Why Sanrio’s Aggretsuko
is a Millennial Employee’s
Newest Spirit Animal
By Therese Aseoche
Sanrio’s Aggretsuko quickly captured the hearts of working millennials the moment Retsuko the death metal-loving red panda was introduced a year ago — so much so that she has earned herself a 10-episode show on Netflix! Everyone across the globe found her so relatable that she has become the face of every overworked and underpaid millennial employee who can’t seem to escape their sh***y jobs. Here’s why:
She’s enslaved by a job she hates and has a literal chauvinistic pig of a boss
In the series, Retsuko is shown every morning dragging herself off of her bed and summoning enough willpower to be a “model citizen” and report to work where she is not only overworked by her superior, but is also maltreated and bullied because of her age and gender by the Accounting Division Boss, Director Ton. Those who find themselves in a similar situation — whether it’s a crappy job or a crappy boss they have — will greatly empathize with Retsuko and her inability to do anything about it.
She’s surrounded by annoying coworkers
Retsuko has her fair share of annoying coworkers, including a kiss-ass gazelle and a gossip-mongering hippo, with whom she has to act pleasantly around, much to her dismay. No need to drop names, but who among your own coworkers did you think of first?
She dreams of leaving for a cushy career but can’t risk financial instability
Doesn’t everybody? At one point in the series, Retsuko runs into her college friend Puko who has since been living her life traveling around the world and earning from part-time jobs — the complete opposite of Retsuko. When Puko proposes that Retsuko should join her for a business selling imported goods, Retsuko could barely contain her excitement over a potential career she actually likes and is much easier than her present job.
But her excitement quickly shatters when she’s told it would be an online business with no guarantee of making profit straight away — a high risk for little return. And so, she let go of the opportunity knowing she can’t risk being financially instable.
A lot of employed millennials are probably screaming “SAME!”
As a woman, she has to tolerate workplace sexism
Even in this modern age, there are still companies out there discriminating against gender. Retsuko is one of the extreme examples of how these women employees are being victimized and stepped on without anyone offering to help or stand up for her. It’s something a lot of us in long-standing corporate companies are much acquainted with but, like Retsuko, can’t get away from because: 1) we need the money, and 2) we are driven by a selfish desire to prove our competence. But is it all really worth being driven down to the dust like this?