Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Music, Short-Form, Office Frustration
First Aired: Spring 2016, 40 short-form episodes
Summary: Retsuko is a 25-year-old red panda working in the accounting department of a Japanese business. She enjoys her career as a whole but gets frustrated with the absurd day-to-day tasks asked of her. Sometimes she’s asked to work late so others can leave early and other times she’s told too much information about coworker’s personal lives. She keeps a cool head at the office by venting her frustration nightly at the local karaoke singing death metal. Retsuko ends each night rejuvenated and ready to take on another day at the office.
Aggressive Retsuko is easy to dismiss at first glance. The animation is simple, the soundtrack is fairly basic and the series is clearly episodic. However, if you go into the show looking for a quick pick-me-up and leave it at that, it’s a fun watch. I have worked in an office and enjoy seeing how Retsuko deals with her supervisor and coworkers. The hippo in particular is relatable to someone I’ve worked with in the past. The contrast of adorable Retsuko during her day job and her terrifying nightly karaoke is entertaining. The characters are charming and the series is hilarious.
You might enjoy this if: You want a quick watch to cheer you up after watching a sad and depressing show like Another. If you like movies like Office Space, Aggressive Retsuko will be right up your alley.
You might not like it if: You are looking for a series with an ongoing story as opposed to quick snippets.
Note to the Viewer: Aggressive Retsuko debuted on TBS as part of the King’s Brunch variety TV program.
AMV – Work by Miraculous Ladybug
Aggressive Retsuko Trailer – Introducing Aggretsuko