February 16, 2012

Anime Review: Working!!

A slice of life comedy anime revolving around a family owned restaurant and the interesting characters that work there. This review combines both Working!! and Working'!! as they can be considered as one long anime.

Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16-year-old high school student Souta Takanashi works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Popura Taneshima, a high school girl who's a year older than Souta, yet easily mistaken for an elementary/middle schooler, and Kyoko Shirafuji, the 28-year old store manager who doesn't bother to do any work at all. 

So Working!! is your typical slice of life comedy anime featuring a bunch of characters and their basic dealings with life. What makes this anime different from the rest is that the main setting is in a restaurant. Nearly every episode is always set in the same restaurant. You may find that boring, however, the different characters and their dealing with each other can be pretty interesting. In the end, there really is no plot. Its you looking at their lives and laughing about it.

The art was above average, just like your typical slice of life anime. Nothing too fancy and nothing too bland. Nothing much else could be said of the art design, but the environment gives really good detail overall. Each person on-screen has been carefully animated and drawn out, so you won't see any 'missing' people on-screen.

Voice acting was perfect with some minor annoyances here and there. I was really surprised that one of the voice actors was actually sampled as the popular Hatsune Miku. I did not find this out until much later after finishing the series.

The characters were interesting to an extent, and then it just got kind of repetitive. The never ending teasing and paybacks are a plenty throughout his anime. The characters just seem to lack enough personality to actually make you want to love them. In the end, the characters were not that memorable.

Overall, the anime can be considered as a 'filler' for when you have extra time or just plain bored. The lack of close relationships and communication between the characters can make you frustrated at times. However, in the end you get a few laughs and some emotional times.

There really is no plot. Just a bunch of people working in a restaurant.

ART: 7
Some good details in the anime. The characters were distinctively drawn well.

The theme songs were really catchy, but that's about it. Voice acting was good too.

Some characters were funny, some others were plain annoying. It's really how you view them that makes them who they are.

There are some funny bits, but not many.

Ok, so I enjoyed the funny bits and the occasional misunderstandings that happen. This anime is really for your free time to watch.