, the true family here is the workers at Wagnaria. Having been in a similar customer service job, I can empathise with them (though they have it very easy compared to most of us, I’ll tell ya), and the humour always worked. But best of all was the characters. I always gush over Yamada because I truly do think she’s the best and one of the moat endearing characters in all of anime, but make no mistake, I love every single member of this cast. Some got more screentime over the course of the series than others, but that’s the nature of these things; some are more popular than others, but that’s fine, because I love them all. And I’m sad to see them go. Yachiyo may be the only one quitting her job, but it feels like we, the audience, are the ones leaving the restaurant for good. As if this was our last visit before we move away to another city, far away where we’re never likely to run into these familiar faces again.

It’s rare for anime comedies to get three seasons, an hour-long finale, and reach a natural conclusion – yet WORKING!! is a rare sort of series, I suppose. It feels good to see it end like this, yet sad to see it end at all. I wish I could say “this is not the end!”… but it is. And that final scene with Popura hanging up the group shot almost brought a tear to my eye. God, I love this show and all these characters.

Thanks for the laughs, WORKING!!.

Epilogue:

December 29, 2015 at 4:21 am
22 comments »
  • December 29, 2015 at 7:01 amZhinvu

    I will not lie I let out a big “YES” and was cheering for Mahiru and Souta when Souta confessed. I’ve also been a regular customer to Wagnaria since season 1 and definitely this is one of my favorite slice of life series. Ever. It’s a nice touch how despite how little screentime Maya has she still makes an impact. Maybe it can be called a bit of character development on her part that she tries interacting with the others more. I liked this episode. Period. My favorite parts have got to be Nazuna blackmailing her mom, especially since Shizuka formerly being shorter than Popura came out of nowhere and Popura getting almost kidnapped. I share Souta’s sentiment on how potentially scary Nazuna can be. It’s definitely too bad this is the finale, as I got the feeling Aoi’s brotherly love for Souma was becoming something more and I would’ve wanted to see more of Kozue’s relationship with Yohei and Mitsuki. Things really went full circle when Someone Else played as the ending song and Popura ended the episode with her “I’m not small” line. Can’t stress enough on how I wanted to see more of Working but they concluded it so well that I don’t mind it to end here. Here’s hoping now for a second season of Servant X Service, Show Spoiler ▼

  • December 29, 2015 at 8:01 amDafuq

    “rescue Souta”

    • December 29, 2015 at 8:15 amSamu

      Fixed. Souta, Souma, Satou. Bound to mix them up at some point!

  • December 29, 2015 at 9:40 amHeisenberg

    SOMEONE

    • December 29, 2015 at 3:58 pmDorkus

      Wan wan!

  • December 29, 2015 at 12:11 pmPurple Bomber

    Thanks for posting this Samu, I had completely forgotten about this finale episode. I wish more series could get this amount of resolution, but without a doubt Working definitely earned it. Great series, and I’m going to miss it.

    • December 30, 2015 at 6:03 pmSamu

      You’re welcome! It’s been a treat to blog. I’m just sad to see it go :(

  • December 29, 2015 at 6:50 pmNaweG

    Loved this, and always like the way they change Inami’s hairpin to add a little side commentary. But still not sure what the “711″ hairpin was supposed to refer to. If it were product placement I assume it would have been 7-11. Anyone?

  • December 29, 2015 at 8:14 pmskyhack

    I’m betting on an OVA that actually goes the in-game route, just for the chibi stuff, ala Shana-tan, Index-tan, etc.

  • December 29, 2015 at 10:49 pminfo600

    I can’t believe the animation staff actually got the budget to pull a fantasy style preview/commercial that they almost didn’t use at all (only the first 5 seconds?).

    And then all those gags…I watched it twice just in case I missed any.

    a few gags that stood out for me:
    -Matsumoto-san actually got Kirio arrested. (You can faintly hear the siren after the eyecatch as well, just incase us viewers thought she was joking…)
    -the genderbent “White Knight rescuing the Princess” ordeal. oddball and funny at the same time…
    -The whole Popura offering gag. Inami and Souta offering Popura for Souta’s dad again was quite the kicker.
    -The actual difference one’s will can do to their own height…scary…(or is it all surgically altered? THAT won’t be as surprising. Oh Wait, that’s even more scary. Nevermind.)

    Side note:
    http://randomc.net/image/WORKING%21%21/Working%20S3%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2046.jpg
    Anyone want to take a guess on this girl(Nazuna)’s age as if we never have found out her actual age? Just for old times sake? :P

    I sure miss this series already…
    ps. Did anyone compiled ALL of the hairpins Inami wore during the entire series (!!, ‘!!, and !!!)?

    • January 1, 2016 at 12:57 pmFirelord

      The official website says that Nazuna is 12 years old.

  • December 30, 2015 at 9:24 amc2710

    Another of our favourite anime series comes to a close. A satisfying one indeed.

    I’ve been waiting for this confession since season 1 and it finally came!

    I won’t deny that I was screaming YES in my room despite being in the middle of the night

  • December 30, 2015 at 12:56 pmKylo Ren

    A nice ending, loved the cheesy line with Sanji and the chief about him being her new sword.
    Will miss this show, we’ve known these characters for half a decade now.

    Now to check out what this ServantxService show is about

    • December 30, 2015 at 6:08 pmSamu

      It’s tough to say goodbye. And I think I might check out Servant x Service at some point as well. I remember watching the first episode back when it aired, so I’ll have to revisit that.

  • December 30, 2015 at 5:41 pmPTYW

    3 seasons of fantastic fun and romance. One 1-hr movie to finish it up.

    Thank you working!!

  • December 30, 2015 at 5:59 pmCroos

    Now we need a Servant X Servant Seasons

  • January 1, 2016 at 8:38 pmrandom viewer

    I’d would have regretted if I didn’t watch this anime, but I’m glad I did.
    http://randomc.net/image/WORKING!!/Working%20S3%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2011.jpg
    http://randomc.net/image/WORKING!!/Working%20S3%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2028.jpg
    http://randomc.net/image/WORKING!!/Working%20S3%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2040.jpg
    http://randomc.net/image/WORKING!!/Working%20S3%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2065.jpg
    There’s never a dull moment for WORKING…

  • January 2, 2016 at 9:25 amRaquna

    While I still think that S2 was the strongest season on the comedy front, I enjoyed S3 just as much because of the progress. Matsumoto best girl.

  • January 4, 2016 at 3:28 pmQB

    and Popura isn’t taken and up for grabs which end this series at the right note.

  • January 15, 2016 at 1:10 amSeph

    …We’re gonna need a Working Next Generation. :(