Aggretsuko: Season 4 – Impressions

Sanrio’s red panda can be seen again in Netflix. That’s right: we’re talking about the fourth season of Aggretsuko, a Japanese cartoon series that lets you experience the life of its protagonist up close. Because apart from showing a Japan full of anthropomorphic animals, it poses a very notorious problem today: the terrible conditions in the work environment.

This is nothing new. Previous seasons of Aggretsuko They showed us screaming bosses, lots of overtime, harassment, humiliation and other unpleasant (and typical) elements. So far, however, the series has also focused on other types of personal motivations and frustrations: family, love, various projects, etc. Of all of these, love is the only one that remains, but it is shown as an unreachable fact Well, there is no progress in the relationship between Retsuko and his great friend Haida.

All of this leaves us with a single focus: work. We no longer see trips with millionaires, no more adventures with a gang of Idols no dagger attacks in the middle of the street (really?), but the most direct criticism the series has made of Asian work customs (applies to many countries) and the dirty tricks that leadership positions can generate.

Aggretsuko season four
A new boss arrives in Aggretsuko’s fourth season, Himuro.

To understand this better, it must be borne in mind that the customs of Japan in relation to work are very strict. Work is probably the most important thing in life. When it is absent, someone is doomed to social failurebecause he considers himself to be of little value, who doesn’t know how to follow the rules and / or who doesn’t take anything seriously. Therefore, the figure of the boss is extolled, and those who cannot agree with him are despised. You have to give your all, even if you work too much overtime and don’t see a family. Basically you have to. respect Status quo.

Laws in Japan “protect” the worker. This is in quotation marks, because while there can be no unjustified layoffs, Companies do what they want and still intimidate employees into quitting if they don’t do enough for them.

The situation is no different in Aggretsuko. The arrival of a new CEO named Himuro shatters the momentum that was already established in the company. Young, intelligent and handsome: all these qualities drive him to be ambitious and to think about his own success and that of the company about the needs of every worker. To do this, he will try to find an ally in the despised Haida who will pull the strings in the company.

The romantic development is mostly neglected in the fourth season Aggretsuko.

Some key phrases stay in the mind of the beholder: “The company belongs to the shareholders, not you”; «you are easily interchangeable«; “We ask you to resign or someone else has to do it.” The exact words can vary from country to country, but the dynamic of manipulation and control feels very tight here too.

Retsuko and her friends have to deal with the new pressure to change. You see a coworker harassed for caring for her sick child, or an isolated executive who does not follow the indirect layoff strategy. In short, there comes a time for every employee when they have to consider whether a permanent job is worthwhile..

Aggretsuko season four

Haida becomes a much more interesting character. Though it’s the same insecure and boring thing of the entire series at the beginning, Criticizing his inability to flirt and his personality leads him to make drastic decisions and become Himuro’s right-hand man to prove his worth. His enigmatic and abnormal demeanor begins to be a sign of suspicion and concern to all. It’s worth seeing how far you go to be comfortable with yourself.

Aggretsuko season four

The series starts an almost insurgent message. It invites you to think about whether you are trampling or trampling and whether they are doing something to change their situation. Clear, Unfortunately, this is an “almost” because no action is taken directly against the excessive power of companies, but rather the individual error is taken as a lesson.

It is interesting, however, that such criticism comes from a country like Japan. This season is highly recommended for those who have had a bad experience at work. Season 5 (already confirmed) is worth the wait.

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