Second season of Aggretsuko
Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy, Seinen
Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (language) 20+ (relatability)
Episodes 10 (15 minutes each, +1 Christmas Special listed separately from the show)
TheAwersome Rating: 8.5 / 10 (About same as first season, which is good)
Premise: Retsuko’s mom has started to worry for her well-being and feels that Retsuko is dragging her feet about life, so she starts to be “helpful.” And by helpful we mean setting up and agreeing to match-making dates on her behalf. To add to her stress, she’s been appointed to train a new hire who seems just a bit too professional to be real.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: I want more of this show. Give me like, six more seasons please. One thing I did notice in this season vs. the first one is that Retsuko’s Heavy Metal Karaoke side did seem to play less of a role in everything with a stronger focus on the more relatable Slice of Life aspects. So, if you were here only for that, then you might be disappointed.
This season highlights some of the side characters a bit more and fleshes them out past what is initially a very 2D depiction. I really liked getting to see a more in-depth look at what makes these other characters tick. I also was very pleased with how there wasn’t any strong Moral™ to the season. It would be way too easy to have there be a strong message of “Romance hurts your life goals” or “Old fashioned ideas and morals all need to die” but it didn’t take any of those routes. It was a very mature approach. There’s a good focus on being honest and true TO yourself while being honest and true WITH yourself, which was delightfully refreshing.
TLDR: A fun, pure, heartfelt time that resonates fiercely with Millennials.