(ショムニ)is a July 10, 2013 -- TV series directed by Masayuki Suzuki,
10 years ago an employee at Manpan Corporation, thought to be useless, was demoted to the shomuni (general affairs section 2). That division was considered as "the graveyard for female office ladies," as the ladies were tasked with menial work. Six female employees there including Chinatsu Tsuboi (Makiko Esumi ) acted according to what they felt was right and didn't follow the company's outdated views of their roles. The women their eventually saved the company and left. 10 years later, Japan finds itself in a long-term economic depression. Companies like Manpan Corporation are restructuring due to the economic climate.
Shiori Maruyama ( Tsubasa Honda ) was once a promising pole vault athlete, but now works at Manpan Corporation. She isn't good with her work and can't even answer the phone properly. The company views her as useless. Her co-workers leave derogatory comments about her on Twitter and they don't sit near her at company get-togethers. Then, female employees, who act how they want, appear. They are Madoka Minami ( Becky ), Reiko Abe ( Sakura Ando ), Misuzu Kojima ( Kanna Mori ) and Masuyo Fukuda ( Keiko Horiuchi ).
One day, Shiori sees a woman being chased by someone. The next day, Shiori sees the same woman at Manpan Corporation. Shiori learns that the woman is legendary Chinatsu Tsuboi. Soon, shomuni (general affairs section 2) is revived.
Shomuni 2013 sees a total change in the members of Shomuni, with the exception of Esumi Makiko who will reprise her role of the feisty Tsuboi Chinatsu. It has been 10 years since Shomuni had been dissolved in Manpan Corporation, and the department members have all gone on into retirement. Tsuboi Chinatsu's whereabouts is known to nobody.Due to the long economic downturn suffered by Japanese companies, restructuring is a common occurrence nowadays. Manpan is no different from the rest.
Maruyama Shiori is an Olympic gold-medal hopeful in the pole vault event. Manpan had recruited as part of their PR advertising, but due to severe costs-cutting measures, the track and field club in Manpan was dissolved, and Shiori is deemed to have no value to the company anymore. In order to make Shiori, who doesn't even have the skills to be a telephone operator, leave on her own accord, the company started tweeting bad things about her. Poor Shiori is now an outcast in the company and no one totally dares to be seen with her at all.
No one, except for the team of OL, made up of Minami Madoka, Abe Reiko, Kojima Masuko and Fukuda Masuyo, who appear before her one by one. One day, Shiori comes across a lady who seemed to be running away from someone. The next day, she sees the same lady again at the company. The lady is none other than the legendary Tsuboi Chinatsu! Has Chinatsu rejoined the company again? What is the objective of the company and also Chinatsu?