「あの頃の二人、八千代と佐藤。と、ようこそ小鳥遊家へ」 (Ano Koro no Futura, Yachiyo to Satou. To, Youkoso Takanashi-ke he)
“Yachiyo and Jun, The Two Back Then. And, Welcome to the Takanashi Household”
It was probably due to being sleep deprived and delirious from staying up to blog about FMA and working on the Summer 2010 Preview for a few days straight, but this most recent episode of WORKING was absolutely hilarious to me. I was laughing like an idiot most of the time so it would’ve been embarrassing if someone walked in on me while I was watching it. Right from the get-go from Aoi’s freeloading lifestyle in Wagnaria’s attic to her delusions about how criminal it would look if Souta went out with Popura, things were already set up for a great episode. Most of my enjoyment there came from the fact that Aoi is usually the troublemaker in all this, yet she was freaking out about a potential love triangle developing between Souta, Mahiru, and Popura when the latter was looking all lovestruck over a photo of “Kotori-chan”. It was easy to see that Popura was still obsessed with Souta cross-dressing and looking absolutely adorable as a girl, but seeing his reaction to having a wig plopped over his head and being asked to cross-dress every now and then was still ridiculously funny. Predictability didn’t take away from that comedic moment at all.
In turn, following that up with a short trip down memory lane between Yachiyo and Jun as per the episode title proved to be just as good. In particular, I got a good laugh out of how Jun was wondering when the hell Hiroomi took those photos given how he hadn’t even started working at Wagnaria yet. Talk about scoping out his work place to dig up some dirt on the employees before even deciding to work there. Oddly enough, Hiroomi didn’t make an actual appearance during all this, but it was cute seeing how much of a kid Yachiyo was with her twin pigtails and how Jun ended up falling for her. The fact that he realizes how simple-minded he was for giving in to his emotions then ended up being really funny despite its brevity, as was his sigh in reaction to the idea that Yachiyo was hoping everything in Wagnaria would stay like this forever — including his unrequited love. If I were to make a guess, it looks like Jun is the most likely one to quit next at this rate.
As for the last part of this already entertaining episode, the appearance of Kozue at Wagnaria drinking her sorrow away, Mahiru blowing out Souta’s abdomen, and Aoi reading some ghost stories had me laughing like an idiot yet again. Most notably, Mahiru pretending like she wasn’t scared at all on the way home before freaking out and apologizing like crazy for acting tough had me laughing until it hurt. I’m still in shock that she broke the Magic Hand out of fear from Aoi tailing them, but at least it led to an unbelievably close Souta x Mahiru moment. The rest of the time at the Takanashi household was fun to watch as soon as Aoi spilled the beans on how Mahiru likes Souta, which got Kozue all stoked about playing matchmaker. She may not have been happy with the end result of tossing Mahiru in Souta’s room, but I was still amazed they were alone in his room together for a while. Next episode it looks like Popura’s flipping out like crazy, but my goodness is it funny seeing her flail her arms around like crazy. Reduced screen time and no more Kotori-chan does not make for a happy Popura.