Anime is the shorthand word the Japanese use to describe animation. Like films, animation is an art form that tells a story with many different elements coming together, composed by so many people who work on them, to entertain us. I have reviewed many kinds of anime on this blog, from many genres, critiques, and purposes. But of all the anime out there, there are only a few that describe exactly what the anime industry is all about!
Here is one such example of an anime that deals with the very subject that made it come into being. There are a lot of elements that go into creating any anime that we enjoy, and this series covers a great deal of the art that is involved in the making of anime while also telling a good story. And while I will attempt to talk about most of them in detail as I see fit, even I can’t cover everything this show has to offer.
Currently, it is my recommendation for Anime of the Year 2015.
So without further ado, here are my thoughts on Shirobako.
How exactly can I talk about this series? How do I convey the feelings the story has for a precious friendship from a time when so many of us feel angst? How can I show the very sounds, colors, and expressions that flow like poetry?
I have critiqued many things in the past couple weeks with a lot to say, but this time I don’t believe that words alone will do justice to this series. So bear with me for now, but do watch the series for yourself if these are the feelings they convey, and don’t forget your tissues. It’s so emotional, even Eijun Sawamura of Ace of the Diamond cried!
Before I get into this, I would like to say that I enjoyed this series. What I didn’t enjoy are the loudest fans who say it sucked because of the ending or anything about the love polygons or other things that only tell part of the story. Yes, unrequited love is a central theme, but like anything else I’ve reviewed, the result isn’t the only thing that matters to the series. It’s how they got there.
I would like to avoid as much of the fandom as possible in this discussion. So if you’re here to find out what my opinion is on the whole Inaho v. Slaine campaign, I realize it exists; that is all.