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Anime is the death of Anime.
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Posted 4/20/14
I find it kind of sad that there actually is a term over there for death from over working.

Being forced to work so much overtime doesn't seem legal at all to me. Maybe it's all because of the culture, but treating your employees like that doesn't seem right at all. There are a lot of aspects of Japanese culture that I find cool and admirable, but this one not so much. I think it's good to have a strong work ethic, but to a certain extent. I don't really want to work somewhere that would drive me to suicide.

As someone interested in becoming an animator, I'm feeling suddenly very scared... Hopefully other country's animation studios aren't like this.
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It's terrible that happened and unfortunately like others have said I'm not shocked to hear it sadly. We're talking about a culture where many husbands don't even go home until the weekends, sleeping in "capsule hotels", because of the long hours they're expected to put in.

At one time I was working a job pulling down 60-70 hours a week but the huge difference is I really enjoyed the work. It was tiring but satisfying and my supervisors appreciated the effort. As much as I may enjoy aspects of Japanese culture there are others that are quite troubling.
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Sad news. This is really a big problem for the kinds of industries that need to pump out things on a tight schedule. And even then, that schedule can change and people would be forced into greater crunch time.
Reminds me of the kinds of things you hear in the video game industry. How mismanagement can drive people to overwork so that they can rush their games out on time, health and family be damned. And even then, they might not even be compensated appropriately. And thats in the western world lol.
I don't know how this can be fixed though. It seems to be a problem with the nature of the beast itself. Might be why they are outsourcing more and more jobs to other countries where regulations are more lax.
Anyway, in this case, I don't think the Japanese government will help out much. They are more pro-business and have the "wellbeing of the group" rather than sole person mentality.
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Yup as stated by other posters, this isn't only related to Anime studios. I have a friend, and fellow designer, who interviewed for Rock Star Games about 10 years ago. He was shocked to see people almost living in the office. One guy even mentioned he slept under his desk.

There's an excellent posting here, by an Electronic Arts wife. http://ea-spouse.livejournal.com/274.html.

The companies have been able to get away with this, because they're mostly employing young people without families. These jobs are also in high-demand, so if you're not willing to pump out the ridiculous hours, well, they'll find someone who will. It's capitalism at its finest (somewhat sadface). It would be nice if there were some industry standards for these people.
Posted 5/6/14
yea, I'm glad I'm hourly and not salary.
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domvina wrote:
At one time I was working a job pulling down 60-70 hours a week but the huge difference is I really enjoyed the work. It was tiring but satisfying and my supervisors appreciated the effort. As much as I may enjoy aspects of Japanese culture there are others that are quite troubling.


Doesn't really make a difference though. The guy probably liked the job too, but your body can only take so much. You might not realize it, but being tired heavily affects your mood and general psychological well being - heart failure isn't the only way to die of overwork.

I think this stuff is really terrible, but I also understand that Japan is slowly changing in this respect and that the young Japanese are a bit tired of this shit. The idea of working so much appeals only if working guarantees you at least a life of relative well being, and that's not the case any more. I think we should also keep this in mind when criticizing glorification of NEET/hikikomori (I've read something about No Game No Life): shutting yourself in is a perfectly understandable reaction when the society is that crazily competitive since your very childhood. Anyone who's more sensitive and less willing to compromise would go "fuck this shit" at some point.
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