Late on the bandwagon again.
I tend to wait for a while before checking out popular shows, mainly to avoid the hype. That and I am lazy and out of touch.
Aggrestsuko follows a Red Panda named Retsuko who works in the Accounting Department of a Trading Firm. Unfortunately for her, her boss is a pig, literary, and her job is nothing but stress and humiliation.
However, she has a trick up her sleeve. Instead of drinking her problems away or using a stress ball, she belts out Death Metal.
If you are wondering why Retsuko looks familiar, that’s because the company behind the show, Sanrio, created Hello Kitty. But do not be fooled by the cute designs, this is not a kids show. Discussing topics such as workplace harassment, dating and adult life, in general, it’s clear who the target audience is.
Retsuko is a responsible and good-natured person but has reached her breaking point after working her office job for five years. Thankfully there is a silver lining or two in the form of her two friends Fenneko, the insightful but cynical fennec fox and Haida the mild-mannered hyena.
I could go on and on about all the clever puns and wordplay this show has to offer but I would rather you check it out for yourself.
I’m not quite sure what I love about this show more, the comedy or how they handle the subject matter. While being brutally honest it does leave you feeling a bit hopeful at the same time. Maybe that’s just me being a sap, but I digress.
The comedy comes from the exaggeration of the trials and tribulations of office work, which was part of the reason going into Aggrestsuko that I thought I might not like it. I only had a weeks work experience in a PR office and I loved it. My current job is in retail.
However, I am glad to say I was wrong. We have all been in situations like the ones Retsuko finds herself in one way or another. On top of that, the incredible writing draws you into her predicament so even if you are lucky enough to have never suffered that way you now know her pain.
This show is smarter than it has any right to be, and I love it for that.
If you have Netflix but haven’t seen Aggrestsuko yet, do yourself a favour and check it out. There are ten episodes and even then each episode is only 15 minutes long, making it a great show to watch during your break.
Yeah, I watched this during my lunch break at work. Seemed appropriate at the time.