Aggretsuko is the perfect example that we should never judge a book by its cover…or an anime by its aesthetics!
Whoever thinks that this is an anime of funny little animals to watch with children, will be quite surprised with the content of the series. Aggretsuko is definitely not aimed at people under 20 years of age and is a little gem that we recommend to all you super fans .
Aggretsuko is an anime franchise based on the eponymous character created by “Yeti” for the mascot of the Sanrio company, the company responsible for creating the iconic Hello Kitty , which explains its charismatic design. But be warned, this anime is anything but childish!
This little gem is available on Netflix in 10 delicious episodes of 15 minutes each. If you have not seen it yet, we are going to give you several reasons to convince you to invest your time in Aggretsuko :
1. Retsuko is just like you and me
Retsuko , the protagonist of the series, is a young 25-year-old red panda who works in the accounting department of a large company in Tokyo.
Like most people, the young woman struggles every morning to get out of bed and face her stressful routine. She from the hassles of traveling on crowded public transport, she going through having to put up with gossipy co-workers, to living daily with an abusive and macho boss.
Not only in the work environment we manage to identify with Retsuko, but also in regards to her little daily dilemmas, such as the insistent saleswoman in the clothing store, the indecision about the ideal value to give as a wedding gift, the love disappointments , etc.
2. Representation of machismo and labor exploitation
Among all the problems Retsuko has in her life, Ton is by far the worst. The girl’s boss is (literally) a male chauvinist, misogynist and aggressive pig who makes the days of the gang a real hell at work.
Ton is the representation of moral harassment at work (also present in the personality of other characters), a serious and controversial subject that is exemplified in the anime quite clearly.
But, throughout the episodes, we realize that even that “macho pig” has his own ecosystem of personal problems. Ton also experiences his conflicts, challenges and frustrations, just like all the other characters.
However, that is no excuse for the extremely wrong attitude he has towards his employees, especially Retsuko. It is clear at various times that he despises the young woman for the simple fact of being a woman.
3. Co-workers we’ve all had at some point
Ton is not Retsuko’s only headache in the company. Her co-workers are representations of the various types of toxic people we come across at one point or another during our lives.
Kabae, for example, is the pink hippo who loves to spread gossip; Tsunoda is a gazelle who spends her days fawning over the boss; Tsubone is the snake that she greatly enjoys seeing Retsuko suffer at work; etc.
However, one of the most interesting characters in the series is Haida , the hyena who has a crush on Retsuko. It is very interesting to see the maturity and sensitivity that she demonstrates in dealing with her main “problem”.
As we devour the episodes, we realize that deep down everyone has their dilemmas, even those people who are apparently “perfect”. An example of this is the case of Gori and Washimi, high-ranking officials in the company who prove to be great friends of Retsuko, to whom they constantly give wise advice. The three practice yoga together and end up also sharing the stage at karaoke.
4. Death Metal is his salvation (and passion)
After a stressful day at work, abuse from all sides and no prospect of growth in the company, many people find their salvation and liberation in yoga, meditation or even sleep and forget everything. But Retsuko has a rather peculiar way of getting rid of stress.
The young woman unloads all her anger and frustration through Death Metal , her favorite musical genre. Every night, Retsuko rents a room at the karaoke (a common thing in Japan) and releases everything that was stuck in her throat through frantic screams (like a good Metalhead).
In moments of desperation, Retsuko always carries a microphone stashed in her bag, ready to let her vent her frustration through Death Metal anywhere (like the office bathroom, for example).
5. The lessons we learn after 20
Most of us enter the labor market (approximately around the age of 20) loaded with dreams and future projects. However, over time we realize that the road to success is very hard and that, probably, we will have to take many hits and fail many times to achieve our dream “place in the sun”.
Essentially, this is the story that Aggretsuko tells us : life is hard for everyone, but one can never throw in the towel and give up. It is necessary to face problems and overcome them.
It may seem very pessimistic explained in this way, but in the end it is the clearest message that we can extract after watching the ten episodes of the anime .
Retsuko tries to find a way out of her problems in various ways (dreaming of working with her friend or getting married so she can leave the company), but reality eventually sets in and she has to return to her monotonous daily routine.
It’s interesting how we can identify with the everyday problems of Aggretsuko , which apparently shows the reality of people living on the other side of the world. It is further proof that all of us, no matter where we are from, at some point in life face the same dilemmas.
Aggretsuko is an anime about the real and routine dilemmas of the life of a young adult (and of any of us), which we advise you not to judge by its inoffensive and childish appearance. In this story there is more reality than in many other supposedly more “adult” series.
Go ahead and watch the first season, you won’t regret it!
Aggretsuko | Trailer Oficial [HD] | Netflix
In 2019 we will have the second season, which in its first teaser sends us this forceful message: Work still sucks. Metal still rules.
Aggretsuko | Teaser [HD] | Netflix