(featuring: Shirobako, Kamisama Kiss S2)
One day I’ll finish Yatterman Night. One day. I have good shows to watch first though.
Funny story about Shirabako. Like most great shows, I almost missed it. I continued to hear from twitter how great it was and how much everyone loved it and I thought, surely, it can’t possibly be that good, right?
Having watched it in a blur of two emotional days, I can safely say I would not trust anybody who dislikes Shirobako. Sure they may be good people but they probably have absolute crap taste in anime. Nay, probably in ANY media.
Shirobako taught me so much. About the animation industry, about what makes a show good and hell, probably something about myself. Shirobako is just that powerful.
Side characters that in any other show would be one off jokes or background characters end up so endearing and developed even when only given a little bit of focus. And the main characters, oh boy. I loved all of them.
At first I wasn’t sure how I could. There was so many and it’s so hard to keep track of them. But once you get past those rough initial first three or so episodes, it gets easier and better. In the end it wasn’t difficult at all because, like I said, everyone feels like actual people.
Watching Ema struggle and overcome, watching Mii make a big drastic change full of uncertainty and doubt, Aoi stress but never give up, Diesel-san catching a break and Zuka be let down but not give up and then catching her break. When Aoi cried, I cried too.
It was so refreshing watching these girls in an actual adult setting. Sure there are other shows about adults in the worplace but they’re usually comedies. Something like this even though it’s set in the animation industry, was still so relatable.
And I don’t think it was the same for everyone. Everyone found different things they recognized from their own workplaces and experiences. Some that resonated with you and some you hated.
Coworkers that get on your nerves, making big changes in your career despite being uncertain or constantly facing rejection even when you’re doing your best.
All of these things and so much more is represented here just as in real life.
But there’s hope and it’s inspiring. I almost hated how inspired I was. I realized I was working without purpose and though I still have that desire to create from February, it inspired me to keep going.
I loved Shirobako and I’m so glad it exists. I’d love even more if a second season existed. I just can’t bring myself to rewatch this. It feels like I peeked in on the lives of these individuals, watched them work and stress and have fun. I want it to remain feeling that way. That their lives went on even if we aren’t watching.
Kamisama Kiss S2
Kamisama Kiss was as satisfying as expected. Nothing too remarkable but never a really disappointing time.
It did get a bit frustrating that the Nanami/Tomoe relationship seemed to CONSTANTLY teeter on the edge of a big change only to be pushed back by Tomoe’s immaturity (Nanami by comparison is an amazing character full of maturity) or something else dumb.
The Tengu arc went on a bit too long for my liking but that’s just because I wanted more focus on Nanami because I love her and she’s fantastic. Likewise, Kirihito’s arc ended VERY anticlimactically. Though I imagine it does get carried on in the manga and fleshed out. It does make for poor anime though.
But hey, I wasn’t super interested in him. Nanami is where it’s at. She’s a fantastic lead and getting to see more about her past (showing us and the characters in show that we know very little about her) was a great arc. The melancholic ED showing everybody’s pasts and then looking to the future was a very nice too,
A third season seems unlikely but maybe now I’ll finally start reading the manga. I meant to last year (or whenever S1 aired) but had planned to buy it all first. Turns out there are tons of volumes out over here like dang.
But hey, I’d totally welcome another season full of these idiot dorks.