The second season of Aggretsuko seeks to delve into this question. It’s a question I ask myself a lot, as I know many here do. After all, it’s a question even more relatable than the struggles of the workplace and having to work with people who make your job harder. While I’m not sure this second season succeeds at tackling either quite as well as the first did with the former, it’s still a charming and relatable season of one of 2018’s greatest shows.
One of the best things about both characters is how fleshed-out the characters feel, as it’s easier to
connect with almost every character in this season, just like last time. The arc that Retsuko goes through is still great, and even easier to connect with than ever, with issues of learning to drive, dealing with overly meddling parents and peers who can’t take criticism, and having to deal with the prospect of marriage crammed down her throat. As good as it is, I think it comes at the cost of some of the other characters. The series has always been about Retsuko, but at times I feel some of the side characters got underrepresented. Retsuko’s older friends, Washimi and Gori, have about as much screen time as before, and are about as fun to hang out with as before. Her boss Ton’s presence still looms over both arcs of the season, but he’s no longer an antagonist to deal with, so his decreased presence makes perfect sense. Her best friends, Fenneko and Haida, do take a hit in terms of screen time, especially Fenneko who never has much relevance in any given episode outside of a few funny jokes. Other returning characters also have varying amounts of screen time, and one of the most pivotal characters of the first season’s second half is absent entirely. That said, it’s impressive how much we get to learn about most of these characters, even now, later into the franchise and with most of the side characters having less screen time.
There are a few new characters, most of which are entertaining, but there are only two I’ll bring up here: Anai and Tadano. Without spoiling, neither character is who they seem to be at first glance, with Anai serving as a somewhat disturbing antagonist of the first arc and the latter proving to be more interesting and layered over time in spite of how nonchalant he is. Both characters’ relationships with Retsuko feel a bit rushed, with Anai’s bad blood with Retsuko essentially dissipating after one big moment in the climax of episode 5, and Tadano’s conclusion with Retsuko feeling like it could have used more time, on top of feeling a bit rehashed from the first season. That said, the arcs starring these two characters are mostly solid, even though the former drops one tension-inducing plot point halfway into the arc, and the latter feels a bit rushed and almost a tad too high in scope. It also gets a bit more topical than the first season towards the end, adding to the heightened sense of scope.
Visually, this second season is about on par with the first, with a few new crazy facial expressions, some visually interesting sequences, and a fair amount of fun new character designs for Fanworks to play with. It’s about as simple and effective as before. Musically, there are barely any new tracks mixed in with the fun earworms of the previous season, as expected. One problem I have with the soundtrack is that while it doesn’t feel the need to kick off every episode with Retsuko screaming her head off, it decides it needs a few cheesy musical numbers, like in the penultimate episode. There’s also no new OP or ED, but those were the last thing on either season’s priorities anyway, so it seems we have to settle for new opening visuals and nothing else. At least the dub is still wonderful.
Ultimately, while I do have some misgivings with this second season, it’s still charming, funny, and relatable, like a good friend that knows how to level with everyone. I’m not entirely sure how much longer they can keep this series going without losing freshness, but I’m glad this second season was still a fun ride we could all use. Aggretsuko knows exactly what it’s doing, but what about us?
Written and edited by: CodeBlazeFate
Proofread by: Peregrine
Your favorite heavy metal red panda is back! Aggretsuko is here with it's first... I mean second season, wait did I re-watch Aggretsuko season one or am I seeing things. Anywhosies, Aggretsuko is back delivering us 10 episodes with none of the pacing and half of the charm!
I'm not going to waste my time talking about the sound and art, they're the exact same as the old series and of course they meet my every expectation. I couldn't be happier.
Most of us gleamed at excitement at the glance of the release of Aggretsuko Season Two. Who couldn't enjoy our Retsuko enduring the relatable troubles
of being the independent working female adult in modern day Japan, while also battling the burden that is love, soulmates, and marriage. In writing a second season I feel it's agreeable to most people that the second season has to bring something new to the table. Cutting it to the chase, this season does the exact opposite. The narrative is ACTUALLY a carbon copy of the original season of Aggretsuko.
Let's just make a brief TLDR of both seasons for comparison. In season one Retsuko battles the daily troubles of being a worker in Japan, being forced to work with her sometimes annoying, bratty, and bossy coworkers. She inevitably solves her problems using her friends as a cushion for her conflict. Later in the show she meets a love interest that even though it seems like he's the perfect match, she's really just seeing through fogged up glasses. After Haida sulking drunk in the street, and Retsuko getting a firm talking to by the not-so-bad Ton. Retsuko comes to her senses and realizes this is not the life she wants to lead. Now what's in store for us in season two? Coworker troubles that get resolved with the aid of her friends as a cushion? CHECK. Love interest that is obviously bad for her but Retsuko falls for it because she's blinded by love? CHECK. A really sad Hyena? CHECK. Not-so-bad Ton? CHECK. This season was a literal checklist. I could not be more dissapointed. I'm exaggerating this show isn't a carbon copy, but it does follow the same formula.
The plot itself was pretty all over the place in terms of quality. At times I felt appreciative on the show's preachment on the issue of marriage presenting different respectable sides from different respectable angles. However, at times I found myself often confused on a characters ability to make a basic easy decisions that could resolve a problem simply without having to drag it on. The writers painted the picture of the relationship as controlling and suffocating, yet Retsuko can't even define that as the reason for ending their relationship, only that her partner won't marry her and start a family with her. I knew Retsuko was clueless, but I didn't know the writers wanted to make her completely moronic to not see this after her eyes were opened to the relationship's problems. On another note can someone please explain to me why there is tid bits of FILLER scattered throughout the series. Ten episodes is not ample time to play a round of fucking golf with the boys. WHO GAVE THESE WRITERS PERMISSION TO MIX AGGRETSUKO WITH ACTUAL FUCKING MUSICAL NUMBERS. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS FANWORKS HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME.
With that being said this show isn't complete garbage, it does have some decent episodes worth noting, and if you have watched the original I do extremely suggest you check out this season. Be very aware that this show is not as good as you'll expect. If you came for the Haida Retsuko ship you won't find it here. If you came for witty Retsuko tearing it up with her metal ass music, you'll 100% find that here next to the tossed out bottle of anxiety medication that Retsuko decided she didn't need for some reason.
Aggretsuko Season Two did not unfortunately live up to the hype I gave it after watching the first season. Although I really appreciated the messages spread throughout the show, I was dissapointed I was being spoon fed the exact same formula. Watch with caution kids.
After a year that began to seem like an eternity, Sanrio has blessed us with a new season of Aggretsuko (certainly blessing their own wallets in the process with the revived merchandise sales it'll result in). There was plenty at stake, as well as plenty to resolve that was left over from the first season.
I'm very happy to report that Sanrio has more than delivered. Much like the first season, Aggretsuko not only anthropomorphizes its animal characters - it humanizes them into characters the viewer comes to really care about, including a few characters they have been on the fence
about in the first season. Not only are the old favorites back, but there are a few new faces in the picture to keep things interesting.
A lot more is placed this season on Retsuko's love life, mostly due to the involvement of her mother. But unlike the first season, Retsuko's love life doesn't seem like a brief derailment towards the end - it's a natural part of her life, being a 25-year-old woman. A few curious men enter her life and serve to overall progress her character.
Overall, Aggretsuko season 2 is almost everything I could've asked for, with a few twists involving new cast members and even new music styles. Anyone who watched the first season should be more then satisfied with its progression, and will hopefully join the rest of the community in supporting the series via official streaming and merchandise so we get a season 3.
Everybody's favorite red panda is back with more rage than ever.
This season, we got an introduction of a new character to the office, Anai, who freshly graduated from college and into the office. However, he seems to know more about his personal rights which adds a hilarious chemistry with the cast.
We also move a huge step forward in life, with this season focuses more on the concept of marriage plus relationships which can affect the dynamics with pretty much everyone in your surroundings.
We might have gotten less screen time in the office but we get to see more of Retsukp's personal life and her problems
she has to face, from arranged marriage to obtaining a new license and more.
Overall, this season manages to retain the same atmosphere as the first and is still solid, however I just wished more of the old supporting cast had more screen time and this season feels a little bit too short, wish it got more time.
Overall, a solid 9/10.
Hopefully we get too see Retsuko again next year for a season 3 if we get one.