When a show gets multiple seasons, it’s usually due to the fact that either the show is popular enough to receive a second or third installment, or the production company just simply has the resources to make it happen. So, with the working series coming out in its 3rd season since 2010, what happens here?
Story: Do I really need to bother with story? Because in all honesty, the story of this season is basically the same as it’s always been. Like the previous two alliterations, Working!!! (now with 3 exclamation marks) follows the story of the entire staff at a place called Wagnaria as they all work and involved with each of their co-workers lives while getting closer as a group of workers. Simple story, simple concept, somewhat overdone.
Because it follows the general slice-of-life story still, the base story idea is rather bland as a result. With the general premise being what it is, there has to be something that makes the show interesting, right? Well, luckily, there is.
Contrary to the previous two seasons, Working3 ties up a lot of the loose ends that the series has. Because this season specifically is the sort of “last season” for the show (because there’s apparently a one-hour special to really finish things up), a lot of the plot points that were brought up in previous seasons, the different issues that each character had, are as a result resolved and provide a neat little ending to the majority of the cast. Working has been a SoL show that has proper story progression with its runtime, and with a lot of loose ties ending, it makes the show better as a result.
Comedy in Working is the same as it’s always been. You have characters with each of their random little quirks, gags, and personalities, all of them mashing together to create retorts onto each other’s words and actions, as well as some general specifically “character” moments where one member of the cast makes their character shine for just a little moment.
In the end, the story for this season of Working is just to tie things over. As it is more plot-based than just the characters wasting precious screentime screwing around (though that does happen still), the story progression is as a result is much more like a story rather than your average slice of life for the most part.
+ Plot progression
+ Character development
+/- Character and retort comedy (Good and bad depending on your sense of humor)
– Bland story idea (It’s still after all, a slice of life story idea.)
Characters: Similarly, the characters in Working are still basically the same. No one from the previous two seasons has been cut out, and in fact, the characters have changed development-wise rather than really adding in any new characters to the group. But, as is working tradition, new characters are still added with each progressional season.
As for the new characters of the bunch, the characters that were introduced are largely new members that serve to intertwine several other character relations. With new members of the Takanashi family and other characters that tie up several other of the cast members’ issues, the series really doesn’t take too much a hit from remembering everyone because they just aren’t hard to remember and no one really takes away from the show; instead, creating a more vibrant show with the characters that it both introduces and has.
+ Good ol’ same cast
+ New additions that benefitted the series (even slightly)
+ Character development with the cast members.
Art: Produced by A-1, the art, much like the rest of the series, is largely the same. With the same style of animation and the same quality as it did previously, Working itself is a very consistent series when it comes to artwork, using a very vibrant color scheme and a rather simple look to the series that isn’t too aesthetically overcomplicated or over-detailed.
In addition, the show goes back and uses the style of chibis and other character visual regressions in order to express the comedy of the show, including changing facial features, simplification, and some slight overdramaticism.
+ Same art style (If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.)
Sound: The soundtrack is very similar to its other two seasons, with the OP and ED songs being these nice, fluffy tracks, without really any indication for them being memorable. They’re good in their own right, but they are honestly not songs that I would listen to on repeat.
Personal Enjoyment: Following a series is a fun pastime for a lot of animegoers. To essentially grow up with the cast with each new cour that the series is give, seeing the series come to the end is a bit of a bittersweet feeling. While Working hasn’t completely finished at the time of this review, the prospect of never watching another Working season gets me a little down, admittedly.
Did I like this anime?
Yes. It’s always fun to revisit the characters that you grow fond of, and this is no exception. With the entire series now wrapped around solving everyone’s problems, the show as a result became much different than its previous two cours because it moved our characters along to some very nice resolutions. (Though, if Yamada were to stop breaking stuff, maybe I would’ve had a little hope for her.)
What didn’t I like about this anime?
Well, there’s not really anything to dislike for me personally. It’s a quaint little series that I enjoy and, while its story idea is a bit lackluster, I had no problem with just sitting down and see these characters talk and work with each other.
Would I recommend this anime?
If it’s for this season, only watch this after watching the first two seasons, because you will be completely lost on everything if you just start now. If you have seen Working and like it, I highly recommend watching it. It’s a nice wrap up to a lot of the points that the previous Working’s established and it’s still basically the same show, so I see no reason not to if you liked it before.
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