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Published on May 1, 2019

Boy I loved Shirobako. I don’t know that I’ve watched another show, anime or not, that’s done such a great job of not only giving every character of a very large ensemble a fleshed-out feel and unique personality, but has also made every character sympathetic in some way, even the ones I initially disliked or misunderstood.

As mentioned on my Twitter feed, it’s a must-watch for anyone who works in a creative field, as I do. The daily struggles, especially the challenge of having to be creative on demand despite the lack of inspiration, are very real.

It’s put together with a lot of care and is obviously a kind of love letter to the anime industry, with a lot of inside jokes and nods to things only those directly involved in anime production would know about. The animation is consistently strong throughout and the music is perfect. If I had one nit to pick, it’d be a wish for more differentiation between the main characters’ designs. The primary way to distinguish between the 5 of them is their hair color and style, and I kind of hoped they’d be more distinctive beyond that appearance-wise. At least the template, such as it is, is appealing. Highly recommended show. Episode 23 stands as one of my all-time favorites.

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