- Seasons: 3
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Title: Working!! (Wagnaria!!)
- Season 1 Episodes: 13 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 4 April 2010 — 27 June 2010
- Title: Working’!! (Wagnaria!!2)
- Season 2 Episodes: 13 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 1 October 2011 — 24 December 2011
- Title: Working!!! (Wagnaria!!3)
- Season 3 Episodes: 13 – 23min (Completed)
- Date: 5 July 2015 — 27 September 2015
Due to his love for small, cute things, Souta Takanashi cannot turn childlike Popura Taneshima down when she recruits him to work for Wagnaria, a family restaurant located in Hokkaido. Takanashi takes particular joy in doting on the older Popura, which only fuels her complex over how young she looks. He also quickly learns he must stay on his toes once he meets the rest of his colleagues, including the katana-wielding floor chief Yachiyo Todoroki, the intimidating head chef Jun Satou, the dangerously well-informed and subtly sadistic sous chef Hiroomi Souma, the adamantly lazy manager Kyouko Shirafuji, and the waitress Mahiru Inami who has a “painful” fear of men.
Powered by an eccentric cast, Working!! is a unique workplace comedy that follows the never-dull happenings within the walls of Wagnaria as Takanashi and his co-workers’ quirky personalities combine to create non-stop antics, shenanigans, and hilarity.
I think MyAnimeList did a really good job of summarising the entire series’ shenanigans with their synposis. Or rather, there isn’t really much to say about this anime other than describing the funky individuals that make up the show. Essentially, Working!!’s charms come directly from the interplay of characters in the show. Their interactions, their personality, every single cast has a quirky and vibrant personality that you cannot help but adore. Other than a highly entertaining ensemble of people, there isn’t much to the story in terms of the plot progression.
Season 1 of this brilliant anime has little to no plot progression or much background story of the characters for that matter. Nevertheless, season 1’s lack of plot is nothing to sneer at. Instead, there is plenty of tomfoolery to keep the show highly entertaining. Not a single interaction between any of the characters is uninteresting. While the plot barely progresses, the characters and their bonds will continue developing and progressing through the seasons.
Season 2 of the workplace anime maintains its settings and environment. There is still little plot progression, but this time the characters and their backgrounds are slowly being brought into the picture. Season 2 gives little pieces of information about the characters but with heaps of more funny moments. The story continues being thoroughly enjoyable and highly entertaining, living up to season 1’s reputation.
By season 3 of the anime, all the build up and the developments from the previous seasons will finally accumulate and culminate into the story’s ultimate plot progression, love. And I say love instead of just romance because, while we are indeed presented with romance, there are also developments within families and friendships. Although, it is undeniable that the highlight of love in the show is ultimately romance. We finally see an active change in the romance between the characters and are finally given a storyline to follow as it unfolds.
The central comedy in the show revolves around the casts’ personality. Unlike many comedies that force body gags or excessive punchlines (Working!! has them too), the humor in this show mainly comes from the interaction between the casts. Their wacky personalities and their pronounced chemistry enhances every interaction, making each and every scene memorable.
Should I watch Working!!?
Like me, you may have watched this anime for a simple comic relief. Just a casual show to pass time and have a good time. Working!! did just that for me and so much more. Expect your Slice of Life greatness and an abundance of hilarity that will keep you craving more. I highly recommend this anime to anyone that wants to be entertained. Newcomers of the anime scene should most definitely give this a watch!
If you’re looking for quick romance or a story with a plot progression that has a climax or twists, then you may want to hold off on giving this show a go. Any progression to the plot or actual romance only appear in Season 3.