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Lines are being redrawn for Japan's anime industry

Post by whisper » Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:25 pm

Seriously?! How the hell can Japan export anime jobs? That's ridiculous.



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Reporting from Tokyo –

Aya Yokura spends her days hunched over white sheets of paper, drawing intricately costumed characters whose creation can be painstaking and time-consuming.

For the last two years, she has spent up to 100 hours a week at her workstation – a low-paying, labor-intensive job that helps bring Japan's famous style of animated cartoons to life. Although the 26-year-old earns only about $10,000 a year and lives with her mom to make ends meet, she and a few thousand Japanese artists like her fill a crucial role in the technical process of creating this visual entertainment form, known as anime.


But even as anime's popularity grows worldwide, the Japanese artists who do much of the work are finding their jobs at risk.


"I left a Tokyo Disneyland job, which had benefits and a higher pay, to pursue this dream" of being an anime artist, said Yokura, who works on the popular series "Naruto" and "Bleach" for the animation production studio Pierrot Co.

The problems plaguing the industry are numerous. Seeking lower costs, production companies for decades have been outsourcing the work to animation companies in South Korea, India, Vietnam and elsewhere, where scores of trade schools have cropped up and artists can be hired more readily.

More recently, competitors in China are cranking out their own lines of films and anime shows, in an effort to draw business away from Japan. Piracy is also on the rise, as bootlegging flourishes on YouTube and other Internet sites. And the popularity of the art form is cooling at home in Japan, as video games and the Web compete for consumers' time and money.

The domestic industry oversaturated the TV market, which led to fewer hits and more shows being cancelled. (The number of anime TV series being created in Japan has been cut by almost half since 2007, according to the trade group Japan Animation Creators Assn.)

As a result, experts say, the Japanese cultural icon that became well-known through hits such as Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" – and the generations of artists behind it – is in peril.

"Japan risks losing its cultural icon, and part of the reason is because we are losing animators," said Yasuki Hamano, media professor at the University of Tokyo.

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Post by R e a f u » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:17 pm

You'd think think that something like a country's way of animating would be safe from outsourcing :/. Sad!

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Post by whisper » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:08 am

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You'd think think that something like a country's way of animating would be safe from outsourcing :/. Sad!
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Seriously. Now when I look at something I'm going to wonder if this is the Korean outsourced version or the Japanese version.
... WTF? Not everything should be subject to the lowest common denominator when it comes to cost.
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Post by sushigirl28 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:18 pm

This is horribly sad- for me Japan always comes first. I mean, there's where the medium's creators come from! :bs It's no wonder I've felt like I've seen a reduction in available titles coming out of there.. I remember my very first (and fav) anime was Sailor Moon, to me it seemed like there were way more shows being cranked out and imported, but I wasn't watching them (as long as I had my Sailor Moon I was happy enough...) Anyone who goes to the anime conventions I think could make this a point.. maybe for awareness reasons. That's just a shame. Anime is literally a visual form of story-telling and an artistic expression of that, and short-changing the authenticity of the Japanese medium is a little weird.. You have silly ones, action ones, happy ones, romantic ones, dark ones, and true ones. But they can be inspirational, teach you lessons, expose you to culture, to history, expand your vocabulary, even help you through problems in your life (esp slice of life ones). It's no joke. A beautiful artform, that I for one am very thankful for, and most of them are inspired as a byproduct of Japan's land, culture, and history. The idea of outsourcing seems weak considering Japan's economy has just been thriving and recovered from an economic collapse only in the last 10 years, which is relatively recent. Will try to help in any way I can with support to 'homegrown' animation. ;)

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Post by sushigirl28 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:01 pm

Speak of the devil, this is what I found pertaining to this:

Interest: Fans Launch 'Keep Anime Alive' Pro-Industry Site
posted on 2011-01-14 23:43 EST
Site builds on "Sustain the Industry" movement on You Tube

Anime fans Colin Harvie and Chris Perry have established a group called the Anime Defense Project whose primary project at this time is the newly created KeepAnimeAlive.com website. According to Perry, the site's goal is to provide a more official home for the "Sustain the Industry" YouTube movement, in which fans post videos detailing their monthly anime and manga purchases to promote the legal acquisition of materials in favor of illegal downloads and other forms of copyright infringement.

The site also plans to post a series of interviews with industry members, starting with Valerie Tatro, a store owner and convention chair for Vermont's BakuretsuCon. Perry told ANN that the site will have interviews with voice actor Greg Ayres (Clannad's Youhei Sunohara, Negima!?'s Negi Springfield) and with voice actor and dubbing director Chris Cason (dubbing director, Dragon Ball Z; Fullmetal Alchemist's Gluttony). The site has more interviews scheduled, but their subjects are "top secret."

Perry added that the site is "pleased to be working closely with Greg Ayres" and will post video of one of the actor's convention panels.

Registration for the site will launch on January 19.


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Wow, I guess some other fans' ears were ringing too! This will probably help by encouraging revenue placement going back to Japan by legal purchasing. :biggrin
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