Which box?: Shirobako

Hey all! So Sakura Quest is confirmed to have 25 eps so I thought of this show and I realized I didn’t write it, so here we are.

Original plot. The 2nd series of the “Working” series from P.A.Works after Hanasaku Iroha, before Sakura Quest. 24 eps with 2 OVAs. The OVAs are just 1st episodes that this show “produced”. I dropped this show 2 times before completing it because the introduction was kind of confusing and even after 5 eps, I’m still lost, so I took a break for about 6 months before rewatching again, kind of regret for dropping the show after completing it to be honest. Surprised that Warner is involved with the production of the show.

The introduction wasn’t really much of an intro, they did put names for the characters that we have seen the first time, but that actually confuses things more than helping, because people will tend to try and remember their names more than the storyline, at least for me. The storyline pretty much split into 2 arcs. The plot may sometimes be kind of random which sometimes make people get lost around the plot. The pacing throughout the show was pretty much on the slow side. Character developments are pretty good though. Ending felt kind of inconclusive and left a few questions unanswered. Overall, it can be confusing, but once you get the story, it’s pretty nice. OVAs were good. Mizushima Tsutomu’s directing was great, but probably Yokote Michiko’s scriptwriting was a bit confusing which lead to the confusing storyline. Yokote Michiko’s script tends to be a bit too deep and overelaborate for certain genres.

Animations by P.A.Works, quality is pretty decent, but Hanasaku Iroha was better. This show don’t really need much quality so it’s fine. Character designs were decent.

Music is nice. OP and ED were great, BGMs are ok.

The cast list is pretty decent and quite massive. Kimura Juri, Yoshimura Haruka, Chisuga Haruka, Takano Asami, Owada Hitomi, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Yamaoka Yuri, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Hayama Ikumi, Yonezawa Madoka, Kobayashi Yusuke, Kayano Ai, Numakura Manami, Takahashi Rie, Izawa Shiori, Takagi Wataru, Nakahara Mai, Majima Junji, Ito Shizuka, Okitsu Kazuyuki, Hiyama Nobuyuki, Hamada Kenji, Iwata Mitsuo, Kobushi Nobuyuki, Kanemoto Hisako, Tamura Yukari, Fukushima Jun, Aoyama Yutaka, Koyasu Takehito, Sakurai Takehiro. The rookies took over the main Even though they have a massive cast list, their character list is 2x larger so there are many VAs that voiced multiple characters, but they did it fine.


Story: 8/10

Art: 8/10

Music: 7/10

VAs: 8.5/10

Highly recommended, if you enjoyed Hanasaku Iroha, you probably will enjoy this one too.



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