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Very sad about the Anime industry! I guess Japan has no Min Wage!

Animation Veteran Claims That Industry Newcomers Only Make 120 Yen An Hour ANN NEWS



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and i don't want to see a single frame drop either.

Edit: That really does suck though. Sounds damn near unbelievable.
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Yea, they should raise the wage if only to stop so many bad shows from airing.
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28 / M / USA! USA! USA!
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Remember, its literally all the otakus fault too. They are the ones making the market what it is.
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who needs to eat anyway, slavery rockin all around the world.
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This really sucks and it's not the easiest to fix give Japan's current situation. Hopefully this gets fixed in someway but it'd probably take Japan pushing anime on a global level more so that they could make a significant amount of money via exporting it.
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I knew that working in the anime industry means getting overworked and underpaid. But man, this is just shocking. There's something wrong with the distribution of revenue if it results in what's essentially volunteer work. Those in the American entertainment easy have it great compared to these guys who are are working just as hard, but don't get the recognition to rake in that paycheck.
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Whether this is an extreme case or not. We've known for a while that for some in the industry it's definitely a Sweatshop situation. Something about the model has to change to allow this stuff to be more profitable.

I'm always wondering if I should just boycott it altogether for moral reasons. I'd like to think that some studios are profitable AND they share that profit with ALL their employees. But Japan is known for "sweeping under the rug" so I may not ever know the true extent of it.
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Its just basically slavery. Or at best, volunteer work...
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Posted 3/10/15 , edited 3/10/15
Other animators are saying it is not as bad as the article portrays. Even Henry Thurlow says they left a lot out of the Buzzfeed article.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/03/09/animators-offer-alternate-perspective-on-the-anime-industry
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maxgale wrote:

Remember, its literally all the otakus fault too. They are the ones making the market what it is.


Uh non, they're the ones giving them at least some profits, allowing more awesome (admittedly otaku-ish :3 ) anime to be made at all, if under these conditions. Without at least them spending money which supports the industry, it'd be much, much worse...
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No one forces anyone to become an animator. They go into this line of work because they are passionate about making anime. As to being underpaid, that is a labor dispute that should be worked out between the animators and those they work for. It's sad they are being underpaid so poorly for their efforts, but ultimately it is their choice to remain working for an employer that values their talents that little or not.
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is this why there have been so many "derp" moments this season?
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Scooty-Bby wrote:

Its just basically slavery. Or at best, volunteer work...


At least with volunteer work, you can quit whenever you like. With slavery, that's not an option. In this business you are free to change careers when you fee like it.
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28 / M / USA! USA! USA!
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eragon2890 wrote:


maxgale wrote:

Remember, its literally all the otakus fault too. They are the ones making the market what it is.


Uh non, they're the ones giving them at least some profits, allowing more awesome (admittedly otaku-ish :3 ) anime to be made at all, if under these conditions. Without at least them spending money which supports the industry, it'd be much, much worse...


No, the problem is the market is unsustainable because it caters to otaku. Without creating more titles that can appeal to a greater audience, or by finding alternative or supplementary revenue streams, the industry is screwed.

Hence the willingness for studios to partner with former pirate sites like crunchy.
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