Characters that made my year – Aoi Yamada (12 Days of Christmas: Day 2)
So here we are, continuing on with this series of posts on characters that I loved in 2010.
On the second day of Christmas I give you, Aoi Yamada from Working!!
I had originally dropped Working! after the really dire premier episode, but picked it back up mid-season after hearing it improved dramatically. I was so glad I did, as Working! turned out to be a very fun little comedy series. The character I loved most though, was Yamada. She only showed up from episode 7 on, but her presence (and compulsive lying) in the series instantly made Working! one of my favourite shows of its season.
Yamada’s best moment came in episode 9 when she was responsible for the creation of ‘Kotori-chan’, one of the best Traps in recent years. Poor Takanashi had absolutely no hope in the face of her expert make-up skills and selection of wigs, and Yamada seemed to take sadistic pleasure in dressing him up whenever the opportunity presented itself. I also really enjoyed Yamada’s dynamic with Souma, as Yamada is the only one of the cast that’s able to make Souma squirm – which was very satisfying given Souma’s usual role in the show!
It’s hard to believe Yamada was an anime original character, she was lots of fun and Working!! wouldn’t have been anywhere near as fun without her!