So I watched this a few days ago and I wasn't as impressed with this season than I was with the other two. Basically the main reasons why is the fact, I didn't really think Retzuko is best suited to join a idol group just because her "rage" moments are mostly metal, like I personally think if she joined a rock band, it would've been 100% better. I also didn't particularly like the side character's such as the three members of the idol group and the Labrador who Haida has a date with. So let's start with the idol group. It consists of a rabbit (?) who is a pretty chill sort but is constantly looking at her phone non stop and two guinea pigs who are just rather clueless. With the Labrador, she appears friendly but doesn't seem to have that much of a personality at the same time. In my opinion at the end of the day, they are pretty much the dullest characters on the show like I feel they weren't really that needed on the show if they were that necessary. Don't get me wrong, I watched the whole 10 episodes and enjoyed a wee bit of it but it's just not my cup of the tea this season. Although I will admit, the ending out of all the episodes is the best so totally check it out if you wanna see the big reveal on the last episode!
This season was not the greatest, especially after two seasons of amazing content. The main problem I have with this season is OTM Girls. Retsuko has spent the entire series trying to find a place to belong so that she can answer the question she keeps asking herself, "What am I even doing?" I don't believe that Retsuko is cut out for the life of an idol, no matter how short a time she experienced it. Without the "fan" that caused the ending, she would have probably continued with it, but most likely with a worse fate. She even stated from the beginning that she didn't want to do it. For this, I have to agree with Ton's speech after he found out Retsuko was in debt. First off, even though he is sexist among other things, his character is extremely well written and authentic. He cares for Retsuko, as much as a boss can for their worker, but has trouble showing it. The last two episodes really shows a slight character development in Ton that isn't very noticeable. He shows that he cares more for his workers than everyone previously thought a couple times throughout the show, so this isn't the first time he's done this. Now, getting into what I'm actually talking about, Retsuko tells Ton that singing in the idol group isn't about the debt she owes anymore. She goes on to explain that they are her friends and they're achieving their dreams together, so she finally feels like she's a part of something. This is seen when she receives her first paycheck and feels like she actually earned the money, unlike the salary she makes as an office accountant. This, to me, makes sense, but doesn't suit Retsuko. Ton says, "I bet you're enjoying life right now. You may feel reborn after finding a new place to fit in, but you have nowhere to run. Debts pile up before you know it and debt collectors will come knocking. Will you be able to handle that? You'll have to make a choice eventually. What will you do then? Of course, if you've already watched it, you know how that turns out. Ton's speech, though spoken harshly, is the sad truth. Retsuko is living a fantasy by being in the idol group. Eventually, she will have to make the choice to continue with her false dream of being an idol or the job she's been actively trying to escape from up until this point. I don't think she ever really wanted to be an idol. She was pressured into it and eventually had a false sense of hope because she was made to believe that it was her dream to be an idol. The reality of it is, Retsuko never wanted to be an idol. She just wanted to feel like her life had meaning. She wanted to live a fanticized happy life at all times that is free from working stress. We can't be happy all the time, however. When Retsuko realizes this, she realizes her true purpose in life. Though it's never said explicitly, Retsuko is most happiest with her friends and job, despite the stress and real world problems. That's just life.
After two seasons of good content from Aggretsuko, I wasn't sure how it could get better but it did. The plot is a little hard to predict, and that's a good thing. Retsuko goes through yet another series of crazy events, this time, with the possibility of her singing getting the spotlight. The season is less about Retsuko's office life compared to season 1, still less about Retsuko's love life compared to season 2, and instead we see more of Retsuko trying to be self-independent, self-assured, self-confident, and it's all so relatable. I think what made me most impressed about it is that it breaks down about the difficulties of figuring out your dream in the first place. Sometimes, it's hard and a little depressing when you don't know what to do. And so you feel like just having a dream - any dream, even someone else's - and the earnest pursuit of it is all that you need to make your quality of life better. But that's not how dreams work, you have to enjoy the process of figuring it out, and so it's good to see Retsuko understand that a little bit more. Lastly, and more importantly, I didn't expect such quality development with Haida :) Overall, I think this is a very satisfying third season to the series, and I hope to look forward to a fourth season with highlights between Haida and Retsuko? Haha, we'll see.
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