As the title says, Eleven Arts has acquired the license for the Shirobako Movie. The movie was released in Japan February 29th of this year, and was followed up by a remastered version August 28th. I find it a little odd that it was remastered the same year but hey, fair enough. For those of you who are like me and are unfamiliar with Eleven Arts, it is a Los Angeles based American film production and distribution company. Essentially that just means that we are getting a U.S. release sooner or later. Actually, there’s an announcement coming this Friday at 8:00 PM EST as part of a Anime NYC panel.
So, as probably the world’s worst weeb, I have never heard of this show. I haven’t heard of a lot of shows. I’m not a good weeb and I’m ashamed of myself. So for those of you who are like me, here’s a quick summary of the show. Shirobako is a slice of life about animation, specifically anime. It’s an anime about making anime. It follows Aoi and four of her friends who all used to be in an animation club together. Each of them has since moved on to working in the animation industry in various different positions. The main character, Aoi, now works as a production assistant at an animation production company, while her friends have moved on to work in other positions in the industry such as an animator, voice actress, writer, and 3D artist.
Now, some curious things I’ve noticed. There is a manga, but I am honestly not sure if the manga came first, or they pulled an Evangelion and created a manga just for the anime. Or maybe the manga was just an adaptation of the show. The manga ran from September 27th 2014 to November 27th 2015, with the anime running from October 9th 2014 to March 26th 2015. So I don’t know which came first logistically because that’s only twelve days between manga and anime. Eh who knows, I’m probably looking too much into this like I am want to do.
The anime movie takes place about four years after the events of the original series. Essentially the anime studio the main character works for is going into the ditch and they need to change the inevitable nose dive the company is in.
The VA cast of the original show has returned to work on the movie, as has the original director, Tsutomu Mizushima, and the original writer, Michiko Yokote. Outside of Shirobako, Mizushima has also worked on Plastic Neesan (great 10/10 show) and Girls und Panzer, a show I have only heard of and nothing else. Mizushima is not related to Seiji Mizushima, director of the original Fullmetal Alchemist.
Michiko Yokote has probably the worst wikipedia page I have ever seen, consisting of a five word description and a list of works. That’s it. However, Yokote has worked on some major name shows such as Bleach, Naruto, and Cowboy Bebop. I feel like the tiny description is undeserved. A third returning lead is Shiro Hamaguchi, who composed the music for the show and is known for his work on One Piece and Final Fantasy.
To wrap it up here, if you liked the show, be on the lookout for that trailer drop this Friday at 8:00 PM EST. I know I already said that, but this is to stop you from having to dig around this article to find it again. Thank me later.
Houston based Sequential Art student who is stuck in the past. Has a habit of going off topic. Loves Berserk, Video Games, and literally nothing else.