Shirobako is one of the most praised shows of the last few years, and it easily has the potential to become a cult classic. Its relatively accurate depiction of the anime industry has lead to an increase of interest in the production side of the medium and it manages to be a fun, fast-paced show that still has lots of heavier character drama. Those aspects are great and worth commending, but what I love the most about Shirobako is what it has to say about passion and art, in the anime industry and in life as a whole.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most important anime of all time. It fundamentally shifted the industry, playing a large role in the revival of TV anime while practically creating the idea of late night shows aimed at otaku audiences. It brought greater recognition to archetypes like tsundere and kuudere, and its influence can still easily be seen today.
I’m happy to report that the yuri survey I ran was a massive success. Thank you very much to the many people who helped spread it, allowing it to reach far more people than I ever respected. Thanks to its spread, I was able to get 695 responses, far more than I needed in order to get meaningful data from it. I’ll go through all the questions I asked here, analyzing the data as I feel necessary and delivering the important results. It’s important to note that this data can’t be generalized to English-speaking yuri fandom as a whole; the survey is not scientific as I have no ability to randomly sample the population as a whole, but it should be useful in providing a rough idea. (Quick note: I use the phrase non-heterosexual women and such throughout the piece. In my own writing I would use queer instead, but I’m aware that not everyone is fine with the term or believe it applies to them so I’ve simply used non-heterosexual as an accurate, all-encompassing term). The raw organized data can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dZoMqgaDQqLjErnB-0GTEMjU-PikSgMFgI1EE-Oqqco/edit?usp=sharing.
Yuri is a moderately popular genre of anime, but you’d be hard-pressed to name more than a few yuri anime in any given year. Early into 2017 we got Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, but that a was a rarity, not something that comes around all that often. Given that, it’s no surprise that many yuri fans cling to whatever anime they get, even ones that they themselves find massive problems with.