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Anime is a $25 billion industry that pays its animators pennies


  1. Anime industry, valued at $25 billion, faces criticism for underpaying animators, who often earn as little as $5/day, leading to concerns about working conditions and labor exploitation.

  2. Despite the industry's financial success, issues like overwork-related suicides and legal consequences for companies like A1 Pictures highlight the dark side of anime production in Japan.

  3. The harsh working conditions in the anime industry are rooted in cultural and historical factors, including the post-WWII economic downturn, long work hours, and a lack of effective labor unions.

  4. Attempts at unionization, exemplified by JAniCA (Japan Animation Creators Association), faced challenges, and the industry's complex structure, including Production Committees and outsourcing, contributes to the ongoing issues.

  5. Potential solutions involve increasing animators' pay, but resistance from production committees, the sheer number of animators, and industry norms pose significant obstacles to achieving fair compensation and improving working conditions.

Discussion (2)

slipperyshrimp profile image

People seem like they do it for the love of the craft, and to truly want to be part of something great produced. Does that mean they should be taken advantage of? No of course not. But people tend to put up with a lot more to be involved in something they care about.

messo profile image

It always blows my mind that the creative industries pay so low but have such large cultural impacts (not just anime, im thinking music, fashion, art..). People tend to justify this by saying that their utility isn’t as valuable, but that’s just simply an excuse.