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Juri Kimura ...
 Aoi Miyamori (24 episodes, 2014-2015)
Haruka Yoshimura ...
 Ema Yasuhara (24 episodes, 2014-2015)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
 Seiichi Kinoshita (23 episodes, 2014-2015)
Mai Nakahara ...
 Yuka Okitsu (22 episodes, 2014-2015)
Wataru Takagi ...
 Masato Murkawa (21 episodes, 2014-2015)
Kotomi Yamakawa ...
 Misato Segawa (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
Hironori Saitô ...
 Hironori Madoka (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ...
 Tatsuya Ochiai (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
Nobuyuki Kobushi ...
 Goutarou Katsuragi (18 episodes, 2014-2015)
Manami Numakura ...
 Yumi Iguchi / ... (18 episodes, 2014-2015)
Hitomi Ôwada ...
 Midori Imai (18 episodes, 2014-2015)
Junji Majima ...
 Yuuichirou Shimoyanagi (16 episodes, 2014-2015)
Shûya Nishiji ...
 Yutaka Honda (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
Haruka Chisuga ...
 Shizuka Sakaki (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
Ai Kayano ...
 Rinzu Ogasawara (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
Shinobu Matsumoto ...
 Ryousuke Endo (14 episodes, 2014-2015)
Asami Takano ...
 Misa Toudou (13 episodes, 2014-2015)
Kengo Takanashi ...
 Yoshiki Sakura (12 episodes, 2014-2015)
Ikumi Hayama ...
 Tsubaki Andou (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
Madoka Yonezawa ...
 Sara Satou (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
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Aoi will never forget how she felt the day her high school animation club's labor of love was shown at the cultural festival. The sense of awe and the feeling of accomplishment that came with completing their very first project are exactly what encouraged Aoi and her club mates to enter the animation industry in the first place. But two years later Aoi has graduated, and now that she works as a production assistant for a big-name animation studio, the daunting reality of her job has somewhat diminished her enthusiasm. Despite the long hours and the punishing schedule, Aoi still hopes to fulfill the promise she and her club friends Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori made: to one day reunite and make a real animated feature of their own as professionals.

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The name of the animation studio in the series is called Musashino Animation, likely an allusion to M.S.J Musashino Animation company. Aoi's rival whom she often races with is called G.I Staff, combined from the names of animation studios J.C. Staff and Production I.G and the exterior shots were modeled after Studio T&T. The character Seiichi Kinoshita is modeled after director Seiji Mizushima and the character Masato Marukawa is molded after producer Masao Maruyama. Other characters who are allusions to prolific industry people include, Shimeji Maitake based on author Kinoko Nasu, Masahiro Okura based on Art Director, Hiromasa Ogura and Mitsuaki Kanno based on Hideaki Anno. See more »

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An anime series about anime production
6 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the opening scenes of this series we see members of a high school anime club working on an anime short; when they finish they swear that they will continue to make anime. Cut forward a couple of years and the club members are indeed working in the business; Aoi, the club leader is working as a production assistant at the Musashino anime studio alongside Ema who is a key animator; Misa is working for a games company and Shizuka is a voice actress. It isn't glamorous and they have to work hard for little reward; Shizuka is working as a waitress while waiting to land a role and Misa's work mostly consists of animating wheels in racing games.

The series is centred at the Musashino studio where we are introduced to a large cast of characters and quickly begin to see that making anime is far from easy as the production company seeks the people it needs for the job, struggles with corrections and rapidly approaching deadlines… even missing the odd deadline leading to the dreaded recap episode!

If you are a fan of anime then this really is a must see; it may not be full of dynamic action, life and death struggles or hilarious moments but it is an entertaining and fascinating insight into how anime comes to be. That doesn't mean it has a documentary feel. The cast may be large but the characters are distinctive and well written with a core group taking centre stage. As well as the old school friends there is the director who is struggling to repair the damage done to his reputation after he made 'Jiggly Heaven' an apparently notorious series and a rather annoying member of the production team. The characters are so believable that when we see scenes from the shows they make one thinks it was them that did a good job rather than the people who actually made the 'Shirobako'! Indeed as the series neared its end I was a little disappointed that the series they were making, "The Third Girls Aerial Squad", was only a show within a show rather than something I'd actually get to watch! While it feels real for the most part it doesn't avoid events that have clearly been added for comic drama and possibly to show off their own animation skills… the last episode even features a great scene where one of the workers races to deliver the tape to the TV company chased by several police cars! If you haven't guessed by know I really liked this show and heartily recommend it.


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