In a certain Health and Welfare Department of a certain government office at a certain city in Hokkaido, three newcomers join its ranks as civil servants. They are Lucy (abbrv.) Yamagami, Saya Miyoshi and Yutaka Hasebe, each of them with distinct and colourful personalities. Now they must confront the perils of their work, be it its mundaneness, or the irate public, or perhaps... even amongst themselves?Servant × Service is a Work ComYonkoma by Karino Takatsu, the creator of WORKING!!. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired in the Summer 2013 season.
In Episode 2, Touko demonstrates her fearsome reputation in the office as a health and welfare maniac by breaking Ichimiya with her words. However, her attempts to break the trio fail hilariously due to various reasons:
Yutaka lifted drunk, passed-out Lucy to his sister's house in this way in episode 5.
When Miyoshi fell asleep from a sip of wine during their date in episode 11, Jyoji carried her this way, presumably back to Miyoshi's home. She makes a comment about the implication, but Jyoji doesn't catch it.
Chekhov's Gunman: A pink stuffed bunny is seen on the desk of the strangely-absent manager during the first three episodes. It is only during Episode 4 that we learn that the bunny is actually the manager's virtual proxy, and that he uses it to communicate from home.
Christmas in Japan: Plays an important role in Ichimiya's romantic life, as other girls have dumped him for preferring to spend time with Touko than them. Chihaya doesn't mind, as she's too busy preparing for Comiket, anyway.
Compensated Dating: In episode 2, Taishi was suspected of this, for managing to placate his little sister Touko with a hug and a few yen, before Miyoshi clears up the issue by noticing that they have the same surname.
Design Student's Orgasm: The opening is composed of funky-colored objects moving in slow motion with shots of the protagonists' office as background.
Good Parents: Poor naming sense notwithstanding, Lucy's parents have actually been very kind to her and supportive of her path in life, thus the reason she doesn't vent her frustrations at them for giving her an Overly Long Name as much as she does against that sloppy civil servant.
In Episode 1, after a customer complains about how civil servants are sloppy, Yamagami snaps and begins ranting vociferously against civil servants as well, shocking everybody else, including the customer herself.
In Episode 8, Lucy, when eating out with Yutaka, wonders if Yutaka's having nutrition problems if he's always eating out. Yutaka says he can cook, be chooses not to do it as it's lonely—then asks about how Lucy cooks. Turns out what Lucy eats at home is pure starch.
It Runs in the Family / Strong Family Resemblance: Hasebe's older sister Kaoru looks exactly the same as him, making Lucy confused on a Bedmate Reveal in Episode 5. Later she mentions that everyone in their family is a civil servant, all of who share the same carefree personality. And to them, Hasebe's personality is considered tame.
It's A Small World After All: When Miyoshi goes out to town on her off day in episode 11, she muses about the possibility of meeting people she knows and ends up meeting practically the entire cast (with the exception of Touko, who's studying at home) in various places.
"Just Joking" Justification: In episode 5, Chihaya tags this after saying Ichimiya is her boyfriend. Yamagami is the only person who buys into it.
Long Title: The episode titles are often very long.
Episode 1: Be Careful About How You Refer to Someone, and Why
Episode 2: Don't Panic, Make a Scene, or Throw Away Your Job
Episode 3: Don't Neglect the Safety of You or Your Workplace
Episode 4: Beware of Next Week's Unseen Danger
Episode 5: Everyone Has Close Calls. Learn from Them and Keep the Workplace Healthy
Episode 6: Examine Unexpected Problems and Hide-and-Seek
Episode 7: Self-Prevention, There Are People Where You Can't See
Episode 8: A Dangerous Sprout, Beware Tanaka's Grandson
Episode 9: Do you have it? Mental Capacity and the Accumulation of Feelings
Episode 10: It'll Be Good Later, At The Same Time Good Things Can Cause Huge Regrets
Episode 11: Beware the Sweet Trap that Tries to Lure You In
Episode 12: Wait a Moment, Being Accustomed and Being Unprepared Are Life-Threatening
Episode 13: Now We're Set, A Fun Workplace Leading to Tomorrow
Lost In Transmission: When Miyoshi congratulated Hasebe for his sister's upcoming marriage in Episode 9, she was interrupted by some loud noises just as she was saying Kaoru's name, causing Hasebe to misunderstand that Lucy was the one getting married and throwing him into a Heroic BSOD. Thankfully for him, he managed to clear that up by the end of the episode.
Love Hotel: The end of Episode 4 sets things up so it appears Hasebe's taking a drunk Lucy to one of these to sleep it off. Subverted in Episode 5 - he took her to his sister's house.
Bedmate Reveal: What happened the next morning, at least from Lucy's POV.
Mistaken for Gay: In Episode 3, Chihaya outright declared Yutaka as her rival. Yutaka at first wondered if "she's the type who likes other women." He was soon disabused of the belief, though, when she started talking cosplay.
Moment Killer: Repeatedly attempted when Jyoji, Touko and the section manager all appeared at the wrong time just as Hasebe was trying to ask Lucy out in episode 13. The trio were (forcefully) escorted away by Miyoshi, Ichimiya and Chihaya though before any damage could be done.
Name Order Confusion: In-Universe. When Jyoji presents his card to Lucy in episode 8, the romaji on his card reads "Tanaka Jyoji," which is the Eastern order that Japanese won't use in a Latin spelling.
OOC Is Serious Business: At the end of episode 12, Yutaka came back to the office and did not slack at all. The other staff found it weird and questioned him. Turns out there is some serious business—his father is the person who approved Lucy's Overly Long Name, i.e. the person his girlfriend wants to take revenge on.
The Quiz at the end of Episode 7 featured Hasebe, Ichimiya, Jouji and Kenzou posing Free!-style.
In the Episode 12 we see that among the cosplay outfits Chihaya prepared is the military uniform from Attack on Titan, as well as the trademark white sundress of Menma and the school uniform of the Monogatari series.
Spell My Name with an S: The anime uses different Japanese Romanization schemes inconsistently for the two names names that were romanized on screen. Touko was shown on-screen as "Tohko," which uses so-called "passport Hepburn." On the other hand, Jyoji, whose name appeared on-screen on a business card, is in the unofficial wapuro which should not have been used in such a situation. fans alternatively use "Jouji," which is not correct either. Strictly speaking, the name is "Joji" in Hepburn, and "Zyoji" in Kunrei-shiki.
Spit Take: Yutaka had one when his father mentioned offhandedly that he approved Lucy's name.
Hasebe plays out the opening theme in an arcade Rhythm Game in episode 11.
Three-Way Sex: When Hasebe brings a drunk Yamagami to his sister Kaoru's apartment, Kaoru initially wonders if Hasebe's going to do this… not that she would mind.
Throw the Book at Them: Yamagami's favoured method of attacking Hasebe whenever he gets on her nerves. In fact, this is invoked! In the manga, when Ichimiya complains about Yamagami attacking people with work documents, she replies there's only waste paper in those folders; she deliberately prepared those folders to hit people with.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: In the beginning of episode 5, Yamagami woke up from being drunk and saw a woman that looked suspiciously like her coworker Yutaka Hasebe next to her. The latter then said she was indeed Hasebe and asked Yamagami to hide it from their coworkers, causing the latter to go Blue with Shock. As it turned out, it was subverted. Hasebe brought Yamagami to his sister Kaoru's apartment, and it was Kaoru who was sleeping next to Yamagami—and messing with Yamagami for fun.
Right in the start of episode 7, Chihaya visited the Ichimiya residence to dress-up, er, see Touko.
And she did it again when Taishi returned home.
Wardrobe Malfunction: A skit in episode 3 was about Lucy having all the hooks on her bra broken, and how her coworkers resolved the issue while tiptoeing around the issue itself. Eventually Yutaka claimed Lucy had a fever because of her blush and should "go back to rest;" the others immediately got the hint. Fanservice was never intended.