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JoJo’s Character Designer Doesn’t Recommend Working in the Anime Industry


It’s easy to have an idealized view of an industry from the outside, but reality often comes crashing down on those who work within it on a regular basis. Just as video game crunch has become a hot topic over the years, so too have the conditions in the anime industry, which are, in many cases, less than ideal in both quality of life and pay. The latest industry member to step forward and speak up is character designer Terumi Nishii (Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable), who took to Twitter to share some behind the scenes thoughts in English.

Nishii expressed her disappointment in the industry in detail, citing some of the downsides that come along with working as a character designer and ultimately recommending that aspiring Japanese animators seek work elsewhere. When Nishii started, her first paycheck was for ¥2,800 (about $25), and it took her two years of work to increase her wages to between ¥60,000 and ¥100,000 a month, which is about $535 to $890 USD.

As a result of these relatively low wages, many animators depend on assistance from their parents. Combine this with harsher working conditions, especially for younger animators, and you have a industry full of overworked and underpaid employees. Here are a few of Nishii’s tweets on the matter:

Source: Terumi Nishii via Anime News Network