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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: 8.431 (scored by 80,986 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1522
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #324
Members: 245,589
Favorites: 4,949


For sure they are very a like. They are both about making it into the industry of pop culture. While Shirobako focuses on the production of anime, Bakuman focuses around the world of manga. The point where they differ the most is the romance which can be seen in Bakuman. Both animes are interesting and charming in their own way and should definitely be watched! 
report Recommended by MLLu
If you enjoy watching slice of life anime about hardworking women in the entertainment industry, Shirobako is also for you. It's got less shoujo ai comedic antics but the same charm is still there. Shirobako is also a bit grittier and more honest about the hardships of how an anime gets made. The women work so hard and they love getting together and sharing their dreams. 
report Recommended by juneboba
fantastic, realistic takes on working in the anime industry. 
report Recommended by butterflyswimmer
Pretty much in every way. Adult female main cast. Same Studio. Same art style. Same working feel. Same mix of comedy and drama. It's hard to think of Sakura Quest without comparing it to Shirobako. It's distinct enough that it's clearly something different but the show follows so heavily in the footsteps of Shirobako that if you like one it's worth trying the other.  
report Recommended by Fircoal
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
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
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
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
Basically the only anime close enogh to give you what Re:CREATORS is doing.Both are great underrated gems (especially Re:CREATORS) which focus on the creation and impact of stories. Recommend both mostly to artists and writers (creators basically lol). You can think of Shirobako as a spiritual prequel to Re:CREATORS as Re:CREATORS explores in a fresh new way (with the bonus of really cool action scenes...which I know aren't the focus..but an epic addition nonetheless..not to mention it's META AF damn!) Attention to detail is key as well. If you catch onto info quickly, you'll have a blast 
report Recommended by JudoJD
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 Rychulubicz
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
While Shirobako portrays those working in the anime industry, Fune wo Amu focuses on those in the publishing industry (specifically dictionaries). Both shows portray not only the numerous tasks needed to create the relevant piece of work but also show the interactions between those making them on both a personal level (character to character) and professional one (different departments/companies that own their own department). Shirobako and Fune wo Amu bother employ similar artistic techniques as well although the palette in Shirobako is much brighter than that of Fune wo Amu.  
report Recommended by Aidan
Shirobako is about the challenges which people face starting a career you're passionate about, and the ways people deal with them. Hibike! Euphonium is about the same topic – the challenges Kumiko faces in a high school brass band trying to qualify for the national competition. Both anime explore where the character finds their motivation, and the importance of their friendships in overcoming challenges. 
report Recommended by rugoseappendage
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 anime are generally a comedy shows with cute girls doing, of course, cute things. Both are heavy on references and Easter eggs. Both follow the lives of a group of cute girls.  
report Recommended by arekkusu_desu
-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
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
Both series star ambitious but inexperienced people in 'messenger' positions that take them through all areas of an operation - the human body, and anime production. Both series have similar 'female' leads, but the real fun in these series is meeting the other eccentric specialists in the operation and joining the main character during her education and development. Both series have a similar tone of voice and teach the viewer about the process, but Shiro Bako is aimed at a slightly more mature audience and also adds a level of character development and depth to the experience. 
report Recommended by TAYLORtCC
Both anime have cute girl.. some similar interesting and funny plot.. and both anime talk about girls chasing their dream.. and some can't decide what they want to be.. they enjoy doing things they like and accomplish something together. The touching scene are very similar as well 
report Recommended by wmfong
These shows definitely differ in many ways but if you have a soft spot for stories that explore the struggles of artists trying to be successful, than there's a pretty good chance you'll enjoy both of these shows. 
report Recommended by Apotheosis-Chan
Anime about being in the anime industry. Rec is a tad less polished than Shirobako but both carry the same sentiment and theme. 
report Recommended by esodia
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
I think it is the same genre and is similar from the structure and characters 
report Recommended by Sasuriii
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
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
"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
These shows consist of a group of friends who are trying to make it in a challenging industry. The characters are dealing with the early years of transitioning from school to the work workforce. Their minds are preoccupied with questions about their desires, goals, and futures. Shirobako feels like Hachimitsu to Clover but with a larger focus on the industry instead of romance. 
report Recommended by Chaste
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
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
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 art style. Both of them do a good job at presenting  read more 
report Recommended by alpha_shadow
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 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
"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