FUNimation Entertainment Adds More Anime to Its Streaming Catalog

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the Persona 4 the Golden Animation, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, High School Fleet, Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart., and Servant × Service anime from Aniplex of America on August 25, 2020.

The Persona 4 the Golden Animation and High School Fleet television anime will stream in Japanese with English subtitles in the United States and Canada.

The anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day television anime will stream with English subtitles and an English dub in the United States and Canada.

The Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart. and Servant × Service anime will stream with English subtitles in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Source: ANN

My Favorite Anime Set in the Workplace

This time, my list is focusing on my five favorite anime that are set in the workplace. However, rather than being a top 5 list, this list is being presented in alphabetical order.

Aggretsuko

This is an original net anime that features a small and cute-looking red panda named Retsuko, and she was a character created for Sanrio (who is best known for Hello Kitty). However, she doesn’t fit the mold of the traditional Sanrio characters.

Retsuko is a single 25-year-old who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm, and she has to deal with supervisors and co-workers who cause her stress. When her job or her life cause her to fill with rage, she goes to the local karaoke bar and vents her frustration through singing death metal. However, Retsuko tries to keep this a secret from everyone she knows.

The series is very relatable for viewers who are currently employed or who have ever held a job. Who hasn’t had a bad boss or annoying co-workers who cause no end of stress or anger?

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil King Satan and Demon General Alciel, who have almost conquered the world, is stopped by Hero Emilia… and they end up in another world: modern day Tokyo. Satan and Alciel discover that they have taken on human bodies and that their ability to perform magic is limited. In order to survive, Satan takes on the identity of Sadao Mao, and gets a job at a local fast food joint, MgRonalds.

We get to see Satan spend a lot of time at his job at MgRonalds. The best bit that takes place at his place of employment is when a competitor, Sentucky Friend Chicken, opens up across the street. But, it turns out that there’s more to the manager of Sentucky Fried Chicken than meets the eye!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! has its serious moments, but it’s primarily a light-hearted comedy. While Alciel provides a lot of the humor, the other characters get their moments of funny dialogue that elicits laughter from the audience. When Lucifer joins the series, his NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) tendencies provide some more humor for the series.

I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job

Raul Chaser, who was working at passing his Hero Exam, ends up not becoming a hero because the hero program was suspended. The Demon Lord is gone and the demon empire has collapsed, so it was decided there was no need to continue the hero program. Now that his dream of becoming a hero is destroyed, Raul takes a job at an electronics store called the Leon Magic Shop. One day, a person wearing a hood comes in with a resume and demands to talk with the manager. When the person goes back with the manager, the resume is left behind. Raul looks at the resume and discovers that it says the person is the child of the Demon Lord. The person, who is named Fino, ends up being hired over Raul’s objections, and Raul is in charge of them. It is revealed that Fino is the daughter of the Demon Lord.  For most of the series, only a few select people know that Fino is the Demon Lord’s daughter.

We see Fino having a rough time of it when she first starts working at the store. Since she was raised in the Demon World, she has no common sense on how to deal with humans. But as the series continues, Fino learns customer service skills, as well as how to be a good employee in a retail establishment. There’s also the aspect of Raul having to adjust to the idea of working with the Demon Lord’s daughter, since he was going through the hero program in order to fight against the Demon Lord.

The relationship and interactions between Raul and Fino are amusing to watch, and in a lot of ways, it’s kind of an exaggerated version of training a new employee. It’s an enjoyable enough series, though, and it gives a comedic look into the world of retail.

Servant x Service

The series is set in a Japanese government office building, and the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department.

The main character, 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.

The co-workers include: Yutaka Hasebe (the office slacker), Saya Miyoshi (the nervous employee who is working at her first job), Taishi Ichimiya (the clueless supervisor), and Megumi Chihaya (the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi). The series explores these characters and the interactions they have with each other, as well as with other characters who drop by the Welfare Department.

As the series progressed, it went from being a simple comedy to being a comedic series that focuses on the relationships between the characters. Secrets are also a big focus of the series. Servant x Service does a great job of being a series set in a workplace that mixes humor, character interaction, and character development.

Shirobako

The series starts out with five friends in a high school animation club producing an animation to screen at their school cultural fair. Aoi, Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori swear that they’ll eventually reunite in Tokyo and make another anime together. Two-and-a-half years later, we see that Aoi is working as a production assistant at Musashino Animation, and that Ema is also working there as an animator. Shizuka is a newbie voice actress at Akaoni Production, Misa is working at a computer graphics studio, and Midori is a university student.

The first half of the series places a strong focus on Aoi and Ema as they’re just starting out in the industry, and we get to see all the issues that go on behind the scenes during the production of an anime. Shizuka is also seen trying to break into anime voice acting, but she doesn’t have confidence and gets nervous at her auditions. Misa is dissatisfied with her job, because she’s always given the same thing to do over and over, and she has no interest in what the company is giving her.

The second half of the series sees Aoi being promoted from production assistant to production desk, so she has to learn a new job and how to handle all the stress that comes with it. It doesn’t help that Aoi realizes that she isn’t quite sure what her dream is even though her friends all have goals and aspirations. The other friends also see changes in their situations as well.

This anime about producing anime has a good combination of serious and humorous moments, and it gives a kind of behind the scenes look at what goes into producing the anime that fans enjoy watching.

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Yen Press to Offer Servant × Service Manga in Print

Yen Press has announced that Karino Takatsu’s Servant × Service manga will get a print edition in addition to the previously-announced digital edition. The company plans to release the series in two-in-one omnibus volumes starting in April 2016.

Takatsu launched the four-panel comedy manga about civil servants in 2011 and ended the series in June 2014. Square Enix published the series in four compiled volumes.

Source: ANN

Yen Press Announces 13 Manga Licenses

Yen Press announced during the company’s panel at Sakura-Con that is had acquired 13 manga licenses:

  • Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe: The company will be releasing the series in print in two-volume omnibus editions
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki: The company will be releasing this title in print
  • Sakura no Himegoto by Akira Hagio: The company is releasing this title in print
  • Dragons Rioting by Tsuyoshi Watanabe: The company is releasing this title in print
  • Aldnoah.Zero Season One by Olympus Knights and Pinakes: The company is releasing this title in print
  • Handa-Kun by Satsuki Yoshino: This spin-off of the Barakamon manga will be released digitally
  • Today’s Kerberos by Ato Sakurai: The company is releasing this title digitally
  • Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World by Dan Ichikawa: The company is releasing this title digitally
  • Servant X Service by Karino Takatsu: The company is releasing this title digitally
  • Unknown by Tsumuji Yoshimura: The company is releasing this title digitally
  • When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles by Chisaki Kanai: The company is releasing this title digitally
  • The Royal Tutor by Higasa Akai: The company is releasing this title digitally
  • Scarlet Empire by Hanjiro Tsukioka and Hikaru Tanaka: The company is releasing this title digitally

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America Announces Release Information for Servant x Service

Aniplex of America announced its North American release plans for the Servant x Service television anime series during the company’s Anime Boston panel.

The series will be released as a complete DVD box set on May 27, 2014. The set will include the complete series on three DVDs in Japanese with English subtitles and 24-page booklet including original “Special Public Documents” four-frame manga strips by creator Karino Takatsu. The packaging comes in an O-sleeve with original key art and with a two-sided reversible cover.

The set an MSRP of US$59.98.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Servant x Service

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 aired on Japanese television from July 4-September 27, 2013. As of this writing, Aniplex of America holds the North American rights for the anime.

Servant x Service is set in a government office building in Japan, and several of the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department.

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 the names were put on her birth certificate. Yamagami is trying to locate the person in the office who allowed that to happen so many years ago.

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. Yutaka becomes interested in Lucy and begins pursuing her. Unfortunately for him, Lucy is very inexperienced with dating and she keeps turning him down.

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.

Megumi Chihaya is a temp worker in the Welfare Department. She is a major fan of a magical girl series called Magical Flowers (which is obviously a parody of Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and she likes to cosplay and create doujinshi. It comes out during the series that she and Taishi are secretly dating.

Toko Ichimiya is a high school girl with a short temper and is often in a bad mood. She is also Taishi’s younger sister. She drops by the Welfare Department rather regularly and causes problems for Taishi and the others. Toko is unaware that Taishi is dating Megumi, and her almost finding out about it becomes a running gag in the series.

Kenzo Momoi is the section manager of the Welfare Department, and he is a stuffed rabbit that can walk and talk. The explanation that is given for this is that he is in this form due to his extreme shyness.

Kanon Momoi is Kenzo’s daughter and is also friends with Toko. However, Toko is not aware that Kenzo is Kanon’s father.

Joji Tanaka is the grandson of an elderly woman named Mrs. Tanaka. His grandmother is introduced first, and she frequents the office regularly in order to talk with Saya. He was also friends with Yutaka but he’s never been able to beat Yutaka at anything. Mrs. Tanaka keeps trying to set Joji up with Saya.

I admit that when I watched the first episode, I found it to be on the boring side. However, as the series continued and the characters were more established, I came to enjoy Servant x Service more and more.

As the series progressed, it went from being a simple comedy to a comedic series that focuses on the relationships between the characters. In some respects, it almost became a bit of a “rom com.” There’s Lucy and Yutaka, as well as Taishi and Megumi. There’s also Saya and Joji, but I don’t see them as much as a romantic couple; they seem to be more friends than anything else.

Throughout the series, I found myself rooting for Lucy and Yutaka to become a couple. How their storyline ultimately resolves is rather realistic for how these two characters were established in the series.

Secrets are also a big focus of the series. There’s the secret of who approved Lucy’s name, Taishi and Megumi secretly dating, and Kanon keeping the fact that her father is Kenzo a secret from Toko.

My least favorite element of the series is Kenzo, because no true explanation is ever given about how he is in the stuffed rabbit. It seems the audience is just expected to accept this without asking questions. This is the one element of the series that knocks the realism factor down a notch. It doesn’t help that he isn’t even introduced to the series until episode four, and then is ultimately a rather unimportant character compared to many of the others.

If you enjoy anime series that are set in the workplace and mixes humor, character interaction, and character development, then you might enjoy Servant x Service.

For me, Servant x Service was one of the highlights of the Summer 2013 season.

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Servant x Service: Episode 13 – “Now We’re Set, a Fun Workplace Leading to Tomorrow”

Servant x Service is an anime series set in a government office building in Japan, and most of the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department. Lucy Yamagani takes her job seriously, Yutaka Hasebe is a slacker, Saya Miyoshi is a nervous person, Megumi Chihaya is the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi, Taishi Ichimiya is a first time supervisor who really doesn’t know how to lead others well, Toko Ichimiya is Taishi’s little sister who drops by the Welfare Department rather regularly and causes problems for Taishi and the others, Kenzo Momoi is a stuffed rabbit who can walk and talk and serves as the section manager for the Welfare Department, and Kanon Momoi is Kenzo’s daughter and Toko’s friend.

Episode 13 begins with a slight recap of the end of the episode 12, where Yutaka admits to Taishi, Megumi, and Saya that he learned that the civil servant who was responsible for approving Lucy’s name was his father. He found out when he went home after his date with Lucy in order to meet his sister’s fiancé. Not only that, Yutaka found out he had a fever and was in the hospital the day his father approved Lucy’s name, so his father was distracted from his work; because of this, Yutaka feels it’s his fault that Lucy has the name she hates so much. They debate whether or not Yutaka should tell Lucy. After this takes place, Lucy notices that Yutaka is acting differently toward her, but she doesn’t understand why he’s acting that way.

After work one day, Taishi sees Yutaka putting his head down on his desk. Yutaka ends up getting encouragement to tell Lucy the truth from an unexpected person. And to top it off, Lucy’s reaction to the news isn’t what Yutaka had anticipated.

All in all, I have to say that this was a nice ending for Servant x Service, because at least one of the secrets in the series have been revealed. While I figured out that Yutaka’s dad had been responsible for the name rather early on in the series, I hadn’t guessed whether Lucy would find out by the end of or not, and I also didn’t guess what her reaction would be if she did find out.

I thought the way the episode ended was done in such a way that it works as an ending for the series, but it also leaves enough doors open to be able to continue the series with another season if the anime studio ever decides to produce one. As a writer, I can see how the various storylines in the series could be continued and maintained for more episodes.

For me, Servant x Service was one of the highlights of the Summer 2013 season, and I will miss watching it every Thursday. It was a series that had just the right mix of humor and character interaction and development to keep me interested in it. Servant x Service is a series I would be more than happy to add to my anime home video collection at some point in the future.

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Servant x Service: Episode 12 – “Wait a Moment, Being Accustomed and Being Unprepared Are Life Threatening”

Servant x Service is an anime series set in a government office building in Japan, and most of the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department. Lucy Yamagani takes her job seriously, Yutaka Hasebe is a slacker, Saya Miyoshi is a nervous person, Megumi Chihaya is the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi, Taishi Ichimiya is a first time supervisor who really doesn’t know how to lead others well, Toko Ichimiya is Taishi’s little sister who drops by the Welfare Department rather regularly and causes problems for Taishi and the others, Kenzo Momoi is a stuffed rabbit who can walk and talk and serves as the section manager for the Welfare Department, and Kanon Momoi is Kenzo’s daughter and Toko’s friend.

Episode 12 begins with Megumi saying she needs to take three days off from work to finish off the various outfits that she’s agreed to make. Before she leaves, she tells Taishi that she wants to concentrate, so please don’t text or call or come over to her house; Yutaka picks up that blatant “please be concerned about me” sign, but Taishi doesn’t seem to.

On the third day, Taishi decides to go over to Megumi’s place, because he believes she probably doesn’t have enough energy left to try and chase him away. When she doesn’t answer the door, he reaches for the handle and discovers the door is unlocked. He finds Megumi asleep on the floor. The two of them talk, and he helps her around the house while she finishes up the clothes she’s working on. Overall, I thought this was a really nice Megumi and Taishi moment.

I was happy to discover that Lucy and Yutaka’s date actually takes place in this episode instead of in the final episode. There are some really sweet scenes that take place between them; unfortunately, since Lucy is so inexperienced with dating, she doesn’t understand how good of a guy Yutaka really is. As Yutaka is trying to convince Lucy that she should go out with him, he is interrupted by a phone call from Yutaka’s sister. This is the day that his sister’s soon-to-be husband is meeting the family, and their father says that Yutaka has to be there. Yutaka reluctantly leaves.

Meanwhile, Megumi and Toko are out and about. Toko suddenly asks Megumi if she thinks that Taishi has a girlfriend, and Megumi is caught off-guard. Before Megumi can really give an answer, Toko admits that she wouldn’t mind if he does. She also tells Megumi that in order for Taishi to be free, Toko needs to be independent. She also adds that since she’s causing Taishi so much trouble, she wants him to not have to hold back. Megumi seems to be glad that Toko has been thinking about all of this, and realizes that she needs to reflect on some things, too. By the end of the conversation, Megumi and Taishi’s secret is still a secret.

At the very end of the episode, the audience is finally told who it was at the Welfare Department that accepted Lucy’s wrong name. Unfortunately, the “big reveal” wasn’t one for me, because I had figured out who it was very early on in the series.

At this point, there are the two secrets left to be revealed to respective people: Lucy finding out the truth about who accepted her name and Toko finding out about Taishi and Megumi. Since there’s only one episode left in the series, I’m very curious to see if either one or both of these secrets will be revealed by the end of episode 13.

On one hand, I’m excited to see that Servant x Service is about to reach its conclusion. However, I’m also a little disappointed that it’s ending, because this is one of the Summer 2013 series that I have looked forward to watching week after week. I really hope that I will be satisfied with how Servant x Service will reach its conclusion next week.

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Servant x Service: Episode 11 – “Beware: the Sweet Trap That Tries to Lure You In”

Servant x Service is an anime series set in a government office building in Japan, and most of the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department. Lucy Yamagani takes her job seriously, Yutaka Hasebe is a slacker, Saya Miyoshi is a nervous person, Megumi Chihaya is the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi, Taishi Ichimiya is a first time supervisor who really doesn’t know how to lead others well, Toko Ichimiya is Taishi’s little sister who drops by the Welfare Department rather regularly and causes problems for Taishi and the others, Kenzo Momoi is a stuffed rabbit who can walk and talk and serves as the section manager for the Welfare Department, and Kanon Momoi is Kenzo’s daughter and Toko’s friend.

The first half of episode 11 focuses on Lucy, who realizes that she hasn’t talked to Yutaka outside of work since he confessed to her at the end of episode nine. She hasn’t seen him and starts asking around the office, but the only answer she gets is that he must be slacking off somewhere. When she finds Kenzo, he decides to help her out and takes her outside. There’s a bazaar going on, where Welfare Department employees make and sell things. As Kenzo is going through the bazaar, he is mistaken as merchandise and sold. Lucy is given another rabbit by the salesperson for the mistake, and Lucy tries to locate Kenzo. When she finally finds him, an amusing scene occurs.

After that, Lucy realizes she never saw Yutaka. They end up meeting on the roof and have a bit of an awkward talk. However, both the talk and the reactions were very realistic for these particular characters. This was a nice Yutaka and Lucy moment; however, it should be noted that the date was never mentioned once in this episode. I’m wondering if the date will be taking place in the final episode.

The second half of the episode focuses on Saya. We see her wandering around the city on her day off, and running into her co-workers at various locations. This section ends with Saya running into Tanaka’s grandmother and getting an earful.

The episode ends with Saya going out to dinner with Tanaka. This was actually rather important, because by the end of the dinner, Saya, along with the audience, realizes that Tanaka isn’t quite as bad as we had been led to believe. Saya even comments that he’s basically a kid who doesn’t know how to relax. After seeing this particular scene, I came to like Tanaka a little better. It looks like the writers are setting Saya and Tanaka up to potentially become a couple. It will be interesting to see what happens with these two, along with the other two couples in the series, during the final two episodes.

Once again, I enjoyed watching Servant x Service. Looking back, it’s amazing to me how much this show has progressed from the simple comedy that it started out as back in episode one.

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Servant x Service: Episode 10 – “It’ll Be Good Later, at the Same Time Good Things Can Cause Huge Regrets”

Servant x Service is an anime series set in a government office building in Japan, and most of the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department. Lucy Yamagani takes her job seriously, Yutaka Hasebe is a slacker, Saya Miyoshi is a nervous person, Megumi Chihaya is the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi, Taishi Ichimiya is a first time supervisor who really doesn’t know how to lead others well, Toko Ichimiya is Taishi’s little sister who drops by the Welfare Department rather regularly and causes problems for Taishi and the others, Kenzo Momoi is a stuffed rabbit who can walk and talk and serves as the section manager for the Welfare Department, and Kanon Momoi is Kenzo’s daughter and Toko’s friend.

A major theme that runs through episode 10 is regrets. At the beginning of the episode, Megumi tries to tell Toko about the fact that she is seeing Toko’s older brother; unfortunately, Toko has been studying hard and not sleeping much, so she falls asleep without hearing the confession. Later at work, when Megumi talks to Saya about what happened, Saya tells her not to regret worrying about Taishi and Toko so much.

Later, as Saya is leaving the office, she runs into Tanaka outside. She tries to leave, but Tanaka grabs her and asks why she’s running away. Saya says she wants nothing to do with him, and he asks why. Saya says she’d regret having anything to do with him. The conversation snowballs into so many regrets upon regrets that Saya ends up having to go to dinner with Tanaka later because she couldn’t come up with a good solution on regrets. This section of the episode is a lot funnier than this writeup can convey, and I definitely let out several chuckles as the regret talk kept piling up.

One day, Toko asks Kanon to meet her at the welfare office. When Kanon gets there, Toko is talking with Saya, so Kanon ends up wandering around the office while she waits. There’s a close call for Toko finding out Kenzo’s secret, but Saya is able to cover for her. After Toko leaves, she realizes she left her phone at Saya’s desk; when she goes to get it, she sees Saya talking to Kenzo. Saya is soon joined by Yutaka, Lucy, and even Taishi. Toko panics about them talking to a stuffed animal and develops regrets that they’ve developed psychological problems because of her. Toko ends up learning that Kenzo is the section manager, but is still unaware that Kenzo is Kanon’s father.

After seeing Toko learning about Kenzo really being the section manager, it made me realize just how many secrets are being kept in this show. Now part of one secret has been revealed, but there are still some other secrets that have yet to be revealed. Megumi’s secret about dating Taishi was almost revealed to Toko, but that’s one of the major secrets still lingering out there. Now that we’ve had one close reveal and one actual reveal, I wonder how many more secrets will be revealed before the final episode.

My one biggest disappointment in this episode is the fact that there’s only one passing reference to Lucy and Yutaka’s upcoming date. However, I guess that since episode nine focused heavily on Lucy and Yutaka, the writers felt the viewers needed a break from them for a week. Hopefully we’ll see more of a focus on these two characters next week.

Overall, I’m still enjoying Servant x Service. I’ve liked most of the plots and characters this series has thrown at the audience, with the exception of Tanaka. So far, I just find him to be annoying and I don’t think he truly adds very much to the series. I’m hoping the remaining episodes will end up proving to me why Tanaka is really needed as a character. I’m definitely more interested in the plots involving the relationships of Lucy and Yutaka and Megumi and Taishi and am looking forward to see what happens to these two couples in the remaining episodes of Servant x Service.

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