Third season of Aggretsuko
Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy, Seinen
Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (language)
Episodes: 10 (most are 15 minutes)
TheAwersome Rating: 8.3 / 10 (Still great, not as unique as once was)
Premise: After an emotional breakup with her boyfriend, Retsuko closes herself off to the thought of ever being in love again—well, with an actual person anyway. Retreating into the world of VR, her virtual boyfriend showers her with praise and shows up in cute outfits, albeit for a price. While scrambling to find other ways to earn money, Retsuko finds herself in yet another financial bind after accidentally ramming into a parked van with a rental vehicle. The owner of the van, a gruff cheetah named Hyoudou, recruits her as an accountant for an underground idol group which he manages. Retsuko soon begins to buckle under the pressure from the new job, leading to plenty of inspiration for her next death metal vent sessions.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: I have to say I was kind of expecting less of this season simply because they’ve somewhat stepped away from having a death metal rant almost every episode. They’re pretty far and few between now, but the writing and character development is still there and it’s still great! Retsuko’s still struggling with really finding her “purpose” and “life calling” because, guess what, that kind of issue really doesn’t easily get answered. I really like the new characters that this season brought in, they had a satisfying depth to them, and Haida really gets more of a starring role this season as well, so fans of Best Boy can rejoice! And as per usual, this show does touch on some uncomfortable real life topics, so while thoroughly enjoyable, isn’t necessarily a purely comfy show every episode.
TLDR: Aggretsuko continues doing what it does so well, even if the gap moe is turned down a bit.
Season 4 was announced in December 2020, but no word yet on when it will be released.
You’ll likely enjoy this if you enjoyed:
- Previous seasons of Aggretsuko
- Adult-oriented workplace comedies like Wotakoi, New Game!, and Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san