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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Curious animated series a treat for post-Hello Kitty teens.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 11+

Great life lessons, powerful messages

This Netflix gem follows the life of Retsuko, a young red panda who's stuck in a dead-end job and copes with the daily grind by unleashing her inner metalhead through karaoke. This show may feature a bit of bad language, drinking, and romance, but isn't that just a taste of the real world? Plus, the main character's journey of finding her inner strength and standing up for herself is a valuable lesson for any young viewer. As long as your child is old enough to understand that these things are a part of real life, they'll be able to handle it in the context of the show. One of the things that make this show so great is that it manages to address serious issues such as sexism and workplace harassment in a way that is both entertaining and educational. The show also promotes the importance of self-care and self-expression. In short, if you want to give your kids a taste of the real world without scarring them for life, Aggretsuko is the way to go. Just don't blame me if they start singing death metal at their next family gathering.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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age 13+

Retsuko is my rolemodel

I created an account only to rate this piece of masterpiece. If you're ok with a little swearing, drinking and too little violence in it. Aggretsuko helped me with my anger issues a lot and helped me find better ways to let my rage out(via art). Hell man I don't even have kids but when I do, they'll be watching this. Love it 10/10

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (34 ):

Everything you need to understand about this anime curiosity is in the show's titles, which start out kawaii pink and sweet, then morph into heavy metal riffs and flames. The subtext is clear, and hilarious: The adorable, dulcet-toned characters Sanrio made famous have a furious, rebellious side they've kept secret so far. But the secret's out: They want equality and respect, and they want it now. This tamped-down female fury is personified in Retsuko, whose sweet face and fuzz hide a sharp mind and an even sharper sense of being overlooked and mistreated, not just by the (literal) pig who's the head of her office, but also by a society that expects her to look cute, wear heels, serve men tea, and expect nothing for herself.

And so, Retsuko's habit of singing angry heavy metal songs alone in a rent-by-the-hour karaoke booth is at first just a blowing-off-steam hobby, but soon it becomes a battle cry. She's not the passive, pretty, obedient girl that she's been told to be. She's something more -- and now that she knows it, she's going to find a way to make her everyday life more closely resemble her dreams of agency and authority. Like most of us, Retsuko's not exactly sure how she's going to transform her current situation into one that makes her happy. But now that she's in touch both with her emotions and the unfairness of what's routinely asked of her, she's well on her way to making changes. Aggretsuko only looks like it's aimed at the young girls who squeal over wee Hello Kitty notepads, or My Melody squishy key chains -- its real audience is the growing cadre of girls and women who have had enough, and need a takes-no-prisoners hero to relate to.

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