Dec 302010

I have a simple rule when it comes to…well any sort of media content; if I don’t think I’ll like it I won’t consume it. Admittedly this means I’ll miss out on stuff I probably would like, but it also keeps me from watching a lot of crap. What does this have to do with my Top Five Anime of 2010? Simply that the pool I drew this list from was nowhere near encyclopedic.
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Jul 012010

It’s so sad that I can watch an entire* season of a show, yet still make lame comparisons to a similar, yet vastly different movie.
* where entire is defined as missed a couple episodes here and there.

Working!! is, in setup, a standard comedy. The relatively normal straight man thrown in with a collection of wacky characters and bounced off if them — sometimes literally in this case. And to be honest, that’s mostly what Working!! was. But what did catch me by surprise was the way the show was willing to at least acknowledge the idea of character growth. Let’s be honest, a character like Inami is so extreme as to be useless in the big wide world, and a good candidate for serious psychological counseling. The show could have kept her there — which they did for a good chunk of the run — but there were the outlines of an arc for the character, which is rare for a sitcom. In fact, if you squint, the argument could be made that the central arc of the series is Inami overcoming her father’s programming and tentatively reaching out to Souta. I’ll freely admit that’s a forced interpretation of the show, and that someone (one one) else can very easily say there is no depth here; it’s just about silly people doing silly things in a restaurant. There certainly is a lot of truth to that statement, which also was part of Working’s appeal, well that and New Items. Either way, Working!! kept me entertained all through it’s thirteen episode run, and hopefully we’ll get another meal at the Wagnaria soon.