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I think I mentioned on my last month’s Monthly Rundown that I’m quite interested with one anime that was released recently on Netflix. Many anitubers and anibloggers had talked about this one, and it definitely sparked my curiosity. Compared to other people, I didn’t jump into this hype train cuz its hyped, but because of its relation to my future job ventures. Soon, I am going to enter the corporate world as an HR, so seeing an anime that is related to it, definitely got me. Ooohohoho.

Anyway, Let’s start.


AGGRETSUKO (AGGRESSIVE RETSUKO)

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Type: ONA
Episodes: 10
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 20, 2018
Producers: Sanrio
Studios: Fanworks
Source: Original
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Duration: 15 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: The series follows Retsuko, a red panda office worker who unleashes her frustrations with life via death metal karaoke. (MAL)

My Thoughts:

For a cutesy lookin’ anime, this surely is hella realistic. Now I understand the hype.

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Aggressive Retsuko, or widely known asΒ Aggretsuko, became the talk of the town around last month after its release because of its theme and quite unique art. Definitely if you see this kind of character design you would think this anime is for kids. Uh, nope, definitely not. Its actually for the adults. The themes of this anime focused more on topics where adults could relate, and this contrast is amazing.

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The story flowed really well. The pacing was consistent and it was enjoyable to watch. The anime starts off with Retsuko, a fresh grad, was so happy to start a new chapter of life, immediately shift to the present day version of her lazily trying to get ready to go to work. Even from those first few minutes, I already get the feeling that this anime is so going to hit me with so deep reality punches, I dunno if I’m ready for it. And it did. From irritating boss to stressful workplace, it was heavy. No wonder she sings her lungs out in the karaoke. Retsuko deserves a break.

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The characters in this anime are quite diverse. I really like how realistic the characters are. Aggretsuko wasn’t scared to display really horrible side of the characters. Even though they were horrible to some extent, I understand why they are like that. The anime, as much as possible, tried to give the important supporting characters a spotlight to let us, the viewers, known and understand their POV. You can’t help but not to hate them. Its one of the reasons I like this series.

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Now, for the main character. Retsuko is quite relatable. Ah, not just relatable. I have similar traits with her. She’s the type of person who likes to not say anything, just accept everything, and avoid hassle. Those traits made her the target in her work place. I feel sorry for her, but at the same time, I think its her fault why she’s in that position. Even though I say that I’m similar to her, I don’t think I would last in her workplace without going to the HR. Yes, HR. There’s a section in HR that handles employee relations. Sigh. It just shows how different the work culture in Japan is.

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I already mentioned above that the art of Aggretsuko looks too much for kids, but its not. This anime was produced by Sanrio, so yeah, for the sake of merchs, I guess. Still, the character design is quite eye-catching. The animation looks so smooth too. It is quite different from the usual that we always see nowadays. I really like it.

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Overall, Aggretsuko was a surprise. I didn’t expect this anime would be this good. The anime had a weird premise and yet, intriguing too. I really enjoyed watching this one. Its fun, and relatable too. Getting on the hype train was definitely a good choice. I definitely recommend this to everyone.
Thanks for reading!!

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