We announced it a few months ago and now Aggretsuko has finally arrived on Netflix! The animated series dedicated to the adventures of Retsuko, the red panda created by Sanrio, is available from April 20th worldwide on the famous streaming platform. Could we miss a kawaii bingewatch? We have seen, one after the other, the 10 episodes of 15 minutes each of the anime: find out if we liked it or not!
Retsuko is 25 years old, she is an office lady in the accounting department of a large company and she hates her job. Despite all her good will, in fact, she finds herself surrounded by a loafer and misogynist boss who considers her an incompetent and terrible colleagues who makes her hours in the office a real hell. The only way Retsuko can endure her daily life is to take refuge in a karaoke (or in the nearest public toilet) and vent the frustrations with death metal.
Despite the appearances, Aggretsuko is not an anime for children. Not because there are images not suitable for kids, but simply because the humor of the series is based on typical adult situations, from problems in the office to the anxiety of finding a boyfriend as soon as possible. Retsuko and her colleagues are in fact the portrait of the millennials: young people with wings clipped by the old generations who still try to face adult life with optimism, while harboring an increasing rage and unease.
It is impossible not to be reflected in the adorable Retsuko and her tragicomic experiences. Who has never had a superior that diminishes our abilities, colleagues who take advantage of the kindness of others, who do nothing but gossip or try to flatter the boss? And it is impossible not to burst out laughing every time that the sugary sweetness of Retsuko (defined at some point “pretty as a Sanrio character”) is replaced by the blatant and angry sincerity of her metal alter-ego.
With Retsuko there are many other noteworthy characters. In the office she can count on her colleagues Fenneko and Haneda, a cynical desert fox who stalks workmates on social networks and a hyena with a weakness for our protagonist. Her true allies, however, are Gori and Washimi, very stylish colleagues with a heart of gold who, between a yoga class and another, decide to take Retsuko under their protective wing (literally, in the case of Washimi). Even the extras are hilarious: keep an eye on the insistent shop assistant who will make you think “it always happens to me too”.
Written, directed and partly dubbed by Rarecho, Aggretsuko is a series that entertains from the first to the last episode. The ten episodes are devoured in a moment and you come to the end with a great desire to see how the misadventures of Retsuko and her friends will continue (in this regard: we want a second season!). We must recommend it to you all: it’s a little gem, to watch in original version. Have you seen Aggretsuko? Let us know what you think in the comments!