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Synonyms: White Box
English: Shirobako
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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: Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, Otaku CultureOtaku Culture, WorkplaceWorkplace
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.271 (scored by 143422143,422 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2962
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #509
Members: 446,395
Favorites: 6,226

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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 vows 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]


Shirobako won the Animation Kobe Television Award in 2015.
It also won the Animation of the Year award in the Television category at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival in 2016.

Characters & Voice Actors


Horikawa, Kenji
Producer, Planning
Kananiwa, Kozue


Opening Theme

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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) (eps 1)
2: "COLORFUL BOX" by Yoko Ishida (eps 2-11)
3: "Takarabako -TREASURE BOX- (宝箱-TREASURE BOX-)" by Masami Okui (eps 13-22)

Ending Theme

1: "COLORFUL BOX" by Yoko Ishida (eps 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 (eps 19)


May 9, 2015
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 ...
Jun 9, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Shirobako is a good choice for you if you want to have a look into the anime industry but without events and characters seeming like they progress in a natural or realistic fashion, but still giving you somewhat of a decent insight into the industry regardless.

You see, Shirobako does do a good job at putting on the line some of the goals and aspirations the characters want to do, even if it's half corny and generic safe responses and the other half is mostly what would feel natural for someone that has entered into the industry making a decision that fits their original goal presented ...
Jan 22, 2016
Little Bit of Spoiler but not much to really spoil anything.

Shirobako is a dull anime with nothing special at what the other people have written in their reviews. I don't understand how people came up with its a beautiful anime, it's a masterpiece or a kiss to the anime production. The anime was very average and I believe it's a hit or miss anime and it was a miss for me. I will say that episode 1-12 was useless and watching from episode 13-24 is a much better choice. There is not much improvement still after episode 12.

The animation is smooth and beautiful, with great ...

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