Yamada’s Wise Words:
“What is it with this workplace?! Everyone’s flirting even though nobody’s dating!” – Truer words have never been spoken. Yamada knows what’s going on, and she’s 100% on our side (along with Souma) to try and gets these pairings to the next level. Watching her blankly watching Satou and Yachi in the kitchen, and then Souta and Inami in the corridor was the moment that tipped her over the edge. I’ve always loved Yamada and Popura together (since they’re my two favourites, after all) and we got to see their duel reactions to the romantic developments unfolding. God, those two are just the cutest.
I’m glad we finally touched on Haruna and Otoo this episode, since I assumed they’d get their own storyline this season. However, their development went hand-in-hand with Yamada’s and we haven’t seen the couple as much as I’d hoped. Haruna being tied down with chains and then escaping, and then found five seconds later by Yamada was pretty hilarious. It’s a gag that never gets old, which can be said for most gags in WORKING!!! However, this third season has had so much development across the cast that it’s felt better than ever. Now, if everyone will just kiss and confess, we can call this a wonderful end.
Inami’s Sorrowful Punch:
Talking about recurring gags, we see Inami punch a man for the first time in years (since season 2, at least). What used to be so commonplace now felt off, and purposefully so. Inami really has come a long way since the beginning, and it’s done her character wonders. She was never my favourite until this season, where I’ve been able to see past the comic violence and enjoy her for who she is. Following that up with a rather poignant scene with Souta was almost enough to get me onboard this ship. Maybe it was because the sakuga stepped up for a few minutes, making the punch and the aftermath that much more powerful, or maybe I’m just falling for this pair…? Either way, Souta’s heartfelt words were about as touching as WORKING!!! can get, and I’ll be interested to see when these two finally confess to one another.
Overview – What’s Next?:
WORKING!!! impresses yet again. Yamada and Popura are a wonderful double act, and having them watch the relationships evolve at the same time as the audience makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable. But which couple will seal the deal first? My prediction would be Souta and Inami, mainly because Souta’s mother is set to be introduced next episode and will likely play a big part in his character development, if there’s more to be had. Whatever happens, I’m excited. Only four more episodes to go, but I’m confident they’ll be four brilliant ones to finish this comedy gem.