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WWW.Working!!

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WWW.Working!!, an adaptation of Takatsu Karino’s webcomic, sits side-by-side with Working!! with the same premise but different characters – that is, it’s also a workplace comedy following the dysfunctional staff at a branch of the Wagnaria family restaurant chain. There’s no direct connection between the two series, but if you’ve seen Working!! then this will be comfortably familiar. The sense of humour remains the same, the characters are still anything but normal, and the romantic elements will sneak up and charm you all over again.

Yet it remains resolutely different. There are few characters that occupy the same functional role, and when they do they’re only minor characters, so you won’t be getting déjà vu anytime soon. This opens up a lot of new ground to explore in a setup that had already been covered extensively (or at least as much as you can get out of a workplace sitcom), ideally giving you more Working!! but from a fresh, new perspective! But different does not mean better, and WWW.Working!! is saddled with quite a few issues…

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Did you have a good year? I hope so. My 2015 was alright. Pretty unremarkable, a couple of new experiences, but mostly just been working. But for anime though, it’s been interesting I guess. I wouldn’t call 2015 a bad year for anime by any stretch, but thinking back on what I watched while writing this top 10 I was struck by how few series really left a major impact in the fandom, and more importantly how few left much of an impression on me. I think I’d overall characterise it as a solid, if unassuming, year for anime. Still, there’ve been at least a few that I’ll be remembering for a while, and enough that I wasn’t struggling for things to include!

Now, the definition I’m working with for ‘2015 anime’ is pretty broad, but a lot of other people are using it too so it’s nothing too radical or unexpected. It’s what I’ve been using for previous years: a series counts if it finished in 2015, and a film counts if it was first available for me to watch this year. I feel this is pretty sensible – you can’t exactly consider a show “best of the year” if it hasn’t even finished yet, shows that started last year wouldn’t get a chance otherwise, and expecting me to consider a film that I could’ve only watched in a cinema in Japan is just silly.

Before we get to the top 10, I want to talk about some anime that didn’t quite make the cut, but definitely deserve a shoutout.

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Here’s something I found out in the summer: Working!! is really good! I watched it after Servant x Service aired while finding myself wanting more in that style, and it scratched that itch and then some. What I really enjoyed about it is the way it handled romance. Between the pairings of Inami and Takanashi and Satou and Yachiyo, there was plenty of it to get behind, but of course with the added humour of one in each pair being completely oblivious to the other’s feelings, and everyone involved being utterly dysfunctional and weird.

And what was great was just how easy it was to root for them! Even though Takanashi was a bit of a jerk, I found myself desperately wanting for him to reciprocate Inami’s feelings because I had become invested enough in her character to just want to see her be all happy and stuff. Similarly with Satou and Yachiyo, except neither of them are jerks and oh wow they would be super cute together seriously. But because it was so easy to get invested in them like that, and because the context that these relationships in potentia were forged in was so lighthearted, it was also easy to have those feelings exploited and abused.

On a side note, I’m pretty sure Souma is the mangaka’s self-insert or author avatar. There’s no other way to explain the sadism of this series…

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It’s all just frustratingly adorable

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