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A Good, Hard-working Girl

Anime series 'Aggretsuko' plays with cutesy imagery as a means of forcing through a remorseless critique of contemporary work.

Still from 'Aggretsuko'.

Aggretsuko is in some senses the commonplace tale of the romantic and career ups and downs of Retsuko, a young woman in Tokyo, but one in which the humans have been switched for animals. Retsuko is portrayed as a demure, diminutive, and adorable Red Panda while her co-workers range from pigs to hippos to ostriches. […]

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