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Downside of Japanese Billion-Dollar Anime Industry

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Jul 132019

The world-class anime series like Sailor Moon, One Peace or Pokémon have brought in more than $ 19 billion a year in revenue for the industry in the period 2002-2017.

However, the strong development of the Japanese anime industry hiding hidden reality is worrisome: many animators behind the magic attraction on the screen are empty. They face working conditions that can lead to exhaustion and even suicide.

However, the strong development of the Japanese anime industry is hiding the worrisome reality. Many animators behind the magic attraction on the screen are empty. They face working conditions that can lead to exhaustion and even suicide.

Shingo Adachi, a famous Japanese painter, said the shortage of manpower in this industry is a serious problem today. He said the lack of talent is a serious problem going on. With nearly 200 animated TV series produced in Japan every year, there are not enough skilled animators to make such a large number of movies. Instead, studios must rely on freelance artists, they are paid according to the product, not the monthly salary. Because passion they are willing to accept cheap pay.

The intermediate artists are paid about 200 yen for each picture. This rate of pay is not bad if every artist can draw 200 drawings a day, but every anime drawing can take more than an hour. That’s not to mention paying attention to other details that must be changed when the movie is shown in Western countries, such as food, architecture, landscapes.

In addition, conditions for working in the anime industry are also extremely stressful. Anime artists often fall asleep at their desks because of exhaustion. Henry Thurlow, an American anime painter who lives and works in Japan, said he had been hospitalized many times because he sat on his desk for too long.

Madhouse’s film studio, based in Tokyo, was recently accused of violating labor laws because it forced employees to work nearly 400 hours a month and for 37 consecutive days, without a day off. The suicide of a male anime artist in 2014 in Japan was considered due to work pressure after investigators found that he had worked more than 600 hours in the month before committing suicide.

The Prince of Tennis Untold Story

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Jun 252019

Prince of Tennis is a very attractive sports anime revolving around the passion of tennis by the talented Echizen Ryoma. A surprise announcement was announced at TeniPuri Festa 2016 ~ Kassen ~ event on Sunday. The announcement stated that a new Prince of Tennis anime project is in progress.

This is information confirmed by Takeshi Konomi, the author of the original manga. Takeshi is participating in the film as a production director for this new anime project.

The film is an unprecedented 3-month story between the story of the first Prince of Tennis manga and The Prince of Tennis II series. What is told in the movie is completely different from the story in both manga series.

The release date of this Prince of Tennis version has not been announced yet. However, the original manga author made many fans curious about the message that it would be a great movie. It will be beyond your expectations so please look forward to it!

Takeshi posted The Prince of Tennis manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1999 to 2008.

The story takes place in a middle school in Tokyo revolving around the young Ryoma Echizen, a tennis genius who recently joined Seishun Academy or Seigaku. Seigaku is a famous student who has a very strong Tennis Club in the area with talented players. Ryoma quickly defeated his seniors after going to school to win a place in the official lineup. In the process of pursuing my final goal of leading the Tennis High School Championship, the team members met many new opponents, training themselves to improve themselves. Ryoma also gradually developed his own style of play and realized what the sport meant to him.

The manga once inspired a TV anime, 2 movies, 1 live – action, and many other hit products. The Prince of Tennis II manga series was later published in Jump Square in 2009.

New Conan Anime’s Revenue Reaches 6 billion JPY After 2 Months of Release

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Jun 112019

Detective Conan is still proving his attraction to fans when achieving impressive sales figures in the latest episode.

Although thought to be the most persistent comic book, which is expected to end by the community soon, it seems that Detective Conan is still proving his attraction to fans when the latest anime episode of the series has been reached a turnover of 6 billion Japanese yen after less than 2 months of premiere. This is also the 20th episode in the anime version that is completely independent of the manga, called Detective Conan: The Darkness Nightmare.

This record is even higher than what 19 Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno established in 2015 with a total revenue of 4,5 4.5 billion. So with these consecutive records, the total sales for anime franchise Detective Conan Conan has reached 60 billion yen. It became one of the most expensive anime brands in the history of cherry blossoms.

The reason why Detective Conan: The Darkness Nightmare has been so successful is mainly because the film refers to the content that the majority of fans are waiting for: The battle with the Black Organization. In the movie, you will meet again familiar names like gin, Vodka, Vermoouth, Chianti, Koeen, Kir, Bourbon and especially the Rum – who has never appeared in all the previous episodes of this series.

If you don’t know, Detective Conan: The Darkness Nightmare is the 20th episode in the Case Closed which is a version with completely new content with what you’ve seen in comics. Officially launched in 2007 with the episode of Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure, this anime series has become an extremely interesting entertainment dish in thousands of fans worldwide.

This result is not surprising because since the theater, the movie has proved attractive without its competitors. The film sold 933,800 tickets with sales of 1.209 billion yen and topped the Japanese box office in the first 3 days of premiere. This is considered a record revenue, although due to the continuous impact of earthquakes, 11 theaters canceled movie showtimes. The film’s opening sales this time exceeded 38% compared to the 19th movie, Detective Conan: Sunflowers.


Echoes of the atomic bomb in Japan’s anime and manga

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Jun 022019

At the stop of Katsuhiro Otomo’s dystopian eastern anime movie Akira, a throbbing, white mass starts offevolved to envelop Neo-Tokyo. In the end, its swirling winds engulf the metropolis, swallowing it whole and leaving a skeleton of a city in its wake.
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—along with the firebombings of Tokyo—were traumatic reviews for the japanese people. It’s no wonder that for years, the devastation remained at the leading edge of their moral sense, and that a part of the recuperation procedure intended returning to this imagery in literature, in tune, and in artwork.

The finale of Akira is only one instance of apocalyptic imagery in the anime and manga canon; a number of anime movies and comics are rife with atomic bomb references, which seem in any number of forms, from the symbolic to the literal. The devastating aftereffects—orphaned youngsters, radiation sickness, a loss of national independence, the destruction of nature—might additionally impact the genre, giving rise to a completely unique (and arguably incomparable) form of comics and animated film. The administrators and artists who witnessed the devastation firsthand were at the leading edge of this movement. yet to this present day—70 years after the bombs—these issues remain explored by using their successors.

An iconic filmmaker paves the way
We are able to see the lasting pics of the firebombings and the atomic bombs in the works of artist and director Osamu Tezuka and his successor, Hayao Miyazaki. each had witnessed the devastation of the bombings on the quit of the war.
The bomb became a particular obsession of Tezuka’s. His movies and comics each address themes like dealing with grief and the idea that nature, in all its splendor, may be compromised by using guy’s choice to triumph over it.
His memories often have a young individual who is orphaned by way of unique circumstances and must live to tell the tale on his personal. examples are Little Wansa, approximately a doggy who escapes from his new owners and spends the series looking for his mother; and young endure Cub, who receives misplaced within the wild and need to locate his personal manner back to his own family.
Misuse of generation
The tensions of generation are apparent in the works of Tezuka and his successors. In Tezuka’s Astro Boy, a scientist tries to fill the void left by way of his son’s demise by developing a humanlike android named Astro Boy. Astro Boy’s father, considering that generation cannot update his son completely, rejects his introduction, who’s then taken below the wing of some other scientist. Astro Boy finally finds his calling and will become a superhero.

Orphans and mutants

There were also the aftereffects of the bombs, a number of which can be still felt nowadays: children left parentless, others (even the unborn) left permanently crippled through radiation.
For those reasons, a recurrent subject matter in anime movies is the orphan who has to continue to exist on his very own with out the help of adults (a lot of whom are portrayed as incompetent).
Akiyuki Nosaka relayed his personal reports as a infant all through the struggle within the famous anime movie Grave of the Fireflies, which tells the story of a younger boy and his sister escaping from the air raids and the firebombings, scraping by on some thing rations they can find at some stage in final part of the war.

Meanwhile, there are regularly younger, powerful girl orphans or impartial lady youths in Hayao Miyazaki’s works, whether it’s in Kiki’s transport provider, Howl’s transferring fortress, or citadel in the Sky.
Likewise, in Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, the adults are the ones who squabble: they jockey for strength, and their lust for manipulate of the unusual, alien generation of Akira reasons the atomic-bomb-like disaster on the quit of the film. The teenaged characters, however, show commonplace sense throughout the film.
The message seems to be that adults can be reckless while man’s desire for electricity and ambition outweigh what is crucial in the world. And the youngsters, still untainted by means of the vices that overtake humanity in adulthood and harmless sufficient to the factor of thinking rationally, are those who come to be making the most sensible choices usual.
Many households had been orphaned via the battle, and the bomb as well, so a number of youngsters had been additionally mutated or stricken by the bomb. In anime and manga, this is visible in the form of radioactive mutations or having a few excellent powers, further to taking over extra person duties at an early age.
A number of films feature characters who show unique powers or skills, with radiation often being the principle purpose. Several movies exploring the concept of uncommon events or experiments ensuing in younger men and women having brilliant abilties include Inazuman inside the comic of the same name and the person Ellis inside the comedian El Cazador de los angeles Bruja (The Hunter of the Witch).
Additionally, the manga series Barefoot Gen tells the tale of a own family wiped out through the atomic bomb, with a young boy and his mother the only survivors. creator Keiji Nakazawa loosely Primarily based these comics on his very own life: developing up, Nakazawa watched a sister die several weeks after beginning from radiation illness, and witnessed his mother’s fitness quick deteriorate inside the years after the conflict.

Kon Satoshi and His Special Anime Series

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May 292019

Perfect Blue or Paprika choose to exploit the thorny topic of Japanese society and inspire Hollywood filmmakers. Those anime series of Kon Satoshi are not safe for kids.

Perfect Blue

This is a Kon Satoshi horror-directed anime directed, based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The film revolves around Mima who is a member of the Japanese idol group. Mima decided to leave the group to become an actor. However, when she was in her first role, Mina became a victim of a stalker.

The creation of director Kon Satoshi in Perfect Blue made the audience really confused. The film mixes the boundaries between reality and the illusion world of the characters, making it difficult for viewers to feel right from the first view.

American movie critics claim Perfect Blue is too stylized, but its core mystery is always attractive as visual theater arts. In addition, although the way to exploit and select the theme of this anime is somewhat similar to that of movies, Kon Satoshi says that he is proud to be an animator and Perfect Blue has many interesting details like an anime.

Director Darren Aronofsky was really attracted by Perfect Blue. He met Kon Satoshi and bought the film’s rights to rebuild in the famous movie – Requiem for a Dream. Another Darren Aronofsky film, Black Swan, also has many details and the idea is inspired by Perfect Blue.


This is another anime by Kon Satoshi in the psychological horror genre. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Movie content is set in the future in the world when scientists invented a device that helps people penetrate each other’s dreams. From this, human life is turned upside down. Reality gradually disappears while the world in each person’s mind is constantly expanding with unlimited imagination.

With such a problem, Paprika has created a complex story, which has become a big challenge for those who want to experience this anime as well as understand the meaning behind it.

If you read the content of Paprika, the audience might be familiar with this anime because there are many details similar to Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Although not in the same scenario, many scenes in Inception made the audience think that the director was inspired by Paprika.