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Shirobako Review: The Little Anime That Could

10/10

One phrase that would perfectly describe Shirobako is simply ingenious. Surprisingly, the series has cleverly put together a lot of elements into one stand-out show. Aside from being an exposition of how anime series are made, it also tells us a cute and charming story all while boasting a splendid cast of characters and vibrant, dynamic designs.

The art in Shirobako is lovely. Although vibrant and dynamic, it is never flashy nor exaggerating. It is clean-cut and simple but more than enough to bring the story into fruition and to distinguish one character from the other. The sound is also kept simple, evoking the right feeling at the right moment. Shirobako couldn’t ask for anything more fitting. The theme songs fit perfectly with the story too: inspiring yet also fun and relevant.  All in all, Shirobako exercised its liberty pretty well regarding its production.

The giant cast of characters actually does not pose a problem for character development and, in general, for the series. During their respective screen times (no matter how little they had), they are well flesh out. The realism they portray is an exceptionally rare feat. They are not archetypal and overblown. All of the characters, especially the five girls, possessed and displayed certain realistic qualities that break free from the confines of typical slice of life anime. The series was careful to not be intimidated by the size of the cast and to handle it with finesse.

We follow the lives of five girls as they struggle to live their dreams in the anime industry and an unlikely animation studio fighting against all odds to produce quality anime. It is a tale of of the creative process, professionalism, teamwork,  and finding one’s motivation. It is amazing to point out that Shirobako‘s core story is incredibly simple yet satisfying. The side stories are also quite enjoyable.

But what makes Shirobako stand out is how it is able to masterfully and effortlessly incorporate the core story, multiple side stories, and a brief but informative look into what goes down in the anime industry into one seamless and fluid narrative without ever losing focus. It is never overblown with the unnecessary. All these elements are treated with careful balance – something not all anime series have – that underlies the show’s ingenuity.

Shirobako is an anime that is “just right”. It breaks one’s expectations without betraying them. You just have to enjoy it as it is as you learn countless things about life, careers, and, of course, anime. The series is a force to be reckoned with and I could easily recommend it to anyone, especially to those in need of a surprise.

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Shirobako Episode 16 Recap

It’s definitely a pinch. Last week, Musashino Animation encountered its biggest roadblock yet. It’s all up to a few creative hands, some physical activity, and a whole lot of professionalism to get things going. Funny story, right? Shirobako solves its problems gracefully.

(No tables were actually flipped in this episode. Minor disappointment.) Continue reading Shirobako Episode 16 Recap

Shirobako Episode 15 Recap

Meetings, meetings, and more meetings! This week, Shirobako  gets down to the nitty gritty aspects of anime production. If you break it all down, the anime industry revolves around these meetings to get the creative process going. Everything seems to be going smoothly but something is always bound to go wrong, right? Continue reading Shirobako Episode 15 Recap

01/21/2015 This Week in Anime

The second episode is the door to the future. At this point, a series has not yet fully blossomed but it is showing its colors. Think of it as the honeymoon period of an anime. It just started and a lot of things still need getting used to – the pacing, the style and even the characters themselves. You get the point. Continue reading 01/21/2015 This Week in Anime

Shirobako Episode 13 Recap

After two weeks, Shirobako returns for another cour and I’ve never been more excited.

With a new production comes new challenges and there is a lot of it in this new episode. Surprise promotions, voluntary demotions, a few inspirations, and an elusive author, Musashino Animation has a lot on their plate and there’s more on the way! Well, whatever is coming, inside this white box is still a colorful world and we all love to have a look. Continue reading Shirobako Episode 13 Recap

Happy New Year and Happy New Anime!

First and foremost, a happy new year to you all! We welcome the new year with a new season packed with a lot of exciting new anime.

Upon further deliberation, I have come up with a list of what I’ll be recapping for this season. Continue reading Happy New Year and Happy New Anime!