Since its premiere, slice-of-life anime Shirobako has received no shortage of praise for the balance of cute, comedic charm and on-point drama based on struggles found in the real professional world. Several critics have lauded its realistic depiction of the workplace, noting the show’s ability to ‘hit close to home’ with the relatably realistic character conflicts. The most surprising thing, however, is the fan base it has found among cast members of science fiction and fantasy anime, many of whom confess that they enjoy because of the escape it provides them.
“After a long day of seeing bodies explode into bloody, fleshy messes and trying to deliver lines from the equally messy narrative the script has become, it’s a nice release to come home, relax and watch Miyamori and her friends struggle to make it in the anime industry,” said Tsunemori Akane, lead character of Psycho-Pass. “Their lives are just so different from mine. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to go to work and interact with your computer without neural implants or have adequate lighting in your office.”
“Musani [Shirobako] is my favorite show this season, hands down,” confessed Saber, who stars in the 2014 adaptation of the Unlimited Blade Works route of Fate/stay night. “Rin introduced me to the show and I immediately marathoned all the episodes that were out the next day. That night I had a dream that I was waiting for responses after a long week of interviewing at various companies. It was awesome.”
“I showed it to everyone in the cast and pretty much all of them agreed that Tarou is awful,” explained fellow UBW cast member Tohsaka Rin, “Shinji is the only one that likes him, but of course he would sympathize with a petty jackass like himself. We’re talking about a guy who has a picture of Kousaka Kirino as his phone background.”
At press time, the cast of Shirobako were unavailable for comment because they were all in the hospital due to a bad batch of donuts.