“The Love and Reminiscence of Something”
Satou & Yachiyo – It Happened!:
I can’t believe it. After 36 episodes, WORKING!!! has its very first official couple. I knew it would come eventually, but I never expected it to be so… easy. After all the build up and earlier episodes that focused more heavily on the pair, being thrown straight into a confession in the closet was both surprisingly and fulfilling. I’ve said it before, but of the two major pairings this season, Satou and Yachiyo are my preference. I love how different they are from one another, yet how they’re drawn to one another. This season really has come a long way, and this pairing is evidence of that.
I can’t decide what I loved most about them getting together. Yachiyo and Popura practicing Sa-sa-sa-sa-sa was the pinnacle of cuteness, and Kyoko’s observations provided her best scenes of the whole series. I’m glad that Yachiyo doesn’t have to change who she is because she’s now with Satou. He makes a good point, that he loves her because of her obsessions and her Kyoko-san ramblings, so taking that part away from her would be taking away one of his reasons to love her. D’aw.
The confession itself was probably one of the best animated scenes of the season, especially the hand holding and that hug! I pretty much gushed for the rest of the episode, from Yachiyo’s recurring real life blooming flowers to her turning up at Shatou’s door after getting lost the day before. Their interactions are so endearing and sweet – but when it became obvious that she’d have to stay the night, that’s what gave me the biggest laugh of all. Of course, nothing went down, because WORKING!!! isn’t that type of show. I just wonder if we will get a kiss this season, either between Satou and Yachiyo or the other soon-to-be couple.
Souta & Inami – Kotori Returns:
I have to admit, I thought Souta’s mother would play a crucial role in this episode, if it were to continue focusing on their relationship. That wasn’t the case, but I suspect when Souta and Inami do eventually take that next step, she will appear at just the right/wrong moment. I also didn’t expect Kotori’s return this season. I can vaguely remember the hilarity that ensued when Kotori and Inami last interacted, so it’ll certainly be interesting to see how things have changed, and how Inami reacts.
Overview – What’s Next?:
With Satou and Yachiyo down, we’ve got two more episodes for Souta and Inami to hook up. It’s destined to happen – everyone, Kyoko included, knows it. I’m keen to see how Souta’s family will play in this development, especially his mother. Right now, I’m just trying not to think that this is all going to be over in two weeks time. I want to watch WORKING!!! forever and ever, but I suppose it’s best to end on a high. And what a high this season has been thus far.