Common Confusion About The Salary of Animators (part 3)

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Mar 162020
 

You may not know: The animator salary is lower than that of KFC staff?

Will low salary wages cause anime industry collapse? Is not! Because it was simply because of this problem that caused the anime industry to collapse, it would be a long time ago, not waiting until now.

Many of you were told that Madhouse’s artists were working so late that they had to be admitted to the hospital or the online artist complained that they had not been paid recently, thinking that the situation had just occurred or was getting worse.

Legendary producer Masao Maruyama said that the production of the first long-running anime series at the Mushi production studio established out of Tezuka-san’s pockets was extremely difficult, and he was then a graduate student.

So thanks to the passion and enthusiasm that Tezuka-san passed, he followed Mushi production until the studio disbanded in 1972 and then continued to devote to the anime industry to this day. 50 years.

Despite these incidents, the industry still exists and is growing after more than 50 years. Therefore, asserting that only this issue will cause industry collapse is completely unfounded.

As emphasized in section 1, the core of the artist wage problem is not because of the poor, unprofitable industry is really unfair, the salary gap is too large between positions. So if you think that buying as many anime and manga as possible to support them, it won’t solve much.

Because even if the industry’s revenues and profits increase, most of that profit will only flow to the pockets of distribution company executives who have a big role in the anime project. , but ordinary painters will benefit from this. With the thought of buying anime and manga for the sake of poor artists, like that kind of charity, I don’t think that’s right.

To solve this problem really depends entirely on people in the industry and the Japanese government. Our audience is unfortunately unable to do anything. Currently, some studios are aware of the consequences of this problem because if they keep their salaries, the industry will not be able to attract workers, leading to the shortage of human resources.

Yuri on Ice: Great Moments of Figure Skating

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Mar 042020
 

Yuri!!! on Ice (ユ ー リ !!! on ICE?) is an anime specializing in Japanese Figure Skating. The anime was made by Sayo Yamamoto and scripted by Mitsuro Kubo. The character design is Tadashi Hiramatsu, and the soundtracks from the film were edited by Umebayashi and Taku Matsushiba. The slides were choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto, who performed them himself and recorded for sound effects. The anime premiered on October 6, 2016 and ended on December 22, for a total of 12 episodes. A special movie of Yuri on Ice is in the process of production. The film revolves around the relationship between Japanese skater Katsuki Yuuri, Russian skating champion Victor Nikiforov and Russian rookie Yuri Plisetsky. Yuuri K. and Yuri P.’s participation in the Grand Prix and Victor ice-skating tournaments are coaches of Yuuri K.

As one of the promising anime series since its debut, Yuri on Ice has quickly been well received in Japan. The film won 3 awards at the Tokyo Anime Festival and 7 awards voted for by Crunchyroll. In Japan, the movie was released with 6 parts of Blu-Ray and DVD, both ranked 1 in the Oricon Animation Blu-Ray and Animation DVD rankings each time. The film is also very popular on social networks like Tumblr, Sina Weibo and Twitter.In particular, Twitter had more than 1 million Tweets during the time it was aired, becoming the most talked-about anime of the season. . The anime is also highly appreciated by professional figure skaters.

Yuri on Ice has received criticism for describing homosexual relationships between the main characters in the film. Some critics, meanwhile, praise it for exploring the topic in a new way compared to most anime and manga such as yaoi and against homosexual stereotypes in a country and sport where problems with homosexuals. Others have criticized the film’s plot for being unrealistic and unclear. The film was also praised for its success in portraying anxiety and also caused a brief controversy about a fairly similar skating title to be released in the US in 2017.

‘By the Grace of the Gods’ is turning to anime

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Feb 232020
 

Hobby Japan publisher recently announced that there will be an anime adaptation of the light novel “By the Grace of the Gods” by writer Roy.

By the Grace of the Gods is a novel series of light novels from the writer Roy’s genre, illustrated by Ririnra. The announcement from Hobby Japan just confirmed that the anime is in progress, but did not specify the release date as well as the staff, studio, producer or introduction of some teaser images.

One day, the life of Japanese businessman Ryoma Takebayashi came to a rather unexpected and disappointing end. Ryoma has never had a blessed life, but after his death, the three great gods sought his cooperation and reborn him as a child in another world, where swords and Magic is something that happens everyday!
Receiving the most cordial and sacred welcome from the gods, Ryoma decided to enjoy the leisurely life in the forest during the present time. Ryoma’s greatest passion is researching his slime and training more slimes! Under the protection of the gods, a relaxed life with slime in another world begins!
Roy started posting his series on the website “Shosetsuka ni Naro” (Be a novelist) in 2014, before ending and launching a new version of the story in 2015. The new story is still in progress. continue. Hobby Japan then began publishing a light novel with an illustration section of Ririnra, the first volume hit the shelves in September 2017. This publisher has just released the 8th volume on Saturday (February 22).

Ranran has released a manga adaptation of the novel of the same name on the Manga Up app! by Square Enix in November 2017. Last October, Square Enix also published the fourth comic book series compiled on this application. The Square Enix Manga & Books service licensed the manga and will release its first volume in November this year.

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.