Power Office Ladies, ????, Shomuni
Date: 04 1998
Synopsis: Shomuni (????) is a comedic TV drama serial based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Gumi Yasuda (???? Yasuda Gumi). The stories revolve around the Office Ladies of General Affairs department 2 (Shomu ni, or GA-2) in a large multinational company called Manpan Corporation. GA-2 is called “”the graveyard for female office ladies””, simply because it is the place where female employees are dumped should they mess up big time elsewhere. Jobs include replacing used toilet rolls, changing light-bulbs, organizing company outings among other menial stuff. As an added incentive, their department is located in the nether regions of the company – in the basement, and is in fact a disused store room. This is done in the hope these errant – or simply useless – employees will quit (and typically people last three days at most) due to the monotonous and meaningless nature of the job tasks, just so that the company, headed by sex-crazed executives and a Personnel Department willing to stoop to any means, will save on the costs of firing them. As the drama serial progresses, it is evident that these seemingly lowly employees have their own pride despite them being the most despised of female employees, and in every episode, they end up saving the company from a potential catastrophe, inadvertently or otherwise, and usually to back up their own selfish agenda.
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