Shirobako: A (Realistic) Anime about Anime

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Note: Slight spoilers in this post.

Shirobako, is a fascinating anime about making anime, and it paints a stark realism to real life working environment. Yes, realism. The first episode introduced to us five girls, making an original anime in their high school club for the cultural fair.

Anime high school girls. Moe designs. Making anime.

This looked like this was going somewhere huh? However, betraying my expectations, the scene suddenly shifted to an adult Aoi behind the wheel, but severely exhausted; her hair disheveled and black circles visible under her eyes.
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iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls – Producer is Best Girl

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With a straight face With a straight face

Note: Spoilers warning.

Yes, that’s right. Not Rin.

I don’t know why, but I seem to have an odd fascination for characters with difficulties trying to express themselves-which I think is the pivotal source behind my fascination of the tsundere archetype even after so long (Producer is obviously not a tsundere, but let me get back to that in a little while). This is also a reason why I like Ranko a lot after her character episode-she’s up there with Rin in my list of top favorite characters in Idolmaster Cindarella Girls.

But I digress, because the ultimate Best Girl is clearly Producer.
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The Finale of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Note: Spoilers for KimiUso. Don’t read this post especially if you haven’t watch the final episode.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, or KimiUso for short, had been one hell of a ride, and I don’t mean that in a good way. While it prides itself being a slice-of-life drama with a musical theme, the anime felt like just colorful eye-candy to me. It had an interesting premise, but the drama felt forced, characterizations felt like they were shoved down to my throat, it’s misplaced humors, it’s poor attempts at being something special-all these elements combined together turned KimiUso into an anime with barely any substance. Because of this, watching the beginning to middle segments of the show was an especially frustrating experience.

Despite so, I have to admit, the final episode is brilliant.
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My Thoughts on Magical Mirai 2013

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It was starting. Everyone was readying their glow sticks. Everyone was chanting for her name.

A slow, creepy, but alluring intro echoed throughout the Yokohama Arena. At the same time, some mysterious animations can be seen on the monitors, showing some kind of terrace with a dark pinkish hue. Stream of colorful lights were flowing around it, making the scene felt oddly majestic… magical. Once the slow, mysterious melody reached it’s peak, the music suddenly grew rhythmic. There was now a steady beat and something changed on the monitors. The background slowly shifted into a more futuristic design and there was a huge logo on top of the image-it reads “Hatsune Miku マジカルミライ”.

The beat of the music got stronger and stronger every second-transformed from mystique to electronic. Aligning with the futuristic style, the monitor screen now shows “CODE NAME: HATSUNE MIKU”, and the background image of terrace turned into wireframes to suit the futuristic look. The music continued, but the beat still stable, at least for the moment. The screen showed “ACTIVATE”, and later “PROCESSING…”, which went on for just a few seconds before lastly, “PLEASE DO NOT CLOSE YOUR EYES” emerged on the screen as well. At this point, the beat went faster and faster, ruining it’s own stability. The status quo broke-and reached it’s climax when this silhouette was shown on the screen:
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Reverse Step: Watching Love Live! Season 1

Kai:

I like Love Live, but admittedly, it’s through LLSIF and fandom engagement which led me to my fondness for the Love Live franchise. This unofficial engagement of the series is one of the reason Love Live is not just such a great anime-but a great franchise. Iblessall over at Mage in a Barrel certainly feels the impact of fandom engagement too, something which he wrote about in detail on his post, and puts it way better than I ever could.

Originally posted on Mage in a Barrel:

A brief summary of my history with the Love Live! franchise: some months back, very soon after I started writing for the Crunchyroll Newsletter, I got tapped to do a little review of Love Live! 2. Now, at this time I had barely heard of the franchise, but I wanted to get writing, so I wrote the piece. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Skip to the present and I’ve watched all of season 2 and spent countless hours with Love Live! School Idol Festival (the franchise’s mobile rhythm game), but I still hadn’t seen season one. Until now.

Love Live!

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