Terumi Nishii is one of the most respected artists in Japan, having served as character designer for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Mawaru Penguindrum. She’s also one of the few animators who could actually speak English.  In fact, she even has her own English twitter account so she can talk to foreign fans. However, the renowned animator recently let out a tweetstorm warning fans about going to Japan to get a job in anime. In fact, she tells them that it’s not as glamorous as one would think.

In her tweets, she pointed out that making a living in the Japanese animation industry is hard. Not only are people overworked, but the pay is extremely low.

In her tweets, Nishii also pointed out that the wages are so low that parents still have to send money to their children working in the anime industry. Yes folks, mostly, it’s the parents still paying for their kids even after they became “independent”.

As for animators unionizing…

However, she does offer a solution, and that’s working with foreign companies. A good example would be Netflix, which is injecting the anime industry with lots of money. In fact, Netflix is funding a lot of anime right now, including one that Nishii is working on, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac.

The Japanese anime industry is also infamous for abuse of its workers. A production assistant recently sued Madhouse (Death Note, Cardcaptor Sakura) after he was hospitalized due to overwork,and the studio’s higher ups reportedly harassed him for talking about it.  And in an older case, an animator from A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online) actually died from overwork, with his family winning a lawsuit against the studio. There is no easy fix on these things, and many are just hoping to catch a break which might never come. And to conclude, here is another somber reminder from her:

 

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source: Sora News 24

 

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