Neo Genesis Evangelion ‘s producer Hideaki Anno’ s desperate talk about the anime industry in Japan has raised a lot of repercussions and has caused many anime lovers to question many things about the industry. As such, one of the first things that naturally comes to mind is, of course, how much money producers earned.
According to NHK’s report, the average annual earnings of 759 animators who work an average of 11 hours a day are $ 8860. With this calculation, the monthly average earnings equals $ 738. Producers get very little of bit of a satisfactory amount won some studios that $ 300 in a country like Japan, even below the minimum wage in Turkey (about 800 TL per month) are running people. The Japanese government is also now talking about the need to improve working conditions on behalf of the future of the industry, which is closely monitored.
Regarding the issue, Kotaku also included questions from Henry Thurlow, an animator of key animations such as The Last: Naruto the Movie, Tokyo Ghoul and Akatsuki no Yona, working at one of the leading anime studios, Studio Pierrot. You can read the main questions and answers asked by the animator from the bottom paragraph.
In which region is the anime studios most located?
Most of the studios in Japan are located in the western part of Tokyo. That’s why the studios will help each other. Everyone can run to the stage from the stage because the other one is just down the street.
Did you know Japanese before you came to Japan?
When I came to Japan, I knew very little Japanese. Because of this, I could not immediately access the anime industry. He took my years and it was really a tough process. I can not even speak fluently at the moment, but I can say what I know for interviews and the Japanese world.
Was it difficult to move?
It would be very difficult to go directly to Japan as an animator. I first came as an English teacher, I learned a little language, and a few years after I found it, I applied to the studio. Probably the best way to do it. When you are an English teacher, you are getting used to cultural differences gradually, getting on the subway line and many other things. To be honest, it does not take so long to get used to it, at least not for me. Maybe half a year. Things like “going around” afterwards are not a problem.
Is it true that your wages are terrible?
Whoever you are and what your business is can change the price you get per hour. The only free position available is the “free key-frame animator” that only very skilled people can achieve. You can request the fee and if you wish you can take a holiday after the project. Those bad rumors are true for everybody else, including those in between, like me. Before moving on to the Pierrot studio I worked for 8 months like a slave in the studio named “Nakamura pro”. And they gave me $ 1 for every drawing. So I was earning between $ 5 and $ 25 a day. I’m much better at Pierrot. But it’s still bad. A drawing is valued at $ 2 to $ 4. I can make a fortune like $ 40 a day. It’s a terrible number for a normal one. But if you want to work in great animations, you have no other choice. I earn about $ 1,000 a month at Pierrot. I was only able to earn 300 bucks a month for a studio working like a slave.
Are anti-studios against buying foreign workers?
In the majority of these studios, almost no foreigner has ever worked before, so it would not make much sense to say “against foreign employees”. I think “Wait, do not we have to think about language barriers if we take a stranger? Will not we have to support your visions? It’s uncomfortable. They are thinking of things like “I will not even get them in the audience.”
Sometimes we can critically criticize the animations, but it is useful to know them, to share them, and to keep them in mind. After these writings, we can better understand the negative talk about the future of the anime industry in Japan. Even Obama’s mention of animations in his thank you message to Japan makes it clear how important animations are for Japan. In the short term we hope to improve working conditions in general, and the faces of the people in the kitchen, which provide us with no trace of the animations, start to smile.