The Japanese anime industry might be soaring right now, but it is still infamous for another thing, and that is underpaid and overworked animators. News about animators dying of overwork or suing the studio they worked for because of unpaid wages are quite common. And now, another one has claimed that he hasn’t been paid for his work yet, and that is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind animation director Kohei Ashiya.
In his Twitter page, Ashiya wrote that he hasn’t been paid for his work on Golden Wind yet, and this is after the anime has already ended for 2 months. He also sarcastically said that he has worked on the anime since the first episode and was “allowed to participate for free!!”.
The animation director also tweeted that he wanted to make sure that there aren’t any misunderstandings about this and said that he did not agree to work for free and volunteer as animation director.
Animation studios in Japan are infamous for being slave drivers. In fact, one man from A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online) even committed suicide due to overwork. And earlier this April, a production assistant sued Madhouse for overworking him and won that lawsuit. Madhouse did treat him better afterwards, but the studio’s mistreatment of animators still goes on apparently. Even mangaka who had their works adapted into anime do not usually get paid. The most famous example might just be The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.’s Shuuichi Asou… who finally got paid after he went public with the ordeal.
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