12 Days of Anime: 2015 Food Edition – Day 11

Doughnut - Shirobako 21

Everyone needs a pick me up, a motivator, or something that inspires comfort… and for Miyamori Aoi, this just happens to exist in her life in the form of a donut.

We’re almost at the end of the 12 Days of Anime, and for our penultimate day, we’ll be looking at Shirobako! This 24 episode series about the anime industry took me by surprise with the amount of tension and emotion each episode made me feel. Airing from fall 2014 and ending in winter 2015, this was one of my favorite anime series of the year. So, without further ado: Don, don, donuts! Let’s go nuts for Shirobako donuts!

Doughnut - Shirobako 24The donuts in Shirobako aren’t nearly as flashy as some of the other foods we’ve covered so far in this 12 Days of Anime: 2015 Food Edition, but to me, it has some of the most heart and emotion behind it.

Whenever we see these tasty treats, it’s often in Aoi hands, offering encouragement during her lowest times and celebrating her highest moments. It’s Aoi’s motivator and a reminder of the convictions she had and the promise she made with her friends, Shizuka, Emi, Midori, and Misa, when she was part of the anime club in high school. For them, the donut encompasses all the feelings of joy, optimism, and pride they felt for the future when they finished making their first animation together for their high school’s cultural festival.

And, I can’t forget their chant of “don, don, donuts! Let’s go nuts!”, which cheers Aoi and her friends on as they work towards their collective dream of making an anime together, uniting them no matter where they are in their lives and despite their individual paths. And, when it all comes full circle (like a donut! See what they did there?), it’s made all the more sweet….

Do you have a food that’s special to you, like donuts are to Aoi?

What’s your favorite type of donut?

For more images of food from Shirobako, check out my tumblr!

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