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  • Sweden
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Jul 15, 2019

(This review covers the first two seasons, but is completely spoiler free)

Aggretsuko is a unique musical anime, which doesn't let the fact that it's meant to promote toys stop it from being a worthwhile experience for young and mature audiences alike. 

Story (7/10)

The story is fairly simple, but brings not only a lot of enjoyment, but also encouragement and salvation for anyone who's dealing with a stressful life. It revolves around the red panda Retsuko, who constantly has to put up with other people's issues. Her boss harasses her, her coworkers make her do their work for them, and her friends and family never seem to understand. To relieve all of this stress, she goes to unpopulated places to growl her heart out to death metal. Over the course of the show, she meets a lot of people and men, and in doing so, gets to understand herself and what she wants in life. The show perfectly mixes this surprisingly realistic depiction of life with comedic and relatable situations, and there's never a dull moment throughout.

Characters (8/10)

The cast is a very colorful and varied set of characters that all contribute greatly to the show as a whole. They each have their own unique traits and purposes in the story, and bounce off each other during interactions. Every character feels like a person you could meet in your life, while also being a perfect caricature of said person, and that's one of the strongest points of the comedy and why it works out so well. It can be unrealistically funny and relatable at the same time! The cast is brought even more to life much thanks to the passion you can feel each voice actor has for their role. The characters also tend to have individual mannerisms and movements, which makes each and every one of them stick out that much more.

Sound (9/10) 

Now, when it comes to the music, that is where this show shines the very most. Arguably a musical, this show has a fantastic soundtrack with the occasional wonderful song number. Not only do you get to see your favorite red panda do death metal, but every once in a while, the side characters take the stage with their own styles of music as well. as previously mentioned, the voice actors all do an excellent job, and they also deliver when it's time to take the mic and sing!

Animation (8/10)

There isn't much to be said here that hasn't already been said. Despite the art style being simple, the animation is surprisingly fluid and distinct, and does well to enhance all other aspects of the show.

Overall: 8/10 

All-in-all, this was a very enjoyable ride, and upon finishing it, I found myself craving for more. This show delivers on everything it sets out to do, and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone! 

7/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

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