It’s funny, it’s silly, it’s serious, and it’s a bit morose. Even so, it still gives me hope in a strange, bittersweet kind of way.
Aggretsuko isn’t some unflinching nightmare, though, as it also has some great moments of weird comedy.
Sanrio’s aggro-adorable character offers up scream therapy in perfect, bite-sized chunks.
...always fun in the moment...
...a lovely little twist on kawaii characters like Hello Kitty and a wonderful outlet for everyone's inner frustrations trapped by outward social niceties.
With her romance over, Retsuko fills the void with a virtual boyfriend. Her savings take a massive hit when she spends recklessly on in-game purchases.
Retsuko inadvertently backs into a parked car, damaging the other vehicle. Desperate for repair money, she reaches out to Gori for a loan.
To repay her debt, Retsuko starts working as the accounting manager for an underground idol group. In reality, she's at their beck and call.
The OTMGirls turn a profit for the first time thanks to Retsuko’s business acumen. Haida hits it off with Inui after an unexpected encounter.
After seeing Retsuko sing, Hyodo proposes that Retsuko become the lead vocalist, demoting Manaka in the process.
The group’s popularity soars after a blogger's favorable review. Concerned by Retsuko's recent odd behavior, Haida secretly tails her to Hokkaido.
The OTMGirls receive an offer to perform at a rock festival. Hyodo rebrands the idols as a band, and the members must now learn to play instruments.
Manaka’s devotion to instrumental mastery inspires others to step up. Haida agrees to teach Retsuko guitar, but he invites Inui over on the same day.
Inui opens up to Haida about her feelings, but he's unable to respond. Director Ton lectures Retsuko when he learns she has a side gig.
She's shaken, but Retsuko acts normal in front of her bandmates after a deranged fan accosts her. Haida struggles to choose between Retsuko and Inui.