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article imageReview: 'Shirobako' EP 21 shows the importance of meeting deadlines

By Can Tran     Mar 6, 2015 in Entertainment
Daisuke, in his abrasive and forceful way, reminds everybody that it is important to meet deadlines in the latest episode of "Shirobako."
Episode 21 of Shirobako, titled “Don't Hold The Quality Hostage,” is currently streaming on Crunchyroll for paid subscribers. Free subscribers can watch the same episode six days from now on March 12th.
Aoi is at a crossroad as she remains unsure on her reason for entering the animation industry.
Screengrab from episode 21 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 21 of "Shirobako."
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Everybody else has been able to give their explanation, diverse explanations, but Aoi is still clueless and things will become more difficult for her until she makes an ultimate decision.
The episode starts as Iketani tries to escape from Titanic, but finds that Yano is standing outside waiting for him. It is obvious that Yano knows that Iketani will try to escape at any given moment and has seemingly predicted when he will escape and where he will escape from.
Screengrab from episode 21 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 21 of "Shirobako."
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I felt that it was dramatic, in a funny way, when Iketani climbed down a rope to escape.
I busted in laughter after I watched Iketani also attempt an escape through the air duct.
Screengrab from episode 21 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 21 of "Shirobako."
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I went “holy f—k” when Iketani attempted an escape through an actual mineshaft. It was a f—ked moment, but incredibly funny, when Iketani sees the light at the end of the tunnel and passes through only to see Yano standing outside to “greet him.”
It is creepy to see Yano keep a smile the whole time.
I was introduced to an interesting lesson in the industry that the color of the animation affects the dubbing. It was enlightening to know that stepping on grass makes a different sound than stepping on concrete or pebbles.
It would be impossible to tell which sound to make without the background color.
Also, it is obvious that Titanic is slacking off with the work. This is one of the drawbacks of outsourcing to other production studios when you are loaded with work.
Misa, working at Kanabun Studio, gets her first big break to do work other than wheels.
Screengrab from episode 21 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 21 of "Shirobako."
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It was also surprising that Daisuke and Yano went to technical school together. At least I know now how the two to them know each other in the past.
The first episode of Third Aerial Girls Squad goes off without a hitch, but there is a snag because Misato Segawa demands that she no longer work with Daisuke Hiraoka. It is understandable because Daisuke has an attitude and it caused him to be bounced from one studio to another.
Screengrab from episode 21 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 21 of "Shirobako."
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It reminded me of the outburst that Daisuke had in the previous episode.
Daisuke is a hard person to work with when Aoi talks about not sacrificing the quality of the work. He responds by saying the titular line that share's the episode name. It is obvious that Daisuke is angry about the time it takes for the other animators and vents that it makes his job more difficult.
Screengrab from episode 21 of  Shirobako.
Screengrab from episode 21 of "Shirobako."
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I was surprised that Daisuke loves anime and he directed a cultural festival.
Yana reveals to Aoi that Daisuke is one of those people who takes his job seriously. It is at that point I can sympathize with Daisuke's behavior towards the key animators and episode directors. Daisuke understands that deadlines have to be made and is angry when other people don't meet them.
Daisuke ultimately sees the bigger picture.
This was a sobering episode of Shirobako because I assumed Daisuke was simply a hotheaded punk, but actually cared about the production in reality. Daisuke understands that the inability to meet deadlines and get work in on time hurts the production as a whole.
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