Common Confusion About The Salary of Animators (part 2)

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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.

The blockbuster webtoon Tower of God was officially adapted into an anime

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Feb 092020
 

Tower of God is one of the most popular Korean webtoon series at the moment.
In recent years, besides the strong position of the manga, the webtoon has risen strongly and resonated with many good and famous series. This has brought the opportunity to be adapted into a huge anime for these webtoon series. Recently, the famous webtoon Tower of God has been made into an anime and premiered from the spring of 2020.

Tower of God is the work of artist Lee Jong-hwi, pen name SIU. The series has been posted on Naver webtoon since 2010 with a total of 3 volumes. Tower of God is a fantasy adventure genre full of mystery and charisma.

According to some statistics, this webtoon series has attracted a huge audience with a record of 4.5 billion views worldwide and has been translated into 28 different languages. In Japan, Tower of God has been posted on the LINE Manga app since 2018.

The story begins when the protagonist Bam 25th decides to climb to the top of the tower to find his best friend Rachel. During this dangerous but also extremely interesting journey, Bam 25th met many new friends and confronted many strong opponents. Experiencing unimaginable challenges on each floor, the secret of Bam 25th and the tower is gradually revealed.

Tower of God was one of the first webtoon series to be adapted into an anime. At the beginning of last year, Crunchyroll and Webtoon announced a partnership to produce the anime. However, information about the voice actors and the film crew has not been revealed so far.

The news of the upcoming Tower of God webtoon has given the hope for other popular Korean dramas a chance to be adapted. Particularly for Tower of God, this promises to be an attractive and not to be missed movie for anime lovers in the spring of 2020.

Common Confusion About The Salary of Animators (part 1)

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Feb 062020
 

Is the anime artist’s salary so low that this industry collapses?

The first mistake when it comes to artists’ salaries is that they think that because the industry is unprofitable, it is not profitable to paint artists and think everyone has the same low salary. The whole industry is growing steadily in the past 7 years, up to 108% / year. That is, the industry is still steadily making a profit, not in a loss like some pages give false information.

Secondly, artists are also divided according to different levels, not everyone has the same salary. At this point, you must know that in order to create a scene in an anime, artists often have to draw about 10 frames per second.

It is divided into two types of frames, one is “key frames” – the key frames, these frames will determine the nature of motion in that scene. The second is “in-between frames“, the extra frames for the required number of frames and extra motion. Can you imagine just like people sketched out the sketches before, we just trace and add more details to be more vivid.

Key frames play a more important role, so they are often drawn by experienced animators. In-between frames are only considered as outsourcing work, so they can only be taken by novice artists, part-time artists, or those from countries with cheap labor.

These are in-between frames that are drawn in a sketchy manner to be submitted for quick showing that the quality of in-between animators varies greatly from key animators. And that leads to the problem of salaries of these two types of painters quite differently.

And for those who play a larger role in an anime project such as image directors, animators, main directors, producers, the salary will increase rapidly.

Producer, who manages the entire anime project, will have a salary of up to over $ 6000 / month. And the people with the highest income in the whole industry are seiyuu (voice actors) with extremely high salaries, maybe up to $ 60000 / month! Because in famous seiyuu it can be considered similar to idols or A-list actors. They not only participate in voice acting for the anime but they also participate in promotional events for the anime that are even organized. my own music show.

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru for Athletics Fans

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Jan 252020
 

Kurahara Kakeru, a rural student who first went to college in the province, accidentally lost himself in a casino and lost his wallet to mahjong. Hungry, he steals food from a convenience store. Just when he was fleeing in the middle of the night, someone caught up with Kakeru on the bicycle, while laughing and excitedly asked, “Do you like to run?”. Half voluntarily, half forced, they are together, towards the sky to the sky. The largest relay competition at the beginning of the year for undergraduate students, Hakone Ekiden, is aimed at the most dangerous mountain in the world!

The story of a young man who wants to take part in a running contest and plays tricks and fattening. This is a movie that makes us up and down with many emotions, sometimes sadness and laughter. It brings us back to a time of ambition when no one is charging taxes for their dreams of reaching their peak. Moreover, when watching, you can watch the beautiful boys show themselves in their racing uniforms and measure them with each breath on the run.

Also a work from I.G Production, many viewers have to say how to make the image look like Haikyuu !! So. Indeed, while the content of the two anime series are completely different, there are certain similarities in the drawing and character creation. For example, Kurahara Kakeru looked surprisingly like Kageyama Tobio. The only difference is the nape of the hair and eyes. Regardless of the visuals, the highlight of Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru is the depiction of teamwork in a sport that seems to belong to individuals such as athletics. In addition, small stories in the personal life of each character are also very clearly depicted. Although sometimes only fleeting two or three flashback frames, but very deep deposition. As sweat drops follow Kiyose’s pain during the course of physical therapy. Like the lonely past and obsessive past always tormented a Kakeru outward appearance seemed very docile. Like the worries surrounding job hunting, King’s future worries. All like small pieces, but necessary, put together to create the most complete picture of youth.

Kyoto Animation Arson Attack

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Jan 062020
 

In July, the Japanese anime industry received a huge sad news: the famous anime studio, Kyoto Animation, was attacked. Accordingly, the stranger broke into the first floor of the Kyoto Animation studio and poured gasoline, then lit the fire and the studio was burned down. At the time of the fire in the studio, there were 74 employees working. After this incident, 34 people were confirmed dead and the majority of victims were aged between 20 and 30.

Aoba Shinji, a 41-year-old man, was identified as the suspect responsible for the attack. After being arrested by police, Shinji was taken to the hospital with severe burns on his legs, chest, and face. During the transfer to the hospital, he admitted to causing the fire. The motive was to take revenge, accusing studio staff of “should die” because they suspected they had plagiarized his novel.

Initially, the studio stated that no records were submitted to Shinji’s annual writing contest in the name of Shinji. Later, Kyoto Animation revealed that they had received a novel manuscript from the suspect. However, it did not pass the first round and was forgotten. And its content is confirmed as having no similarities with any of Kyoto Animation’s published works.

After this disaster, KyoAni had to postpone the schedule of many ongoing anime series. Typical of them is the movie version of Free !. Sound! Euphonium has also been delayed indefinitely. However, Kyoto Animation has received a lot of support from the anime-manga community in Japan and around the world.

Kyoto Animation began accepting direct donations to help the victims of the attack on July 23, 2019. Since then, they have received over US $ 10.8 million from fans and businesses. through the bank account and plan to allocate the money donated to victims and bereaved families. It is estimated that the company will need up to 10 billion Japanese yen to cover the cost of supporting the victims and affected families and the cost of restoring the business related to the company. Hopefully, this anime studio will soon be able to resume operations smoothly and continue to produce other impressive works for 2D fans.