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Japanese Government Wants to Relieve the Pressure on Animators with Technology

The Japanese government is hoping to alleviate some of the pressure animators are facing in the anime industry. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) met with around 100 representatives from the anime industry on February 20th. The meeting had information about how technology is being utilized by production companies and that an industry […]

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8 Recent Anime Controversies that Shook the Industry

The anime industry is fairly quiet compared to most other entertainment industries. While there is growing awareness about the poor treatment animators face, anime has been fairly clean. However, when controversy hits, it hits big! Here are some of the events that shook the industry over the past 10 years.   Aya Hirano – Bandmate […]

The Anime Industry’s Big Issues and What People Say Could Solve It

It’s no secret that the anime industry has its fair share of problems. Artists have been speaking out against their sometimes below minimum wage salary and long work hours, various producers have been attacking the production committee model saying it doesn’t equally share profits with creators, and agencies have been stepping up their fight against piracy to gain more revenue.   […]

Japan Hopes to Make Permanent Residency Easier for Foreign Anime Talent

People with expertise in animation and illustration may have an easier path to permanent Japanese residency. According to The Japan Times, the Japanese government is looking to change their immigration policy to attract foreign workers in pushing the “Cool Japan” initiative. The changes can happen as early as this summer. Japan’s current immigration system assigns […]

You Can Help House Young Animators in New Crowdfunding Campaign

We know the struggles many young animators face when they join the anime industry. Low pay and long work hours can take their toll, leading to 80% of animators leaving their dream job within three years. It’s tough, and fans are always looking for new ways to support the animators that breath life into their […]

An Anime’s Budget & Quality Aren’t Related According to Top Animator

One of the great misconceptions of anime fans deals with an anime’s budget. Most fans believe a high budget leads to better quality, which makes sense on paper. If your budget is large enough, in theory, you’ll be able to hire the best animators, best director, and a top-flight storyboard artist. But unfortunately, hiring the best […]

‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ Director Says 80% of Young Animator Work is Now Overseas

Inbetweeners. They are a vital but overlooked group of animators that help breathe life into your favorite shows. Their job isn’t glamorous; they are responsible for drawing the “QUALITY” pictures that go in between keyframes. Basically, they draw the movement segments of scenes, and if they do a good job, you won’t really notice it. Inbetween […]