Last year, P.A. Works announced a theatrical sequel to everyone’s favorite anime-about-anime, Shirobako. This weekend at AnimeJapan in Tokyo, producers Kenji Horikawa and Takayuki Nagatani revealed some details about the film.
Some key deets that came out of the discussion:
- The script is written—and based on the script, it feels like the film will be pretty long, at about two hours
- The film takes place several years after the original series, which the character designs reflect
- It features a new female character, tentatively named Miyai
- The characters have gone through a lot over the years since the series, and are still battling it out
- Horikawa believes the film portrays the current anime industry quite accurately
- P.A. Works has set a deadline for completion at the end of this year
In addition to these hot details, the pair of producers revealed a new visual of main character Aoi Miyamori:
Here’s looking forward to the Shirobako film—maybe less than a year from now!
For anyone who missed the original series, here’s a description from Sentai Filmworks:
After making an animated film together in high school, Aoi and her friends Shizuka, Ema, Misa, and Midori made a promise to each other: to all get jobs in the anime industry and someday work together again.
Two years later, Aoi is learning that working as a production assistant at a small animation studio is far more demanding than she ever imagined, and Shizuka’s aspiring career as a voice actor involves more time waiting tables than recording.
Meanwhile, Ema’s slowly making a name for herself as a key animator, Misa’s moved from 2D to 3D and now works in computer graphics, and screenwriting hopeful Midori is lagging furthest behind, still looking for her first big break. But are they ready to give up on their dreams just yet? No way! Because while anime may come from inspiration, in the end it’s the ones who’re willing to put in the perspiration that make their dreams real in Shirobako!