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GENRE: Anime ORIGINAL AIR DATES: April 2, 2016 - March 31, 2018
// review by Meow

Hello, anger issues.

From a company known worldwide for its delightfully cutesy Hello Kitty franchise comes a new set of anthropomorphic furries for the world to gander at. Set in a more modern day Japan, we follow the escapades of Retsuko, a red panda that suffers from the high-stress work environment of a corporate office job, taking her frustration out with death-metal karaoke. Along the way, we also meet a nice-sized cast of characters, both friend and foe, all represented by various animals pertaining to their particular personalities.

In each episode, Retsuko grows to hate her office job more and more with the excessive abuse she goes through between her supervisors, and begins to seek ways to escape her life. At first she tries to find alternative employment, but that doesn't work out too well. Eventually, she resorts to trying to get married, starting on getting more fit with Yoga, where she encounters and befriends some of the higher ups of the corporation she works at. Shenanigans ensue, but as time goes on we get a deeper look into the lives of these people in Retsuko's life, even Director Ton who comes off as a chauvinist pig... literally, he's a pig.


The art style is typical of Sanrio, with cutesy, slightly chibi anthros. The music is rather appropriate, and the Japanese voice work is pretty good in my opinion. The English voices, however, bug me. It just sounds... generic? That's the best I can put it. It doesn't really fit the style as much as I'd like it to, though the hippo character sounds spot on in both languages. There's also the problem where the show's English subtitles are for the Japanese audio only, so though the general story is the same, the fluff and filler dialog is a different flavor, as one would say. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, although they keep the joke about how Retsuko "looks like a Sanrio character" in, which is a good chuckle.

As far as I'm aware, the show is only available on Netflix at this time, so if you have the service and feel like watching a cute-looking anime about the stressful life of an office worker, then give it a whirl. The show isn't truly anything ground-breaking, so definitely don't purchase a subscription just to watch this. There's only the one season, 10 episodes long, 15 minutes a pop. But if you already have a subscription and a sufficient amount of boredom, then go ahead and give it a whirl. It's available in Japanese, English, Cantonese, French, and Spanish audio, and there are English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and...Chinese subtitles available.

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