Season two of Working’!! is still underway, so let’s get down to some of my impressions.
But let’s have an appetizer, Pluffei’s review from season 1.
Okie-dokie, when I saw Working’!! I fell in love with the premise immediately. Having worked in a family restaurant, this series resonates with me.
Employee bonding is always great, and in small restaurants, it’s important to foster community. I can personally call back on the colorful cast of my dad’s restaurant, from the tattooed Asian tough guys to the Chinese speaking “aunties” and “uncles”, you can see everyone’s unique quirks. The staff at Wagnaria have a more real connection in this season, and the zany personalities are at full force. Episodes have more flow from the day-to-day shenanigans. And some of the episodes end with closure, which is a very nice touch. Many times you forget that there’s food being served because you’re fixated on what’s going on.
The love triangles are at full force, but they’re no angsty secrets. Inami’s budding and somewhat one-sided affections for Takanashi are attended to by Taneshima, and Souma still knows all the scandalous gossip that flies about, though he’s still yet to find immunity from Satou. The second course of Working’!! isn’t just simply leftovers though, as you can see [minimal] progress with Inami’s androphobia and Yachiyo’s awareness of and holding back her murderous envy directed towards Otou-san. Because when you get down to it, realistically, people talk to each other about their problems and daily going-ons, and not always in some tense mysterious gossip, but in a sincere intentional way, whether it’s a stressful family life or being the butt of short jokes. Much the same, my brother and I were quite the tiny ones and would look up to the very strong-armed staff as uncles or big brothers.
In the end, these family restaurants (or really any establishment) thrives off the community of its workers in the average everyday scenarios, whatever form the average and everyday takes. Working’!! continues to give me the nostalgia of my teenagerhood at the restaurant, so I could possibly vouch the same for any memories of part time jobs any of you folks in the audience have.
The animation seems more solid this time around. And the bgm is still nothing too great, but the opening and ending are still catchy. There’s something about the slight ska elements that captured me. (It’s the trumpets, it’s always the trumpets.) The opening also focuses on the ladies with its upbeat flavor while the guys take the second ending which has a delightful 70s feel.
All in all, I can’t really say anything is super particularly radically new this time around, which is neither a strike for or against really. Like being a regular at a restaurant, your favorite hometown diner won’t up and serve filet migon but you can count on consistency. It’s still a slice-of-life about a wacky restaurant staff, and you can count on being entertained.
So far, the second season continues to show its merits and only enriches the experience laid out from season one, and personally, I can’t wait to see it all the way through.