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In episode 12 of Shirobako, five major animation studios were listed:

a screenshot showing the logo for:

  • スタジオカナン (Studio Canaan)
  • barmedéa
  • 武蔵野アニメーション (Musashino Animation)
  • The born
  • G.I.STAFF

I'm pretty sure "G.I.STAFF" is "J.C.STAFF".

What are the real-life counterparts of the other studios?

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Partial answer - I'm not sure about Studio Canaan.

  • G.I. Staff → Production I.G (the "G" and "I" on the in-show logo are lifted directly from the actual logo), possibly with an admixture of J.C.Staff
  • Barmedéa → Diomedéa (formerly known as Studio Barcelona; the logos are similar)
  • The Born → probably Bones (the logos don't really match, but the president of The Born [Inami Masahiko] looks like the president of Bones [Minami Masahiko] - comparison picture courtesy /u/TheVict on reddit)
  • I doubt that Musashino Animation, being the focus of the show, is a parody of any existing studio. If it were, the obvious choice would be P.A. Works (which is the company producing Shirobako), but P.A. Works doesn't really map onto Musashino Animation well. P.A. Works is a lot more successful, for one.
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    Studio Canaan could be PA Works, they did do Canaan after all. – кяαzєя Dec 29 '14 at 9:58
  • I'd think Musashino would map well to gonzo – ton.yeung Dec 29 '14 at 15:35
  • @ton.yeung but Masushino has been in the industry for very long time, Gonzo on the other hand starts relatively recent. I was thinking this may relate to Mushi Production? – lulalala Mar 27 '16 at 6:42
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I am pretty sure Musashino Animation is Tatsunoko Production.

From the anime, there is a poster parodying the anime The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee which is the anime produced by Tatsunoko. Tatsunoko itself resides in Musashino, Tokyo.

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A friend of mine theorizes Musashino is a parody of Shaft.

Up until Madoka, Shaft had not produced original work in years. Just like Musashino did with Exodus!, Shaft was the same with Madoka. But that's according to him.

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Musashino Animation is most likely Mushi Production.

Masato Marukawa, the owner of MusAni, is based on real-life producer and animator Masao Maruyama, who did animation work as MushiPro.

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