The spiritual successor to Shirobako.
In case you’ve managed to miss hearing about this one, Sekkou Boys is about a former art student who got so sick of having to draw statues in her art classes that she came to despise drawing. No a college graduate, she enters the entertainment business, fantasizing of success as a manager, only to be brought abruptly back to ground when it turns out that the talent she’s been given to manage is a passel of statues.
Sekkou Boys is the heir to Shirobako’s mantle, a tale of a young woman striving to make it in show business. While it may not have quite the range of experiences that Shirobako manages, it is nevertheless a worthy heir. The humor tempered with pathos, the willingness to let the heroine dream before yanking her out of the stratosphere and into reality… The absurdism of having to manage idols who are statues speaks, truly, to the ways in which adult life and its focus around career is itself something which often demands kowtowing to the absurd. We laugh, but we are laughing with Ishimoto, not at her – we, too, have been there before.
A true gem.