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Oh boy, this is going to be a big answer eventually. There's a lot more than I have here so far, but I need to go back and rewatch some of the episodes to re-find some of the references. I'll continue to update this answer every so often as I rewatch the show. I don't know that there is an "official credible reference" (in fact, I suspect that there is not ...


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Amusingly, there is an "anime collaboration cafe" in Tokyo called SHIROBACO (no direct relation to the anime Shirobako). They have a page explaining the origin of their name: What's SHIROBACO "SHIROBACO" = "white box" In the anime industry, this refers to a video recording that is distributed to members of the production staff ...


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It's a reference to an Anime of the early Real Robot genre called Space Runaway Ideon. Space Runaway Ideon (伝説巨神イデオン Densetsu Kyojin Ideon, lit. Legendary Giant Ideon, also The Ideon) is a 1980 anime television series produced by Sunrise, created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, produced immediately following his most famous work, Mobile Suit Gundam. [...] ...


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This blog post suggests that the final character might be Fyodor Dostoevsky, a famous Russian author, journalist and philosopher. We see that Midori is a big fan of Dostoevsky's in the anime occasionally, including dropping the title of arguably his most famous book Crime & Punishment. Dostoevsky's influence is one of the reasons why Midori wanted to ...


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Ema's is one of the characters from their Seven Lucky Battle Gods anime. I'm not sure about the one for Midori, but it might be the guy behind her in the red armour.


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No, tapes are no longer used. The tape appearing in Shirobako is just a joke in reference to old times. DVD-R are used nowadays, and maybe sometime in the future, blu-ray will replace them. It seems like the trend of using DVD-R began at least in 2007. On a side note, shirobako are not necessarily white either in reality. As to possible reasons regarding ...


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I've watched the original (now pulled) and the edited version (currently on CrunchyRoll). The only change I noticed was with regards to the dialogue in the play which Shizuka attends, about 11 minutes into the episode. The original dialogue was clearly taken from Samuel Beckett's famous play Waiting for Godot. This play is still copyrighted. To make things ...


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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 ...


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So I went back to research following Ross Ridge's comment, and my answer is now: Yes, they are still used (but a bit less since 2011-2012). Basically, as networks and high-speed bandwidths are becoming more competitive, the transfer solution over internet is now the state-of-the-art regarding sending data to broadcasters. Dedicated solutions started ...


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According to what I read in a forum: Ema's Angel Exercise is modelled on the real-life Angel Exercise in the 70s. Bodybuilder Tsushima Seiji, under the name of Mukimuki Man (Muscular Man), comically did the Angel Exercise in the TV commercial for a sweet made by Morinaga and also in other TV programmes in the late 70s. (Morinaga's mascot is an angel, ...


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This is a pretty old question, but let me answer. The OP might not need this information anymore, but people who come by this website will. I have two links. First, the character references to real life. This article is in English, and shows the counterparts in real life to the characters in Shirobako. It is just a quick overview. The second one is in ...


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