“Waganaria – No Front Line Incident”
Returning to Wagnaria:
It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the second season of WORKING!!. Time really has flown by, but I’m happy to report that nothing has changed. Sometimes it’s good for something to be just as you expect it, and WORKING!!! did just that. It feels so good to see these familiar, loveable faces again. I’ll admit, I had forgotten a few of the details explored in the second season, but this first episode did a great job re-introducing everyone, making sure we’re familiar with their quirks and their current situations right now. I had a few ‘Oh yeah, I remember that!’, so now I’m ready for some pay off for those overarching plot lines – not that anyone should watch WORKING!!! for the plot, but this is the third and final season, so I suspect it will complete the manga adaptation and hopefully resolve some of the storylines carrying over.
“Isn’t Yamada Amazing?”:
Yes. The first line of WORKING!!! is “Yamada” followed by “Isn’t Yamada amazing?”, and I think that summarises how amazing Yamada (Hirohashi Ryou) is. 14 seconds in and I’m already laughing. God, it’s good to have this show back, and any scene with Yamada in it is instantly hilarious. Whether it be her working diligently and without making much noise, or just goofing off and doing her own thing, or professing that she wishes she was getting the same affection as a cute little girl – everything Yamada does and says just makes me smile. I do love every member of the cast, but we all have our favourites. My first favourite is Yamada, followed by Yamada, and then Yamada, and finally, Yamada. And then maybe Popura (Asumi Kana).
Hilarity Ensues – A Housewife in the Bushes:
“I found a housewife in the bushes!” has to be the best line of the episode. It was one of many laugh out loud moments, and the fact that it really was Ooto’s wife makes it even more hilarious. It’s great to see these characters back in action, doing what they do best. Souma (Kamiya Hiroshi) is still teasing Satou (Ono Daisuke) about his love for Yachiyo (Kitamura Eri), who can’t stop talking about Kyoko-san, Kyoko-san, Kyoko-san (Watanabe Kumiko). Everyone provides the same gags as before, and where it may feel stale and rehashed in some series, with WORKING!!! it just feels like a lovely welcome home party. Will Popura get more head rubs from Souta (Fukuyuma Jun)? Has Inami (Fujita Saki) overcome her phobia of men when it comes to Yamada’s secret brother, Yamada (Hino Satoshi)? All these characters interacting with one another is equal parts cute, funny, and endearing. More please!
Overview – What’s Next?:
A very nice re-introduction, since I had honestly forgotten about some of this quirky cast after the four year wait break. It’s been a long time due, but it’s finally here, and Yamada is back, so I’m over the moon. I hope they find that disappearing housewife again, and tie all the other hilarious loose ends that are just waiting to be addressed head on. But WORKING!!! is the master of getting it’s humour from awfully timed circumstances, so we may have to wait before we get answers to the long-standing questions. For now, let’s just laugh!
Note: I’m planning on picking up another show this season, but I don’t want to decide before I’ve watched everything that’s on offer. WORKING!! has always been blogged on RandomC, so it’s be a great shame if it was missed in its final season. Who knows, you may see another post next week. Let’s see how this summer season shapes up – so far it’s looking very promising.