This anime is the sequel to 2010's Working!! (This was released by NISA in North America as Wagnaria!!). The anime itself is based on Karino Takatsu's 2005 4-Koma Manga of the same name. If you don't know what a 4-Koma manga is, it's similar to that of the Sunday newspaper comics. 4-Koma (or 4-panels) are what is used to make up one story segment. 4-Koma mangas are usually made as gag series and are meant to be funny.
The gist of the story is that the series is about a restaurant named Wagnaria and the whacky employees who work there. Hijinks ensue and there's even a bit of romance here and there. It's a pretty light hearted show that is never really focused on too much for too long and doesn't want you to take it very seriously. While a majority of the episodes take place in/around the restaurant there are scenes outside of the restaurant as well.
The show is pretty restrained. It's never too risqué or too insulting. Most of the humor comes from re-using running gags. For some people the show may get old. I honestly can't blame them for that. I enjoy the show myself and think it's pretty funny. But there are times when it manages to be a bit too repetitive. The music is pretty much something you'd expect from a slice-of-life comedy. The animation is pretty good for a show like this. Character designs seem mostly consistent. The half hour run-time never feels like asking too much for a show with limited resources to draw on. Overall it's a pretty nice package. Nothing too special but if you like what's there then you'll be happy.
I give Working’!! (or Wagnaria!! 2 as it’s called for the West) a 3/5. I found it pretty funny. I think the fans of the first season should be able to enjoy this one as well. If you weren't a fan I don't see you becoming one. It's more of the same really but that's not bad. I'd recommend this and the first season to fans of slap-stick and slice-of-life series. The romances may be of interest for some people too. While I find the romance aspect better than it has any right to be for a gag series it feels like it's mostly there for laughs. That's not to say that the romances are bad but don't expect anything super complex or deep. Working’!! is being simulcasted by Crunchy Roll as Wagnaria 2. New episodes will be added every Saturday at 9AM PST. Crunchy Roll has recently announced that they will in fact be adding the episodes from season 1 to stream on their site as well. Season 1 is still available for purchase in DVD format from NISA.
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