Retsuko (烈子, lit. meaning fierce child) is a 25-year-old metal head office worker, and the protagonist of the Aggretsuko series.
The series centers around Retsuko's day-to-day life as an accountant and her relationships with her coworkers. "Retsu" (烈) means "fury" or "rage."
Retsuko's appearance is based on the Red Panda. She has light orange fur on her face, black eyes, white ears, brown legs and arms, and a brown and light orange striped tail. Retsuko is seen in many different outfits throughout the series, but her typical clothing consists of a peach sweater with jewels around the collar and plaid skirt with black Mary Jane shoes. During the winter, Retsuko is usually seen wearing a navy blue pea coat, black skirt, tights and boots, and a peach scarf. Her work apparel is the typical female office uniform: blue vest and skirt, white dress shirt, and brown dress shoes.
When she starts screaming death metal, Retsuko's appearance changes to KISS-inspired makeup, sharper teeth, pointed eyebrows, a split tongue, glowing blue eyes, and the kanji for rage (烈) appears on her forehead. She is usually seen crying or manically laughing while in rage mode.
In her daily life, Retsuko is a demure, softly-spoken and polite young woman who works diligently, often being the only person to work overtime - usually because her bosses drop their work on her desk to leave on time. She is kind and a slightly rigid, although, when drunk, she loses all mental filters and speaks her mind.
Internally, however, Retsuko has a vicious temper, which she curbs by renting a karaoke room and screaming her lungs out to death metal. She's a very talented singer in this respect, usually venting about her work, social, or romantic life. She's timid in showing others this side of her, but gives in to Gori and Washimi when they beg her, and she later shows Resasuke.
Love Interests Edit
Retsuko and Resasuke briefly dated. Resasuke was absentminded and not very attentive, but supportive of Retsuko nonetheless, especially after she revealed her true colors as a death metal singer. However, his response was underwhelming and clearly not appreciative of the meaning behind Retsuko's words, and, whilst he was kind, she realized that she couldn't continue the relationship with him.
Retsuko first saw Gori and Washimi at work doing their bad girl walk off the elevator. Gori took notice of Retsuko in the hallway, but didn't say anything to her, just mentioned that Retsuko's fur was her lucky color for the day. Shortly after this, Retsuko started attending a yoga class that Gori and Washimi were coincidentally attending as well. Gori was initially too shy and Retsuko too awkward for them to talk, so Washimi took charge of introductions. The trio started hanging out beyond yoga classes, going to bars and karaoke clubs. There, Retsuko opened up about her death metal singing and they responded well to it, encouraging her to continue and even asked her to show them how to sing death metal. Gori and Washimi helped Retsuko come out of her shell a bit as a person, continually offering advice, support, and friendship.
An accountant alongside Retsuko, Fenneko is cunning and intuitive, able to deduce much about her coworkers lives through social media who expressed extreme suspicion of Retsuko when Tsunoda posted a selfie of them both. Nonetheless, Fenneko cares for and is even protective over Retsuko (as shown when she attended the single's mixer as Retsuko's "bodyguard").
Retsuko's easygoing, free-spirited friend from high school, and drinking buddy. Puko invited Retsuko to join in on her international goods store, but Retsuko had to decline after finding that it would be based on internet sales and that her current, stable job was more wise. Despite this, Puko comments on how she admires Retsuko's responsibility, even going as far as to say that the reason she can be so carefree is because of hardworking people like Retsuko.
One of Retsuko's coworkers, who cares for Retsuko romantically, although she was apparently unaware of this until the end of episode 10. Retsuko rejected Haida's confession at the beginning of We Wish You A Metal Christmas, saying she understood how he felt but that she wasn't ready for a relationship. Haida became increasingly more nervous around her after this, but decided not to give up on his love for her. After failing to ask her out to a Christmas party with him and Fenneko, Haida started drinking and ended up running back to the office in hopes of helping Retsuko finish work so she could come join them. Retsuko wasn't there, however, and a disappointed Haida decided to wander around town instead. He ended up running into Retsuko, Gori, and Washimi outside of a ramen bar where Gori and Washimi abandoned Retsuko in Haida's care for the remainder of Christmas.
Although initially aggravated by Tsunoda's personality and appearance, Retsuko eventually came to terms with the fact that Tsunoda acts the way she does towards their superiors to keep them tame in the workplace. She forms a close bond with Tsunoda first shown in We Wish You A Metal Christmas, where Tsunoda becomes a sort of social media mentor to Retsuko. She critiques Retsuko's Instagram shots to guide her into getting more 'likes' and becoming a better "Insta-girl." Despite her criticisms, Retsuko decides to upload happy pictures of her meal Gori and Washimi on Christmas rather than Instagram-worthy shots. Tsunoda smiles in response to them, glad to see that Retsuko chose happiness over popularity.
Retsuko looks and acts exactly like her grandma, sweet on the outside but has a ferocious attitude on the inside. An attitude that even scared Retsuko!