Animation Seisaku Shinkou Kuromi-chan

Animation Runner Kuromi

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: アニメーション制作進行くろみちゃん
English: Animation Runner Kuromi
German: Animation Runner Kuromi
French: Animation Runner Kuromi
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 30, 2001
Producers: DAX Production
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: Yumeta Company
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Theme: ParodyParody
Duration: 38 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.921 (scored by 43504,350 users)
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Ranked: #41002
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Popularity: #5622
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After being inspired by the fictional anime, "Luis Monde III", Mikiko "Kuromi" Oguro goes to animation school and and finally lands the job of her dreams at Studio Petit. Upon arriving, she meets the head of production. Unfortunately for her, he dies soon after meeting her and passes his position unto her. Now that she's head of production of "Time Journeys", it's up to her to rally up the lazy animator's and finish the second episode in a week.

(Source: ANN)


Winner of the 2002 Tokyo Anime Award in the OVA Category.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Daichi, Akitarou
Director, Storyboard
Tamano, Harumi
Episode Director


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Ending Theme

"Hidamari no Machi de (ひだまりの街で)" by Kaori Asou

Apr 6, 2018
Unowen (All reviews)
Before falling into relative obscurity, 2001’s OVA Animation Runner Kuromi was the definition of “anime about making anime”. In a not completely unexplored field, with other renditions made by even the tenth episode of Paranoia Agent (Satoshi Kon, 2004) the indisputable champion in this area is nowadays Shirobako (PA Works, 2014), with also the advantage of covering this topic for two whole cours.

Nonetheless, as opposed to the almost methodical approach Shirobako follows throughout its run, Animation Runner Kuromi’s is much more comedy-centered. And not only because it doesn’t have much time to waste (much like the animators doing their job there) but because the read more
Aug 31, 2013
M0richild (All reviews)
Animation Runner Kuromi is cute, fun, and pretty hilarious too! The story begins when Kuromi starts her first day at work. Unfortunately for her, after her production manager faints from being overworked, she's forced to take his job and become the next production manager. This might not have been that bad if the animators weren't so lazy that they couldn't even be bothered to work at the studio most of the time. With a fast approaching deadline and barely any of the show animated, can Kuromi get it done in time?!?

The story itself is pretty basic. What really makes it shine read more
Dec 8, 2016
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
10 in rating
english dubbed

Ever have a life long job in mind? now, imagine getting it but you didn't realize the struggles that came with it. Moving on into the job the show demonstrates a compassionate female who works her butt off to not only get her job done but others. Her valiant efforts are recognized by her coworkers and little by little with their helpful aid they finish the job on time.

Artwork is outstanding! sure i could say it underrated but having seen this show makes me realize what the anime could have been if there 'was no direction'.

Characters are matched perfectly with their emotions. read more
Jun 12, 2016
spicychile (All reviews)
I came into this curious about the animation process, and seeing the overall production depicted in a visual format helps with the impression even if parts can be dramatized. Yes, I have seen this OVA after watching my beloved Shirobako, and after finishing I can say that Animation Runner Kuromi does enough to stand on its own, even leaving me with a smile on my face.

The first thing I noticed was how over-the-top the show is, first in its rather dark humor depicting the harshness of the anime industry from the perspective of the production manager Kuromi. We see her coming in as read more


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