The iconic red panda with the pent-up rage of a million shounen villains is trying to keep up with the insane demands of her job and lets her screams out in karaoke booths.
If you are looking for a top-tier office life comedy, we have two more anime from the Winter 2021 season that you might have missed and deserve your attention.
Liked Aggretsuko? Watch Youjo Shachou (Cute Executive Officer)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2021
Najimu Mujina is your typical toddler with one exception: she is the president of the Mujina Company. This not-so-easily-overlooked detail leads to several outrageous situations, including overtime turned into a sleepover, Mujina giving advice about work-life balance while swinging at the playground, and dealing with angry customers with exceptional ease, putting adults to shame.
Major Similarities Between Aggretsuko and Youjo Shachou (Cute Executive Officer)
1. (Japanese) Office Culture Parody
In both Aggretsuko and Cute Executive Officer, we see our cast dealing with overtime, job search, office politics, and hierarchy. The humor in Aggretsuko comes from the vast difference between her timid office persona and her unhinged brutal vocals in the karaoke booth. Mujina is just herself, a normal five-year-old, but her staff is determined to give her the benefit of the doubt, treating her as the best boss ever.
Let’s not forget that Cute Executive Officer is aware of its connection to Aggretsuko and makes homage to this popular title with the appearance of Corporatallica, a morning assembly metal band. It’s surprisingly effective..!
2.Cute Animation, Short Duration
Both anime share a simple and cute animation style with bright colors. Two birds with one stone, you connect with the child within and relate to the characters’ plight. Finally, the episodes are bite-sized, so you can watch them quickly and get back to...adulting.
Liked Aggretsuko? Watch Tenchi Souzou Design-bu (Heaven’s Design Team)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2021 - Currently Airing
God got fed up with creating all creatures on Earth and outsourced his work. This is where Heaven’s Design Team comes in to show us the logic behind animals’ traits. A cross between wildlife documentary and office comedy, Heaven’s Design Team is an entertaining anime with a fun cast. Heaven’s Design Team will be super relatable to designers, engineers, biologists, and people who love learning facts about animals.
Major Similarities Between Aggretsuko and Tenchi Souzou Design-bu (Heaven’s Design Team)
1. Difficult Clients
It’s been established, the customer is God...literally, and God is the worst client. Ever. Retsuko has to apologize for things she wasn’t responsible for because of the office hierarchy, and the heavenly designers have to take in God’s whimsical requests and do their best, no matter how vague or fickle the directions are.
2. Can Work be Fun?
For Aggretsuko, most workdays are torture. She still finds an outlet through karaoke, the highlight of her day. Aggretsuko and Heaven’s Design Team deal with the same question: can work ever be fun? Heaven’s Design Team balances out the good and the bad with stunts and tricks: Jupiter creates delicious sea creatures even though there are no directives about their taste, Pluto sets out to make the most gruesome animals, and the team likes to poke fun at Shimoda, the angel project manager. Watch Heaven’s Design Team for a more lighthearted take on work culture!