No one wants to work, okay? However, when you grow up, you pretty much have to if you want to eat and buy Megumin figures that you shouldn’t love, but love way too much anyway. Unfortunately, sometimes work can be something that beats you down, but we have found that when you watch the right anime, it can give you the motivation and excitement to charge on into a new work day, plus ultra-style. So if you need a little animated motivation to power your get up and go, our anime recommendations about work life are sure to please.
Let’s get this out of the way first and foremost. Working and its many sequels is about exactly what the title say, people working at a family restaurant called Wagnaria. While some of the character stories take them out of the restaurant, it is primarily about the challenges of working in food service and hospitality.
In a daring move, Planetes wedged itself into a very small sub-genre that we like to call scifi slice of life. How do you make an anime series about garbage collectors in space interesting? We don’t know, but they found a way! However, the series does tend to drift away from the slice of life element as it goes on for the sake of plot.
By now, even relatively casual anime fans have heard the stories of how overworked and underpaid animators are in Japan. Shirobako shows all the hard work that goes into creating your favorite shows, but it doesn’t really dive head on to that issue. Still, through the beautifully animated glory of Shirobako, you see how hard everyone is working to bring you great shows.
The Devil is a Part-Timer
If you’ve ever worked a part-time job, you know how utterly shit they are. So the fact that The Devil is a Part-Timer takes a powerful fantasy evil lord and the great hero that tries to stop him, and puts them both into menial jobs in the real world just to scrape by is somehow so very satisfying.
This anime has grown pretty notorious for the sheer perverse nature that is occasionally adopts. However, despite the perverted situation, the entire plot is summed up as a boy that travels and takes odd jobs to make money. Sometimes they are very strange and hilarious jobs, but we gotta do what we gotta do.
The Great Passage
Not all work life series need to focus on the glorious power of youth. The Great Passage is about a man at the end of his career as an editor in the dictionary department of Genbu Publishing who wants to retire. However, he first wants to finish his greatest work, a dictionary called the Great Passage. Yet, he just can’t seem to find the last passage he needs.
Servant x Service
Although it sounds like some sort of kinky maid show, Servant X Service actually follows the lives of three distinct civil service workers. Through getting to know their work styles and personalities, you get a taste of what goes on in the government sector. Thankfully, they made it less boring than it probably is in reality.
Aria the Animation
Anime is no stranger to the tourism sector. Some series are made purely to hype a real life town in Japan, but Aria is not that. Aria follows three gondola tour guide on Mars (except Mars is covered in water). Beautifully drawn and incredibly thoughtful, this is a work life series for those that want to anime and chill.