“The Wind of Love!?”
The Takanashi Family:
The Takanashi family have never been my favourite part of WORKING!!!. I never quite fell in love with them like I did with nearly every other main or recurring character. Because of that bias, the first half of this episode didn’t do it as much I’d have liked. Still, it was amusing – though not so much in a laugh-out-loud way – to see this bizarre family on screen again, with their memorable quirks on display.
Kazue (Shiraishi Ryoko) is the oldest of the bunch, and would no doubt always back her brother up in court; Izumi (Hikasa Yoko) is the shut-in Goth-lolita who can’t bear the sunlight; Kozue (Itou Shizuka) is the resident alcoholic; and Nazuna (Saitou Momoko) is the youngest, but possibly the most mature of the entire family. They’re certainly an odd bunch, but as far as gags go none of them really stood out in this episode. If I had to pick, my favourite moment would probably be Souta’s whole conversationg with Kazue’s ex-husband, the self-confessed masochist, Minagashi Tooru (Yuusa Koji). Looking over it now, It was certainly an odd first half, but altogether not that funny.
Banter at Wagnaria:
Thankfully, getting to see the familiar faces at work was enough to lift my spirits. I’ve read comments about how a single cour wouldn’t be enough to properly adapt the rest of the series. I think that should be obvious, but there are bound to be key plot resolutions that have to be met before this third and final season is over. One of them, of course, is the relationship between Satou and Yachiyo. It’s such an endearing match, and it’s baby steps are finally starting to pay off. I found myself heavily identifying with Souma here – these two should just get together and live happily ever after! I’m sure when such a moment comes, it will be very satisfying. I just hope it comes sooner rather than later.
Souta’s glasses breaking was probably the funniest gag of the week. Is that because Yamada was involved? Mayhaps. Probably. Yamada and her deadly punching teddy bear is just too cute. There can never be enough Yamada in any episode of WORKING!!!. Inami is also showing some development – last week she properly served some male customers, and this week she didn’t lash out at Souta after he got uncomfortably close. It’s a Christmas miracle! Honestly, it’s good to see that gag thrown away; hopefully now Inami can provide more than comic violence for the remainder of the series.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Nowhere near as hilarious as the previous episode, but I don’t think that was the intention with this one. We got to see the Takanashi sister in action again, and hopefully Satou and Yachiyo will properly ask each other out at some point. WORKING!!! is all about the teases, but this season I’m ready for the real deal.
Note: I’m officially picking WORKING!!! up for weekly coverage. I’ve always loved the series and seeing it potentially go uncovered in its final season would be terribly unfortunate – So I refuse to let that happen! I doubt I’ll be proving any groundbreaking commentary on what WORKING!!! gives us – I just hope I get plenty of laughs, and hopefully my expectations for this final season are met accordingly!
ED: 「Matsuge ni LOCK」 (まつ毛にLOCK)” by Souta Takanashi (Jun Fukuyama), Jun Satou (Daisuke Ono), Hiroomi Souma (Hiroshi Kamiya)