At last, Musani is almost at the finish line. Can they get the finished product to all the TV stations on time?
After watching the final episode, I thought it was a very nice way to end of the series. While we got to see the animators work on the final episode, Ema finally tears up while she worked on the final scene. I think she has realized just like Aoi did that their goal of working on the production together professionally has become a reality.
Of course, they also realize this after meeting each other at the party and dream of reproducing their high school production. With that, this makes me wonder if PA Works will make a recap movie to show them reproduce it. Personally, I think it will be interesting if they actually go forward with this.
Aside from that, the rush to get the tapes of the final episode to the TV stations on time was very entertaining since it was so tense. It almost looked like they weren’t going to make it, but they did. Not to mention, Yuka who doesn’t do much nowadays besides doing business related activities actually drove at full speed in her car in order to get to her destination and it was badass. At one point, she had more than 5 cop cars pursuing her. Thankfully, she didn’t get a speeding ticket from it since she knows the police officers.
Yep, PA Works did it again and they made a very enjoyable show taking a look at the Anime industry. Sure, Shirobako presented itself in a somewhat idealistic way, but at the same time, it managed to show the challenges studios and people working in the industry has to face such as Shizuka’s difficulty in getting into a voice acting role, Erika having to deal with incompetent animators/workers and schedules getting messed up due to the creators being dissatisfied with a certain aspect of the production. Watching them overcome these challenges gave me a profound appreciation towards the industry and Anime as a whole, aside from the fact that animators in general have a rough life.
Still, I have to give PA Works credit and say that they managed to redeem themselves from the failure known as Glasslip. Sure, the animation quality in this show is pretty normal and not over the top compared to other productions, but they managed to make the story entertaining.
Overall Rating: 9.4/10, A, Masterpiece ¶