Servant x Service is an anime based on the manga written and illustrated by Karino Takatsu. The anime is produced by A-1 Pictures, and is directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto. The series is streaming on Crunchyroll on Thursdays.
The series is set in a government office building in Japan, and most of the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department. The series shows some very different personality types in the main characters, but these are all character types that you would see in a workplace.
Lucy Yamagami is enthusiastic and takes her work seriously; however, it’s revealed during the first episode that she has a more “sinister” reason for working in a government office building. When she was born, her parents couldn’t decide on a name, even after having people help them compile a list. Her parents decided to submit all the names on the list as her first name, and all of the names were allowed to be put on her birth certificate. Yamagami is trying to locate the person in the office who allowed that to happen so many years ago.
An interesting trait about Lucy is the fact that she has a bit of hair that sticks up and moves around depending on her mood. OK, I did complain about a similar thing in Chronicles of the Going Home Club, but Lucy’s is nowhere near as tall or as distracting as Natsuki’s hair.
Yutaka Hasebe is the slacker in the office. He tries to find as many ways to take breaks as possible, and he also spends time trying to get women’s cell phone numbers and email addresses. Saya Miyoshi is a rather nervous person, due in large part to the fact that this is her first job. Taishi Ichimiya is their supervisor, and this is his first time serving as a supervisor; he’s rather clueless about leading others, and this comes through when he keeps asking his subordinates what he should be doing.
Admittedly, the first episode is a little on the boring side; however, I think this is more due to the fact that this is the first episode, and time has to be spent developing the characters and the story. There were occasional bits of humor that helped make the episode a little less boring than it might have been otherwise.
Being an adult, I think I can relate more to this series than I can to series set in high school with high school aged protagonists. After watching the first episode, I think this series shows some potential, and I plan to watch another episode to see if that potential begins to manifest itself.
However, it may be a couple of weeks before I can continue watching Servant x Service. I’m not going to have access to streaming anime next Thursday, and I’m not quite sure when I’ll be able to catch up with the series; however, I will try to get caught up as soon as I can.
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