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  • TV-PG
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (1,125)

Shirobako is an anime television series produced by P. A. Works that aired in Japan in October 2014. The show is set in the world of anime production and follows Aoi Miyamori, a young woman who works at Musashino Animation, a fictional anime studio. The series is presented in a slice-of-life format, following the daily lives of Aoi and her colleagues as they work on various anime projects. The show is known for its attention to detail, as it accurately depicts the different stages of anime production, from pre-production to post-production.

Aoi serves as the main protagonist of the series, and the show follows her journey as she navigates the anime industry. She is a production assistant at Musashino Animation and is responsible for coordinating the different aspects of anime production, such as scheduling, budgeting, and overseeing the work of the different departments involved in the project.

Aoi's colleagues at Musashino Animation include Ema Yasuhara, a talented painter who works in the background art department, Misa Todo, a thoughtful and detail-oriented 3D computer graphics artist, and Shizuka Sakaki, a voice actress who dreams of becoming a successful anime voice actress.

The show also introduces a number of characters from other anime studios and production companies, including Daisuke Hiraoka, Aoi's former boss who now works at Musashino Animation's rival studio, and Seiichi Kinoshita, a famous anime director who works at another studio.

Despite the show's focus on the anime industry, it also explores the personal lives and struggles of its characters. Aoi, in particular, is shown to be dealing with the pressure of balancing her work and personal life, as well as uncertainty about her future in the industry. The show's portrayal of the animation industry also touches on the issues and challenges faced by those working in the industry, such as budget constraints and the need to meet strict deadlines.

Shirobako has been praised for its accurate depiction of the anime industry, as well as its engaging and relatable characters. The show is also notable for its use of meta-humor, as it references other anime and anime production practices throughout the series.

The series was well-received by both fans of anime and critics alike, and has since become a cult favorite. It has been praised for its engaging characters, realistic portrayal of the anime industry, and its ability to make even the most mundane aspects of anime production interesting.

Overall, Shirobako is a must-watch for anyone interested in anime or the animation industry. Its engaging characters, accurate depiction of the industry, and mix of drama and comedy make it a unique and enjoyable viewing experience.

Shirobako is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on October 9, 2014.

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26. OVA 2 - The Third Girls Aerial Squad - File: 01 [Falling Angel]
March 23, 2015
OVA 1 - Exodus! Episode 1: Exit Tokyo
25. OVA 1 - Exodus! Episode 1: Exit Tokyo
March 23, 2015
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Die Auslieferung, die zu weit weg war
24. Die Auslieferung, die zu weit weg war
March 23, 2015
With three weeks left until broadcast, the entire studio buckles down on the final episode. Ema is assigned the scene featuring Shizuka's character.
Umsturz zur Zweiten
23. Umsturz zur Zweiten
March 17, 2015
Faced with the prospect of discarding all their work on the last episode, the Musashino staff desperately try to get a meeting with the author.
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22. Noah tr
March 10, 2015
Aoi, Tsubaki and Sara take on the task of producing the final episode, and Yumi asks Ema to be an assistant general animation supervisor for it.
E 21
21. E 21
March 5, 2015
Misa's 3DCG company ends up working on a certain cut for "Third Aerial Girls Squad." Ema also ends up working on that same cut, so they end up working togther. In order to get a better idea for the cut, Misa goes to an amusement park with Ema and Shizuka.
E 20
20. E 20
February 26, 2015
Musani is troubled with the scenario for the last episode of "Third Aerial Girls Squad." During the meeting, they talk about what they're going to do with the story, and somehow also get into the topic of why they are all making anime.
E 19
19. E 19
February 19, 2015
Aoi starts feeling panicked about all of the problems, and that's when Yano comes back to work. Yano first goes to Studio Titanic and takes over things there.
E 18
18. E 18
February 12, 2015
The after recording for "Third Aerial Girls Squad" has started. However, Suzuki, who plays the protagonist, is so nervous that she can't act naturally, and has to stay later. However, with the help of the sound producer, she is able to overcome it
E 17
17. E 17
February 5, 2015
The news of "Third Aerial Girls Squad" becoming an anime is spreading more and more. Meanwhile, a new dilemma hits Musani: They must make a promotional video. Despite things already not going very smoothly, the video has to be done, so Satou and Andou go on the move.
Drunter und dr
16. Drunter und dr
January 29, 2015
The author demands revisions to the character designs, throwing the production timeline into chaos and giving Aoi and Yumi real trouble.
E 15
15. E 15
January 22, 2015
After finishing the party to welcome the new employees, Musashino Animation dives into production for "Third Aerial Girls Squad." Aoi does her best as the new production desk, while the new employees, Satou and Andou also do their best at their new jobs.
E 14
14. E 14
January 15, 2015
A meeting about "Third Aerial Girls Squad" was happening at Musashino Animation that day. Various people were trying to push their own talent based on everything other than talent.
E 13
13. E 13
January 8, 2015
Musashino animation gets put in charge of the popular series, "Third Aerial Girls Squad." This opportunity for Musani is actually an opportunity for Aoi, as well. Nabe-P explains her new role to her, and she can't help but feel pressure.
E 12
12. E 12
December 25, 2014
In a hurry, Aoi arrives at Kanno's house. However, she gets there without knowing very much about Kanno and realizes that it was rather rude for her to ask him to do some key frames for her. As she apologizes, Kanno gives her some advice.
E 11
11. E 11
December 18, 2014
With the time limit drawing nearer, Aoi tries to distribute the remaining key frames of the last episode to animators. However, she is having a hard time finding someone to take the more difficult cuts. She then tries to go to other companies to see if they'll take the frames. One of them happens to be a company she interviewed at and didn't get the job.
E 10
10. E 10
December 11, 2014
Aoi goes to deliver a tribal instrument to the sound studio. When she arrives, she is pulled aside and is forced to wear high heels. She then finds out it's to record sound effects, so she decides to help out. However, apparently just walking normally isn't all that the job asks for. Next, she is asked to howl...
E 9
9. E 9
December 4, 2014
Director Kinoshita's storyboards seem to never finish, and Musashino Animation is in a panic. Aoi thinks about how many days they have until the delivery of goods and gets frazzled. Around the same time, Misa was troubled, as well.
E 8
8. E 8
November 27, 2014
Because of Ochiai leaving, Aoi starts to think about her future as well. She goes to Segawa-san's house and asks what she thinks about Ema's drawings now, after the harsh criticism she had prior. Meanwhile, in the studio, Ema was flustered. She can't draw a realistic cat.
E 7
7. E 7
November 20, 2014
Aoi heads to work flustered, as she finds out that her older sister is coming to visit. When she gets to the office, she finds out one of her seniors is leaving the company, and Aoi is shocked. Aoi goes to get the key frames from Ema while there's a lot on her mind.
E 6
6. E 6
November 13, 2014
The situation with Endou actually ends up affecting one of the episodes_4-18 that Aoi is in charge of. Without any other choice, she finally goes to Honda. They try to get the final decision from the director, but he's nowhere to be found in the studio. They can't even get a hold of Endou, so Tarou goes to his house...
E 5
5. E 5
November 6, 2014
The incident happened at Musashino Animation. Tarou tells Aoi about why Endou is so mad. The reason was an explosion scene that was supposed to be hand drawn was now going to be done in 3D. Tarou was supposed to tell Endou about the change, but the way he tells him ends up setting off a whole new problem.
E 4
4. E 4
October 30, 2014
A girl is suggestively moaning on the train. Shizuka is a newbie voice actor who was practicing her lines on the train on the way to her first audition. Once she gets to the after recording session, she sees that a very popular voice actress is auditioning for the same role, and this causes her to panic.
E 3
3. E 3
October 23, 2014
On top of being in charge of episode 4, Aoi is now also tasked with episode 9. Despite being a newbie and full of doubt, she manages to complete every task asked of her. However, when Honda asks her to report on her progress, she panics. Even though Yano is able to calm her down a little, Aoi is faced with key frames not being delivered and an animator not finishing his cut in time.
E 2
2. E 2
October 16, 2014
Aoi is panicking a little at the fact that episode four is a little behind. She manages to enlist the help of Endou, the animation supervisor for episode three, and is able to stabilize things a bit. However, as soon as one hardship leads to another. While at the episode four dubbing, Aoi is present when the director and animation director are discussing retakes. The director is moved by one of the voice actor's performances, and starts talking about the scene not being right.
Exodus to Tomorrow!
1. Exodus to Tomorrow!
October 9, 2014
While in high school Aoi and her four friends promised to one day make an animated feature together! It's been two years since then and Aoi is now an assistant producer facing the struggles of working within the anime industry.
Where to Watch Shirobako
Shirobako is available for streaming on the Tokyo MX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Shirobako on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 9, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (1,125)