In Japan, March is a time of new leaves, both in a figurative and literal sense. Cherry blossoms are blooming and students are graduating. And despite all the joyous celebrations brought on by warmer weather and new opportunities, it can also be a stressful season for those who have yet to line up a job.
Tokyo University of the Arts student Maho Yoshida beautifully illustrates all the anxieties of shu-katsu, an abbreviated term for job hunting. In the 7 and a half minute video the protagonist, which seems to be Yoshida herself, is peacefully enjoying school life when she begins to notice that her friends are behaving oddly. Before realizing it, she is suddenly swept up in the whirlpool that is, “Japanese ceremonial job hunting.”
There’s no dialogue so you don’t have to understand Japanese to appreciate this animated gem.
[spoiler alert] Ok, I lied. You do have to know a bit of Japanese. In the final scene she gets a message on her phone that reads “rejected.”