Animator Dormitories Project needs your support!

Posted on May 28, 2014 - 6:13pm by Darkseid2

Yeah yeah, I know it's been awhile since I last posted something here (I'll get some thoughts on the Spring season up in a few weeks), but this is important and needs to be shared. There's an indiegogo campaign up right now run by the NAO Animation Supports, a group that build dormitories for the various animators that work on your favorite anime. They're trying to raise 10,000 dollars to help build another dormitory, and are just barely above 4,000 with twelve days left as of posting.

So, what's the big deal, you may ask? I'll tell you the big deal; these dormitories could possibly save the sanity and even lives of these animators. You think I'm shitting you? Let me tell you some things about the anime industry.

I suggest you grab a snack.

The anime industry has been in a downward spiral for a good while now. Work hours are insanely long for almost no pay, a forth of the normal yearly salary. You think 40,000 a year with no bonuses is rough? Try living on just 10,000 a year. That's how much the average salary of an anime animator is. In terms of welfare and economic benefit, these animators have one of the worst jobs in existence of nearly every developed country in the world that isn't done by prison labor. Add in rising costs to live in Tokyo, where they have to live to work, and things only get worse and worse.

In one particularly sad case from 2010, an A-1 Pictures employee committed suicide. It was found to be related to working conditions, including working, on average, 600 hours a month. Each day is 24 hours, and there are 30 days in a month, give or take one or two here and there. That is a total of 720 hours. He spent all but 120 of those hours working. An 80 hour work week most people complain about is half that number at 320 hours. Depression is rampant in the workforce, the hours are practically inhuman, and it all just continues almost endlessly for some as some studios release shows each season in a year. Bones alone has released five shows this year, and we're only at the halfway point! Two of them are already getting second seasons to air this year! That is fucking insane.

The average Japanese animator.

And do you know why these people put up with some of the most hellish working conditions imaginable? Because they love anime. Their dream was making anime, to take part in creating something they wanted to see as kids, or maybe as teens or adults. They wanted to make something they would like, and have to give up their mental and emotional health to do it. That's dedication to your craft, and this industry still manages to somehow release dozens upon dozens of shows every single year without fail, not including all the various OVAs and specials. All of that suffering is worth it to them to just have something they poured their passion into find fans, to have their efforts enjoyed as they wanted them to be enjoyed. Yeah, you have those who probably shouldn't put so much effort into it (there's a lot of ecchi), but there's plenty more making fascinating or entertaining works for tons of different audiences. Just from last year alone, they gave us Attack on Titan, Gatchaman Crowds, Kill la Kill, Sunday Without God, Watamote, Samurai Flamenco, Valvrave, Outbreak Company, Danganronpa, Nagi no Asukara, C3-bu, Strike the Blood, Gingitsune, The Devil is a Part-Timer, and many, many more. You may have hated some of those, or you may have adored some of those (I threw some shows I hated here, people), but you have to respect the effort that went into these.

Yes, even BlazBlue. They fixed a whole lot of shit in the blu-rays (still crap, though).

So, instead of pirating the newest, hottest show (I know a whole lot of you are guilty of this at one point or another) and not giving a cent to any companies streaming or bringing over these various shows, why don't you give back for once? And if you do give back, give back more! These people are putting themselves on the line just to entertain you with what they love, and you owe them some sort of support. Can't properly watch streams or purchase anime where you life? Then here's your chance to give back.

All they're asking for is money for housing, where these guys can relax a little and keep their minds a little distracted from the work rushing towards them almost constantly. That alone could possibly save a life. That's no hyperbole.

People, you could literally save anime.

Dead serious.

You could help save an entire medium. This is just a step, but it's an important step. It's a step towards a world where these passionate people don't have to endlessly suffer for what they love. That's a world worth having. Throw a few bucks there way, it makes a difference.

That link again.

Spread the word and donate what you can, whether it's a little or a lot. It helps.

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