Wagnaria! [or] Working! (Series) – Season 1


Reviewed by: Jason Stillion
Review Date: November 21st, 2015

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike
Japanese Release: 2010

Official Website: http://www.wagnaria.com/

Version Reviewed: Crunchyroll
Language Reviewed: Japanese with English Subtitles
Length: 13 Episodes @ 25 minutes each

Plot: It all starts when Popura, a waitress at Wagnaria coffee & restaurant, is ordered by their manager to find another part time work for the restaurant and eventually find Sota, who could not turn down her request. From that point on, it follows the crazy antics of the Wagnaria staff.

Review: This series is based of the Manga of the same name. There three seasons, with a 1 hour series finally coming out in December. The series is essentially the crazy and funny antics among the staff, mainly due to each staff member having different quirks. The series focus is primarily on Sota, but do explore the other characters.

The focus is mainly on the events during the work shift. This makes the episode and the season feel longer than 13 episodes at 25 minutes a piece without it feeling stretched out or dragging on. I loved the fact that despite the craziness among the staff and their interactions, they are all working hard at their jobs. The first season focus on establishing the characters, their unique quirks, and the hint of possible relationships to come.

The commercial break transitions reflect events happening in the episode with the ending credits subtle changes as secondary characters are introduced. If you have a sharp eye, pay close attention to how many people work at the restaurant.

Note: There’s always a small scene after the ending credits you don’t want to miss.

My Grade: 4 out of 5 = “Entertained”

Watch online @

CrunchyRoll – http://www.crunchyroll.com/wagnaria

Can be purchased @

Dvd – Amazon.com / Right Stuf International / NIS America