Having some prior knowledge of Shirobako the animated series is best before viewing the movie. While there’s a brief reintroduction to get viewers up to speed on what has happened to the staff of Musashino Animation, life is not always going to be easy to those who busted their chops to get to where they are at. This anime studio is home to five best friends working in different departments.
Aoi Miyamori (Juri Kimura) is the leader of the pack. They are Ema Yasuhara (Haruka Yoshimura), Shizuka Sakaki (Haruka Chisuga), Misa Tōdō (Asami Takano), and Midori Imai (Hitomi Ohwada) and the drama that unfolds is mostly about them dealing with the everyday hustle and bustle of producing a weekly animated show. The strain that shows is when they’re finally off the clock and trying to have a regular life or question why they’re still at it. The series nicely spends the time to show the stress they face. And when they overcome those personal obstacles in their climb to the top, we have to appreciate everything this team accomplished.
Chisuga is both a singer and a voice actress who found fame in 2012 by winning the Miss Macross 30 contest. Chisuga earned the role of Mina Forte in the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy. The game would commemorate 30 years of Shoji Kawamori’s Macross franchise. The game featured every animated series of the franchise up to that point. Chisuga continued her success by performing in the animated series of Aquarion Logos (Kokone Kikogami), Owari no Seraph (Mikaela Hyakuya), and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (Sylvia Lyyneheym).
Haruka Chisuga’s debut full album, “Try!”, will be released June 22, 2016. “First Try!” will be performed Saturday, July 9th. Doors open at 4pm. Curtain is at 5pm.