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.

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.

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.