Shirobako is more than an anime about the medium itself. It is a story about aspiration and apathy; success and failure; talent and ineptitude. But above all else, it is the best show I have ever seen.
This is the stuff of Lovecraft’s nightmares. And it’s beautiful.
Have you ever ever run into the existential question “Why isn’t there a game that makes me feel complete? That gives my life purpose? That lets me rek nups and pwn scrubs?”
That game is finally here.
After enjoying Atelier Rorona Plus as much as I did (a lot), it was inevitable that I would follow it up with the sequels of the Arland trilogy – Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru. While Totori feels like a very familiar experience as a whole, it’s held back by a few quirks that weren’t present in Rorona.
When it comes to survival horror, two series come to mind as the ones that set the modern precedent – Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Whereas Silent Hill had more of an allegorical purpose, Resident Evil is very straightforward – zombies.
For a musician, being in sync with the other performers can make or break the experience. You can practice to the point of perfection, but without an ensemble that can synchronize on all fronts, it will always be just a musical performance.
White Album 2 follows Kitahara Haruki, a high school senior on the verge of watching the school’s Light Music Association go out with a pathetic whimper. But before time runs out, he comes across Ogiso Setsuna and Touma Kazusa, two girls capable of turning the situation on a dime and leading Haruki to the most unforgettable experience of his life.
“We’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only use the edge.”