After seeing this special, one thing came to mind: Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. Haruka ended in a similar fashion as Working!!; with a final OVA-esque bonanza that connected all the red threads of love by putting one character through zany battles of a gauntlet-like fashion to get to the object of their affection, who is being held hostage by their parent. Once there, the resolution is resolved through backhanded and/or simplistic means (but at least in Working!! it didn’t turn out to be a ruse) that further dries the already dead premise of Working!! after three whole seasons.
I’ll be honest: about nine minutes into the special, I pretty much stopped paying attention. I was so bored out of my skull that anything and everything was distracting my attention elsewhere. The characters were all somber and “developed,” which I suppose means overly-sympathetic and dull. The jokes were either jokes far too overused or things not funny in general. And the entire situation with Takanashi’s mother… I just can’t take it seriously. I can’t take this whole OVA seriously. I could hardly take this whole season seriously. But I suppose that’s the point, right? To not take it seriously? That it’s humor and it’s supposed to be silly and dumb?
But when you have the concept of something as serious as teenage romance that has been bottled up for nearly two seasons, suddenly that “silly and dumb” atmosphere makes even the serious situations just “silly and dumb.” This whole OVA is silly and dumb. The whole season was silly and dumb.
Just like Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. Which was garbage.
Interesting note: as of right now, at 10:45 A.M. CST on Monday, December 28th, Lord of Takanashi is the highest-rated title in the Working!! series (on MyAnimeList). My question: why? Because Takanashi and Inami confess their love for each other? Because they hold hands? Because it’s finally been resolved? Is that all a series needs to be good? A resolution? It was incredibly obvious by the beginning of season two that they would eventually get together. So when they finally do, that’s worth a 10/10? Even when everything else around them and the context of their getting together itself is fucking dumb? To have both Inami and Takanashi and Satou and Yachiyo get together in the span of three or four episodes smells a lot like pandering to me. Rushed. Hasty. Thrown in for fuck’s sake. I just can’t take it seriously, but a lot of this was already discussed in my thoughts on Working!!!. It’s a lot of the same, except much, much worse.
The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.