Post Reply Being an animator in Japan is brutal
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And I thought animators in the US had it rough. On top of the fairly low pay, the guy being interviewed in this article is a Westerner, so he also had the language and culture barrier to overcome on top of also having to be a great artist.

This should also help to shed some a little light on how difficult it is to make anime, and why they depend so much on dvd/bluray sales. Without a series selling well, they lose the money they spent on making the show, hence why "good" shows that don't sell well don't get more anime seasons.

And they keep making more of the shows that do make money. Hence why they always seem to do idol shows, magical girl series, and harems every season. Sort of like how in US animation all they make is comedies, comedies with talking animals, or superhero shows.

Definitely worth a read if you're a fan of animation or anime.

http://kotaku.com/being-an-animator-in-japan-is-brutal-1690248803?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow
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I never pity the people in these stories. They are following their dreams. The demand is way lower than the supply of "artists". Go learn to be a boxer instead or something.
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And just slightly above the salary of an animator is an adjunct instructor/professor. Sadly a college degree is no guarantee you will find a job that will do anything more than keep one's head above water.
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Just never give up what you love doing, no matter how insecure you may feel. It never is easy being an artist, but every finished project is worth all the effort you put into it. Even if you're not making enough money, the appreciation is still there and people will remember you for the joy your work has given them.
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Yeah it's vicious. That is why CG is getting bigger. Make a model, rig a model, animated it with either mo-cap or digital puttetry. That's where I see things headed.
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Oopsie.

But I still will never go out and pay dozens of euro´s for a single season blu-ray or DVD - I´d be spending thousands a year on anime with all I watch! 50 euro´s or even more for 4.5 hours of entertainment is simply completely insane.

So I only watch (legally) on crunchyroll, 6 euro´s per month for unlimited HD is really nice. Just like steam has made me buy all my games legally - in there twice-yearly super sales, that is. :D

If they then want to increase wages, they simply have to lower quality, or make less shows so they need less people. Simple as that.

Personally, as a consumer, I am 100% satisfied with how anime is tough - looks very beautifull these days, lots of big-action shows with cool explosions and sexy girls and cool giant robots, and all very cheap to watch legally. Hooray!

Keep up the good work crunchyroll and go! (^_^)
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Voice actors in Japan don't exactly get Hollywood salary either.

Even A-list seiyuus get less income than desk workers.
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Unfortunately animator is kind of a brute-force type of job. By which I mean you are simply drawing to some pretty tight specifications. It takes some base level of skill, but there isn't really much room to stand out or make yourself noticed. You are just a drawing machine basically. Those types of jobs tend to pay the least in any field.

In the end the only career that can make you a lot of money is a career in which you can market your talents. For artists that would be manga in Japan and Concept Art in the US and to a lesser extent Japan. What differs between animators and concept/manga artists is that the latter generate ideas, and in the end it's ideas that make money not drawings. It's the difference between authoring a book and being a human printer.

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Yeah, it's tough working in the industry, and it takes a lot of passion to put through all of the stress and stuff that goes into it. Anime is nowhere near as big in Japan as all of those sitcoms, TV dramas, and American cartoons are in America. It's no wonder Honda became a cake shop owner seeing that it's a much less stressful job.
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