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.

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.

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.