Animenewsnetwork - Last week, I said that Shirobako worked best when it focused on the main characters and their struggles to break into the anime industry. Episode 4 put them center-stage, making it by far the most compelling for me at that point. However, this week did the complete opposite: showcasing its ensemble while pushing our leads to the sidelines. (Only one of them besides Aoi appeared, and she was barely there.) Still, it worked just as well—if not better!