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.
Did You Know?
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
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