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Kamisama Hajimemashita was very good! I enjoyed it a great deal back when it aired, uneven as it was, and was very pleasantly surprised when a sequel was announced. It was probably the show that sold me on shoujo romance as a genre, and Nanami has endured as one of my favourite heroines amongst them. To cut to the chase, Kamisama Hajimemashita◎ (yes that is the official title, and no I have no idea how it’s pronounced) is basically more of the same, introducing a couple of new elements but for the most part just picking up from where the first season left off without missing a beat.

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Shirobako

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After enough time spent watching anime, it’s to be expected that you’ll be curious as to how it’s actually made – and not just the art of animation, but also the production aspects of it and more besides. It’s unfortunate then that there aren’t really a lot of resources to learn about it. Or at least, not in English. My limited understanding more or less comes from a few Answerman posts on ANN, the occasional bit of info the sakuga nerds retweet onto my timeline, and baseless intuition.

And I have to admit, I was not expecting Shirobako to fill in that educational gap. After all, the premise given before it aired was more or less “a group of high school girls made an anime in school, and now aim to make one together as professionals!” which, y’know, still sounds like a cute-girls-doing-cute-things show just transposed into a working environment. A nice bit of fluff that captures some of the fundamentals but is only really a shallow take on it, because it’s just context for the character-driven meat of the show. Kinda like Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, but anime instead of manga and moe instead of romantic-comedy.

Christ was I wrong.

Very wrong

Very wrong

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