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Working in the Anime Industry: A Struggle
The Japanese Animation Creators Association just recently released the results of a survey taken in 2015 of over 750 different people working in the Anime industry in Japan. Coming from an American standpoint, where our entertainers are paid staggering amounts of money, you might think it would be similar for Anime creators, considering how popular the medium is. You'd be wrong. Here's a collected set of averages from Kotaku that shows the median salary for each different position in the creation of anime. Series Director Average Age: 42 years old Average Monthly Salary: 540,833 yen ($5,036) Average Yearly Salary: 6,490,000 yen ($60,437) Chief Animation Director Average Age: 43 years old Average Monthly Salary: 470,000 yen ($4,378) Average Yearly Salary: 5,640,000 yen ($52,521) Producer Average Age: 39 years old Average Monthly Salary: 451,667 yen ($4,206) Average Yearly Salary: 5,420,000 yen ($50,471) Character Designer Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 425,000 yen ($3,958) Average Yearly Salary: 5,100,000 yen ($47,491) Animation Director Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 327,500 yen ($3,045) Average Yearly Salary: 3,930,000 yen ($36,602) 3DCG Animator Average Age: 34 years old Average Monthly Salary: 320,000 yen ($2,980) Average Yearly Salary: 3,840,000 yen ($35,764) Episode Director Average Age: 41 years old Average Monthly Salary: 316,667 yen ($2,949) Average Yearly Salary: 3,800,000 yen ($35,391) Storyboarder Average Age: 49 years old Average Monthly Salary: 310,000 yen ($2,887) Average Yearly Salary: 3,720,000 yen ($34,647) Art Director (Background Art) Average Age: 35 years old Average Monthly Salary: 285,000 yen ($2,655) Average Yearly Salary: 3,420,000 yen ($31,864) Color Designer Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 278,333 yen ($2,593) Average Yearly Salary: 3,340,000 yen ($31,120) Cinematographer Average Age: 34 years old Average Monthly Salary: 265,833 yen ($2,476) Average Yearly Salary: 3,190,000 yen ($29,723) Production Assistant Average Age: 30 years old Average Monthly Salary: 257,000 yen ($2,394) Average Yearly Salary: 3,090,000 yen ($28,788) Key Animator Average Age: 36 years old Average Monthly Salary: 235,000 yen ($2,189) Average Yearly Salary: 2,820,000 yen ($26,271) Inbetween Checker Average Age: 35 years old Average Monthly Salary: 217,500 yen ($2,026) Average Yearly Salary: 2,610,000 yen ($24,314) Layout Artist/Rough Keyart Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 195,000 yen ($1,817) Average Yearly Salary: 2,340,000 yen ($21,800) Paint Staff Average Age: 26 years old Average Monthly Salary: 162,000 yen ($1,509) Average Yearly Salary: 1,950,000 yen ($18,167) 2nd Key Animation/Clean-Up Average Age: 27 years old Average Monthly Salary: 93,333 yen ($870) Average Yearly Salary: 1,120,000 yen ($10,434) Inbetween Staff Average Age: 24 years old Average Monthly Salary: 92,500 yen ($862) Average Yearly Salary: 1,110,000 yen ($10,340) The people at the top of the pyramid make the most; that's something we can understand universally. However, even at the highest salary, the numbers still pale in comparison to what series directors would be receiving here in the States. It only gets more depressing as you go down the list, where some of these positions mean that these employees are making less than minimum wage. Considering the amount of work and pressure these people are under, it's a little disheartening to see how little they earn for their efforts. So, maybe rethink your foray into the industry for now...
(Quick Why anime?) Kabaneri of The Iron Fortress; A Check-Up
Hello everybody! VoidX here, and I'll upload a little...check-up to see as to why Kabeneri of The Iron Fortress might either be one of the best anime we've had in a loooooong while or literally one of the worst, who's running the show and some fast and conclusive data/analysis! So far with only three episodes out (delayed due to the earthquake), it has gotten some pretty rave opinions about it! Let's see why If you're on a computer, listen to the OP here while reading the check-up :) Or... Watch the intro first and then listen to it again while reading the check-up XD The OP itself can show a whole bunch over how the overall animation will be as well as the vibrant music and intensity of the show The Story Directed by: Araki Tetsuro Notable examples: Death Note, Attack on Titan, Guilty Crown Script Written by: Okouchi Ichiro Notable examples: Code Geass VoidX-Analysis: Listen here...you're taking the director of Death Note and Attack on Titan, the two shows I know for having the best and most rewarding cliffhangers and overall pace of the story with the script made by same guy who did Code Geass' masterful visionary and complex narrative... Dis gun b guud...! The Art Studio: Wit Studio Notable Examples: Attack on Titan, Owari no Seraph VoidX-Analysis: It's clearly shown through the first episode that they use the same attention to detail and overall contrast of a scene like they do on AoT, and as they do the same here, they really aren't afraid of using blood to drench our screens with. Our characters move naturally and behave with normal functions, and the fighting-scenes are fluid, and walks the line of showing us just enough to understand what is going on and still leaving out more to come The Music Head of Music: Hiroyuki Sawano Notable Examples: Attack on Titan, Owari no Seraph, Guilty Crown, Kill la Kill, Ao no Exorcist, Aldnoah.Zero VoidX-Analysis: Uhm...he's the best in the business. Trust me It's gonna be epic Misc. Synopsis: "As the world is in the middle of an industrial revolution, a monster appears that cannot be defeated unless its heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. By infecting humans with its bite, the monster can create aggressive and undead creatures known as Kabane. On the island Hinomoto, located in the far east, people have built stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the station, as well as transport wares between them, with the help of a locomotive running on steam, called Hayajiro. Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu in order to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikoma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for." Episodes: Unknown Source: Original Score (MAL | 2016, March 1st): 8.49/10 Popularity: #343 Closing Remarks By several YouTubers and critics like myself, we've all come to the same conclusion about this show: It will either be the BEST show ever, or the WORST Let's hope for the best MAL-link //VoidX X