Shirobako

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Bakuman.

Bakuman.

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.

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Ayachan19 Ayachan19 says...

Bakuman goes into how making manga and how hard it can actaully be but this going into anime, of how making anime and the things they need to do to get what they want. 

I recomend them from both ways because i think you'll enjoy both from the two ways because they're really amazing(even if Shirobako on first episode) and both make you understand more about the author who makes the manga or the anime. 

And Shirbako is of mostly animation/making, girls and bakuman is of mostly mangaka boys but still good though. :D

chad28 chad28 says...

Bakuman. and Shirobako deal with the Japanese entertainment industries we came to love: manga and anime, showing us how these are made.

They also show the backstage, lives, hopes, dreams, struggles, and joys of the industry professionals, especially those who are starting.

Both have really good characters that you can easily empathize with and transmit a warm happy feeling.

I think if you like one you will probably like the other.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime are about people trying to achive their dream at creating something they love.  In Shirobako, the subject matter is anime; while in Bakuman, the subject matter is manga.  Both series show the amount of work and effort put into creating and anime or manga, and how the protagonists struggle against the various obstacles and complications in their way.  While Bakuman has a romantic sideplot (while Shirobako doesn't), I do think fans of one series will still enjoy the other. 

nlnrose nlnrose says...

2 very different takes on 2 different industries which make the media we enjoy. I personally enjoyed their shenanigans.

Shirobako is a more realistic show based on the experiences of the staff making the real show. Fun fact: Shirobako's last episode was released late. A little ironic when you know that the episode is about the mad rush to release an epidode on time.

Bakuman is a shonen series where the battles take place in the writing of series. It is heavily based on the experinces of the 2 original authors of the manga, but with emphasis on some very shonen elements. Fun fact: This writing duo is the same who wrote Death Note.

Animation Runner Kuromi

Animation Runner Kuromi

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!

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HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both anime are focused on a woman working in the animation industry, and are about the trials and tribulations of making anime.

If you like the subject matter in either anime, do yourself a favour and check the other one out.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

If you have ever wondered how is it to work in the animation industry then look no further, both Shirobako and Animation Runner Kuromi let the viewers see how is ti to work in an animation studio and the hardships they have to go through to get everything done on time. Kuromi is goofier and more comedy-oriented while Shirobako has a serious tone.

If you're interested in the subject featured in both anime and you liked one of them,  then go ahead and check the other. You're going to enjoy it.

MwrulesC MwrulesC says...

Both anime are focused on the behind-the-scenes work of the anime industry. Animation Runner Kuromi doesn't go into as much depth and has a lighter tone than Shirobako. But if you enjoyed watching the female protagonist(s) take on the different difficulties involved in one anime, then you should take a look at the other.

Seiyuu's Life!

Seiyuu's Life!

Follow a rookie seiyuu in her first steps into the world of professional voice acting! She might be unsure of herself, but Futaba Ichinose is ready to make it as a professional seiyuu. She meets Ichigo Moesaki, an actress who won’t stop until she’s an idol seiyuu who not only acts but also enchants audiences with singing and dancing performances. These two rookies are joined by Rin Kohana, who is already a seasoned professional who made her debut when she was 5, who has a middle school life while working as a professional seiyu.

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tootalls tootalls says...

If you stomached Shirabako in it's entirety, You will probably enjoy Sore ga Seiyuu! 

They both have a lot of focus on what it takes to put an anime on air, but that is Shirobako's only focus were as SgS focuses on the voice actors.

So naturally, with in the specifics of it, the educational level of that aspect is higher than that of Shirobako, and it also follows voice actors outside of the anime relm to other ventures they may take on to expand their brand, which is their voice, such as video games, singing, and radio.

DerekL DerekL says...

While Shirobako and Sore ga Seiyuu! are different from each other in tone (being a mainly drama and and mainly comedy respectively), they have one important feature in common...  they both provide a peek 'behind the curtain' into the lives and experiences of the people who bring anime to life.

Despite being a comedy on the surface, Sore is written by a pair of experienced seiyuu and this brings in serious elements that might otherwise be missing and thus fills in some of the parts that are only hinted at during Sakaki Shizuka's brief appearances onscreen during Shirobako.   In the same way, Shirbako illuminates the parts of the process that the girls of Earphones don't see but which do affect their lives and careers.

Valdius Valdius says...

While Shirobako shows a much broader view of the animation industry than Seiyuu Life!, the two anime have a genearlly similar feel and a considerable amount of overlap in content type. Both provide a backstage glimpse into anime development, both have compelling characters and story.

On a final note, if you're new to both series, I'd recommend Seiyuu's Life as the first step, as the information you get there will help you understand Shirobako a bit better. 

Mangirl!

Mangirl!

Enthusiastic editor-in-chief Hana, serious Aki and their friends love manga so much that they've decided to start up a brand new manga magazine! Together, the new editors must find mangaka to work with, schedule photo shoots and perfect their typesetting, amongst other things. Little did the girls know that running a manga magazine would be more difficult than they imagined, but with teamwork and a lot of perseverance, they'll definitely succeed!

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HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both anime are comedic workplace anime with female leads, focused on making manga and anime, respectively. They both have big casts, and tackle roughly the same issues, like keeping deadlines, dealing with creators and the inner workings of the business.

Mangirl! is more zany, whereas Shirobako is more grounded, but they should both be enjoyable for those who want more of an insider view into anime and manga.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

Both are about someone working in the anime business, both shows what they have to go through to get to a certain stages. Mangirl is the lighter option of the two and focuses around the more comedic side, Shirobako has this quality but at some points it is more hands down about the fact that it is a anime company. So I think if you liked one, check out the other...like now...maybe.

Servant x Service

Servant x Service

When Lucy was born, her parents couldn’t decide on a single first name so they decided to give her over a dozen of them! So to get revenge on the civil servant who approved the naming decision, Lucy, now an adult, has become one herself, eager to give him an earful. But the woman soon learns that being a civil servant is tough work! The citizens scold you, there’s little margin for error, and there’s challenges at every turn! Alongside other workers such as the flirtatious slacker Hasebe and shy newcomer Saya, Lucy will navigate her new career and experience both the frustrations, and also the joys, of helping the public.

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Annalyn Annalyn says...

Servant x Service has more humor and romance than Shirobako. But both take place in the workplace, both occassionally step outside the lines of reality, and both are fun. The main characters' age group is about the same, too—they're young adults at the start of their careers.

I can't guarantee that fans of one will like the other. But I enjoy both of these, and Servant x Service came to mind while i was watching Shirobako.

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

So both of these anime represent how people work in a certain business, both are slice of life comedies surrounding a group of newbies mainly in the company/style of industry. They both reflect ones view of that sort of work well, plus in both there are moments where you can relate to the character. So to some extension I think if you liked one you shall enjoy the other.

Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon

When Yuugo Hachiken enrolled at Ezonoo, an agricultural high school, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. While his classmates revel in the barnyard chores and hard labor, eager to gain skills for their careers, Yuugo is challenged and sometimes downright horrified by the things he’s having to learn, whether he’s corralling stray cows, learning the shocking truth of where chicken eggs come from, or even getting comfortable with riding a horse! Alongside peers such as the lovely Aki, Yuugo will learn all he can about agriculture, making close friends in the process.

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chad28 chad28 says...

Shirobako and Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji) make you root for their protagonists while giving you a warm happy feeling.

The shows take daily life and manage to make it an interesting and compelling story, where main characters try to find their path in this world.

I think if you like one you will probably like the other.

Kirith Kirith says...

"Slice of life" but with clear goals and challenges unique to the professional environment depicted. VERY technical procedures are made not just accessible but actually interesting.  Learn more than you ever knew about the industry. Distinct characters with lots of unique personalities that stay with you long after having moved on to a new show.

New Game!

New Game!

After graduating high school, Suzukaze Aoba joins Eagle Jump, the game company that developed Fairies Story, the game she obsessed over as a kid. On her first day as a working member of society, Aoba heads to work swaying in a packed, morning rush hour train. She manages to get to the office building all right but hesitates, wondering if it was really okay for her to take that last step and go inside. That's when a senior member of staff, Toyama Rin, shows up at work and safely leads Aoba inside the offices of Eagle Jump.

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Hantajira Hantajira says...

Work place setting, and following their dreams. The two stories mirror the struggles of production and creation. 

blue1r1s blue1r1s says...

Although Shirobako is mainly focused on anime creation and New Game on videogame creation, they both let you in on how the industry, works. New game being more of a cute comedy and shirobako a more acurate like portrayal. The atmosphere of teamwork in both is what makes them similar in my view.

Girlish Number

Girlish Number

College student Chitose Karasuma is determined not to do boring things as she enters the adult world. To this end, this bad-mannered beauty barges into a facility that trains would-be voice actors and actresses, somehow landing a job at “Number One Produce,” a seiyuu agency managed by her older brother, Gojou. In Chitose's mind, she's poised for greatness, but finds herself at a loss when she continues to only get minor roles. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there's more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she imagined.

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DLMP DLMP says...

I am suprised that no one recommended Shirobako. Both anime focus on anime industry. Shirobako about anime production and well crafted anime. Girlish number focus mainly on voice acting

Nicknames Nicknames says...

While they focus on a different field, both shows portrays what it takes to make an anime realistically but without getting too cynical (though Girlish Number is a bit harsh from time to time). They also share the same feeling and, even if I enjoyed Shirobako more than Girlish Number, fans of one will definitely like the other.

Working!!

Working!!

Self-professed lover of all things small and cute, Souta Takanashi finds himself dragooned into working at the Wagnaria family restaurant by the diminutive and vivacious Poplar Taneshima. Though the pay is reasonable and the clientele polite, the high school student is often at his wits' end when dealing with the quirky staff. If the indifferent and street-tough manager, katana-carrying floor chief, and terminally weak Poplar weren't enough, Souta frequently fears for his life, as every encounter with the violently androphobic Inami ends in injury. How long can he survive before the combined stress and harm do him in?

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thiswontlastforever thiswontlastforever says...

Both anime owe their story and plot direction to the interactions and subtle changes of the characters involved in an otherwise normal workplace environment. While Working!! is a bit more exaggerated and lacks some of the seriousness of Shirobako, they should both have a fairly similar feel.

Genshiken

Genshiken

Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?

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Seyfert Seyfert says...

Besides both being meta-anime with a different focus for each, they have the same scriptwriter (Michiko Yokote), with Genshiken Nidaime having the same director (Tsutomu Mizushima) as Shirobako.

Genshiken has, though, a slower pace than Shirobako, as characters in the former merely watch anime, while those in the latter always need to keep to a schedule in order to create anime...