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article imageReview: 'Shirobako' EP 20 shows that working in anime has its downs

By Can Tran     Feb 27, 2015 in Entertainment
Tensions become heated to extremely volcanic between employees over a difference of work ethic in the latest episode of "Shirobako"
Episode 20 of Shirobako, titled “I'll Do My Best Mustang!,” is currently streaming on Crunchyroll for paid members. Free members can watch the same episode six days from now on February 5th.
The episode beings with Iketani escaping through the air ducts to escape from the animation studio, which I found puzzling and hilarious. I did not think that there are people who would literally try to escape from their jobs.
I laughed more when I saw Yano standing outside predicting that Itagaki would pull a stunt like that.
Afterward, however, the episode begins with the production staff in a jam on how to produce the 13th episode. This is complicated because of time constraints, manpower, and resources. It is a cold reality that many anime studios in Japan have to work that way.
Rhetorically asking because of the circumstances, why would someone want to work in anime production in the first place?
Everybody gives their own opinions on the matter.
Kinoshita explains that he cannot stop himself because he loves the craft, Maitake explains that it ended up becoming a big thing for him, and more. Everybody has their own individual reasons for working in the anime industry.
Yano explains that it is fun for her. I laughed when Yano added that the anime industry is filled with “weirdos” and implied that Kinoshita is one of them.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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Taro, like his usual stupid self, is unable to come up with an answer and bulls—ts his way through the question.
I liked Yamada's answer about working in animation to show that he exists.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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Satou's answer is simple: she likes the craft of animation.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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When Aoi is gathering opinions from her fellow employees, Iketani tries to escape again, which I find incredibly funny.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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S—t ultimately hits the fan when Daisuke cops an attitude with Madoka over the key animations, with the former demanding Madoka to hurry it up and Madoka complaining that Daisuke's “friends” at Titanic are useless.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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This reflects on one of the problems in the anime industry.
One studio could be overwhelmed with so much work on one series that it has to subcontract to other studios to lighten the load, but it seems that the people at Titanic are a couple of “lemons” as Madoka strongly feels.
I was surprised that Madoka was the one that called Daisuke on his bad attitude because I thought Aoi would be the one doing it. At least somebody is calling Daisuke out on his negative personality towards other people.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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Daisuke really blew a fuse and I thought a fist fight was going to ignite with Madoka.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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I didn't expect Okitsu to jump in and stop the fight, but it was awesome to see her deflect a flying object like it was nothing. Okitsu looks like a person with some serious fighting skills and I feel sorry for anybody that tries to assault her at night.
Screengrab from episode 20 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 20 of "Shirobako."
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The latest episode teaches us that even though it can be fun and rewarding to work in the animation industry, it is not completely “tea and crumpets.” People have differences of opinion that can turn into heated arguments. There are people in the industry that feel they are overworked or feel that they are doing work that is not in their description.
Even though the episode ended on a “good note,” the episode shows one of the downsides of the profession.
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