The trials and tribulations of being a stuffed animal.
What They Say:
In a certain ward of a certain city in Hokkaido…The ward office where Yamagami Lucy has been hired employs many unique characters on its staff. Yamagami and her colleagues are full of energy and secrets as they’re hard at work (?!) in this workplace comedy!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Though the show spent a bit more time with the relationship side of the series than I care for in the past couple of episodes, they at least started to shift back to the office itself a bit more. The ward office is a great place of fun and silliness to be had with the way the characters show up and mess with each other, even if you include the aspect about the Section Chief trying to fool Toko about what he really is, much to his own detriment. For Yamagami, her life in the ward office is going decently, but she’s still struggling with the recent revelations about Hasebe and his family and the potential for relationship there that scares her to a good degree. She’s doing her best to fit into the place, but she’s also got some strong personalities to deal with. And this episode has her with the section chief a fair bit at the start.
Amusingly, while the two get involved in some bazaar event going on outside the ward office at first, it turns kind of perilous quickly for the chief as a little girl mistakes him for her own stuffed animal and takes him for her own. That puts Yamagami into an awkward position as she has to try and make the swap and trade with the girl. Her dealing with it is certainly fun, especially as she finds herself talking to the stuffed animal before the attempted trade and realizing just how far down the rabbit hole she’s gone, to the actual trade itself with the way the Section Chief gets all dramatic about it internally while not wanting to disappoint the little girl. I’m still not a fan of the character in this form, but I’ll easily admit that I enjoyed this little detour with him.
The second half of the episode moves through a few different stories with the cast as they interact, with some awkward moments between Yamagami and Hasebe and even others later suggesting that he ask Yamagami out in order to nudge them in the right direction. Miyoshi is certainly cute in how she approaches things and you can see her being just like Chihaya as time goes on. The show moves through some of these other little quirks in interesting ways, mostly out of the office, especially as it deals with Hasebe’s relative that Miyoshi ends up meeting with that gets kind of awkward in a way and unintentionally silly. There’s an interesting feeling to it all, and I like seeing the way it sort of ambles about, but it’s another part of the show where we end up outside of the office and without the fun that occurs there
As much as I dislike the appearance and gag related to the section chief, I did find his segment here with Yamagami to be the best part of the episode. There’s just some good fun in seeing how Yamagami deals with him and what kinds of changes she’s gone through since starting the job and his particular style of existence has its laughs to be sure. The second half of the episode is kind of all over the place with no real central theme to grab onto, though the smaller story elements work nicely and are interesting, though not exactly engaging. The series has a lot of positives to it, but they’re mostly in the first half of its run as the second half has felt like it’s not sure where to go and what worked in the first half.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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