Shirobako Episode 23 Discussion
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Imagine though her happiness and relief that her friend finally took the first step, that simple and honest emotion of joy for someone else other than you. Miyamori, in this one simple performance, easily becomes one of my fave heroine's ever.
It was definitely one of the most honest and natural reactions I've seen recently in anime. Starting right from Aoi's surprised and kind of dumbfounded expression at seeing Shizuka, I felt like I was in Aoi's shoes. I cried so hard seeing Aoi's expression change throughout the scene, and especially at the end. Also that last line from Lucy pretty much mirrors Shizuka's current situation.
Easily the best episode of the series so far. I was wondering how they could get Sakaki into the production so close to the end so I'm very impressed by the script of the episode. The perfect blend of humour, drama and tears.
Agreed! And this is how you properly fit in comedy and drama together in a single episode without interrupting the flow. Granted, the show was more comedy than anything to begin with, so we're not totally weirded out by the ridiculousness of Kinoshita's belly power techniques, but I think they built up the tone very well throughout the episode. It went from dire situation, to comedic showdown, to inspirational resolution (between Kinoshita and Nogame), to touching scene at the end with Shizuka. And I love that feeling of satisfaction that we (or I) got when Nogame knocked down the editor with his "HEN NA HANASHI JANAI!!!" Sakurai was a fitting choice for the role. Nogame-sensei is a pretty chill dude, really enjoyed the scene where he and Kinoshita talk it out about the ending, and how Nogame himself felt "hopeful and excited" working on his story with someone else. Part of it has to do with how well Kinoshita could change his view on the meaning of the story when he heard what the Thrid Aerial Squad meant to Nogame.
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The moment when Zuka-chan FINALLY got a role in the show. Miyamori's tears pretty much sum up how most of us feel. It's ok Aoi, cry all you want, we are here for you.
Zuka getting rejected multiple times finally gets to end show with a bang.
Chubby guy pulling a Kirito as he goes to meat Noragame. Evades all those gold balls, KIRITO style xD
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I'm right with you there Oi-chan...
My old Japan blog which I'm never going to finish: https://ramenshojo.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/day-6-nakano-broadway-harmonica-street-zauo-restaurant/
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That shouldn't have hit me as hard as it did considering how telegraphed everything was but I fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
That is what makes a great "Slice of Life" animation. The slow build-up, the repeating comedy jokes that slowly start to annoy but then get transformed at the end, the long expected resolution that is done perfectly, so at the end getting a bit choked up is the only proper response.
The joke about the director's weight that was getting stale, then seeing him use it in a fantastic way.
Who didn't want the editor to get slammed every time he said that "it's a funny story", first the director's belly slap down, then the author's godlike response: "it isn't a funny story" twice driving the man to the ground was so cathartic.
And then absolutely perfect honest emotion of Aoi at the end.
Shirobako's director also did "Girl Und Panzer", which proves that he is the undisputed master at pulling off an ending (though of course we still have one more to go, what emotions await us I wonder :-)
Another thing that makes this director godly is his OVAs. GuP had awesome extras on their BDs, and Shirobako is not far behind. I am so looking forward to seeing the OVA on the 3rd squad.
As for the MAL ratings. No mind, people here have the attention span of a gnat. They don't do stories. The real test is BD sales, and the unit sales I believe are currently at 12K - this show has been a HUGE success. Given how strong it ended, it will probably end around 15K.
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really, people prepared for tears in Shigatsu but it turns out to be Shirobako which delivers it.
have rewatched this episode few times, and the last one with sub (finally) now i fully understand what happen in this episode. well, i need to learn more.
so the director still had hopes for Shizuka till the end, and finally include her in the production.
Lol. It is always like that. Good shows has ratings from ~6.5 ~ 7.8.
If you want something interesting, just search in this range.
that's why SAOII is better than its predecessor..
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FINALLY! Like someone else said in the previous episode's thread, I was afraid Zuka would become the scapegoat to show how competitive and ruthless the anime industry is. Glad that she has now finally joined the rest of her friends. And all those parallels, Catherine representing Zuka and Aoi seeing her own lack of dream and goal in Aria. Aoi crying at the end made me tear up too. Best episode since episode 12.
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