Aggretsuko, a Netflix exclusive anime made by Sanrio, is a wildly popular anime about an anthropomorphic red panda named Retsuko who is always nice and obliging to everyone at work, no matter how badly they treat her. But when she goes to karaoke, she belts out her frustrations through the angriest metal music imaginable. Combining comedy with the problems of work, romance, and life as a millennial, this is one amazing show.
With an anime this good, it might seem like there's no other anime like Aggretsuko out there - but thankfully, that's not the case. In fact, there is plenty of awesome anime that are similar to Aggretsuko out there. Which one you should choose depends on what appealed to you about the show in the first place. If you're looking for an anime that combines love and office life but can take or leave the whole talking animals thing, you should try out Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku, or Hataraki Man. If adorable talking animals are the selling point as far as you're concerned, you may want to try out Working Buddies! or Damekko Dōbutsu. Want another anime with an appreciation for the metal genre? You might like Detroit Metal City.
Not all of these shows will appeal to all Aggretsuko fans, but you're sure to find at least one that you like.
Both Retsuko and Saiki are hiding something. In Retsuko's case, it's her frustration with her job, and her talent for heavy metal vocals. In Saiki's case, it's his incredible psychic powers. The reason that they're hiding these things is because they'd rather lead a peaceful life, undisturbed by the people around them. Unfortunately for both Retsuko and Saiki, the people around them show a lot more interest in their secrets than they'd like. While the consequences for Saiki's secrets being revealed are rather more severe, the two of them are going through some of the same issues.
Besides the protagonists' struggle, both of these shows are utterly hilarious.
The office life depicted in Aggretsuko isn't the only working environment worth noting - retail can be just as challenging. Honda-san is a bookstore employee who writes manga on the side. Just as Retsuko would rather her co-workers didn't know about her penchant for hardcore karaoke, Honda keeps his passion on the down low. The series focuses on his everyday life, depicting customers who are both challenging and hilarious, the demands of physically stocking the books, corporate parties, and more. If you're an Aggretsuko fan who works retail and wants to see your own work life depicted via a talking skeleton, this show is for you.
When Narumi Momose starts working at her new office, she hopes that no one would find out about her interests in anime, manga and video games - particularly those in the Boy's Love genre. Her secret is revealed when she finds out that Hirotaka Nifuji, her childhood friend, is working there too. Luckily, she finds out that her workplace isn't particularly judgemental, and actually starts dating Nifuji. Of course, none of that means that her work life - or her romantic life - are conflict-free. Actually, the drama is just beginning. Just like Aggretsuko, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku expertly blends office life with romantic entanglements, all with a healthy dose of humor.
If you're watching Aggretsuko because it's adorable, but are looking for something equally cute, but less aggressive and more bizarre, try Bananya. This short anime follows the everyday adventures of a small group of half-cat, half-banana hybrids. Yes, you read that correctly. While nothing really happens in this anime, it will definitely sate your Aggretsuko-induced desire for cute animals. Also, Bananya and his friends occasionally encounter real-world problems that no real cat or banana would ever have to deal with - just as Retsuko and her co-workers do.