An anime industry insider has criticized the industry’s culture of discrimination, criticizing Japan’s bias against subcontracted animators from China in an X thread (previously is Twitter) has now been deleted.
In archived posts, the animator criticized an unnamed anime studio he was working for, adding that the studio in question had been “on fire for the past two years.” He revealed his surprise at their amateur skills, worried about them continuing to hire inexperienced people, and lamented the fact that older animators don’t/can’t pass on their skills. their potential for younger creators. He added that this incompetence is present at the main Japanese animation studio and not at the subcontractors in China, and that foreign studios “can do it better than the contractors.” right now”. He continued, “And when I made animation with Chinese people, I felt the industry looked down on Chinese people. I have never seen a Japanese animation using a Chinese director despite the fact that Japanese animation is supported by China. And that seems to be an underlying assumption that China shouldn’t be used unless it’s cheap.”
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“I worked with some excellent Chinese staff who had outstanding abilities,” the animator continued, “but they said they had no chance with Japanese productions. To be honest, it is quite normal to make more money from Chinese animation.” Japanese animation, but it’s great that they still want to make Japanese animation. I used to hear things like ‘Chinese subcontracting studios can’t produce proper animation’ when I was an artist, but now I think about it, subcontracting fees because the products are produced by That production supply is incredibly low. I think the appropriate evaluation standard is to spend the same amount of time and money as in Japan and compare the quality of the work.”
He added that with the huge amount of money poured into anime, incompetence could sink an entire studio with just one mistake. His view that older animators will not pass on skills to younger ones was echoed by Jujutsu Kaisen 0 animation director Terumi NIshii when she said that the anime industry will soon collapse. pour. Nishii also participated in the recent discussion about the treatment of Chinese animators. She said on X, “China’s younger generation seems more humble and passionate about anime. With anime fans increasingly rising to management positions, there is a real desire to improve.” She also added that “Japan will probably lose. China has the ambition to become better, but Japan is lacking as well as the resources.” While Nishii raised concerns about government interference, she said money often speaks for itself.
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The animator ended his topic by highlighting how foreign studios have reached Japan’s level, citing the recent Solo Leveling opening video directed by Choi Inseung of Studio PPURI to act. Masao Maruyama, founder of MAPPA and co-founder of Madhouse, claimed last year that if restrictions on artistic expression were lifted, Chinese donghua would “soon” overtake Japanese anime. The notion that subcontracting studios go unnoticed and are overlooked resurfaced just a few weeks ago following The Simpson’s Emmy win for “Treehouse of Horror XXXIII” – the infamous Death Note episode. Online commentators noted that while Madhouse received most of the credit for Death Note, South Korean studio DR Movie was responsible for the majority of the series. DR Movie was brought back for an animated spoof of Death Note in an episode of The Simpsons.
Recent events in the anime industry have sparked debates about Japan losing its position in the anime world. The growth in China’s investment and animation potential, coupled with demand for Korean manga adaptations, could cause Japan to lose ground if both countries produced their own. Titles such as Link Click, Mo Dao Zu Shi (Demon Cultivation Master), Heaven Official’s Blessing and Daily Life of the Immortal King have made waves in recent years as some of the most popular shows originated from from China. While it won’t solve every problem in the country, a think tank recently said if Japanese animation is to survive, government intervention is needed to protect the industry’s future.
Source: Terumi Nishii via X (formerly Twitter), archived posts from Togetter