Africa no Salaryman Impression: I hate it


Ok, ok, maybe I don’t *hate* it. That was my initial impression for the first hour or so after watching the episode. But I haven’t encountered an anime series that has provoked such a rapid descent towards mere dislike for a while now.

Blown expectations played a role in my disappointment. Having just returned from a job in Japan, I went into the first episode hoping for a relatable, adult look at working life in the country to balance out all of the copy-paste high school and isekai comedies flooding the season — some satirical knocking on the plight of the stereotypical salaryman as Japan’s “Lost Decade” of economic recession rounds out its third decade. Just, you know, with a bunch of animal jokes thrown in.

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