Type: Ironically known as Working!! in Japan
Synopsis: For Sota Takanashi, making his way in the anime world takes everything he’s got. Mostly because he only likes small cute things. So he accepts a part-time job to take a break from all his worries, which sure does help a lot. Except for all the times he’s punched by a girl with androphobia. But hey, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and you’re always glad the short cute girl came.
Pros: This anime is chill. For reals. It’s the type of anime you can watch while snuggling on the couch with a nice cup of coco to unwind at the end of the day. The anime is a slice-of-life comedy with well defined, if sightly one-dimensional characters. Sota loves small cute things. Popura is annoyed at being called small. Inami is afraid of men and punches them with the best right jab I think I’ve ever seen in an anime (girl could go pro), etc. All the character gags are great. It has a sort sitcom feel (in the good way). What really puts the show over is that it takes place in a restaurant setting, something that a lot of people can relate to. Having characters comically interact during work is a lot more universal than going to a Japanese high school. Though, I would also watch a spin-off with just Sota and his four sisters.
Cons: I loved the show. It’s exactly what I usually want from an anime. I mean, if I wanted to be nitpicky, I could point out that all the women in the show are infantilized, with even the manager having a childish sweet tooth. I could also point out that nothing really happens, with the biggest conflict being two episodes were Soma is ticked off at Inami. Or that any instances of drama or temporary new characters (except Sota’s sisters) lessened my enjoyment. And both seasons are basically the same. But, since all these things are addressed within the show, and since I loved it, I’m just not going to mention them.
Watch it?: It always made me smile (4/5)
MVP: Aoi Yamada
She lives in the attic. She’s basically Chavo del Ocho
Best Episode: S.1 Ep.11 “The Two of Them Back Then, Yachiyo and Satō. And, Welcome to the Takanashi Family” (so that’s what people do behind closed doors!)