The Anime Version Of Real-Life Anime Creators

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Shirobako is set in an anime studio, giving viewers an inside (and often, clever) look at how anime is made. Many of the characters are inspired by folks working in animation.

Which makes sense! If this is going to be an insider's look at anime, then it should be filled with insiders, no?

When characters obviously inspired by real people appear on the show, they're given slightly different names. So, for example, Hideaki Anno becomes "Mitsuaki Kanno".

The likenesses have been pointed out before (here, Twitter user Yebi_Fly noticed last year). More recently, Twitter user Gundam_TV created an exhaustive comparison. Let's have a look!

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Anime director Seiji Mizushima has helmed shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

A long-time industry vet, Masao Murayama co-founded anime studio Madhouse. He now heads up a new studio called MAPPA.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Yoshikazu Iwanami is a sound director who has worked on an array of anime, including Blood-C, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and many more.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Hideaki Anno is probably best known for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Currently, he is working on the new Godzilla movie.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

The multi-talented Ichiro Itano is famous for his elaborate mecha action sequences, known by Macross fans as "Itano circus".

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Masahiko Minami started at Sunrise, but went on to co-found Bones.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Mai Nakahara is a voice actor who might be best known for voicing Nagisa in Clannad.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Shizuka Ito is prolific voice actor. More recently, she's been recording music.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Likewise, Ai Kayano is another voice actor and singer.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Shiro Hamaguchi is a composer, who has scored the One Piece anime and, more recently, Shirobako. He's also done arrangements for Final Fantasy VII and Monster Hunter.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Hirokazu Hamamura was previously the Editor-in-Chief of game mag Famitsu. He is now the president of the magazine's parent company, Enterbrain.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Naoyuki Onda is an anime vet with a long list of credits and a buff look.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Yuji Matsukura has produced anime Azumanga Daioh, Bakuman, and Ikki Tousen — among, many, many others.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Takeshi Nogami is a manga artist.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Takashi Ikebata has worked as a storyboard artist and an anime director.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Hiroyuki Yoshino is a screenwriter with credits like My-HiME.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Masayuki Yoshihara is an anime vet with credits on everything from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex to Crayon Shin-chan.

The Anime Version of Real-Life Anime Creators

Mitsuhisa Ishikawa co-founded Production I.G and oversaw Kill Bill's anime sequence.


Comments

    I loved Shirobako & guessing which characters were based on which real people.
    Now, to figure out who they were getting revenge on too.

    For those interested, here's my critique of the series: https://andthegeekshall.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/revenge-is-cute-anime-critique-shirobako/

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