Feb 192020

Are anime animators being forced to work as much as rumored, and the cause of the overworked animators is due to limited animation production techniques?

Because most Japanese anime studios are usually small with only a few dozen artists working on an anime series, investing in full animation will take a lot of time and effort and risk big losses. In addition, the blame on anime production techniques has made the number of anime production more and more overloaded, which makes the workers overloaded.

So, what is the cause? The cause of this problem is a combination of specific cultural and social characteristics of Japan and the animation industry. Firstly, it is Japanese working culture. Japanese working culture must be said to be quite harsh.

The Japanese are sometimes too perfectionist and meticulous at work. This can be frustrating and can slow down your progress. In the anime production stage, there will be an animation director who supervises and checks the frames so that the character movement is natural and the character is not off-model, which means it is not deformed or too different from Original design.

Therefore, specifically in this case, we see that the reason why artists have to work overtime is not entirely because of animation production techniques, but because of the over-carefulness of the director.

A Chinese director used to share the experience when working with a Japanese anime studio. He also pointed out that the inflexible working style is a big deal with the Japanese anime industry.

Because of their over carefulness, it takes a lot of time in some first episodes. After that, they have no time for the last parts of the anime, which forces them to do quickly and reduce the qualification. For some anime series, the first episodes were of very good quality, but the later the animation quality dropped the worse, because there was no time to draw properly. Another thing is to follow the process, to make anime in the order of the determined steps. Therefore, when one stage is behind schedule, it can directly affect the subsequent stages which greatly affect the anime project.

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