Tokyo Keizai: Anime Studio Managers Don’t Understand Accounting, Leading to Low Wages



One among Japan’s main enterprise publications, Tokyo Keizai, investigated the results of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on anime studios and what may be in retailer for the business in the long term as aftereffects from the virus affect the present system. The publication additionally checked out present points that may turn out to be much more pronounced because of the coronavirus.


In Crunchyroll Information’ personal investigation, we realized that anime studios have been doing their finest in working remotely, with various success. The principle points have been with voice recording, which has since resumed with some new pointers in place, and broadcast area on tv, which has too many sequence prepared (or quickly to be prepared) with not sufficient slots for them.


Tokyo Keizai re-confirms all of the above factors, in addition to elaborating on the truth that a few of anime’s greatest income streams—occasions, motion pictures, and live shows—are nonetheless a no go. Whereas this doesn’t have an effect on anime studios, it does have an effect on the auxiliary earnings streams of manufacturing committees, who rent anime studios to supply sequence’. The have an effect on of cash not flowing into manufacturing committees might trickle right down to anime studios in a 12 months or two, relying on the size of contracted work the studio might get sooner or later. The place, sooner or later, if there may be much less work going round, the studios will nonetheless have payments and workers to pay.




That is additionally compounded by the truth that, based on an insider supply to Tokyo Keizai, most anime studios have poor accounting abilities. These poor abilities translate to poor wages for animators, in addition to solely budgeting for the present venture and never for the longer term. With an estimated 40% of anime studios at present within the pink with already ongoing tasks, when future tasks dry up, the manufacturing homes might be pressured to shut.


Tokyo Keizai cites one studio, Khara, as a shining beacon in comparison with the remainder of the anime business. The publication says that due to Hideaki Anno’s enterprise administration ability he gained earlier than beginning Khara, Anno was capable of immediately put money into the primary Evangelion remake movie himself and recoup sufficient prices to do the identical for Evangelion 2.22.




In the intervening time, most TV anime episodes price round 18 to 25 million yen (US$172,500 to US$239,583) to make, with some episodes exceeding 30 million yen (US$287,473), with prices larger per anime episode than an hour-long primetime Japanese TV drama. Anime studios are burdened by this price, which must be, however not all the time is, lined by the contract payment. Natsuhiko Ujiie, who wrote the article, means that manufacturing corporations ought to be capable to negotiate throughout manufacturing, however for the time being, that’s a tough factor to barter because of the coronavirus and inter-company politics.


If this doesn’t change, Ujiie warns, then it turns into an limitless loop of studios taking over increasingly more tasks, overworking the workers and animators for low pay, after which not with the ability to practice new animators because of the lack of time and the dearth of a youthful era keen to get into animation because of rumors of all of the above.




Sooner or later, it looks like it’ll solely be a matter of time for the results of the coronavirus to weave its means out of an business that already has points, and hopefully, managers of anime studios can study some accounting abilities within the meantime to maintain them afloat with out having to resort to nefarious methods to maintain their studios working.


Supply: Tokyo Keizai


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll Information. He additionally runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff known as TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photographs of his travels on Instagram.