Aggretsuko is a Japanese animated comedy series based on Retsuko, a character created by Yeti for the mascot company named Sanrio which is famous for its cute products and the famous ‘Hello Kitty’ character. Also known by the name Aggressive Retsuko, the character was created in a series that was aired on TBS television from 2016 April to 2018 March.
The series was written by Rarecho based on the comedy genre with a total of 100 episodes of 15-23 minutes. The series was launched on the famous streaming platform- Netflix in April 2018 succeeding with the second season in June 2019 and the third and fourth seasons in August 2020 and December 2021. A mobile game based on this series was also launched called ‘Aggretsuko: The Short-Timer Strikes Back’ for iOS and Android in 2020 by Hive.
Retsuko is a 25-year-old single red panda working in the accounting department of a Japanese company. Retsuko has a secret preference for bowing off the stress of her office by singing death metal at a local karaoke. Having pushy seniors and co-workers causes Retsuko to have everyday stress and frustrations which she relives by singing in her karaoke booth which she calls a sanctuary.
There, her demeanor completely changes opposite to what she’s like in her office. While singing the death metal heavy songs, she transforms into a crazy person having blue glowing eyes and her once soft head turns into a spiky mess. While singing the heavy metal songs, Retsuko becomes unladylike while chugging the beer straight from the bottle. Retsuko is introvert suffering from social anxiety, having unrealistic drams resulting in negatively impacting her as well as her surroundings. When coming across a new problem, Retsuko always tends to solve the issue on her own or gets trapped in a corner.
The show mainly focuses on the emotional immaturity of Retsuko where she is hesitant to confide in others. As the show goes on, Retsuko starts to develop a healthier emotional bond with her co-workers and friends. She goes all open about her death metal singing hobby, creating it a well-paid side hustle.
Aggretsuko Important Characters
Along with Retsuko, there are other side characters such as Director Ton, a domestic pig, and the director of the accounting department. He always gives Retsuko a difficult time by overworking her and making sexist jokes. Even though he belittles Retsuko, it is shown that he respects her for her work and gives timely advice in case of a relationship or financial crisis.
Fenneko is a fennec fox co-worker of Retsuko and her closest friend in the office. She is a social media stalker with a robotic laugh plus highly perceptive and can easily figure out what her co-workers are thinking through their manners.
A Spotted hyena named Haida who is seen most of his time is either spent fawning over Retsuko or drunk. He has social anxiety issues and confidence problems resulting in poor communication with Retsuko and being easily manipulated into doing financial fraud activities by Himuro.
Director Gori is a gorilla that first comes off as very ladylike and confident, but was very shy when it came to making friends with Retsuko, eventually doing yoga and karaoke with Retsuko and Washimi. She tries really hard to make a good impression on men and to make relationships work, but her job often gets in the way leading to some serious heartbreak.
Ms. Washimi is a bird that works as the secretary to the company’s CEO and is a very calm, practical, no-nonsense woman. She does yoga together, goes out for drinks, and karaoke with Retsuko and Gori along with usually giving advice on the topic to Retsuko.
Tsunoda, a gazelle co-worker of Retsuko, is fashionable and tends to suck up to her superiors in order to get out of actually working and tends to drive her co-workers crazy.
A meerkat named Komiya is the right-hand subordinate of Ton and encourages Ton’s bad behaviors, often causing more chaos for the staff.
Tsubone is based on the Komodo Dragon. A sexist woman who treats her female co-workers poorly and her male co-workers very well Tsubone particularly targets Retsuko, telling her that she’s lazy and does everything wrong.
Other characters include Kabae– a hippo renowned for her ability to quickly spread rumors in the office, Resasuke– a daydreamer who has an unusual fascination for canned coffee plus plants, and Retsuko’s red panda boyfriend in the first Season, Anai– a Japanese badger who seems pleasant, enthusiastic, and good-natured, but beneath the surface, he is extremely afraid, insecure, and neurotic of his place as a newly hired adult under Retsuko’s care for training.
Tadano– Retsuko’s boyfriend in Season 2, initially shown as a lazy, jobless bum, but is actually the founder of his own AI company and is rich. Retsuko’s mother– is an overbearing red panda mother who always takes control of Retsuko’s life.
Aggretsuko Based On A True Story?
Aggretsuko is not based on a true story of a particular person. The show confirms so much about unspoken and underestimated facts in media about female displeasure. The show’s best moments are rooted in painfully relatable realities of how Retsuko expresses her fury through death metal music prompted and so many deep-rooted flashbacks, from having to make tea to being forced to laugh off sexist jokes at an obligatory after-work party.
Where To Watch Aggretsuko?
The show has perfectly captured the working female’s office life and inequalities with societal expectations making the show totally relatable having a fresh breath of air to watch. So, definitely watch Agrrestsuko on Netflix and stay tuned to read more blogs on trending shows and movies!