Shirobako Collection 1 Blu-ray

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About Shirobako Collection 1 Blu-ray

Shirobako Collection 1 contains episodes 1-12.

After making an animated film together in high school, Aoi and her friends Shizuka, Ema, Misa, and Midori made a promise to each other: to all get jobs in the anime industry and someday work together again.

Two years later, Aoi is learning that working as a production assistant at a small animation studio is far more demanding than she ever imagined, and Shizuka's aspiring career as a voice actor involves more time waiting tables than recording.

Meanwhile, Ema's slowly making a name for herself as a key animator, Misa's moved from 2D to 3D and now works in computer graphics, and screenwriting hopeful Midori is lagging furthest behind, still looking for her first big break. But are they ready to give up on their dreams just yet? No way! Because while anime may come from inspiration, in the end it's the ones who're willing to put in the perspiration that make their dreams real in Shirobako!

Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.


  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Themes: Slice of Life
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 300
  • Release Date: 2/9/2016
  • Weight: 0.15
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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A modern, classic. A Must watch for any anime fan.


In the emergent "anime about people who make anime, manga and videogames" subgenre, Shirobako stands above them all as one the finest, and most informative examples of writing about what you know.

Basically about a bunch of young women who pursue their highschool dream to work in the anime industry, and are crushed by the depressing realities of deadlines, budgets and workloads.

Yes, they take liberties, but most accounts say it is a fairly reasonable portrayal of the industry.

There is humor, suspense, intrigue and hardships. The characters grow and develop and come to terms with their somewhat naive outlooks. Even though most people will never work in the industry, it is easy to relate to the characters. They have to put up with unhelpful and incompetent co-workers, deal with less than ideal working conditions and really struggle with the idea of "is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?"

All in all I can't recommend it enough.

A fun look at the industry


If you had just told me Shirobako was an anime about how anime is made, I would have probably skipped it. However, Shirobako is more than that, capturing the challenges and tensions of the production process in a fun and entertaining way that also manages to educate. I can't recall any other anime that had me both laughing and learning. Admittedly, some of the characters are really annoying, as in, "Why does this person still have a job?" annoying, and the fantasy bits are a bit incongruous for a series that mostly plays it straight, but overall I liked the series.

Shirobako Collection 1

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Aoi Miyamori’s and her pals Ema, Midori, Misa, and Shizuka made an anime in high school.They promised each other to get into the anime business and someday collaborate on a project again. Tokyo four years later: Aoi is a production assistant and Ema is a junior key animator at Musashino Animation, Misa’s doing CG for another outift, Midori’s still studying literature at college, and Shizuka’s a struggling voice actress. These 12 episodes deal with production of Musashino’s original anime “Exodus!” The show reveals how each young woman tackles the often harsh reality of the business while holding on to her dreams and ideals. The cast is large, varied, and has many memorable characters, e.g. the studio president holding things together with a light hand on the wheel (and a lot of cooking). Fascinating as an insider’s view of the business, often caustically funny, replete with references to well-known anime titles, sometimes genuinely heartwarming, always well-crafted, a rare treat.

Sentai doesn't love this show?

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Apparently this show is not very popular in the US. At least based on this release. It is about as barebones as barebones can get. That being said, I am thrilled to own it. This is one of the best series I've seen in recent years, and if you have any interest in how anime is made, like good drama, like work-place settings in general, or just want to see cute girls being cute while dealing with real life issues, this is a good one to check out. Even though the content on the release is rather sparse, at least it is available on Blu-ray at all. You should buy this and prove to Sentai that it actually IS popular.