Shirobako: Episode 8 — Transparent Indie Crap

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I really feel like I’m watching an overly long independent film with each episode of this show I watch.

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Seriously, I still don’t know what this show is about and why I should care. Midori has a complex regarding her drawing abilities and how she can continue to make a living out of it. Great, but you know who else has that same complex? I haven’t looked at any statistics, but I assume more than 80% of the artists working in the animation industry. We care about them and the woes they bring up regarding why the industry because they’re real-life people.

Midori is not a real person. She’s a fictional cartoon. As such, it’s the anime’s job to make me care about her problems and it’s not doing a good job at that. The characterization is flat. The dialogue regarding her issues – along with the dialogue in general – looks like it was ripped straight out of an online Psychology tutorial. And to make matters worse, her problems are resolved so matter-of-factly with no real conflict or resolution that I struggle to understand why she gets focus in the first place.

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A character drama should be insightful. It should feel important. I don’t like all of Makoto Shinkai’s stuff, but he gets that in every thing I’ve seen of him. I didn’t get that with this episode’s shift into the serious. I just got the same transparent “human” crap that people go nuts over at the Toronto International Film Festival.

4 responses to “Shirobako: Episode 8 — Transparent Indie Crap

  1. I think Shirobako is best described as “light”. It’s colorful, it’s fluffy and it takes care to never get too seriously. The conflicts it takes on are relatable, but the show never really digs into them very deeply, most of the time resolving everything within one episode and moving on.

    I have to admit, it takes some skill to mix those two elements, light fluff and real life drama, without the destroying the mood. And a lot of people seem to love that aspect of the show. I just don’t really see as being that engaging, which is a shame.