“Whether it be facing misogynistic remarks from her boss or being pressured by condescending co-workers, stress is just another part of the job for 25-year-old red panda Retsuko. Despite being one of the most diligent workers at her office, her diminutiveness and modesty often lead her to be exploited by her colleagues. However, when her irritation hits the limit, Retsuko brings forth her unique brand of letting off steam: aggressive death metal karaoke bashing the idiocy and hypocrisy of her co-workers’ actions and work life. Although this venting only takes place in her mind, it gives her an outlet to counter her frustration in a world where hierarchy and appearances reign supreme.” -MAL Rewrite
1-minute episodes center around Retsuko’s life and while they seem short, each episode is both filled entertaining and relatable everyday situations. While there isn’t a large plot in the background, Restuko’s day-to-day life is amusing enough to keep the audience’s attention and bringing them back for more office shenanigans.
Artwork & Animation:
The minimalistic style of the artwork is wonderful! The use of simple geometries paired with a blurring effect and good coloring brings each scene to life. Simple art means more budget money for animation and it was consistent and smooth throughout the entire show.
Retsuko is the star of the show along with her troubles. That being said there’s little to no development in the characters at all. Which in this case isn’t necessarily a bad thing as there isn’t a bigger plot brewing in the background. The black and white characters make it easy to remember them.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
I love all types of music but metal, specifically death metal, will always have a place in my heart. The edgy and brutal guitar riffs paired with the growls and screams from the vocalist has this energy and power to it that I can’t resist. While a lot of it is inaudible, the edgy sound and intention are there and that it works well with Retsuko’s angry outbursts.
Aggressive Retsuko was a lot more entertaining than I expected it to be. The best part was that the episode was only a minute so I could watch a few before my class or before going to bed. The luxury of not dedicating myself for 30 minutes for an episode was great!
Overall: Score 8
Although the episodes are only 1 minute each, they’re impactful and memorable! The simplistic art and articulated animations bring the characters to life. A hilarious show filled with events that
Best Girl: Retsuko
Retsuko’s cute design and her passion for death metal is quite a weird combination and I love weird combinations.