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Seeing as those Crunchyroll people just had an interview with IGN. I wanna know.

Anime is a bizarre "industry" to work in if you're not in Japan, first off there's not many studios that are outside Japan to assist with the creation of content.

Crunchyroll as a window into the industry is misspoken as the people who interviewed are not involved in the actual content of the anime. Crunchyroll has writers, software engineers, and they get moderators/admins to do the menial jobs like click buttons in the forums.

So while the company is affiliated with the industry in some form, it's not "in" the industry. A journalist position isn't what most people dream of and Crunchyroll has no place in the anime industry, they're just a Netflix-like apparatus to get to anime.

But Crunchyroll aside as of course I'm sure that's not what most people have in mind for a job.


Would you work in the anime industry? Do you think you could help it for the better? Do you think you're just a fan and nothing more? Or is their a certain flavor you'd like to innovate with?

Me personally? I'm an artist and a software engineer. Neither of which are of much use to the anime industry. Software/Video Games/Apps are my skills forte.
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No, I'm happily content as a fan.
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I used to want to be a voice actress, but then I realized I have no talent.
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Baha_Java wrote:

I used to want to be a voice actress, but then I realized I have no talent.


You don't need talent to be a voice actress.

Would it help? Of course!

Mandatory? Of course not.
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No, i'm happily a fan of content.
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ever since i watched the documentaries on how anime is made along with shirobako, ill just stay a fan! not like i have any skills to be one anyways! but MAJOR respect to all the artists, producers, 3D peeps, animators everyone in that industry the amount of work they go through for each episode is overwhelming! Keep up the good work gents
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Would you work in the Anime industry?

No, I'm just a fan. I have no interest in working in the industry.
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I'd probably end up enjoying it, but it isn't the most wanted thing on my list.

Although I do draw some side manga from here and there. It's not on my biggest priorities list.

However, I admit it would be pretty amazing to see people around you talk about the anime you've worked on though.
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Magical-Soul wrote:


Baha_Java wrote:

I used to want to be a voice actress, but then I realized I have no talent.


You don't need talent to be a voice actress.

Would it help? Of course!

Mandatory? Of course not.

I've often dreamed of being a voice actor myself. In regards to talent, part of my reasoning is, with how bad the English voices are in about half the anime out there, how good would you have to be? I admit, the average voice acting quality is going up, but there's still a lot of crap out there.
But just like most jobs, "it's not what you know, it's who you know"
I honestly can't justify voice acting school because I estimate a 5% probability of it actually helping achieve that dream.
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I'd rather not deal with anime for 16 hours a day. My free-time watching anime is good for me.
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Nah, I'm good.
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The anime industry is harsh and hard, Shirobako kind of shows this, I'd also have to learn another language, no thanks
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Magical-Soul wrote:

Seeing as those Crunchyroll people just had an interview with IGN. I wanna know.

Anime is a bizarre "industry" to work in if you're not in Japan, first off there's not many studios that are outside Japan to assist with the creation of content.

Crunchyroll as a window into the industry is misspoken as the people who interviewed are not involved in the actual content of the anime. Crunchyroll has writers, software engineers, and they get moderators/admins to do the menial jobs like click buttons in the forums.

So while the company is affiliated with the industry in some form, it's not "in" the industry. A journalist position isn't what most people dream of and Crunchyroll has no place in the anime industry, they're just a Netflix-like apparatus to get to anime.

But Crunchyroll aside as of course I'm sure that's not what most people have in mind for a job.


Would you work in the anime industry? Do you think you could help it for the better? Do you think you're just a fan and nothing more? Or is their a certain flavor you'd like to innovate with?

Me personally? I'm an artist and a software engineer. Neither of which are of much use to the anime industry. Software/Video Games/Apps are my skills forte.


Actually, I'm tackling this issue currently, but from a very different angle, if things go the way I hope.

My goal, if I cannot find a way into the anime industry directly in the U.S. (for it doesn't really exist right now), is to either go the same direction as Michael Dante DiMartino/Bryan Konietzko did and reform the cartoon industry from the inside by creating content much more like anime (like they did with Avatar the Last Airbender) or go the direction Monty Oum (the creator of RWBY) did before he died and join up with an independent studio (like Rooster Teeth, but with a focus on anime)

As for where I stand right now, I recently was accepted into California State University Long Beach, one of the better art and film schools in California, and from what I understand, most animation writers (my goal) who are entering the industry and do not intend to draw or don't have the skill to enter as film majors. The cartoon industry as it is, from what I have read, lacks a lot of writing specialists, so my plan of attack from either angle as a film major.

Obviously, Americans cannot create "anime" as we know it, exactly, but my hope is if I cannot join the current anime industry, I can reform the current cartoon industry and create "domestic", American brand anime like Avatar, made, advertised and suited for an American audience with a much more developed plot and characters than cartoons. It will be, in many ways, like anime and it will be influenced by anime, but it will be American in creation,

Of course, if by the time I make it out of 4 years of college and 2 years of grad school and the anime industry suddenly appears in the U.S. (which can happen considering how fast it has grown in the last few years), then I'd find a job in the industry directly, most likely.
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Magical-Soul wrote:

Seeing as those Crunchyroll people just had an interview with IGN. I wanna know.

Anime is a bizarre "industry" to work in if you're not in Japan, first off there's not many studios that are outside Japan to assist with the creation of content.

Crunchyroll as a window into the industry is misspoken as the people who interviewed are not involved in the actual content of the anime. Crunchyroll has writers, software engineers, and they get moderators/admins to do the menial jobs like click buttons in the forums.

So while the company is affiliated with the industry in some form, it's not "in" the industry. A journalist position isn't what most people dream of and Crunchyroll has no place in the anime industry, they're just a Netflix-like apparatus to get to anime.

But Crunchyroll aside as of course I'm sure that's not what most people have in mind for a job.


Would you work in the anime industry? Do you think you could help it for the better? Do you think you're just a fan and nothing more? Or is their a certain flavor you'd like to innovate with?

Me personally? I'm an artist and a software engineer. Neither of which are of much use to the anime industry. Software/Video Games/Apps are my skills forte.


I'm great at sketching, I could make anime. But I don't enjoy drawing it take too much time so nope.
It's something I do every now and then. I have drawn quite a few anime pictures before though, not that hard you just have to get the eyes down.
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Well my goal is to be a music composer. I wouldn't mind composing music for anime (however, I would still prefer to stick with games)

Though I still got much to learn before I'm at that level.
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