An anime original project by PA Works, “Shirobako” is not a silly otaku comedy like “Danna ga Nani wo Itteru ka Wakaranai Ken” and “Denkigai no Honya-san”, but this new show all about the anime production industry is a solid mix of comedy and drama.
Its story starts with the promise five high school friends make to each other to one day work together in the animation industry. Years later, the girls are working hard on their respective careers, with Aoi and Ema working at Musashino Animation on the anime ‘Exodus’.
Although it does not feel like a slice-of-life genre series, “Shirobako” seems to be a serious endeavor to showcase the inner workings of the anime industry, touching on all the different aspects involved in animation production such as writing, storyboards, key frames, coloring, sound effects, voice acting and much more.
While there are plenty of serious and dramatic moments in “Shirobako”, the show nonetheless feels sufficiently light-hearted and does not come across as some stuffy documentary since it mixes in plenty of comedy and does excel at conveying the passionate feelings its various characters have for anime.
With studio PA Works at the helm, there was little doubt the quality of this series would be excellent and it also feels refreshingly different from their previous creations “Nagi no Asukara” and “Glasslip”.
Really enjoyed the first two episodes of “Shirobako” so plan on watching the rest of this show that gives fans a unique look into the anime industry, all without casting aside the typical enjoyable traits of a good anime series.