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Shirobako


Alternative Titles

English: Shirobako
Synonyms: White Box
Japanese: SHIROBAKO

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2014 to Mar 26, 2015
Premiered: Fall 2014
Broadcast: Thursdays at 23:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: P.A. Works
Source: Original
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.461 (scored by 68,123 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1332
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #321
Members: 201,402
Favorites: 4,342
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Ranked #133Popularity #321Members 201,402
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Synopsis

It all started in Kaminoyama High School, when five best friends—Aoi Miyamori, Ema Yasuhara, Midori Imai, Shizuka Sakaki, and Misa Toudou—discovered their collective love for all things anime and formed the animation club. After making their first amateur anime together and showcasing it at the culture festival, the group vow to pursue careers in the industry, aiming to one day work together and create their own mainstream show.

Two and a half years later, Aoi and Ema have managed to land jobs at the illustrious Musashino Animation production company. The others, however, are finding it difficult to get their dream jobs. Shizuka is feeling the weight of not being recognized as a capable voice actor, Misa has a secure yet unsatisfying career designing 3D models for a car company, and Midori is a university student intent on pursuing her dream as a story writer. These five girls will learn that the path to success is one with many diversions, but dreams can still be achieved through perseverance and a touch of eccentric creativity.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Shirobako won the Animation Kobe Television Award in 2015.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Horikawa, Kenji
Producer, Planning
Mizushima, Tsutomu
Director, Sound Director, Theme Song Lyrics
Hata, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Jong, Heo
Episode Director, Storyboard


Edit Opening Theme

#1: "I'm Sorry EXODUS (あいむそーりーEXODUS)" by Tracy (トレイシー) (Mai Nakahara, Shizuka Itou, Ai Kayano) (ep 1)
#2: "COLORFUL BOX" by Yoko Ishida (eps 2-11)
#3: "Takarabako -TREASURE BOX- (宝箱-TREASURE BOX-)" by Masami Okui (eps 13-22)

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "COLORFUL BOX" by Yoko Ishida (ep 1)
#2: "Animetic Love Letter" by Aoi Miyamori (Juri Kimura), Ema Yasuhara (Haruka Yoshimura), Shizuka Sakaki (Haruka Chisuga) (eps 2-12)
#3: "Platinum Jet (プラチナジェット)" by Doughnut◎Quintet (どーなつ◎くいんてっと) (eps 13, 15-18, 20-24)
#4: "Yama Harinezumi Andes Chucky (山はりねずみアンデスチャッキー)" by Miyuki Kunitake (ep 19)




More reviewsReviews

Mar 28, 2015
chesudesu (All reviews)
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 read more
May 9, 2015
Veronin (All reviews)
Shirobako is a love letter to the anime industry. It doesn't glorify it or portray animators as hyper-talented geniuses, and many of the characters in the show admit they do not even understand why they're working in the industry. But there's something that keeps them passionate about what they do, even if it may not be the most respected form of media out there.

Shirobako is also a genuinely well-written and entertaining story in its own right. It's a highly informative and interesting look at what the process of creating anime is all about, but it is more than that, too. And it is also read more
Apr 23, 2015
Vene (All reviews)
~Multilingual review, English & Español: SHIROBAKO~

Hey... did you know?, in the Animation Industry an anime episode which is distributed to the production staff members prior to its official release is called "shirobako", litteraly "white box", that's because at time VHS tapes containing the episode were enclosed in white boxes and distributed, despite the fact that white enclosures are no longer used, the term still remains in use in the actual anime industry, thus the anime's title comes from that little particular, SHIROBAKO.

Simple but at the same time meaningful, a word which I was totally unaware of its background story, to tell the truth read more
Apr 4, 2015
Nishiyamo (All reviews)
Out of curiosity, I've been thinking a lot about how anime are made, but it is fairly hard to get insights into the practices of this particular industry. And then, Shirobako came around.

An anime about the creation process of an anime - or some kind of meta-animation or animeception - that is not only a daring approach to new age infotainment, but also an excellent opportunity for the creators to put in their passion associated with this kind of work, and to tell a realistic tale on the hardships that newbies in this industry are likely to encounter.

Shirobako managed to rank very high in my read more

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