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MANGA.TOKYO was there when AEYAC, a non-profit organization whose role is to support young anime producers in their career and skill development, announced start of operations on the stage of the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair 2016 at Miyako Messe in Kyoto on September 18.
Now, our friends at Anime Anime report on the results of a recent survey held by the organization on the lifestyle of young animators in 2016. According to the survey, more than half of the young animators that took part in the survey depend on their families to make ends meet.
There has been a lot of controversy lately over the industry salaries, and according to Chairman Akiyoshi, AEYAC is going to address the labor issues surrounding the anime industry:
‘New animators have to work countless hours for little money. The wages are so low that there was recently an uproar in the industry about the money on which anime professional have to base their day-today survival. AEYAC was created to address that need and make the anime industry a place in which young animators can take an active role in cooperation with the anime industry, the government, and the universities.’
This survey was the first for the organization since its inception and its purpose was to investigate the work and living conditions of anime professionals who have up to three years of experience. Amateurs usually have to compromise many things to have the chance to work in the industry, and compromise usually means less money and more work. 153 young animators answered the call and filled the online questionnaire.
The demographic: 29% – 69% male-female ratio. 2% identified as ‘other.’
More than half of the respondents (53%) have to depend on their families to support their mediocre income, while 1 in 3 still lives with their parents and their salary is not the main income source of the household.
Those who found it difficult to abandon their independence to save money, still have to draw from their savings to support their daily expenses. Other questions had to do with commute, study loans, and rent expenses.
The full results will be published by AEYAC on February, 2017.
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