Rilakkuma and Kaoru (Anime): Tipstor® Pick
Summary: Rilakkuma and Kaoru is the quieter version of the excellent Aggretsuko, another Netflix anime that uses characters from popular stationery supplies. Where Aggretsuko jams to death metal to express office worker ennui, Rilakkuma and Kaoru plays what could only be described as somewhat optimistic elegies. Kaoru is a woman in her late 20s or early 30s. She’s stuck in a dead-end job, and her friends are leaving her behind as they make families.
The show, animated with stop-motion puppetry, never shies away from the emotional tolls of these experiences. Helping (and living with) her are Rilakkuma, a life-sized toy brown bear; Korilakkuma, a child-sized white toy bear; and Kiiroitori, a small toy yellow chick. Sure, these creatures sometimes make Kaoru’s life more difficult — Rilakkuma is very lazy about housework — but they’re also there for Kaoru, helping to remind her — and us! — about the beauty and whimsy that’s out in the world.
Starring: Mikako Tabe, Soki Matsumoto, Takayuki Yamada
Show: Rilakkuma and Kaoru
Creator: Aki Kondo
Netflix is on fire lately! This show is soothing and highly relate-able. I cannot wait for more episodes and hopefully more shows like this. It is by far one of the cutest wholesome shows ever. It is an excellent show to see after a difficult day of work, the animation is excellent and beautiful.