Two mostly unspoiled newbies and one superfan watch six episodes of a series at a time, then record a discussion on them before watching the next six. This is Chatty AF’s new watchalong format, looking at completed anime through a feminist lens.
Shirobako is a show patrons have been asking us to look at since launch. Praised for its portrayal of adult women in a mixed workplace and criticised for its ‘moe sameface’ character designs, it provides a number of interesting starting points for feminist discussion. We hope you’ll join in the conversation via comments below.
We’re very pleased to welcome Miles “that Shirobako guy” Thomas to join us in these discussions as our resident superfan – we’re pretty sure no-one could question his credentials in this area.
This is very much a test of the format. If you have feedback on how you would like us to approach watchalongs going forward, or series you would like to nominate for a watchalong, please do comment below!
Shirobako Watchalong – episodes 1-6
Part 1 of the four-part watchalong of Shirobako with Amelia, Peter, and special guest Miles Thomas!
1:23 Past experiences with Shirobako
6:25 Character designs
9:30 Female characterization
13:01 Female personality types in the anime industry
28:38 Cathartic moments
30:29 Workplace diversity
32:29 Experience and mentorship
33:32 Male gaze
36:02 Segawa and Endou
37:36 Sexism in the Japanese workplace
39:13 Male characterization
41:54 Narrative inequality
43:31 Back to Endou
44:54 Complexity and accuracy of subject matter
50:21 Next six episodes
Recorded Sunday 21st May 2017
Music: Open Those Bright Eyes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
Listen to part 2, episodes 7-12