Criticizing A Fave: Things That Don’t Work in Shirobako

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Shirobako is my favorite anime in 2015, and being a critical and commercial darling during the past year, I figured there’s a lot who shares similar sentiment. It’s been winning awards right and left, and you can easily scour the Internet to find many pieces written about its merits. It’s all deserved, and I could add even more gushing by detailing on how great it is as an educational look on anime production, a slice of life that captures the flow of an office space and makes it extra compelling through endearing set of characters, or a deeply resonant work to anyone who’s ever worked in creative industry.

Except that’s not what I’m doing now.

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(Personal) Best Anime Series of All Time

As the title indicates, this list is about Madhouse wankfest personal favorites more than anything. Still, while there’s a lot of childhood experience and nostalgia that informed my selection, I’m confident enough about the lasting appeal of such entries to recommend them. I’m perpetually catching up with a bunch of acclaimed shows in recent times, checking out older classics, and re-assess stuff I’ve liked, so expect adjustments in updates to this list once every few months… or once a year… or whenever I feel like it, basically.
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