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Aoi will never forget how she felt the day her high school animation club’s labor of love was shown at the cultural festival. The sense of awe and the feeling of accomplishment that came with completing their very first project are exactly what encouraged Aoi and her club mates to enter the animation industry in the first place. But two years later Aoi has graduated, and now that she works as a production assistant for a big-name animation studio, the daunting reality of her job has somewhat diminished her enthusiasm. Despite the long hours and the punishing schedule, Aoi still hopes to fulfill the promise she and her club friends Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori made: to one day reunite and make a real animated feature of their own as professionals!
Both are about the process of making anime. Whilst Shirobako focuses more on the management side of things, Eizouken focuses more on the creative part.
Whilst both are about animation production, Shirobako's storylines tend to follow more on the side of office politics that threaten to bring the company to a halt. So far in Eizouken (episode 7), there doesn't appear to be any major factors as to why they should stop making animation.
There are also an element of using your imagination to rationalize or fantasize the process.
Eizouken is definitely more stylized compared to Shirobako, coming very close to notebook doodles at times. However, I'd argue that this keeps the characters from becoming somewhat stilted like they do in Shirobako, but the stylization choice is dependent on whether or not this is a viewer's cup of tea.
Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he trudges through day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school and finds the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon reconsiders when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. And after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he suggests that they get married once they are both successful! Shockingly, she agrees to the proposal and Mashiro and Takagi embark on their quest to become manga artists.
Twenty year-old Mikiko Oguro (known as Kuromi to her co-workers) has just entered the dream job of a lifetime -- animation! However, upon her arrival to the famed Studio Petit, Kuromi is in for a surprise: her predecessor just quit, leaving her with the project, and the seemingly unattainable deadline! Now, with only a week left until the key animation is due, Kuromi must wrangle up the group of slackers who must finish Time's Journey 2 before it's too late!
It has been three months since the completion of Time's Journey 2, and Kuromi and her staff have new challenges on the horizon: THREE shows to prepare! With morale at an all-time low and the frames not coming in, Takashimadaira, a veteran producer (and a bit of a slave driver) is called to the scene for the emergency at hand. Can the crew pull it together under the stress of their newfound leader's supervision, or are the new series simply destined to fail? Failure is not an option with Kuromi on the job!
Musashino Animation has gone through unprecedented changes and things are looking bleak for the studio. One day, Aoi Miyamori is offered a role managing a new theatrical animation project. With only a few months left before the deadline, can MusAni complete the project in its current state? It's up to Aoi to work alongside both familiar faces and new to finish the project in time!
Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi have come a long way since they started making manga in middle school, but trials still await them as they head towards their goal of getting an anime adaptation for one of their manga. As they continue to grow as artists and as people, they will be faced with new friends, new rivals, and new hurdles to overcome.
With their manga, Detective Trap, about to begin serialization, Mashiro and Takagi are on cloud nine. But just obtaining a regular series in Shounen Jack is only the start, as they must work harder than ever to stay high enough in the rankings and avoid cancellation. Now, as the pair gets used to working with both assistants and their new editor, the enthusiastic and inexperienced Miura, they prepare to battle it out in the user surveys. But have they struck it lucky with their new editor, and will they be able to keep up the pace as they compete with their friends, take the manga world by storm, and attain that all-important goal of having their story become an anime?