It’s a bit bold because the series has been on Netflix since 2016 and I may be one of the last few to have only watched it recently, but my recommendation still stands. You have to watch Atelier on Netflix. It’s a Japanese series about a lingerie maker who’s trying to figure out how to deal with getting old and a young, fresh graduate who’s confused about where to go in life. (Are those two me? Ha.)
I haven’t watched a series in a long time; the last time, I think, was House of Cards. But I’ve no plans of watching it again because of Kevin Spacey. So it’s actually nice to just sit back and actually finish a season of a series. My only problem with finding and liking Atelier is it’s been cancelled. To be fair, the end of the first season opened up new avenues for the characters to grow but the story was satisfactory.
Why I liked Atelier
It was so easy to watch. The episodes ran, on average, for 35 minutes. Although there were some dull moments, the pace was still good enough to not get you bored completely and leave the show. I liked that it highlighted the troubles and challenges that women who have big goals face. While I think the main conflict is in the uncertainty of the direction the two main women characters are heading, I appreciated that they also talked about how important it is to do good work. The Japanese are known for their love of labor, and it’s evident in the series.
While I was puzzled as to why President Nanjo, the proprieter of Emotion Lingerie (and one of the lead characters in the series), decided to leave her son to her husband when they split, I was so touched with how his son appeared to have understood the circumstances of their lives. He had questions, but he mostly understood that his mother had big dreams for herself and his father wasn’t able to handle it and so the conflicts between them arose.
I also liked how much all of them cared for their jobs. It’s rare to see people who are so committed to their places of employment, but having a boss who’s so passionate about her craft perhaps inspires that kind of spirit.
Overall, I loved that Atelier starred women. Here, there aren’t a lot of series that focus on just the woman and when they do, the protagonist is portrayed as a damsel in distress who later exacts revenge or someone who can’t do anything without a man by her side.