Aggretsuko Review

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Sorry once again to all those humans deprived of Netflix, I’m afraid you’ll need to be subscribed to it if you want to see this cartoon. If however, you are, and like me you’ve been eyeballing it as it watches you from your recommended section, maybe I can help you decide whether it’s worth your time. Also, just going to let you know in advance, there is a LOT of death metal music.

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Aggretsuko is a painfully relatable show about an anthropomorphic red panda suffers day after day, working as an accountant under the watchful eye of an angry, obnoxious boss. The animation style gives the impression of a sweet, kid-friendly animal cartoon, but don’t be fooled. This exaggerated slice of reality, while not particularly explicit, contains many adult themes that I doubt children will understand.

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Just about all the characters are based on workplace archetypes, from the boss, who’s literally a chauvinist pig, to the gossip-hungry chatterbox, to the sweet, flirty girl who wafts around the office and seems to get whatever she wants by sucking up to whoever’s in charge. Despite this, they’re far from shallow, and the main cast develop quite a bit throughout the series, whether that be themselves, or their relationship with another character.

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The animation is pretty simple, but not in a way that makes it look bad. The dubbing is also pretty decent. Like I said before, there’s a lot of death metal. Thankfully, lyrics are provided, regardless of whether you want them there or not, as the words can be a little hard to understand. The style of the show is also rather cutesy and innocent, which actually turns out to be pretty funny.

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The series deals with some pretty relatable issues, which can be both funny and sad to watch, but mostly funny. Majority of the stories are centered around the problems women deal with in the workplace, so trigger warning if anyone’s had to put up with gender related harassment. There’s also situations like trying to use marriage as a means of escape, trying not to panic when talking to a protein filled gym gorilla. But yeah, it’s mostly just a small mammal singing death metal when she’s pissed off about something.

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The story line is really easy to follow; it’s not one of those shows where you need to pay attention because things will be pieced together at the end. Each episode quickly picks up where the last left off, and the pacing is neither overwhelming, nor sluggish.

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If you’re not an adult or teenager, you probably won’t understand much of what’s going on. I sure didn’t. To be honest, all I really got out of this cartoon is that human life is weird. I kinda already knew that though. Anyways, if you have Netflix, then yes, I suggest you give this series a go. It probably won’t be for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a try. Stay awesome and keep watching cartoons, Toonbiter out!

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