A trio of new civil servants spend their first days on the job at the local health and welfare office in this first episode. Yamagami, Miyoshi and Hasebe come to terms with a job that requires them to be scolded by members of the public and their own supervisors. They manage to find their footing quickly in a lighthearted way.
There were a couple of problems I found with this first episode. Hasebe must be among the most unlikeable characters in a comedic role that I can remember. He doesn’t even have to try yet he is good at his job. He slacks off all the time and tries to pick up women at work. Since the romantic flags are set all over his relationship with Yamagami, this becomes a problem.
Frankly, no one will like a comedy where the hard working woman falls in love with an asshole man because it’s too cynical. Hasebe has to change for that to work. Otherwise we may be subjected to endless taunting by Hasebe of calling her by her abbreviated given name.
Also, it happens to take Miyoshi out of the picture. She was part of the group joining on that day, but she’s already been relegated to secondary character status. It feels like a waste of a character.
As for production quality, if you’ve seen Working! it’s on par with that. A-1 seems remarkably consistent at delivering series that above average in visual and audio production. Unfortunately, the source material leaves only so much bending room.
Reasons to Continue Watching
- Yamagami feels like the perfect lead for this show
- A somewhat optimistic look at work as a civil servant
- The same kind of workplace dynamic seen in Working!
Reasons to Drop
- Hasebe is not a good male lead for this sort of show
- Unrealistic portrayal of civil service life
- Some characters used very poorly
My Verdict: What can I say? It’s a grownup Working!. I happened to like that show, so I’m going to keep going here. I’m curious what they will do once this leaves the office.