Dark Side of Anime Industries for Japanese Animators. Everyone loves anime, either do I. The story is pretty enjoyable, and the new episode aired every week. Waiting for the next episode is always exciting. We should be thankful that the animators that work so hard to entertain us with the anime they worked on. However, there are a lot of dark sides when it comes to Japanese anime industries. The animators did nothing wrong, but the corporation they work for does. What kind of stuff did the corporation do to the animators? Because of that, in this article, we will talk about the dark side of anime industries for Japanese animators.
High Working Times
For a comic artist, making a comic page with a few panels can take a lot of time. They usually finished them in hours. How about animators? They work from one frame to frames. One frame is basically one page, and they need a lot of frames to make the animation moves as we saw in animes. They can take more than 12 hours to make just one scene.
Because of that, a lot of animators feel pressured and depressed because of their job. They were tired at their work tables. Some of them went to the hospital, and it is not a secret anymore if animators died because they worked too much.
Madhouse, one of many anime studios in Japan, blamed their employees (animators) for 400 hours of work in a month. Also, they never taste a day off because they have to work nonstop for 37 days. All of them because of workaholic and deadline demands. It is not a secret too that many animators died of suicide, because of the pressure and stress they got.
Animators in Japan got their wages lower than the jobs they did and how many hours they worked for. It could be said that the wages they received is the same as the minimum worker wage’s standard.
The Japanese animators received 770 Yen per hour. If they worked for 8 hours per day, they only received 6.160 Yen. If they work for a month, they receive 184.800 Yen as their monthly wage. It is a high amount of money if compared to our currency, but it is considered to be low for daily needs in Japan.
Enslaving Freelance Animators
Every year, there are around 200 anime aired in Japan. That means the studio needs a lot of animators to make those anime. Also, it is hard to find animators with actual talents.
For the solution, the studio employs freelancers as their in-between animators. Because freelance animators are lower to pay than official animators for a studio. If there are young animators that aren’t needed anymore, the studio will throw them away like garbage.
As for the summary, the fates of Japanese animators are too sad. They worked for hours and surpassed worker’s standards, and their wages are low either. There is no secret that there a lot of animators died of working too much or died of suicide.