Wagnaria!! News

Wagnaria!! is a franchise comprised of 2 anime series, 1 manga series
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This blog post contains episode spoilers
 
I want to know who's directing season two because oh my god is it ever better than the first season. This guy has managed to make Inami punching Takanashi funny. I didn't think that was even possible.
 
I've got good faith now that these first eps aren't just flukes. The first season of Working kicked off to a nice start but quickly dropped in quality when Inami was introduced with her awful, awful punching gag. Overall it still wound up being a decent enough show but it was a huge mistake to put so much emphasis on Inami rather than spreading it amongst the whole cast (or putting it all on Poplar i.e. the best girl >_>.) This season whoever's at the helm seems to have realized that as this marks two episodes now where we are getting just that, a nice spread of jokes involving all of the cast with not real emphasis on any single character.
 
The humor this round is really solid. Lots of reaction shots (mainly from Takanashi who pulls them off superbly) and some random silliness from Satou and Souma. Yamada is in full force this episode as well, trying desperately to get the attention of various characters and being the trigger for some of those lovely reaction shots.
 
 Yamada: "Please spoil me!" - Takanashi: NOPE
 Yamada: "Please spoil me!" - Takanashi: NOPE

 
The only two who don't really get much of their dynamic going this episode are Yachiyo and Kyouko, although they are around and do get their brief moment at the forefront. One of the nice things they did when they cut Inami screen time down was they also cut Inami gag time down. I noticed in this episode at least one scene where Inami and Takanashi were working in the same room relatively close to each other without issue, and Inami was even smiling. The one punching gag that does come in the episode is timed perfectly and ends in Takanashi simply falling down and with no further overreaction. The first two episodes are showing us exactly how the relationship between these two should be presented. This is actually fun to watch. 
 
The OP and ED are both great. Panpanpanpan is at least as good was SOMEWAN if not better, and while the ED isn't quite as good as the first season's we're still treated to a performance from the three guys in the group with some fabulous visuals to match their fabulous voices. 

Our three handsome men of the gang dominate the wonderful ED
Our three handsome men of the gang dominate the wonderful ED


In fact my only real complaints so far have nothing to do with the episode itself, but rather with the fansubs. We were unlucky to get one of the literal subbers from Crunchy on this show, which leaves us stuck with Popura and honorifics (ugh) with the superior FFFpeeps releasing wayyyyy too slow :/
 
Here's to hoping the rest of the season keeps this direction going strong, we might be in for a really solid comedy.
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Working!! Chapter 1

 
I said that I would create a blog based on my manga reading yesterday and create a blog I shall! 
 First of all, I'd like to sum up everything I know about Working!! 
    
  
  •  This is the opening to the anime.  
  • It is addictive. 
  • Why does that chick have a sword?  
  • I bet that chick at 1:20 is the lazy boss. 

 This is Poplar. She is adorable.
 This is Poplar. She is adorable.
And there you go. 
That is all I knew about Working!! before I started reading it. 
 
Alright, now the first few pages of Working!! just show some of the characters we'll encounter. 
Then we get the first actual strip of Working!! 
 
Working!! is in a 4-Koma style similar to Azumaga Daioh and Haruhi-Chan. 
The setting is the Wagnalia Resturant in northern Japan and the first strip starts out by introducing us to who appears to be the main character, 16-year old Takanashi Souta. 
 
The second strip introduces us to Adorable...I mean Taneshima Poplar.  
She was named after the Poplar Tree so she would be tall.......that did not go as planned. She's also 17 despite her appearance. 

The third strip introduces us to Lazy Manager AKA Shirafuji Kyoko, who announces in Panel 4 that she doesn't work. 
So, yea. That theory was completely valid. 
 
The next two strips explain how Katanashi came to work at the resturant and explaining why that was not a typo earlier in the sentence while the two strips following it joke about the fact that Poplar appears to be a middle schooler at best. 
 
In the three strips following those we learn that Takanashi IS NOT A PEDOPHILE. REALLY! 
But, he does have an intense love for small cute things such as kittens and puppies and sea monkeys and Poplars.  
 

 This image makes perfect sense.  
 This image makes perfect sense.  
 
And in the last strip of Working!! Chapter 1, Takanashi makes a fatal mistake. He attempts to guess Kyoko's age... 
This is not going to bode well for him at all.... 
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I think I'll snatch up that Quest XP now. 
 But, in a bit, I believe I will use this blog to chronicle my experiences reading manga. 
 
So, if anyone decided to follow me in the time it took me to type this, you'll have that to look forward to. 
(I believe I will start with Working!! since I'm only a short distance in.)
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