Question to self after watching the show’s comeback episode: Did we really need a third season?
As I have answered in a few ask.fm questions, the only two shows I am planning to watch as they air this season are Non Non Biyori Repeat and WORKING!!! It didn’t occur to me that I’ve only selected sequels of shows I’ve enjoyed watching in the past, but whatever.
I was really, really, really looking forward to both series! Their predecessors were my feel-good shows back when they aired. I never rewatched them, though. Due to my delightful watching experience I had with them, I held pretty high expectations for the sequels—that they’d still be as entertaining as ever. I’ve mostly had positive overall impressions on most anime sequels, so these two new shows ought to follow that trend, right? Right?
So far I’ve only seen WORKING!!!. And sadly, it didn’t quite hold up to my expectations. Right. It was a letdown.
I jumped in totally blinded by my enthusiasm for the show, but the show failed to reciprocate my feelings for it.
Looking back, it’s been almost four years since I have last seen an episode of Working’!! As I said, I never rewatched the series. Could my impression from this episode alone be any different if I rewatched the previous seasons? Of if I simply didn’t watch the prequels before, and just do a marathon in preparation for watching this sequel? Should I just let my what-ifs question my disappointment with this show?
All this episode did was re-introduce the characters without having anything that could have resembled a plot get going. Though I would say there are slight, as in, very slight, changes to the characters as they have been together for presumably quite some time, there was hardly any perceived growth from what this bunch of weirdos were from the start.
Takanashi, who is the supposed normal one from the group, is still a pedophile. It seems like that wouldn’t change any time soon. His fetish for cute and small stuff and people goes beyond any measure. Remove that feature from him and we’ll end up with a bland character, but a decent human being. You can see it is the only distinguishing quality this character has. I admit I had “fun” watching how he interacts with Wagnaria staff—how he “pets” Popura, how he tries to “correct” Mahiru’s fear towards men, and just how he ignores everything that isn’t, well, cute according to his standards.
But that’s too much now. It’s been used before and I’ve tried hard to see what is funny or entertaining with that trait, or if that has something good to do with me in the long-run. And if the other girls surrounding him only want his affection, unbeknownst to him, while being clumsy at almost everything and failing to meet the described tasks in their job, I think I’m going to fail in seeing whatever inherent charm that these characters have.
Yamada: Record-breaking plate-destroyer since 2010. Let us not bother counting how many plates she has broken and just how much she owes Wagnaria. But admittedly, I’m drawn to her clumsiness (read: craziness?) enough to make me stick with the show for now. Though, she gets annoying sometimes.
Satou-kun: Our poor Satou-kun. It makes me sad that there’s no progress with his romance subplot, which is by far the “more” interesting among the rest of the romance stuff this show has half-heartedly thrown in. It just feels wrong, personally, to label it the “most” interesting when it’s just about average at best.
The other pairings barely do anything, but now that the repetitive character humor has failed to make a good impression on me this time, they’re decent suspenders of my interest. So, at least, it’s not completely unworthy of mention. Perhaps this is the only aspect from where the show can move things along and have any progress to make a hopefully proper eventual resolution to everything that has hardly welcomed any resolution at all.
And there are characters that I could care less about that the show itself passively coolly introduces and coolly ignores. Seriously, just who was this guy again? For me to forget him so easily, that should show just how little impression he had on me? And please, don’t make him look like Kirito. Please.
It was hard to watch, not that it is totally that bad or that I hate the characters. I just found it difficult to see reasons for liking the whole cast once again—for the third time around. For me, it feels like I don’t really need to see anything more of Wagnaria chronicles. Their current antics in spite of the mishaps in the seasons before, I fear, will not warrant me a meaningful reward for sticking with it. They all just seem like they’re purposely not doing their jobs properly for the sake of comedy, and that I doubt Wagnaria will survive in the food service industry like this.
I’m still trying to like it so I can still watch it until the end and see how it will close. I may only be watching this now for the unexciting romance subplots that I’m hoping will have their clean resolutions. This sounds like a lowly reason—and it doesn’t sound fun at all—but that’s really what I’m clinging onto. A thin thread of hope. Yes, I’m still hoping that it’ll somehow break my first impressions in the next episodes.