Frequent Otaku USA readers are well aware that it’s a hard world out for young Japanese animators. The industry is awash in profit, but very little of that profit seems to be trickling down, with newbie animators making so little money they have to live with their parents, or in special fan-subsidized dormitories, to even survive.
To their credit, some anime studios are working to combat the problem. From next year, that’ll include Sunrise, which is setting up a animator training program that includes living expenses.
Sunrise, the long-standing studio most famous for Gundam, will run the one-year Sunrise Animation School from April 2018 to March 2019. It’ll include lectures and trainings from real Sunrise animators, including veteran key animator Hiroshi Kojina, who’s in charge.
The 10 applicants chosen will receive a ¥100,000 monthly stipend, study from 10 to 6 Monday to Friday for a year, and, with any luck, become full-fledged Sunrise animators by the end of the process.
A tip of the hat to Sunrise, who seems to recognize the importance of well-trained (and well-fed) young folk in maintaining the industry.