Retsuko is a red panda who works in Accounting.
She’s 25 and doesn’t like her job. Her boss is a pro at deferring work to other people, and her colleagues are annoying and judgemental. So she de-stresses in the only way she knows how: death metal karaoke.
These animated shorts are around one minute long, and are produced by Sanrio.
It’s very difficult to get a decent first impression from an episode that’s less than two minutes long, but it definitely shows promise. A Sanrio character for the millennial generation and beyond, Retsuko embodies the frustration of having to work a job that isn’t your endgame. Because of that, it’s bound to hit a personal note, and be relatable for so many viewers. It does seem like they’re trying to ride the new wave of ‘kawaii meets hardcore’, pioneered by the idol band Babymetal. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and shows that even the politest and hardworking member of the team can get angry sometimes. Because the episodes are so short, they’re really easy to fit in around work, which I’m assuming was the intention considering the main demographic.
Oji-san and Marshmallow – Comedic office drama condensed into short episodes.
Himouto! Umaru-chan – The duplicity of man. Like Retsuko, Umaru puts on a façade when she leaves the house. ‘Perfect’ on the outside and seemingly flawed on the inside, both hide their true selves to protect their reputation.