Backlog: Week 13

There was no Backlog last week, because I only watched 8 episodes and did not finish a single anime… This week I did better and watched 23 full episodes. No shorts! (Although Aho Girl and Tsurezure Children are only 12.5 minutes.) I finished 4 anime.

Working!!!

This is the third season of Working, a series about a family restaurant in Hokkaido and its employees. This season is the last with this cast, so many story lines are being tied up. It’s very satisfying because of that.

Everything else is the same as in previous installments. Animation, sound,… all in pretty good quality.

What I mind is that the finale is in a 50-minute special, instead of the series having 15 episodes. I’m pretty sure there’s a good reason for that, like finances or something similar, but like this the series is definitely not a concise project. Just like the other seasons, which ended with so many loose ends.

Working!!!: Lord of the Takanashi

Also called the 14th episode of Working!!!, this 50-minute special is the finale of Working. (Sorry for repeating myself.)

All loose ends are satisfactorily tied up. Otherwise there isn’t much to say about this special. It’s mostly the same as the series. As before, some of the elements in the series are almost supernatural, like Takanashi’s mother.

Although this cast won’t appear in any more anime, there’s a spin-off called WWW.Working!! about another cast at another Wagnaria restaurant. I plan on watching that too.

Hanayamata

Yosakoi (よさこい) is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan and that is performed at festivals and events all over the country. The first Yosakoi festival was held in 1954 in Kochi. Yosakoi-style dancing has spread throughout much of Japan. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. The choreographed dances are often performed by large teams.

Another slice-of-life series. This time it’s cute girls doing yosakoi. One evening the main character, Naru, sees a fairy dancing by the shrine. The fairy turns out to be her blonde classmate Hana, who is excited about yosakoi dancing and wants to form a yosakoi club. Naru, entranced, joins her and over the course of the anime, they are joined by Yaya, Machi, and Tami.

There are some minor setbacks on their path to performing yosakoi together, but they’re all resolved pretty fast. I’d say the makers tried to spice it up, but did a poor job of it. More than anything, Hanayamata is a story of friendship with some character development with yosakoi in the background.

It only took me three years to finish.

Food Wars! The Second Plate

Yet another sequel — Souma competes in the Autumn Selection and then interns at two different restaurants. He grows as a chef by leaps and bounds. So do his classmates, although they get less screen time (especially when completing their internships), which is a shame… I wonder if the manga shows more.

In comparison to the first season, I’d say the erotic devouring of food is a little toned down. But other than that, it’s still that good shounen with a lot of character development and drama. Souma grows so much — he’s loving the world of cooking he originally didn’t want to enter and the challenges.

This took me a year to finish.

That’s it this week. I hope next week will be similarly successful. I would like to write up Tsuki ga Kirei first impressions by midweek, so look forward to that.
Let me know what you’re watching, especially if you’re working on your backlog as well!

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