Shirobako’s Takanashi


I absolutely love this show because it’s managed to get me to sympathize very quickly and efficiently through conflicts of passion, idiocy, miscommunication and professionalism all rolled into one heck of a package. It also draws once again from a common but undervalued pool of tricks: characters you love to hate. Takanashi, the guy with the faux-blonde hair on the left in the above image, let’s me channel Louis C.K. levels of hatred. You’re not supposed to like him. (At least, I don’t. If you do, then.. go right ahead.) In this episode (5), he’s effectively ruined the production company’s workflow while somehow still persuading himself he’s doing his best, when his lack of professionalism and imprecise wording has essentially removed Endou, the Animation Supervisor, from the picture for a key episode, while refusing to inform Honda what he needs to know. Sometimes round about and improvised solutions are needed in cases where adaption is key.

This is not one of them, and I’m so very sorry for people like Miyamori. There’s a veritable train-wreck on her hands and it’s gonna take some insane overtime to fix. This show totally makes me happy that it’s finally showing the pain and tribulations that an animation production company [probably] goes through. It almost makes me worry if this depiction is what happened to ACTAS when it came to producing Girls und Panzer. But I have no doubt there’s people watching anime that have no idea this kind of shit can happen behind the scenes, since there’s often people talking with an amount of naivety that seems to not acknowledge this sort of thing.

It’s through shows like Shirobako that I get to freely vent my hate towards a fictional character that are drawing way too many parallels with people I know in real life. Actually, that’s a bit of a stretch, so I’ll say that Takanashi is a concentrated version of many qualities, in a particular ratio, that really gets my gears worked up. These kinds of people, who are unwisely confident and have a poorly constructed mental inter-personal dictionary, are what get my grill going. But just as one could see how quickly I’d turn to rage, the quickest and least painful decision to make is to abandon said waffle-donkler. In Miyamori’s case, I just wouldn’t have the energy to fix a problem if I tried to do it through Takanashi and lead him through. It’s absolutely setup so that if, and when, Miyamori fixes the problem, the best thing ever would be to have Takanashi fired. Or at least be knocked down several pegs of responsibility.

Even as I grow irritated with Takanashi, I’m enjoying the hell out of the show. Because it’s the sort of hate that could be entertaining. It’s not so much that being angry is fun, but it’s been an excellent cathartic release. Like Louis C.K. has said in his stand-up, sometimes when you’re bored, you just pick a random person to hate with all of your soul. Without them knowing you are boiling over absolutely nothing they’ve actually done.

Seriously? Another Takanashi character?

Shirobako’s Takanashi