「マンホールスパイラル」 (Manhooru Supairaru)
I wasn’t planning to post about WORKING anymore, but this episode was too hilarious to ignore. I’m a sucker when it comes to gags about misunderstandings and the ones here spread like a wildfire through Wagnaria. The writers seemed to know when to put a spot to it as well, most notably on Souta thinking that Mahiru had a crush on Jun. He almost made her tear up on the spot when he suggested that she give up on the person she likes, and surprisingly, didn’t pick up on the fact that she likes him even when he’s as perceptive as he is. I guess he’ll forever see her as a dog in training, much to even Hiroomi’s disappointment.
As for the highlight of the episode, it was hands down Yachiyo getting Jun’s hopes up by asking him if he likes her. I found myself laughing helplessly during that extended comedic pause and even more so when he finally mumbled “sort of” underneath his breath. Watching that escalate thanks to Hiroomi’s accidental leak made it even better, especially when Jun fired back at Mahiru, wishing her good luck with Souta too. Somehow, a little upset just doesn’t quite describe the tone of his voice in that scene. There’s no denying that he does it to himself though, as he set himself up for a perfect opportunity to tell Yachiyo how he feels about her and backed out from it. Luckily for Jun, it does seem like she’s started to see him in a new romantic light.
Throw in a very adorable flashback between Kyouko and Yachiyo, as well as a one-in-a-lifetime chance encounter with Otoo-san’s wife Haruna (Iwao Junko), and we had the makings of an episode that got the entire cast involved in some way. By the end of the episode, just about everything was funny to me, including the Yamada doll that Aoi and Popura put together. Great episode. Easily the best one of to date for this sequel.