Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Episode 4 of http://www.Working!! manages to incorporate Shinto, Christianity, and a realistic but humorous discussion of prayer into its comedy. So as soon as I saw it yesterday, I dropped my original blog post plans and switched to this. Shinto, Japan’s oldest and most widespread religion, shows up all over anime. Shinto folklore is key in anime… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!, Shinto, and Prayer’s Effectiveness

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!! and Communicating Across Personalities

So, we finally found out why Yamada Aoi ran away from home. I wondered how they’d weave serious backstory into this lighthearted show, but they actually did it pretty well. Spoilers ahead, in case you didn’t guess. Basically, Aoi’s mother isn’t good at talking. She overthinks everything, and when she finally opens her mouth, very few… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Working!!! and Communicating Across Personalities

Annalyn’s Corner: Working!! and Replacement Relationships

I watch Working!!! to laugh, to get away from the world. But serious thought has a way of creeping into my activities despite my best efforts, and so here we are. Yamada Aoi is one of the most exasperating characters in Working!!!. She came to Wagnaria, the family restaurant, as a runaway teen. She won’t tell her real… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Working!! and Replacement Relationships

Working!!! and Scripture: Neither as Simple as it Seems

A third of the way through season three of Working!!! (Wagnaria), and I’m super pleased – the show continues its wonderful, character-based humor (as expected) while moving along romantic relationships (not necessarily as expected). And as has been impressed upon me all along, the series confirms that it isn’t just funny – it’s a really… Read More Working!!! and Scripture: Neither as Simple as it Seems