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Aoi will never forget how she felt the day her high school animation club's labor of love was shown at the cultural festival. The sense of awe and the feeling of accomplishment that came ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Juri Kimura Juri Kimura ...  Aoi Miyamori 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Hiroyuki Yoshino Hiroyuki Yoshino ...  Taro Takanashi 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...  Seiichi Kinoshita 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Haruka Yoshimura Haruka Yoshimura ...  Ema Yasuhara 22 episodes, 2014-2015
Masaya Matsukaze ...  Shun Watanabe (Nabe-P) / ... 22 episodes, 2014-2015
Yuri Yamaoka Yuri Yamaoka ...  Erika Yano / ... 21 episodes, 2014-2015
Wataru Takagi ...  Masato Marukawa / ... 20 episodes, 2014-2015
Mai Nakahara Mai Nakahara ...  Yuka Okitsu / ... 20 episodes, 2014-2015
Manami Numakura Manami Numakura ...  Yumi Iguchi / ... 18 episodes, 2014-2015
Hitomi Ôwada Hitomi Ôwada ...  Midori Imai 17 episodes, 2014-2015
Hironori Saitô Hironori Saitô ...  Hironori Madoka / ... 17 episodes, 2014-2015
Nobuyuki Kobushi Nobuyuki Kobushi ...  Goutarou Katsuragi 16 episodes, 2014-2015
Haruka Chisuga Haruka Chisuga ...  Shizuka Sakaki 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Shûya Nishiji Shûya Nishiji ...  Yutaka Honda 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Kenji Hamada Kenji Hamada ...  Masashi Yamada 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Shizuka Itô ...  Chiemi Doumoto / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2015
Kotomi Yamakawa Kotomi Yamakawa ...  Misato Segawa / ... 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Ai Kayano Ai Kayano ...  Rinko Ogasawara / ... 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Mitsuo Iwata ...  Yoshikazu Inanami / ... 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Rie Takahashi Rie Takahashi ...  Akane Uchida / ... 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Asami Takano Asami Takano ...  Misa Toudou 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Shinobu Matsumoto Shinobu Matsumoto ...  Ryousuke Endo / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Motoi Koyanagi Motoi Koyanagi ...  Shigeru Sugie 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Madoka Yonezawa Madoka Yonezawa ...  Sara Satou / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Ikumi Hayama Ikumi Hayama ...  Tsubaki Andou / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Mari Hino Mari Hino ...  Nao Shinkawa / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Yûsuke Kobayashi Yûsuke Kobayashi ...  Daisuke Hiraoka / ... 10 episodes, 2015
Masayoshi Sugawara Masayoshi Sugawara ...  Mitsuhide Kisa / ... 10 episodes, 2014-2015
Junji Majima Junji Majima ...  Yuuichirou Shimoyanagi 10 episodes, 2014-2015


Aoi will never forget how she felt the day her high school animation club's labor of love was shown at the cultural festival. The sense of awe and the feeling of accomplishment that came with completing their very first project are exactly what encouraged Aoi and her club mates to enter the animation industry in the first place. But two years later Aoi has graduated, and now that she works as a production assistant for a big-name animation studio, the daunting reality of her job has somewhat diminished her enthusiasm. Despite the long hours and the punishing schedule, Aoi still hopes to fulfill the promise she and her club friends Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori made: to one day reunite and make a real animated feature of their own as professionals.

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Release Date:

1 September 2014 (Japan) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the animation studio in the series is called Musashino Animation, likely an allusion to M.S.J Musashino Animation company. Aoi's rival whom she often races with is called G.I Staff, combined from the names of animation studios J.C. Staff and Production I.G and the exterior shots were modeled after Studio T&T. The character Seiichi Kinoshita is modeled after director Seiji Mizushima and the character Masato Marukawa is molded after producer Masao Maruyama. Other characters who are allusions to prolific industry people include, Shimeji Maitake based on author Kinoko Nasu, Masahiro Okura based on Art Director, Hiromasa Ogura and Mitsuaki Kanno based on Hideaki Anno. See more »


Yumi Iguchi: Better to ask and be a fool once than never to ask and be a fool forever.
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Referenced in Anime-Gataris: Minoa, Anime Rookie! (2017) See more »

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Really shows how an anime is truly developed!
14 July 2019 | by IrishchatterSee all my reviews

If you watched Bakumon first on how a manga is developed, then watch this anime as a sequel to how an actual anime is made in a production studio. It's very interesting but also very intense to see what each role a person takes to make us audience wait for an anime to come out each week. I know a range of animes can be equally good or bad but you still have to give props to the people behind the scenes of the anime. It's not at all an easy task and Shirobako proves that well enough to wake you up with reality!

Definitely watch this folks if you're thinking about doing animation as a career or are a curious cat like me to see how a anime is created!

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