Both the anime I have mentioned in my title are amazing anime about the creation of anime.
Despite that, they are quite different from each other.
While Shirobako has a clean anime look, Eizouken has purposefully rough animation to exemplify the process of creating anime. While Shirobako shows the difficulties of working in a pro-environment, Eizouken showcases young students filled with passion for the creation of anime.
The main emphasis of Eizouken is the creative process of creating anime while the main emphasis of Shirobako is the production of anime in a real work place setting.
The troubles of working with various different professional parties to create an anime as well as sticking to their deadlines to produce one episode per week is quite different from the troubles of a group of students trying to work together with various clubs to produce a short clip per event. Or rather, there are many more problems (that are shown in their respective anime).
In terms of management, Eizouken just settles everything using Kanamori who is shown to have exemplary business sense. She takes care of all the management issues efficiently and quickly. Meanwhile, Shirobako really goes down into all the troubles anime production studios can run into when coordinating between various different parties involved (voice actors, animators, sound effects team etc.).
On top of that, Eizouken produces completely original works each time as they are just overflowing with creativity as shown by the number of “imaginary scenes” that take place as they explore the town they live in. On the other hand, Shirobako doesn’t only stick to original content creation (Exodus!) but also explores the difficulty of working with a manga author to adapt their work into an anime (Third Aerial Girls Squad). For example, deciding how to translate the character designs from manga to anime.
Eizouken takes you on journey after journey. You can sit back, relax and enjoy watching the group of three girls think of new ideas and concepts for their anime before eventually bringing them to life.
Eizouken is a fun adventure where you’re left to wonder what is going to come next.
On the other hand, Shirobako is a down-to-earth production of anime based in an anime studio and leaves you wondering just what problem they are going to run into next. How will they resolve their problems? Can they make their deadlines or do they have to throw in a recap episode?
The number of problems they run into in Shirobako is troubling and you can’t help but feel a sense of frustration together with them and cheering them on through our screens.
Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed both anime.
While I did bring up the two of them to compare them because they revolve around the creation of anime, I’m sure you know it as well as I do that these two series are very different from each other and have their own charm.
What are your thoughts on the two series?
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Personally, I enjoyed Shirobako more but Eizouken was a fun watch as well.