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.

The Rise of Kimetsu no Yaiba in 2019

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Dec 272019
 

The year 2019 has passed with many up and down of the Japanese anime – manga industry. This year, anime / manga fans saw the strong rise of Kimetsu no Yaiba. The incredible success is evident when the manga surpassed the sales of One Piece.

Kimetsu no Yaiba is currently storming manga forums – anime in many different countries because the plot is going to the climax and the top battle between the two main factions and evil. With a traditional shounen-style storyline, Kimetsu no Yaiba is a battle between good and evil and a constant struggle between demon and demon hunter factions.

However, Kimetsu no Yaiba impresses behind the fact that each character on both sides of good and evil is both a story with a lot of melody and sadness. In addition, family affection, friendship and teamwork are the highlights of the story. The warmest moments after moments of intense fighting are portrayed honestly, deeply and emotionally.

It can be said that 2019 was an extremely successful year for Kimetsu no Yaiba. This manga was very successful in previous years, but it was not until this year that KnY was able to call it a bright shine. The ufotable anime version made a big splash and attracted a lot of readers to pay more attention to this manga. Thanks to the animation’s effect, Kimetsu no Yaiba has done something unbelievable. The number of comics sold outsold One Piece. This is something many other manga desires but have never done before.

The success of the anime has undoubtedly helped Kimetsu no Yaiba a lot, but in order to adapt and invest well, the series itself must be well deserved. And author Gotoge proved it during his journey from 2016 to 2017 – 2018. However, 2019 is the year that KnY shines brightest and becomes a new star in the manga – anime world.

Bike Racing in Yowamushi Pedal

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Dec 092019
 

The movie is about Onoda Sakamichi, a shy otaku obsessed with anime but a bicycling talent. He tried to set up an anime club but failed. On one occasion, he met the school’s racing club. And the brothers in the Sohoku High Bicycle Club pulled him to join their club.

Yowamushi Pedal (弱 虫 ペ ダ ル Yowamushi Pedaru) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe. It began being published on Akita Shoten’s 12th Weekly Shōnen Champion in 2008, and on June 8, 2017, published 51 volumes. On October 7, 2013 an anime adaptation was released and there were two seasons licensed by Discotek Media in North America. In addition, a live-action drama version was also released in August 2016. The 3rd season anime version was broadcast from January 10, 2017 to June 26, 2017.

Sakamichi Onoda is a typical otaku. He has just entered high school. In high school, Onoda didn’t have any friends with his hobbies. He hoped to change that by joining the anime club in high school. However, he was quite surprised to find out that the anime club was disbanded due to lack of attention, and to reestablish the club, more than four members were required to join.

Ever since he was a boy, Onoda has been riding a bicycle in his city (called “Mommy Bike” in the anime). This is a simple and bulky car designed for short trips. One year, a professional rider named Shunsuke Imaizumi noticed Onoda riding his bike and ridiculed him until Imaizumi saw Onoda climbing a steep hill without effort. Another character, Naruko, came to Akihabara to buy some plastic Gundam models for his younger brothers and met Onoda. And he was attracted to Onoda’s cycling skills. Later, both Naruko and Imaizumi tried to persuade Onoda to join the cycling club in Sohoku High School.

TMS Entertainment first aired the anime series on October 7, 2013 on TV Tokyo. The second season, Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road, began airing on October 6, 2014 in Japan. The film currently has three Movie Yowamushi Pedal Re: RIDE, Yowamushi Pedal: Re: ROAD, and Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie.