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Post Reply Approximately 25% of Japanese Anime Studios "Going Bankrupt"; Running Lossess
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No wonder all the "drama-queen" mode is going on; demanding more and more from Crunchyroll and others, for that matter. Original Story sourced from an NHK TV special, an English-based news service readout below:


http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/LatestNews/News1/One-in-Four-Anime-Studios-in-the-Red-Says-Report-8977.aspx



Despite a rise in the number of anime titles and overall industry profits, one out of four anime studios is experiencing net losses, according to a Japanese television report.

That surprising figure was featured on an episode of Oikonomiya, a show on Japanese broadcaster NHK, which delved into the current state of the anime industry.

The number of studios in the red increased to just over 25% percent in 2015, according to the program, after hovering around 20% between 2011-2014.

The episode also featured residents of the Tokyo Animator Dormitory, who spoke to host Naoki Matayoshi about the financial problems faced by young animators. Numbers discussed: 80% of animators quit within their first three years, and average wages for an in-between animator come out to about ¥60,000 ($540) a month.

Perhaps the most explosive number: animator Tetsuya Akutsu revealed he had once spent five hours on a frame for which he was paid ¥200 (under $2).

Source: Yaraon

http://yaraon-blog.com/archives/105405
http://www4.nhk.or.jp/oikonomia/x/2017-05-17/31/8599/1303257/



EDIT: The Original NHK program (Japanese Only), uploaded on YouTube

https://youtu.be/oX6xVTf3O3E


Now, to be fair, these are cited as 2015. However, according to Japanese Animation Association (CR is a member) reports 2015, being last year for data, the industry hit near high revenues (200 billion Yen) going back to 2006; with all time overseas high revenues (35 billion Yen), yet more companies somehow are finding ways to lose money.. Nevertheless, some of the labor practices seem to be ongoing, in either case...

http://aja.gr.jp/english/japan-anime-data

MORE EDIT Slide from report showing general state of Japanese anime studio revenues over time.



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Posted 5/25/17
Animators getting paid a pittance, but anime studios are still losing tons of money.

Wonder where the money goes.
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Iridium infused coffee enemas add up, you know. You can't skip a day.
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THE PRODUCTION CMTS get most of the money

But you would thjink with anime the studios wouls make more

A big overlooked item DVD sales ( for most ) arent want theu used to be

I brought a lot of DVDS in the 2000's

Why bvecause the anime waere complete to the end 26 39 / 52 EPS all in one PKG

I have been saying this awhile why bring lees than stellar new anime when there are titles people are asking to be completed

Justin at ANN claimed Kabreni got a million doolars from Amazon . Where does the money go ?

Well justin answered that too with THE PROD CMTS getting it.

The anime studios should form an association to demand more money IMO But it is Japan

I like anime but they are poor businees men

Here's another thing a lot of anime that isnt popular in Japan is a hit here.

But w dont eben get all the Titles DVD subbed let alone dubbed.

Even then SENTAI wants $ 80-100 dollars a show tea right!

Agaim Justin from ANN warned an anime vyrst is coming soon so we wiil see !
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It is saddening when Japan rather not outsource their labor to cheaper countries but choose to underpay their own domesticated workforce. Not that sweatshops are not bad, but it is not like Japan is a cheap place to live either, apparently since my extended family gets by reasonably well for a developing country. Japan is 1st world, which is just irony with the ridiculous work to death scenario.

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PeripheralVisionary wrote:
It is saddening when Japan rather not outsource their labor to cheaper countries but choose to underpay their own domesticated workforce.


they do outsource it some of the work. some of it is done in Korea



A Korean woman has been one of the main staff members for my studio for ten years. Also, I would say that Japanese animation itself cannot be detached from Korean animation studios. If there are no Korean studios, making one animation is difficult. Korea bears a big part [of Japan's anime] on its shoulders.
- Makoto Shinkai, translated
(too lazy to find an actual quote, and i have little reason to believe the translation was completely off)

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-02-14/makoto-shinkai-credits-korean-studios-for-role-in-producing-japanese-anime/.112192
they probably pay very low wages for animators in Korea as well though.
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namealreadytaken wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:
It is saddening when Japan rather not outsource their labor to cheaper countries but choose to underpay their own domesticated workforce.


they do outsource it some of the work. some of it is done in Korea



A Korean woman has been one of the main staff members for my studio for ten years. Also, I would say that Japanese animation itself cannot be detached from Korean animation studios. If there are no Korean studios, making one animation is difficult. Korea bears a big part [of Japan's anime] on its shoulders.
- Makoto Shinkai, translated
(too lazy to find an actual quote, and i have little reason to believe the translation was completely off)

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-02-14/makoto-shinkai-credits-korean-studios-for-role-in-producing-japanese-anime/.112192
they probably pay very low wages for animators in Korea as well though.


I was over generalizing, but Japan has one of the strongest domestic work forces apparently, but that was only a cursory look into their economy. This may be in part due to how their culture is.
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*nods*

I suspect the big DVD crash affected Japan, too, and that has cut into their profits, as has the Age of Streaming Video.

I still find their labor practices atrocious, of course. Hard to make quality product if you routinely burn out your staff.
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20-Year Veteran Anime Technical Director Reports 100,000-Yen Monthly Salary / Taiki Nishimura says he must work on 2 projects simultaneously ANN NEWS

Anime technical director Taiki Nishimura reported on his Twitter account on Monday that his monthly income is 100,000 yen (about US$900) for each anime that he works on. Nishimura noted that he has been working in the anime industry for 20 years.

Nishimura said that he needs at least 150,000 yen (US$1,350) to 200,000 yen (US$1,800) in income per month. He said that he wants to concentrate on one anime at a time, but he has to work on two television anime to have enough income. Nishimura said that he receives about 230,000 yen (US$2,070) per anime, and each anime takes about two months to complete. As a result, his monthly income per anime is about 100,000 yen (about US$900).

Nishimura added that the most he has earned in total pay for an anime so far is 300,000 yen (US$2,700), and the least is 160,000 yen (US$1,440). He said that the anime with the highest pay was produced at a medium-sized production company, and the anime with the lowest pay was at a major production company. Nishimura said that the anime for which he received that highest pay had major big-name sponsors.

He said that he can live on 100,000 yen per month from anime work because he purchased his apartment and pays no rent. Nishimura also sometimes does major work besides anime. He believes that if workers in the anime industry have to pay rent, then they have to work on more than one project simultaneously. However, working on multiple projects simultaneously leaves no time for rest, and Nishimura said he suffered as a result.

Nishimura has worked as an episode director for anime such as Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Aldnoah.Zero, Glass Fleet, School Rumble, and Valvrave the Liberator. He worked on storyboards for Glass Fleet, Gilgamesh, and Shutsugeki! Machine Robo Rescue. He served as unit director for Initial D: Fifth Stage and s-CRY-ed.

The Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) reported in 2015 that 759 animators it surveyed earned an average of 3.3283 million yen (about US$27,689) per year in Japan in 2013.

TWITTER / NEWS LINK

https://twitter.com/taiki_nishimura/status/866202112350339073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fotakomu.jp%2Farchives%2F544329.html

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-22/20-year-veteran-anime-technical-director-reports-100000-yen-monthly-salary/.116413
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I read about this a week ago.

No incentive to by DVDs/BlueRays when you only get 1 or 2 specials for $30 a pop.
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zangeif123 wrote:

I read about this a week ago.

No incentive to by DVDs/BlueRays when you only get 1 or 2 specials for $30 a pop.


Problem though is because anime is an esoteric market even in Japan the prices NEED to be high to even think about running a profit. Not to mention most retail stores will run a bare minimum 30%-50% mark up per unit just so they can stay in business as well.

And it is MOE that is selling. Is The Order A Rabbit? s2 ran around 50,000 copies for seasonal sales which is really god damn good for anime in Japan.
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MacMeaties wrote:


zangeif123 wrote:

I read about this a week ago.

No incentive to by DVDs/BlueRays when you only get 1 or 2 specials for $30 a pop.


Problem though is because anime is an esoteric market even in Japan the prices NEED to be high to even think about running a profit. Not to mention most retail stores will run a bare minimum 30%-50% mark up per unit just so they can stay in business as well.

And it is MOE that is selling. Is The Order A Rabbit? s2 ran around 50,000 copies for seasonal sales which is really god damn good for anime in Japan.


Hate to be repeat but anime shows arent even completed like in the 2000's ! If you give consumers complete animes I think people would buy more

I was dissed a couple of months ago when I said streaming is actually hurting anime / kinda been proved

And people most anime are controlled by the Production CMTS who also control the $$$

Yes some studios control the anime but that is the exception. I dont where people care getting the idea the Studios control the money It's trickle down . They are paid forbthe animation work not profits from TV ads DVD / MERCH sales

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