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Aggressive Retsuko Episode 1



Aggretsuko, also known by its original Japanese title Aggressive Retsuko (Japanese: アグレッシブ烈子, Hepburn: Aguresshibu Retsuko), is a Japanese animated comedy streaming television series based on the eponymous character created by "Yeti" for the mascot company Sanrio.[2][3] The character first appeared in a series of animated shorts by Fanworks which aired on TBS Television between April 2016 and March 2018.




Aggressive Retsuko Episode 1



A mobile game, Aggretsuko: The Short Timer Strikes Back, was released by Hive for Android and iOS in July 2020. The game, which is available worldwide, includes the full 100 short episode series, which need to be unlocked individually via normal gameplay. Whilst subtitled, the short episodes were not dubbed into other languages.


In July 2020, a mobile game, Aggretsuko: The Short Timer Strikes Back, was released by Hive for Android and iOS devices. The game is a tile-matching puzzle game with the premise that Aggretsuko should begin working to build the furniture on the new company building, similar to games like Gardenscapes. For every ten levels completed, the user can download and see the episodes of the original one minute length TV Anime shorts.[15]


A Netflix original series was announced in December 2017, with Rarecho returning as director and writer at Fanworks.[16] The first season, consisting of ten episodes, was released worldwide on April 20, 2018,[17] with a second season which was released on June 14, 2019.[18][19] A third season premiered on August 27, 2020.[20] A fourth season premiered on December 16, 2021.[21] A fifth and final season was released on February 16, 2023.[8][22]


The first season of the Netflix series holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews, with the sites critic consensus reading, "Uniquely bleak for a Sanrio property, Aggretsuko balances biting corporate satire with adorable characters and absurdist comedy to create a surprising, insightful addition to the world of animation."[25] The season has been praised for its satirical portrayal of Japan's workplace culture, and of the pressures facing Millennial women in the workforce.[26] IndieWire gave the season a B+, and noted the distinctly Japanese stylistic elements of the animation that made it stand out from American productions.[27] The A.V. Club praised Aggretsuko for dealing with mature themes like misogyny and workplace anxiety, but criticized the season's romantic subplot, calling it "aggressively lousy".[28]


The third season holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 5 reviews.[34] Karen Han from Polygon praised the season for tackling "more specific and modern issues," such as parasocial relationships between fans and celebrities on social media, but criticized the season taking a "straight thriller" turn along with the status quo ending for hurting the show's relatability.[35] Jacob Oller from The Spool wrote that the season was "all sorts of fun" and that "Aggretsuko continues to resonate, echoing through the skulls of rage-filled office workers everywhere," while praising the relatability of the anti-capitalist attitude possessed by Retsuko.[36]


Aggretsuko was nominated for an Ursa Major Award in the Best Dramatic Series category.[40][41] The Ursa Major awards are given in the field of furry fandom works and are the main awards in the field of anthropomorphism.[42][43]


It premiered on April 2, 2016, and ran until March 31, 2018, as part of Ôsama no buranchi (King's Brunch), a variety show on TBS Television. Each episode is between a minute to 2 minutes in length.


The final episode concludes with Retsuko shrieking that she would like an extension. Season 1 of the Netflix series aired nearly a month later on April 20, 2018, following the series' announcement by Netflix on February 6, 2018.


All 100 TV shorts are included as rewards for progressing through various stages of Aggretsuko: The Short Timer Strikes Back, a free-to-play match-3 puzzle game released for Android and iOS devices on July 28, 2020.


Episode 1 (Acting out) involved Nick Wilde (from Zootopia) having a slight personality crisis, and needing the help of his friends. It also involved a member of the Aggretsuko cast helping out on an investigation. Episode 2 (Elementary introductions) involved some new detectives of small stature but big impact investigating a reported nighthowler plant theft (which are things from Zootopia that do bad things that scare everyone).


AN: I hope you all enjoyed my first foray into the world of Aggretsuko, and the mercliess ship teasing it presents (muhaha...). Next chapter will drop a bit earlier, likely on Thursday, so hopefully you won't be teased for too long. In any case, I put a lot of work into them, so dropping a comment (even a little one) is always super appreciated and puts a big smile on my face. Thanks, and looking forwards to next time.


Clocking in at just 10 15-minute episodes long, Aggretsuko is one of the leaner, most bingeable Netflix originals as of late. For those of you who'd rather cut straight to the kvlt action, here's our list of the show's top 10 most metal moments. WARNING: Turn back now if you don't want spoilers!


4. Aggretsuko sticks it to her supervisor, Slipknot-style (Episode 3, "Short-Timer")It's not an office comedy unless someone sticks their face on the photocopier. When a daydreaming Retsuko inadvertently produces printouts of her smiling mug, her snake boss, Miss Tsubone, tapes it to the furball's face as punishment and mocks her. Fed up with her superior's shit, Retsuko pulls a 180 and talks back to her boss through her grinning mask, as metal plays in the background. She may not win the war in the long run, but at least we get to see her pull a Slipknot.


3. Aggretsuko shares her secret (Episode 5, "Exposed")A few episodes in, Retsuko forms a fast, unexpected bond with two of the highest-ranking women in her company: a lip-stick wearing gorilla marketing president named Gori, and her avian secretary Miss Washimi. The ladies take their new friend to a karaoke bar, unaware of her regular heavy-metal singalongs. Rather than keep her secret to herself, Retsuko lays her love of death metal on the line. To the red panda's great surprise, her performance proves a hit with her new pals, who accompany her to karaoke throughout the rest of the season.


As the episode closes out, we catch up with Haida who looks much healthier now. Out in the streets, Haida and Retsuko catch up and notice Tadano doing really well for himself on a big monitor. Instead of bitter resentment or jealousy, Haida simply smiles and congratulates him for his good work.


Unfortunately, Aggretsuko will not return for season 6. It was announced before season 5 was released that this would be the final season. Aggretsuko has been a beloved series since its beginning in April 2018. Even though the show was not renewed, season 5 was perhaps its best, ending on a high note. The first nine episodes were under 20 minutes, while the finale was 34 minutes long. This gave fans a satisfying ending and closure as the series bid farewell.


Aggretsuko, fully known in Japanese as Aggressive Retsuko, is an anime by Sanrio based upon the characters created by Yeti. It stars the beleaguered office worker, Retsuko, a 25-year-old single red panda, who seems cute and submissive on the outside, but is secretly seething with Suppressed Rage at her stressful work in an accounting department and annoying coworkers and bosses. How does she deal with it, you ask? By singing Death Metal about her irritation, of course! After 5 years of working the daily grind, her relationships with her various co-workers are starting to shift, and slowly begin to open up in ways that can change her life for the better...or for the worse.


The TBS series was a series of 100 self-contained one-minute episodes (except the first episode, which was 30 seconds longer) that was broadcast as a segment of the variety show Ō-sama no Brunch, starting in 2016 and ending in March 2018. The shorts focused more on the frustrations of random situations that Retsuko ended up in, such as being asked to pick up the bill at a friend meet up.


The collaborative TBS x Netflix series, which began with a ten-episode season that was released on April 20th, 2018, is different from the shorts as it focuses more on Retsuko pushing through bigger societal problems, such as dealing with horrible bosses, and the problems of falling straight into love. The episodes are also longer (around 15 minutes) and follow a new continuity compared to the original series. Adaptation tropes do apply to this series.


  • Both Series Angrish: Retsuko's enraged Death Metal voice barely sounds like Japanese at all.

  • Animal Stereotypes: Kabae is a hyperactive and very annoying female hippo. She is also a huge gossip, and hippos have big mouths. Ton is a fat sexist pig who is literally a pig. Tsunoda is a Doe-eyed Gazelle. Tsubone is a mean, creepy komodo dragon. Fenneko the fennec fox is intelligent and a bit of a trickster. Although some characters do not fit the stereotype such as Haida, who is a spotted hyena, but doesn't have any of the traits associated with hyenas. The CEO is an elephant who isn't very smart. The main character, Retsuko, is meant to be a subversion of her stereotype. She is a very cute animal, but she is hiding a lot of anger and a very noncute hobby.

  • Art-Style Dissonance: The show is full of Ridiculously Cute Critters drawn in a cute, simple art style, and yet the show mainly explores surprisingly mature and dark themes, thus the art style goes completely at odds with the content. This includes topics such as work life issues, female workplace sexism, bullying co-workers (or being on the receiving end of it), and general life expectations. Retsuko often screams her inner frustrations out either in her head or at the Karaoke booth, and isn't above getting wasted on alcohol too. There is also copious amounts of swearing in the Netflix series, which really doesn't fit the age rating.

  • Black Bead Eyes: Most of the characters have this, with Fenneko being the most notable of the main cast.

  • Casting Gag: Josh Petersdorf's role as Ton isn't the first time he's played a mean pig-like character, seeing as his other most famous role is probably Roadhog from Overwatch.

  • Cathartic Scream: Retsuko blows off steam by singing metal. When the stresses of her job get too much to handle, she'll escape to the women's room to scream and unwind.

  • Crapsaccharine World: The show is very brightly and playfully animated, yet it doesn't shy away from the fact that Retsuko's job is awful and her life is very stressful.

  • Crush Filter: When Retsuko fantasizes about her crush, his face turns from its blank stare to that of a shoujo anime character.

  • Death Metal: Retsuko sings Death Metal inside her head whenever she becomes enraged.

  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Retsuko's eyes glow when she is about to start one of her rage songs.

  • Idol Singer: In one of the TBS shorts, Retsuko ends up dressing up and dancing like one during a company party. In Rage Mode, to boot.

  • Season 3 of the Netflix series introduces OTMGirls, an underground idol group who's still trying to make it big. Retsuko becomes the group's accountant after she accidentally bumps into their producer's van, and she later joins the group herself. She's later stalked and almost killed by a Loony Fan who doesn't like the direction the group is going in after she joined, and she ultimately quits because of it.

  • The Lancer: Fenneko, Retsuko's best friend and frequent confidant, who occasionally backs her up on drums during her enraged singing.

  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A lot of the characters have names that are related to their species, although only if you understand Japanese. The unofficial subtitles of the TBS shorts also gives the characters names like Eaglette, Hippatricia, and Giselle in an attempt to translate the names.

  • Mature Animal Story: While not as dark as other examples, the series is one of Sanrio's only properties specifically aimed at adults, even though it takes place in a World of Funny Animals with adorable designs. The series mostly avoids the well-known sugary sweetness seen in the company's other anime series, as it tackles issues such as Mean Bosses, sexism in the workplace, disagreeable coworkers, and other challenges of adulthood.

  • Mean Boss: Retsuko's bosses give her way too much work and are often very rude to her. Some of them are even openly sexist and determined to find fault in her solely because she's female.

  • Metal Scream: Retsuko has a mean set of pipes on her!

  • Mrs. Robinson: Tsubone(late middle age at best) all but flirts with Ookami in one of the shorts, and eagerly saves a seat for Haida at a party in the series. They don't reciprocate.

  • Musical World Hypotheses: Mainly uses the All In Their Heads hypothesis. In the majority of episodes of the TBS series, Retsuko's songs are only happening in her head; other characters do not react to her singing, since the songs express the things that she wants to say but can't. In the Netflix series, it uses the Diegetic or Maestro Cast hypothesis more often, as it more frequently shows Retsuko actually going to Karaoke or somewhere else private to sing her rage songs. Although the lyrics of Retsuko's songs are improvised, she usually is using the same music to sing with, so it is more believable.

  • Officially Shortened Title: The franchise name is shortened to Aggretsuko for its English release.

  • One-Word Vocabulary: The only word that Retsuko's yoga instructor ever says is "protein".

  • Only One Name: Almost every named character is only known by one name, whether it's their given name or their family name. Strangely the only character whose full name is known is Natsuko Yokosawa, a minor character in the shorts and only a background character in the series.

  • Personality Blood Types: Retsuko introduces herself to the audience in both series as a Blood Type-A.

  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: One of Retsuko's superiors (Tsubone) is a ugly old reptilian woman who is very condescending towards her and has No Sense of Personal Space. And in the Netflix series she is an outright sadist through most of the show.

  • Sadist Show: The original shorts were like this. Good things almost never happen to Retsuko and most of the other characters are either jerks or just annoying to Retsuko and never face any consequences for their behavior. The Netflix series is less sadistic, as although good things still rarely happen to her, the series shows her learning and maturing from her experiences. Although the first season ends with her continuing to take abuse from her coworkers and bosses, she is a lot more positive about it than in the beginning of the series.

  • Shout-Out: Retsuko's face changes to look similar to Gene Simmons when she is enraged, with similar black marking around her eyes, and an Overly-Long Tongue.

  • Episode 9 of Season 1 has Retsuko going out on a date with Resasuke at an amusement park, which actually resembles Sanrio's own outdoor theme park "Harmonyland" located in Hiji, Japan.

  • In season 3, Retsuko describes the F guitar chord as an unbreachable double wall, with the neck towering over a giant wall much like Attack on Titan.

  • In episodes 9 and 10 of season 4, when Retsuko and Kabae infiltrate Haida's office to uncover evidence of him being involved in window-dressing fraud, they dress very similarly to the Kisugi sisters from Cat's Eye.

  • Sisterhood Eliminates Creep: After Retsuko finally opens up to Washimi and Gori about her frustrations with Director Ton, Washimi uses her position as the assistant to the boss to get Ton reprimanded.

  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Unlike other Sanrio character franchises such as Hello Kitty and My Melody, who both focus on the positive side of life and love cheering people up, Aggretsuko focuses more on the cynical side of life, since most of the characters are rude or irritating to the titular protagonist. However the series is not too cynical since it does have its own cute moments as a reminder that this is still a Sanrio creation. While Season 4 has a bit of cynicism, it's notably more idealistic and hopeful compared to Season 2 and 3.

  • Sudden Anatomy: Characters are often rendered with fingerless or nearly fingerless hands, but when Retsuko is in rage mode she often has detailed hands with noticeable claws. Fenneko also sometimes sprouts Wolverine Claws when she is being threatening.

  • Suppressed Rage: Retsuko often gets enraged by how the people at work treat her but never shows it.

  • Surprise Inspection Ruse: When Retsuko rightfully suspects the new head of the accounting department Haida of cooking the books to make the company they work for appear more profitable than it really is on behalf of the new boss, Himuro, she draws up a plan to get proof. This involves having the OTM girls pretend to be auditors making a surprise inspection in order to get Haida to reveal the combination to the wall safe he keeps the thumb drive holding the original financial records, so that Retsuko can break in and copy the files while he goes down to deal with them. The plan is almost ruined when Tsubose reminds Haida that audits are never done without the auditors sending notice of their upcoming visit days in advance.

  • Taken for Granite: In a few episodes of both series, characters shown as being turned to stone when they are not moving or speaking because they are upset about something. This has happened to Retsuko and Gori.

  • The Unintelligible: Retsuko's Metal Scream is often hard to understand in the Netflix series (which gets lampshaded a few times, such as in "The End of the Moratorium" when her stalker accuses her of shouting unintelligible words and calling it metal). Much more so in the TBS shorts.

  • Western Zodiac: Retsuko introduces herself to the audience in both series as a Scorpio.

  • World of Funny Animals: All the characters are Funny Animals, but they mostly act human aside from a few Furry Reminders.

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