Wednesdays Watching Anime – Working!!

September 23, 2015 § 1 Comment

This week it’s another bunt, because we’ve got the OP for Working!!, “Someone Else” by Kana Asumi, Saki Fujita and Eri Kitamura!

Because I try to find the silver lining in everything, I imagine that my inconsistent update schedule has the two people who check the site regularly on pins and needles every Wednesday, come evening. Hi, you two! Thanks for stopping by. No disasters this week, mercifully. I’m not guaranteeing anything for next week, of course, but you both know that.

Anyway, I kept my implicit promise from last week: the OP for Working!! — the first season, mind you, not Working’!! or Working!!! — features all three female leads singing. The ED for the same season, “Go to Heart Edge,” is by the three male leads. They’re both rather listenable, although it’s hard to match the energetic pop of the OP with anything, even the surf rock that the ED vaguely flirts with being.

All seasons of Working!! are generally known for good OPs and EDs, come to think of it. I don’t know if it’s the artists involved in composing the music, since Kousaki Satoru of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the Monogatari series is credited for the first season and no one for the subsequent two, but it’s certainly the kind of anime that sells itself as fun. There’s slapstick and sight gags all over the place, which does the doubled duty of selling the kineticism of the anime and reaffirming its origins as a four-panel comic. You’re probably going to stop reading before the end of this paragraph and go watch an episode on Crunchyroll right now, which is okay, because the third season actually provides some resolution to the ever-increasing cast of people, each caught in one of several love triangles. Assured that it all has an end and is not just an eternal holding pattern of standalone comedic moments, Working!! is getting to be one of my favorite anime out there.

The other thing that I like about this OP is that it gives the show literal room to grow, at least in terms of its cast. If you look at the OPs for the second and third seasons, you’ll see that they gradually get more crowded as there are more characters that need their three seconds of screentime. By comparison, the OP for Working!! is somewhat barren, but I’ll tell you what, it’s less barren than it was in its first few episodes. Anime that introduce characters gradually over time, rather than situations, have two choices about how to structure their openings:

  • Feature only the characters present at the beginning of the show, in the knowledge that the OP will become increasingly unrepresentative and obsolete as the plot progresses.
  • Feature the full cast of characters, in the knowledge that the presence of some might confuse or disappoint viewers because of their absence or because they are spoilers.

I understand why anime regularly choose the former, even the OP for Trigun that has no Wolfwood and includes a stupid-looking one-off of a villain, but I can’t tell you how happy I am that Working!! chose the latter with Aoi Yamada. Really, it suits her character to pop into various preexisting scenes like she does, even coming down from the ceiling at 0:05 and 0:49, but it also just strengthens the show as a whole for its OP to evolve, expand, and change to include new characters. That’s most likely the strength of Working!! itself, as well.

Yamada drops into Working!!

Yamada drops into Working!!

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