Working!! is one of my anticipated anime from the Spring 2010 line-up. It made me sad that I had no idea they aired a TV promo last March 6. I’m wondering though, is this the first episode? Or not?
Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16 year old high school student Takanashi Souta works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Taneshima Popura, a high school girl who’s a year older than Souta who’s easily mistaken for a elementary/middle schooler, and Shirafuji Kyoko the 28-year old store manager who doesn’t bother to do any work at all.
Honestly, I think this is a show that I will enjoy watching. I so love the weird characters and their quirks. Now, let’s take a look at the seiyuus behind it:
- Taneshima Poplar – Asumi Kana
- Shirafuji Kyoko – Watanabe Kumiko
- Takanashi Souta – Fukuyama Jun
- Todoroki Yachio – Kitamura Eri
- Satou Jun – Ono Daisuke
- Souma Hiroomi – Kamiya Hiroshi
- Inami Mahiru – Fujita Saki
These are all characters that appeared on the TV promo episode. If Ono Daisuke wasn’t enough to make me watch this and fangirl to it, he’s even paired with Kamiya Hiroshi! OMGOMGOMG. And of course, Fukuyama Jun. I like him better as Lelouch but he’s still got a good voice so… ♥ I like Kitamura Eri ever since I heard her in Toradora and I hope she’s also going to do a great job here.
The wonderful seiyuu cast aside, let’s look at who’s who – the characters:
A pretty regular guy. That’s what you’d think when you get your first look at him. But oh boy, he’s weird too!! His coworkers see him as a lolicon but he denies it by saying he’s actually a minicon. He likes anything small, cute, vulnerable, and he feels that strange urge to protect them all the time. Weird eh?
She was named after, yes, the Poplar tree. Her parents hoped that by naming her after such a tall, sturdy tree she’ll also be like that – only to be disappointed. Despite her looks, she’s actually 17 years old, and a high school student. In fact, she’s Takanashi’s sempai at school. Like, whoa, right? Loliloliloli POP!
The manager of Wagnaria, the family restaurant that Poplar-chan and Katanashi – err, Takanashi – works at. She’s actually very sensitive when it comes to her age (she’s 28 already) and she also has no idea how things work at the restaurant. She’s a very hard-working manager, ne? /sarcasm.
Not much is revealed in this episode about him except that for me, he resembles Sanji from One Piece. He also works in the kitchen, just like Sanji. He’s got a smexy voice though ♥ (oooh, my bias is kicking in) He’s the one who helps Poplar-chan with the tasks that she can’t do: ie. putting a cup on the topmost shelf, lifting uber heavy stuff etc.
As Takanashi-kun says, Souma Hiroomi likes to talk. A LOT. When he talks, he forgets all other important things that he needs to do. And aside from sharing the same seiyuu as Izaya from Durarara!!, looks like they both like interesting people too. Oho, HiroC, oho! ♥
Pretty gal, don’t you think? Yeah right, she’s pretty and very friendly… And then you’ll see the Japanese sword swinging, clipped on her waist and you’ll go “WTF!?!” It has not yet been disclosed why she carries such a scary thing around like that. It puzzles me even more that the customers pay no mind to it as she serves them their food.
Last but not the least, Inami Mahiru. She was there at the start of the program but her appearance in there was very forgettable. However, when she shows up again later near the end of the show, she made such a huge impact – both on me and on Takanashi-kun’s face. Apparently, she hates boys. Androphobic chick = not my thing.
It was a very fun episode to watch and I’m looking forward to more adventures from the crew of Wagnaria Family Restaurant. I am VERY EXCITED about how Izaya and Shizuo will bicker with each other inside the kitchen! ♥ I just hope that this anime won’t go down the androphobic-chick-cures-her-sickness-because-of-lead-guy-and-they-fall-in-love-THE-END story line. I HOPE NOT.
The next episode of Wagnaria – err, WORKING!! will be on April 4. Woooo~ I can feel the spring breeze now! Check out the anime’s official website too.