(This review is over the series as a whole, not just season 1, and is spoiler-free)
I was pleasantly surprised by Working!! . As a Slice of Life anime, you don't expect it to suck you into its antics as much as it does. But, if you stick with it, you will find a anime that is calming particularly because of the instances of what occurs.
First of all, Working!! has a good story for a SOL anime. There are character arcs for most of the main characters from the beginning to the end, and this production does a good job at tying up loose ends in each character's lives. Just trust me, once you reach the end of the anime in the third season, you will see just how great the character progression is in the story of this anime, even if that is a trivial afterpoint compared to what is going on.
The setting, a restaurant, will be intimately familiar to anyone who has ever worked at a restaurant for any period of time. The day-to-day life of the characters at the restaurant is simple, from work romances to playful banter, but still is refreshingly entertaining. Of the anime I have seen, this is one of the few that breaks the "characters-in-school" trope that is so commonplace in anime. In fact, plenty of the workers at the Wagneria restaurant are older than just high school age, being college age or higher.
Of course, what would a good SOL anime be without entertaining characters? You have a borderline loli, a 17-year old the size of a child, a sharp-eyed chef with a big heart, a intelligence-gathering scoundrel, a androphobe, a glutton boss, a docile but airheaded girl, and more later on. The character interactions are just great, very entertaining to soak your hours in as you watch them fuddle around at work. And I know I have already mentioned it, but the character progression is solid.
On top of this, this is truly an anime that just gets better as it goes. Sure, there are moments where the plot has to be suspended for some filler, but I sure hope you are willing to watch filler if you are watching a SOL anime like this one. The whole show is arguably filler with romantic pursuits and a veiled but overarching story worth divulging into. With about 42 episodes altogether, there is also no shortage of material.
Don't just take my word for it. Check out Working!! and come with a mindset ready for casual viewing, and I think you might be impressed. Just keep in mind that as a SOL anime with SOL anime tropes, there will be some ways you might end up dissapointed. For example, the soundtracks do eventually become tiresome, even though the voice-acting is well up to par. Ultimately, if you don't enjoy it immediately however, I would recommend just dropping it there; the formula for Working!! does not change much the entire show.
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