Worth watching: Aggretsuko (Netflix)

As a big fan of Japan’s Studio Ghibli and Studio Ponoc anime, I came across this rather strange show through my RSS news feed and decided I had to watch it.

Aggretsuko is a TV show from Netflix that’s based around a character from the Sanrio, the mascot company that brought us Hello Kitty.  Unlike Hello Kitty, however, Aggretsuko is definitely an adults-only affair.

Retsuko is a 25 year old female red panda that works in the accounting office of a trading firm. Struggling to deal with the pressures from her overbearing superiors and co-workers, she takes out frustrations by singing death metal – either in the toilets of the company or more likely at a local Karaoke bar.

As the series progresses, we see Retsuko open up to her co-workers and ultimately befriends two high powered individual women within the company who help her to address the problems of her overbearing boss, Director Ton (a big fat pig).  Prior to this, Retsuko dreams of leaving the company by marrying and becoming a full-time housewife.

As to how she manages all this, you’ll just have to watch the show.  It’s extremely funny – highly satirical, bold, and addresses the many problems of being a salaryman or salarywoman in modern Japanese culture.  The death metal sequences alone are worth watching out for as Retsuko takes it all out in the angriest way possible.

This show is best enjoyed in the original Japanese with English subtitles.

I do hope we get a season two, as this show is seriously one of the best things I’ve seen in a long while.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some death metal to sing…


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