Souta & Inami Resolution?:
I went into this episode expecting to be the last, so in a way I ended up disappointed… until the last few seconds. I thought we were going to get a climactic resolution to Souta and Inami’s romantic development, but in the end they just went on a date? It was a sweet scene with plenty of funny moments (Inami with her bag on her head was my personal favourite), but it didn’t feel like it was resolving anything or progressing all that much. Sure, Inami quietly admitted that she’d fallen in love with Souta, but that’s not what I’ve come to expect or want from WORKING!!! I want them to be full-on blushing, confessing their love loud and clearly. This felt a little… flat.
My memory fails me as far as Inami’s father goes, but I do recall their relationship was not a particularly nice one. I didn’t expect his return this week, but it did manage to bring Souta and Inami closer together, even if Souta ended up running off in the end. I thought this was going to be the big scene where they’d embrace one another and I’d have a silly grin on my face, but it ended before it began, sadly.
I also thought Souta’s mother was going to play a much more important role in the final episode, as that’s what was being built up. It appears I wasn’t wrong to think that, as Souta is whisked away in the final scene. If this was the true ending, then I would be furious and let down, but thankfully, that isn’t the case.
One Last Time At Wagnaria?:
That right – this isn’t the last episode! Well, technically it is, but the just as the credits were rolling, we got a preview for an hour long special that seems to incorporate the RPG in-series alternate universe that we saw a glimpse of earlier this season. I would never have called an hour long special being announced, but I’m over the moon. My expectations haven’t been ruined yet – there’s still time for everything to come full circle and for WORKING!!! to leave on a positive note.
As for the rest of the episode, Yachiyo is still leaving, and Popura is finding it difficult to come to terms that she’ll be the new chief. The scene between her and Souta was a nice callback to their very first meeting where I starting shipping them and loved their interactions. Of course, as time has passed, it’s Inami that Souta has fallen for, but that other part of me was happy to have some proper Souta/Popura resolution. She’ll make a great chief!
Souma’s being too embarrassed to get his photo taken was another funny subplot. I can relate to him, but it’s more funny because this is the guy always so intent on snapping others at their weakest and is always stirring the pot. None of the major storylines this season have affected him majorly (he says so himself when Yamada begins reenacting the highlights of this third season). It’s nice to have the spotlight shined on him if just for a moment, and not have him sitting in the back row whilst everyone else enjoys the attention.
Overview – Final Impressions (For Now):
It’s difficult to write my final impressions when I know this isn’t truly the end. This one hour special looks to be a fantasy take on the Wagnaria cast, but I suspect (and hope) there will be some in-series developments that continue from where this episode left off. If this is the true finish line in the Souta/Inami racecourse of love, then count me disappointed. However, I’m being optimistic and assuming that there will be a more climactic end to their relationship in the TV special. Souta’s mother also has a big role to play, if promises are to be kept, so I’ll be waiting to see how that turns out as well.
As for this third season of WORKING!!!, it’s easily been the best of the bunch. The other two were already great, but this raised the bar even higher. After hinting and teasing the character developments and relationships, using the same jokes over and over (whilst still being very funny, mind you), I was expecting much the same for this final season. I don’t go into a comedy series expecting fleshed out characters arcs and gradual development; I come for some laughs, and WORKING!! always delivered that in spades. However, this third season balanced the laughs with rounding the story off in a satisfying way, and that’s what made it so much more fun.
Satou and Yachiyo are together, the Yamada siblings have been re-united, Otoo-san finally found his wife (then lost her, then found her, and may have lost her again?), and Souta and Inami’s relationship is on the cusp of a resolution. It’s been a treat to blog this season, and whenever this special is eventually aired, you can expect coverage of it. Looking back at all that we’ve been given these past three months, I’m hopeful it will provide a satisfying send-off for the WORKING!!! franchise.
Also, to all those who haven’t seen the light: Yamada is still the greatest, the cutest, the bestest. Yamada is life.