Working has all the ingredients to be the next big hit. Based off a 4-koma, it has managed to combine the right formula together to attract mountains of praise from across anime fandom. It has successfully managed to gather a group of cute girls into a small area together (useful because now they save on background art expenses) and make them interact and generally do cute stuff together. We have the clueless cute dimwit, the shy and unwilling moeblob, the graceful, big busted female who’s eyes are permanently closed and is probably is a closet lesbian. In fact, this show was destined for success if it wasn’t for one big problem.
This anime has men in it. How dare you do this A-1? Just because the original manga had men in it doesn’t mean you had to adapt it exactly! Crush the hopes and dreams of otaku everywhere why don’t you.
OK, being serious from now on, Working is just another 4-koma adaptation, and not a very good one at that. There’s no real originality in the characters and the jokes are just pretty much the same jokes you’ll see in every other 4-koma adaptation. The problem comes from the 4-koma format itself. There only seems to be one format of jokes for a 4-koma.
And you can be guaranteed that this unusual character trait (which, incidentally, you’ll have seen in hundreds of other characters before, normally from other 4-koma adaptations) will be repeated and used as the joke throughout the rest of the series. The girl is small, the guy is a minicon (actually, that was quite a nice turn of phrase from Working), the graceful girl carries a sword. Worst of all is the girl who is afraid of men. Yeah, I haven’t seen that a bizzilion times before. It actually makes me quite interested to watch that anime with the girl who wants to be a slut.
I’m being a bit overly harsh here. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before and it’s nothing you’ll remember that well once it’s over, but it’s not like it’s a bad show or anything. The animation is very good, the seiyuu cast is star-studded, the music…ok, the music was horrible but that’s easy to ignore. You can watch Working as a sort of mild filler in your life while your waiting for something worthwhile to do with your time to appear. But to be honest, this isn’t even as good as K-ON. At least K-ON had the decency to actually rid the screen of horrible male presence.