Salacious Details & Fever Dreams:
I knew this episode was gonna be a good one. Why? Because it was a Yamada episode! With the title “Yamada, Yama-da!”, what more could you expect? Last week focused on a pairing I’m not that invested in, but this week turned that around and made me happy all over again. WORKING!!! has to be one of the best anime comedies in the past 10 year, surely? The situational gags are hilarious even after two and a half seasons, but now that we’re reaching the finish line, the truths are finally being revealed, relationships are blossoming, and yet it’s still as funny as ever.
Yamada seeking out Souma’s attention by getting salacious details on the new romances of Wagnaria was equal parts cute and hilarious. When she puts her mind to it, Yamada can achieved anything! Maybe. You never know what she’s gonna do next, but watching her train of thought skip from one thing to another never fails to put a smile on my face. There’s a reason why she’s my favourite: she’s goofy, funny, a little bit simple, and too cute to ignore. She should be unbearable, but that’s simply not the case. Yamada is the best!
But Popura is a close second (for me, at least). Her “pouting” was another hilarious moment (followed by Yamada telling everyone they aren’t focusing on their work – ha!), especially when it leads to her fever dreams back in her bed. Can I just say, I want a full spin-off about the magical girl adventures of Popura, and Satou, her chibi sidekick. Her face-off against the evil Souta was pretty out there by WORKING!!! standards, but I absolutely loved it. Again, I want that spin-off, preferably next season.
Yamada Meets Yamada:
As seems commonplace this season, the threads of plot that have been dangled in front of us for the past few years are finally coming together. This time around, the Yamada siblings finally met one another! It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for forever, and their reunion was everything I thought it would be. Shame on Inami and Souta for not figuring out they were obviously brother and sister – they even picked the same fake name! They’re practically the same person, so seeing them on screen together is a treat. Unfortunately, that could also spell bad things for Yamada next week.
Overview – What’s Next?:
The end of the episode saw Otoo being told he was going to look after Yamada, but going by the title of next week’s episode “Goodbye Girl (Yamada)” I can only imagine things aren’t going to work out. If Yamada is set to leave next week, I’ll be sad to see her go. She’s been my favourite since her introduction mid-way through the first season. As a Yamada fan, this episode was everything I could have asked for. Yamada, please don’t go!