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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...
Eiichiro Oda and Hajime Isayama Show Support After Kumamoto Earthquakes
If you missed the news lately, the Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan was recently hit with a series of earthquakes, the foreshock on April 14th and the mainshock on April 16th. The earthquakes reached a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale and have devastated the communities of the Prefecture and surrounding area, including as far away as the Ōita prefecture. 48 people have been confirmed dead, while thousands more have been hospitalized with injury. Over 40,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of the quakes. The image you see above is a message penned by Eiichiro Oda, the mangaka responsible for One Piece. Kumamoto is Oda's hometown and so he felt personally attached to plights of the people there. The official One Piece twitter tweeted that image of a hand-drawn Luffy and Kumamon, the official mascot of the prefecture. Here's what it says in English: There was a big earthquake in Kumamoto. (all of Kyushu) I was born in Kumamoto, it's my hometown. To those who were greatly affected by the damage, I hope you're doing well from the bottom of my heart. I was able to directly contact my family and friends, but they're all very scared. But they're doing their best. Everyone I got in touch with said things to put me at ease. They're so tough!! But there is a limit to how long people can steel themselves. Before that thread breaks, I want to calm them down somehow. It's crucial that adults don't worry their kids. Most of all, I want to make kids laugh! If they laugh, adults can do their best! It's still hard now for ordinary people to lend a hand, but I will definitely help with the relief effort. Stay strong, however you can!! Oda was not the only member of the One Piece team to speak up in support of the earthquake victims, however. The voice actors for the Straw Hat Pirates also lent their voices to support Kyushu. Ikue Ohtani (Chopper), Kazuya Nakai (Zoro), Akemi Okamura (Nami), Yuriko Yamaguchi (Robin), Kazuki Yao (Franky), Kappei Yamaguchi (Usopp), and Mayumi Tanaka (Luffy) each have promised to do their bests to help the victims in some way or at least encourage them to stay strong and happy. Each of them signed the board above as a gesture of support for the struggling civilians. The Strawhats weren't the only anime/manga stars to lend their voices to the effort, though. Hajime Isayama, the mangaka for Attack on Titan is also from close to the affected region: Hita in Ōita Prefecture. Isayama also contributed a drawing as support for the victims. It shows Eren, Mikasa and Armin with Kumamon and Mejiron, Ōita Prefecture's bird mascot. Isayama wrote on his blog accompanying the image: "When times have been tough for me, even under very harsh circumstances, I'm reminded of manga heroes who fight for their lives, and I remember that they toughed it out. I drew the illustration with those feelings." Though these artists can't do a whole lot in terms of helping on the ground level with the victims, they have chosen to lend their support in the best ways they have available to them; their art. It shows a passion for their homes and their people, and the will of the nation that rallies strongly around their own in times of crisis.
Taehyung Lotte Family Concert Pictures!!😵😍💜
Can we talk about Taehyung's black hair?!?! I love when his hair is black! He looks so freaking good with black hair!❤ *credit to the owner's of the pics & gif* in case you missed the other memebers pictures here are the links to those cards⤵️ RM⤵️ https://vin.gl/p/2657443?asrc=copylink Jin⤵️ https://vin.gl/p/2657440?asrc=copylink Suga⤵️ https://vin.gl/p/2657436?asrc=copylink J-Hope⤵️ https://vin.gl/p/2657435?asrc=copylink Jimin⤵️ https://vin.gl/p/2657425?asrc=copylink Jungkook⤵️ https://vin.gl/p/2657419?asrc=copylink ❤ARMY TAGLIST❤: @amandamuska @blessowmwago @BoyGroupKpop @Bxbybri @CleafeMaeObina @coolwolf13 @dalenalw @echoxsoul @gabstar143 @Gracebug @HannahC19 @herreraletecia  @HomegirlG @izzybell1202 @jennyfer1111r1 @jiminiebae @jungkookieeeee @Just2BLoved @kaylawalker929 @krissynormam @Mochiroon @Nyxxonn @PANDABTS @QueenPandaBunny @rodrickagardne @Rose2demhaters @samcorsam @simpsonsamantha @Shelbeigh19 @shellyfuentes70 @Starbell808 @Taekookimonster @wolfyplayzyv @yukigintokie    *let me know if you want to be apart of the ARMY taglist* K-Monsta Squad: @Yugykookie97 @BBxGD @lilbr0wneyes @DefSoul1994 @KpopGaby @MYAlpha @BangtanGirlOT12 Tag List: @cagonzales9696 @MonieManhiM @cherriblossom17 @SimplyAwkward @Btsislife @jaselgalindo @emealia @saraortiz2002 @xsandos17 @VictoriaBossier @TaehyungKey @Sarahdarwish @kpopandkimchi @Emealia @terenailyn @MonAnnahiX @4dalientae @PrettieeEmm @kyokeo @KwonOfAkind @AnimeKpopLover @SugaOnTop  @QueenyCrossGene @MadAndrea @B1A4BTS5ever @zyxzj @Taehyungie @VKookie47 @NuXX @Baekyeol27 @DOislifeExoL @kpopbeat @BulletproofV @PrincessUnicorn @luna1171 @LisetteZapata @herreravanessa9 @MadAndrea @AnimeKpopFreak @amandamuska @RandomName @aliendestina @mrsyookihyun @MaelstromVIP @Foxxyjinxx @Bangtanss @YessicaCardenas @JadeOwens @cns1391 @JJiBin @TheEnlightment @BlueMoon201 @QueenPandaBunny @emberreynemoll @LacyTanner @nyxxonn @SweetDuella @MmIlk @KihyunA @ARMY4Life @SerenaArthurs @Additional18 @jessicaclove  @olive07354  @YungStatin  @nickij @Mochiroon @LiyahBoon @BoyGroupKpop @blessowmwago @Lesha *Let me know if you want to be added or untagged from the taglist*
"BTS 2019 Summer Package In Korea" [Preview]!!!☀️🌞💜
https://youtu.be/h1jUtpEzxxA Okay first of all they all look so handsome! Second of all BigHit is going to make me go broke *credit to the owner's of the video & gif* ❤ARMY TAGLIST❤: @amandamuska @blessowmwago @BoyGroupKpop @Bxbybri @CleafeMaeObina @coolwolf13 @dalenalw @echoxsoul @gabstar143 @Gracebug @HannahC19 @herreraletecia  @HomegirlG @izzybell1202 @jennyfer1111r1 @jiminiebae @jungkookieeeee @Just2BLoved @kaylawalker929 @kaylenne956 @krissynormam @MelissaGarza @Mochiroon @Nyxxonn @PANDABTS @QueenPandaBunny @rodrickagardne @Rose2demhaters @samcorsam @simpsonsamantha @Shelbeigh19 @shellyfuentes70 @Starbell808 @Taekookimonster @Tiffiedannie @wolfyplayzyv @yukigintokie    *let me know if you want to be apart of the ARMY taglist* K-Monsta Squad: @Yugykookie97 @BBxGD @lilbr0wneyes @DefSoul1994 @KpopGaby @MYAlpha @BangtanGirlOT12 Tag List: @cagonzales9696 @MonieManhiM @cherriblossom17 @SimplyAwkward @Btsislife @jaselgalindo @emealia @saraortiz2002 @xsandos17 @VictoriaBossier @TaehyungKey @Sarahdarwish @kpopandkimchi @Emealia @terenailyn @MonAnnahiX @4dalientae @PrettieeEmm @kyokeo @KwonOfAkind @AnimeKpopLover @SugaOnTop  @QueenyCrossGene @MadAndrea @B1A4BTS5ever @zyxzj @Taehyungie @VKookie47 @NuXX @Baekyeol27 @DOislifeExoL @kpopbeat @BulletproofV @PrincessUnicorn @luna1171 @LisetteZapata @herreravanessa9 @MadAndrea @AnimeKpopFreak @amandamuska @RandomName @aliendestina @mrsyookihyun @MaelstromVIP @Foxxyjinxx @Bangtanss @YessicaCardenas @JadeOwens @cns1391 @JJiBin @TheEnlightment @BlueMoon201 @QueenPandaBunny @emberreynemoll @LacyTanner @nyxxonn @SweetDuella @MmIlk @KihyunA @ARMY4Life @SerenaArthurs @Additional18 @jessicaclove  @olive07354  @YungStatin  @nickij @Mochiroon @LiyahBoon @BoyGroupKpop @blessowmwago @Lesha *Let me know if you want to be added or untagged from the taglist*
Behind the Characters: Daisuke Ono
Bio: Name: Daisuke Ono Native Name : 小野 大輔 Born: May 4,1978 Age: 39 Height: 175 (5ft 9in) Place: Sakawa, Takaoka District, Kochi Prefecture. Japan Graduated: Nihon University Occupation: Voice Actor Year: 2001-Present Awards: won the 4th and 9th Seiyu awards for best voice actor for roles as > Sebastian Michaelis (Black butler) > Jotaro Kujo (Jojo's Bizzare Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) > Jyushimatsu (Osomatsu-san) and Won best personalities with > Erwin smith (Attack on titan) > Shizuo Heiwajima (Durarara) and > Midorima Shintaro (Kuroko no basket) He hosts a radio show called "Dear Girl Stories" along with fellow va Hiroshi Kamiya and you can mostly find the rest of his work on his website Character songs: Sebastian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XatYDQUOWWY Shizuo Heiwajima https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1R_LfUEP8g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sDchbUv5zY Midorima https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0KZoBLuxCg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uCd8jVleB4 Bonus : here is his music video(s) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abgTSnsW_gU Delight and Kiss Kiss Kiss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc-dAEub5k8 So what are your favorite characters by him? Is he your favorite voice actor? Leave a comment down below and I will see you guys for the next week on Behind the characters! The AMS Squad @BBxGD @QueenPandaBunny @WinKonVIP @awkwardjazzy @MelissaGarza @SimplyAwkward @amobts The supernova taglist @ESwee @MissMinYoongi @JacquelineTakas @sukkyongwanser @stsmarlene A. @Arnelli @AsilaYoung @AidenMalinowski @AloraGrimm @axel47982 @Animaniafreak @AnimeDragon @AustinThurston @ALEXCAMACHO @amberg16 @alliepetey @AshCrimson B. @BlackDragon88 @begone @BlackoutZJ @brnsime69 @bud113 @BND737 @BryceTerao @blackirishawk C. @ChrisSantiago @CourtneyDoose @ChienWeiHuang @ChangoLeon @crimsonsasuke @Captpeter D. @DaiGakuSei @DaequanLewis @DEEZYanFRIENDZ @Dlopez0311113 @DestineeLiu @DantaeVereen @deathkittenz97 @devinrohers E. @ErikFrausto @EstefanOlivares @ElizabethCaaman @ErnestoSalgado @EvilGenius @Eli20 F. @f8lessdawg @Furutsu @Fedplz G. @gildas H. @hikaymm @HeidyAgramonte @HiwaRasul @havic I. @IRISHVIXIONVah J. @just4cheeky @jevonlowery @jdude237 @JeremyGilmore @JamalWallace @JoseLuisRobles @JazziJay @jacobhathaway @jjbosy @JasminMartinez K. @KarouKuroo @KennethHansen @Kirik @KaylanMadorri @KurosakiJess @KenonWilliams @KarkittyOtaku @KaneMau @KellyOConnor L. @LadyL @LadyLuna @LateefMolette @LizaNightshade @LittleHorn @LeaEsterline @LuffyNewman @Lunawolf129 @lovelywhite13 @lushisushi @LemonLassie M. @MichelleIbarra @MichaelPeltier @MaryMcCOmbs @MissAguria @MadAndrea @MaigdlinS @MichealCochran @MorghanPorter @MahoganyArnold @MTEverest @Mcboss @MajahnNelson @MaddyScoop @martinsebastian @mikeystumbo N. @NyghtOwl @NikolasSatterwh @natsudragneel03 @noWaifuNoLaifu O. @OtakuDemon10 P. @Priscillasdoor @pandalyn @P1B2Bear Q. R. @rpat1500 @RachelMacy @Reaperg15 @raditorchillt @RobertWhite S. @ShaneGerahty @SSJ4Vgeta1986 @SydneyKindberg @Stoney @StevenFlicks @Sharia @ScottGardner @SeanVigi @Shad0wrunner @samihudson @ShinoYuki T. @tbell2 @TroyxAkashi @tianadau2002 @TurtleyTurtles @TanaeaHarper @TracyLynnn @TheAnimeGod @templar0122 @TerraToyaSi U. V. @VeronicaArtino W. X. @XavierLopez Y. Z. @ziggyb113 @ZephyrBlaze
Why Don't Idol Groups Work In America?
In Japan and Korea, idols are a huge deal. The fandoms surrounding idols and idol groups are massive, with a ton of merch, lingo, events, etc surrounding the entertainers. So why isn't that happening in America? The UK tried it out with One Direction and we have a few girl groups like Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, but for the most part the classic pop group ensemble faded away in the early 2000s. Here are a few reasons why it might not work: I'm not saying either opinion is correct - just stating how the general public views celebrities in America vs Korea/Japan. I'm not an expert on either so please share your opinions as well! 1. The Concept of Being An Idol Sure, celebrities in the US know that they are role models, but do they really take this as their job?! In Japan and Korea, a single slip up can mean public humiliation (such as when an AKB48 member had a boyfriend - she had to shave her head as an apology) while in America celebrities insist on their personal rights to do whatever they want. In their opinion, just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you aren't allowed a personal life. They should be able to be in the lime light but also have a lot of personal life that shouldn't be judged by the public, In Japan/Korea, every aspect of an entertainers life is analyzed and people know that is just part of the job. You must be a model citizen at all times and any bad behaviour (whether its on or off camera) is bad for your company, your career, and your fans. 2. Company Loyalty In America, we know the big companies like Warner, Sony, etc, but we rarely pay attention to what label each artist is on. And even if they're on the same label they don't really work together so its hard for fans to be loyal to one company. The closest I think we can get to that is waaay back with Motown Records or more recently the bands that came out on Fueled By Ramen. Smaller hip hop labels still keep this group style too! We could actually see the connection the artists had on those labels and could support the label as well as the artists. Now in Korea, we all know that companies are a big deal. YG Family, JYP, Cube, SM, etc. They do things together like concerts, Christmas songs, etc. We are able to anticipate the company's new project or collaboration. It's easier for the fans to get hyped over multiple groups at once. 3. Pre-Packaged In America, bands are usually put together by the band members. Whether they start in a garage or they put up flyers to find members, it is the band that forms first, then the label that signs them. In Korea and Japan however, we have a TON of trainees all hoping to be perfectly placed in a group. Think of the show Produce! Perfect example of prepackaging :) One Direction is an example of that happening where the boys were somewhat put together by a label, but musical and personality differences got in the way :/ 4. Training Idols train a LOT. Sure, in America entertainers practice, train, get vocal lessons, learn new instruments, get prepped for interviews etc but they are not forced to practice for 12 hours a day. Living in dorms without cell phones or internet, being forced to learn languages, dances, public speaking, etc - its totally normal in the idol world. Because of this, idols should be pretty prepared for anything. I'm not so sure American entertainers would be up for this style of training. Can you think of other reasons why the "idol" style of the music industry doesn't work in America?
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