Type: Working 9 to 5…
Synopsis: An office is a place where dreams come true. Except when you boss is a pig, your supervisor is a snake, and your only real escape is the sweet, sweet release of DEATH….metal.
Pros: Aggretsuko is a pretty great, and pretty short, anime about a young woman working in an office. She faces sexist discrimination from her boss and the daily grind of her work finally gets to her. She decides that the best course of action is to find an alternative. At first she fantasizes about starting her own business with an friend, but then settles on the more traditional, and outdated, plan of getting a husband and becoming a housewife. Despite it’s cutesy demeanor, this is actually a pretty mature show. Not MA mature, but real mature. Aggretsuko has to deal with real world stuff, like a bad boss and feelings of dissatisfaction. She has bills, love problems, and isn’t immediately comfortable with co-workers. I love that we finally get a 25 year old in anime who doesn’t have it all put together. Life isn’t solved at High School graduation, no matter what anime implies. In fact, one of my favorite moments was when two more senior females employees, Gori and Washimi, the goddesses of the company, decide to take Aggrestsuko under their wing a little. For no real reason. They just wanted to get to know her. As someone who’s been fortunate enough to experience the same thing, I loved that they helped get Aggrestsuko out of her shell a little. Every character in this has more layers to their personalities than you first think. Which makes total sense. Despite spending all day with them, do you know what your coworkers are actually like at home? And would your coworkers be surprise that your reading a review about a cartoon made in Japan about animals working in an office? Plus, seeing this cute little red panda go into metal mode was always a delight. (If you want more, there’s apparently a lot of shorts online)
Cons: No enough metal.
Watch it: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES (4/5)
MVP: Shin Aggrestuko
Some people have anime, some people have Screamo. We all need a release.
Best Episode: Ep.7 “The Duel” (Maybe there’s hopes for chauvinists pigs. Then again, maybe not…)