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English: Shirobako
Synonyms: White Box


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


Score: 8.481 (scored by 56,410 users)
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Ranked: #1162
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #336
Members: 162,024
Favorites: 3,683


Both series teach about the creation of some of our favorite types of entertainment and the struggles that come with them. Bakuman focuses on the creation of manga, while Shirobako tells us about the development of anime. As such both are a must watch for every anime fan, but are also a good introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the genre. 
report Recommended by samonus
Both are about production companies, with comedy + slice of life
the differ is, Shirobako about anime production, New Game about game production 
report Recommended by shinaminene
Both shows are about working in the anime industry and feature girls who are trying to break in and establish themselves in the industry. In Shirobako, the focus is on the overall anime production process while in Seiyu's Life, the focus is on the voice acting aspect. 
report Recommended by GridironOtaku
-one is about making anime. other is about seiyuus
-both show the dark side of industry. girlish number delves a bit deeper
-both teach you how hard making anime is and how much hard work is put in
-both have a varied and lively cast, many of them being relatable
-both seem cutesy at first but are much more than that
-both are about work

Really recommend one if you liked the other. It would be 100% worth it. if not anything, you will at least be able to appreciate the people who work behind the scenes of this medium--anime. 
report Recommended by TragicRomance
Both are projects of "working girls anime" by PA works. The settings are almost radically different, but both showcase the difficult environment anime producers and Inn workers go through. Characters overlap a lot too, with miyamori mirroring ohana and nako overlapping emi. 
report Recommended by MotherOfUltra
Both of these titles are about anime production. The main characters even share the same positions. They are a great way to learn how anime is made and the interesting "characters" behind it. Animation Runner Kuromi is shorter and bit older (so some of the information is a little out of date) but is a great quick glance into production. Shirobako is a 2 cour series so it goes much more in depth and includes modern techniques like using 3D. 
report Recommended by Brand
Adult characters with a focus on the anime industry and otaku subculture. They're both pretty unique in a medium that is all very much the same stuff over and over, so do enjoy.  
report Recommended by Veronin
Friendship, drama and dreams. The shows are about the heroines, and their friends, working hard to achieve their goals and dreams. 
report Recommended by Criserian
Yes, this one is a bit farfetched. But there's similar vibe in portraying something as dull as everyday work and turning it into piece of entertainment.  
report Recommended by Rychu_lubicz
Both series involve cute girl that work the anime/manga industry. Both series also have a lot of quirky characters and comedic moments. 
report Recommended by DarknessSerpent
Both animes start off with an all girl high school cast as their main characters struggling to get something ready for their high school festivals and before graduation. What Shirobako does, is graduate them within the first episode, and then show what the girls are doing in college/work. If you enjoyed the feel-good, moe, and struggles of K-On! you'll see some parallels with the cast from Shirobako as they struggle to meet their deadlines in all their girlie cuteness. Highly recommended. 
report Recommended by yngtadpole
Workplace drama featuring a really wide cast. Both touch on the darker sides of show business, but rather than wallow in misery the characters move forward, accepting that the business they are in is cruel but that it's what they want to do. Both also depict their characters advancing in their careers and the worries that come with even positive change. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
So both of these anime represent how people work in a certain business, both are slice of life comedies surrounding a group of newbies mainly in the company/style of industry. They both reflect ones view of that sort of work well, plus in both there are moments where you can relate to the character. So to some extension I think if you liked one you shall enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by AngelBeatsYui
Both of them have a similar atmosphere, characters having to solve the daily issues from their workplaces.

Both of these anime have colorful fun characters, and we gradually get to see their jobs, personalities and their struggles.

Both of these anime present the struggles of making it in time for a deadline.

Both of these anime have great comedy provided most of the time by the characters.

Both of them have young protagonists starting off their jobs, not knowing what will come in the future and what difficulties they will have to overcome.

Both of them have a really colorful  read more 
report Recommended by alpha_shadow
Really different setting, genre, and Story line. But sometime Gintama, show some thing behind the anime screen, from key animation, studio rooms, debate for new story, anime staff problems, etc. like Shirobako, but with hilarious jokes. 
report Recommended by blueflash97
I absolutely don't talk about story similarities here. But both these series got the same Character face and CG use. It's just like Shirobako is 1 level above but in the same path. 
report Recommended by Hentoki
-Slice of Life with more adults (including MC)
-Work is a big theme
-Shirobako has a complete adult cast while Barakamon has an even amount of adults and kids 
report Recommended by Gabes108
Each employ a group of newcomers attempting to break through in their field of work. The ambition and wide-eyed enthusiasm of the main characters bear some resemblance. Good use of self-referential humor.  
report Recommended by moonlapseroads
The same concept of creating. Bakuman is for manga and Shirobako is for anime. Both are good anime to watch. 
report Recommended by X-one
Both series talk about making anime and the culture that surrounds it, both series focuses on friends trying to complete his projects and leave their mark on the world and both series references important shows for japanese animation but Otaku no Video is more focused on the anime fandom while Shirobako is focused on the people that make anime. 
report Recommended by Timeseeker
-Both anime deals with a certain business-related company and work environment. For Shirobako,it's anime production company.For Fune wo Amu,it's dictionary editorial department.
-Both involves a main character who is pursuing their dream/most fitted job 
report Recommended by Nekoutsu
"Shirobako" and "Koe de Oshigoto!" have a protagonist taking on the job of being a voice actor for animation in common.

These two slice-of-life comedies can be much more enjoyable if you already have a basic knowledge of the anime industry or if you have experienced a large variety of anime. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
The two shows don't have much in common, but episode 10 of Paranoia Agent is about an animation company. It goes into techincal detail about how anime is made, what all the different employees do, and how tight their deadlines are. Episode 10 of Paranoia Agent is very similar to Shirobako, even if the rest of the anime is completely dissimilar to it - Paranoia Agent just condenses its information about anime production into one 20 minute episode, rather than 24 episodes. 
report Recommended by aimaimami
Grounded comedies that heighten themselves at just the right moments. Flamenco is way more heightened than Shirobako though. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
Both are about working theme. One in the anime industry and the other editor for a magazine. Both focus on resolving the issues of day by day in the work setting. 
report Recommended by darkuria
-A group of friends trying to make it in a challenging industry.

-The transition between university/school and the workforce.

-The characters are preoccupied with questions about their desires, goals, and futures. (That late teens/early twenties existential crisis)

Basically, Shirobako is Hachimitsu to Clover with a larger focus on the industry instead of romance.  
report Recommended by Richie
I make this recommedation only for Episode 6 from Golden Boys "Animation is Fun!" which tell story about kintaro working as production assistant in animation studio (just like aoi from shirobako)

This actually "hidden gems" since Golden Boys infamous as ecchi anime

If you don't like ecchi content but want to know how animation studio working to make anime, You can skip first 5 episode and just watch episode 6
Because Golden Boy is 6 episodic OVA with 6 different storys which each episode has a different story and don't have any connection between in.

report Recommended by Shunaria
Both series exhibits the atmosphere of a working environment, the only difference is that the setting of Shirobako take place in an animation industry while the setting of Working!! took place on a Family restaurant. 
report Recommended by MyHentaiListDesu
"Aki no Kanade" and "Shirobako" reminded me of each other, as both starred a young woman somewhat unsure of her life.

As the story moves forward, each of the two female protagonists realizes that they have made the right choice and begins to be more comfortable in their lines of work. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
"Space Brothers" and "Shirobako" both showcase a more realistic portrayal of adult life, particularly how people take on jobs and seek out jobs.

These two slice-of-life shows also use humour rather well in the depiction of people's careers and can both be quite insightful into their respective fields as well as being overall very educational. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
While Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is about high school students and producing manga rather than anime, these two shows have a very similar feel. They are both intrinsically about people trying to work together to create something artful and meaningful. While each show's protagonists go about this in different ways, there is a real similarity in how dealing with others becomes a central point in the plot. There are many parallels between the two and both shows treat their characters with respect and develop well-rounded individuals who are multidimensional and hold the audience's interest - not merely for plot development but because they are engaging and  read more 
report Recommended by il_fait_pleut