Shirobako Episode 24 Thoughts & Series Overview

I ended up missing the finale week of Shirobako because of my European travel plans however I’m so excited to be getting back to the last episode of the series because it has been one of those series that’s kept … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 23 Thoughts

Shirobako Episode 23 (10)S**t hits the fan when the original author of Aerial Girls disapproves of the final episode’s storyboards. The entire production company is in an uproar considering the fact that the recording has been finished on the series. The worst part is that the author wants a BAD ending where his protagonist doesn’t even redeem herself by flying again. Aria ends up giving up the skies in an anticlimactic ending mess. Awks.

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As a result of this mess, we end up getting a bit of introspection on the director’s role in the production company. Unfortunately, it mainly rests on him to come up with new storyboards for the ending of the series. Fortunately enough we get to see an epic showdown between Director Kinoshita and the creator of Aerial Girls. Pretty intense by Shirobako standards.


Shirobako Episode 23 (14)

Somehow the narration ends up drawing parallels in the theme of teamwork and determination between the production team and the Third Aerial Girls Squad. It’s quite a pensive and touching moment to see the Director empathize so much with the girls. The creator however, has a different interpretation on the characters and as clumsy and derpy as the Director is, he is fairly perceptive when it comes to understanding people. I’m quite impressed with how his character turned out overall.

The two end up finding a proper strategy to Aria’s character development. It’s also BRILLIANT how the series ties together the last of the girls in the series because Zuka-chan-senpai is FINALLY pulled into the anime world. She was SO CLOSE to getting Catherine’s part, I’m so happy that she ends up getting Catherine’s younger sister’s part.

They gave Zuka-chan the EXACT ending she needed and still kept to the grounded realism of the series. It seems like this part is the perfect part for Zuka-chan as well and I can’t help but be as moved as Miyamori in this scene as she was in the studio for one of her best friend’s very first voice acting roles. With this episode, ALL the Shirobako girls have succeeded in their goal to work on the same anime project together. I couldn’t be prouder of them.

– Cloudy

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Shirobako Episode 22 Thoughts

“I believe that talent, first and foremost, is the ability to take a chance and to be calm enough to learn from mistakes…” – Ema Rating: 3.5/5 curious clouds I actually really enjoyed how the series shifted over to focus … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 21 Review

Ah, there’s nothing like a donut to go with some anime… Rating: 3/5 curious clouds Shirobako continues to explore Miyamori’s own motivations within the animation industry, a question that’s been skimmed over through the duration of the series because it’s … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 20 Review

Rating: 4.2/5 curiously happy clouds “I don’t have anything that I want to do… I don’t know if I’ll ever find anything either.” To be honest I was quite surprised that Shirobako has decided to delve so much into the … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 19 Thoughts

Rating: 4.2/5 happy clouds Wow, it’s amazing how much more productive the Musashino team can be with Yano’s return. She calms down Miyamori and even has enough experience and hutzpah to goad Hiraoka passive ass into work. She heads to … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 18 Recap & Thoughts

There is actually so much chaos in Shirobako episode 18… but when I say chaos, I mean a coherently organized narrative of plot chaos which becomes a fantastic way to toss up the consistent fast-paced story that’s been carefully scheduled … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 17 Thoughts

I’ve decided to approach this week’s episode quite casually. The episode definitely jumps around quite a bit with Miyamori’s trainees, the key animators, the planning processes and the other parts of the animation process. Luckily all the bits and scenes … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 16 Thoughts

I’m quite surprised that the Director has put so much time and energy into the art style and overall emotive aspects of the art style. It sucks that the author is being stubborn about the character designs but I am … Continue reading

Shirobako Episode 15 Review

Rating: 4/5 happy clouds It’s nice to see lots of new faces in Musashino Animation… especially the super bright and enthusiastic anime fan with the highlights. Absolutely adorable. New characters also mean that the MusaAni team needs to work out … Continue reading