Shirobako (The Anime about Anime)

Synopsis- Shirobako begins with the five members of the Kaminoyama High School animation club all making a pledge to work hard on their very first amateur production and make it into a success. After showing it to an audience at a culture festival, that pledge turned into a huge dream—to move to Tokyo, get jobs in the anime industry and one day join hands to create something amazing.

Fast forward two and a half years and two of those members, Aoi Miyamori and Ema Yasuhara, have made their dreams into reality by landing jobs at a famous production company called Musashino Animation. Everything seems perfect at first. However, as the girls slowly discover, the animation industry is a bit tougher than they had imagined. Who said making your dream come true was easy? – Directly from MAL

Produced by P.A. Works, the fall anime of 2014, Shirobako, is a rose coloured window to the world of animation. A somewhat romantic view of the anime industry, while Shirobako might oversimplify and ignore some truths, it is an educational view on how anime is truly made.

The best word to describe Shirobako  would be…busy. Much like how work is at an anime studio, the characters in Shirobako are always running from here to there in an attempt to meet ends. I think watching Shirobako developed in me a huge appreciation for the process of animation.

The anime itself has a clean, clear cut character design, with an overall lovely art style. With three opening and four endings, they all fit the theme of the anime perfectly.

Shirobako’s true  strength, surprisingly however, is its giant cast of characters. While it claims to have five main characters, side characters often seem to overshadow them a bit. Every character is Shirobako is done well, with their own thoughts and personalities, and while their isn’t exactly much scope for character growth, it is a delight to get a look inside their head amidst all the hustle bustle.

If  you went to watch Shirobako expecting some deep moving plot, you would be disappointed. However, if you are looking for more information into the anime industry or just simply enjoy watching a office anime with busy lives, Shirobako is for you.



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