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The story of Shirobako follows the story of five young girls named Ema Yasuhara, Shizuka Sakaki, Misa Todo, Aoi Miyamori and Midori Imai. These five girls entered the anime industry after they enjoyed their experiences in their animation club in high school.

Shirobako follows each girls' struggles, hardships, successes and failures in their jobs, as well as their journey in overcoming their efforts in their everyday lives.

Shirobako is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on October 9, 2014.

Shirobako is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Shirobako on demand atMicrosoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes online.

Thursday 11:30 PM et/pt on Tokyo MX
1 Season, 20 Episodes
October 9, 2014
Cast: Juri Kimura, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Greg Cote
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Shirobako Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.