Welcome everyone to another RishRaff review! Today we will be covering the comedy anime Wagnaria!! This anime is also known as Working!! in English. Due to a demanding schedule, B-Ro will not be joining us for today’s review. Please beware as always of minor SPOILERS.
Now without further ado, let us begin the review!
Summary: Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16-year-old high school student Sōta Takanashi works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Popura Taneshima, a high school girl who—despite being a year older than Sōta—is easily mistaken for a elementary/middle schooler, and Kyoko Shirafuji, the 28-year-old store manager who does not bother to do any work at all. -AnimeNewNetwork
Wagnaria!! is primarily an episodic style anime, that centers around the different characters and their interactions. This lends itself well to the series, which gives it a sitcom type feel. However, as the story continues, it because more and more obvious that the show has many subplots. The show turns from a character driven story into one driven by the subplots, which can cause it to feel too much is happening within the story. This personally got a little bit annoying, and made me question why they did not turn any of the romantic subplots just into the overarching plot.
The show is built heavily upon its characters, and does a good job with developing them. Several of the subplots revolve around a character’s growth, the most notable being Itami. Each character differs from one another, which helps prevent the cast from feeling crowded. One issue is with the character introductions, with them being at slightly strange times, and with any information about them being relatively sparse in some situations until later on. It makes the time taken to introduce this character and then wait to develop them seem wasteful.
The animation for this series is not the best out there, being somewhat simple. It does a decent job, however, and is pretty clean, and does not take away from any of the comedy value.
The soundtrack is not overly fantastic either, just being kinda generic. It does the purpose of setting moods for the show, which is pretty important for a comedy, even during the semi-serious moments. The opening is very catchy though, I will admit.
Themes for this show are not very important, again due to its comedic nature. The most notable themes mostly revolve around interacting with people, and accepting their flaws. This can be seen in some characters continual friendship with more difficult staff members, regardless of how annoying they may be. While this sounds rather deep for the anime, it is really just surface level themes. The comedy value is not overly cliche, which is greatly welcomed.
Final Score: 7.8/10
Final Grade: C
Ahhhh Wagnaria…. I had such a great time watching the first season of this anime. It didn’t blow me out of the water, but man did I enjoy it. You see, I work at my college’s main dining hall. I watched most of season 1 of Wagnaria after my work shifts, and While I can’t say I personally relate to any of the craziness of Wagnaria (I certainly work with some characters, in a good way, but no one has punched me after eye contact… yet…), it still felt right to watch the anime afterwards. The main selling point of Wagnaria, and the thing I like about it the most, is its characters and their interactions. They certainly don’t focus on the food here (though I really want a parfait right now). Each character has their own quirk, and some of the quirks are quite crazy. I really like all of them, but I’d have to say Inami and Sato are my personal favorites. Inami never fails to make me laugh with her slapstick humor, and Satou is actually quite interesting with the situations he’s put in. Of course, the main character Takanashi is quite good as well, of you can get past the somewhat creepiness of his quirk. I always thought that if you took the characters and setting and tweaked the plot, you could easily have a messed up horror anime. However, this anime is a lighthearted comedy, and it was extremely funny. It’s not the most I’ve laughed at an anime, but it definitely gets the job done. Now on to the music. The background music does a good job at relating the show’s moods. I won’t be buying the background music, but it’s really enjoyable when watching the show. The opening and closing however are both exceptional. The Op is an absolute joy to listen to! It’s really happy and upbeat ska sounding awesomeness! I still listen to it when I need a feel good song, or to get pumped up for something, or to wake up before those morning shifts…. The Ed isn’t a mind blowing composition (it sounds somewhat generic, not compared to other anime Ed’s per se, but in how it has that classic oldies rock style in a way… you’ll hear what I mean…), but it’s very fun and enjoyable, which in my eyes makes it awesome! It was also a nice touch to have the 3 main male characters sing the Ed. I’m definitely starting to see a pattern here. Wagnaria isn’t a tear jerking this will change your life and perspective on the world anime, but it doesn’t need to be. It doesn’t have something deep to say, it just wants to show you these crazy but likeable characters, and have fun. And it succeeds! It has a lot of heart and is a lot of fun to watch. The anime world needs its Wagnarias just as it needs its Your Lie in Aprils and Angel Beats and Serial Experiments Lains. I highly recommend it if you just want a good laugh, or if you work in food service.
Final Comments: An enjoyable and easy comedy anime is the best way to describes Wagnaria!! However, it should not be watched with any kind of seriousness, because it does get bogged down by too many subplots and lacks in deep themes.
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