Shirobako (Movie)

Title:Shirobako (Movie)
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Notables: Animation - P.A. Works
The film's story is set four years after the events of the original Shirobako anime. Aoi Miyamori keeps busy dealing with the ordinary troubles in her daily work at Musashino Animation. After a morning meeting, Watanabe talks to Aoi and puts her in charge of a new theatrical anime project for the studio. The project has unexpected problems, and Aoi is unsure if the company can proceed with a theatrical anime with its current state of affairs. While dealing with that anxiety, Aoi meets a new colleague named Kaede Miyai (voiced by Ayane Sakura). She and the MusAni team work together to complete the project.
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2-hour film sequel of Shirobako (TV) released on February 29, 2020.
Animated by PA Works.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4304#628]
I had assumed that 'Shirobako The Movie' would basically be 'Shirobako The TV Series' edited down to two hours or so, but when I started watching I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is all new stuff, a sequel to the story we have already been told. The Musashino studio is on the skids, in danger of going out of business. Its last hope is an animated movie about an 'Aerial Assault Vessel'. This seems to be a low priority project which the financiers don't expect much of and they provide little help in making it, but that gives the Musashino crew a degree of freedom to potentially deliver something really outstanding that will make the anime industry in general take notice of them. The musical scene where Aoi and her pirate girl and teddy bear stuffed animals vow to do just this was colorful and fun. Yet again, this won't be where Aoi and her friends create the anime that they have wanted to make since college, but at least one of the friends helps out on this project. There are so many characters that I can't even pretend to keep track of them all, what with my poor memory for names and faces, but you get an idea of all the specialized roles that are involved in making an anime. As a producer, Aoi does everything from recruiting the right people to bolstering flagging morale to taking on legal problems in order to get the job done, and ultimately urging her fellow workers to go beyond 'good enough'. We get a look at what the end product is; though I was not all that impressed by this movie within a movie, at least I now have a better idea of all the effort that went into it and into anime in general.

Last updated Saturday, June 26 2021. Created Friday, June 25 2021.
Buy 9 9 8 7 8 Ggultra2764 [series:4304#1552]
You can pretty much think of this film as an extended episode of Shirobako (TV) as Aoi and the animation staff of Musashino Animation get caught up in an anime film project that has its fair share of complications to work through to complete its production. It retains the slice-of-life focus on exploring elements of the animation industry, with Aoi still coping from the production issues that fell Musashino during development of a TV anime in the Shirobako TV anime and coping with other issues related to production of the anime film project. The exploration of these developments, outside of some imaginary spots coming from the minds of Aoi and a few other characters, are believable for the challenges faced in the production of an anime project, though may not be everyone's cup of tea for its slice-of-life mood and setting. But if you enjoyed seeing the Shirobako TV anime nearly seven years ago, you should get similar enjoyment out of seeing this film continuation of the series.

Last updated Wednesday, April 14 2021. Created Wednesday, April 14 2021.

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