“That Woman Shizuka”
Romance at Wagnaria:
We didn’t get any Yamada commentary this week, but I suspect if we did she would be saying much the same as before: too much flirting, not enough dating! We’re really being teased with the two main couples of this season, to the point where I’m wondering if they’re ever going to take that final step. I mean, of course they will… surely?
The Shatou-kuns are still hilarious, as was Popura defending Yachiyo. Satou cannot help that he was born with a scolding face. Poor Yachiyo, however, is becoming less stable as time goes on. However, Kyouko is finally becoming aware of all of this, and is likely to be the final push in this relationship. Her parfait competition was another funny moment, especially when she couldn’t criticise Yamada – who could hate that face? Overall, we didn’t get much Yamada this episode, but the fact that she exists in these little moments is enough for me to keep on smiling.
As for our other relationship… I must say I am being swayed. Their moments are just too damn adorable, and this episode was no different. After last week’s punch, Inami and Souta seem closer then ever, except for the pole between them. I wish they’d just hold hands on their way home like they both want to. No more holding back, please! We’ve got three episodes left, and if we’re gonna get some romantic resolutions, I hope they come sooner rather than later. I want to see these two as an official couple on-screen, rather than it being revealed in the last moments of the last episode. I want to see some cute, canon, awkward hand holding from here on out!
Takanashi Family Reunion:
I know I said I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Takanashi-centric episodes, but this one was an exception. The mother of the Takanashi family has forever been an enigma, only referred to now and then. But whenever she was brought up, it was never met with warmth or smiles. I didn’t know what to expect going into this one, but I have to say that Takanashi Shizuka (Orikasa Ai) is a welcomed addition to this cooky family; in fact, she may be my favourite of the bunch. From the flashback scenes to her proper introduction in Souta’s bedroom, there was a real pang of horror to it all. WORKING!!! never fails to surprise me this season – I never would have guessed a character would be this scary. Yet her intimidation is played for comedy, in a good way. She’s able to manipulate and emotionally destroy her children without remorse. It’s actually quite dark, and shows that WORKING!!! can deliver these serious scenes mixed with the comedic moments. I should feel sorry for the Takanashi siblings for being cursed with such a mother, but the results are too amusing not to enjoy. More Shizuka, please!
Overview – What’s Next?:
I suspect next week we may see a shift in romantic developments. On one hand you have Kyouko’s dissatisfaction with Yachiyo’s parfaits, and on the other you have Shizaku being aware of her son’s love life. Both these characters are being set up to play a role in pushing the romance forward, or so it would seem. If that is the case, we should be in for something exciting. If not, hopefully WORKING!!! will a least continue be funny, even if the development is stretched out once more.