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Anime voice actors need loans; face 'dangerous levels of poverty' during pandemic, union says

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Apr 10, 2020 2:24 AM
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A lot of otaku will tell you that anime is essential for their emotional well-being, but animated entertainment still falls outside the realm of the sort of essential business activities health officials are talking about when they’re discussing coronavirus countermeasures. So as the country adjusts to life under the pandemic, voice actors and actresses are being hit hard, according to the Japan Actors Union.

The organization, which works in the interest of both live-action and vocal performers, recently conducted an “emergency survey” among members regarding their finances in the current business climate, which has seen numerous performances and events cancelled, as well as several release date delays. Out of the 528 respondents, 75.7 percent said they will not be receiving any payment for performances that have been cancelled.

More troubling are the responses regarding savings. The majority, 52.3 percent, of the respondents report they’re having to severely dip into their savings to make ends meet, but even they’re not in the worst-off scenario though. More than one in four, 26.3 percent, of the respondents said that they don’t have sufficient savings to support themselves and have had to take out loans.

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/anime-voice-actors-need-loans-face-'dangerous-levels-of-poverty'-during-pandemic-union-says

lol 1 in 4 of the seiyuus do not have enough savings are this the so called cheap seiyuus (like newbies) or they do not save a lot

if this is dangerous level of poverty then what more for animators that are usually free lancers too and i doubt a lot of animators have any savings at all lol
 
 
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Ye, Homer Simpson voice actor earns 300 k per episode. With most one-year Simpsons episodes consisting of about 22 episodes, that works out to US$6.6 million a year.
https://soranews24.com/2018/09/19/japanese-twitter-users-shocked-to-learn-how-much-the-simpsons-voice-actors-get-paid/

Compare that to the 70 million yen (US$630,000) top-earning Japanese voice actress Megumi Hayashibara (Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami, Slayers’ Lina Inverse) reportedly earned in 2017. Hayashibara is followed by Masako Nozawa’s (Dragon Ball’s Goku) 40 million yen (US$360,000) in the anime voice acting earnings list, and third-place Ryo Horikawa (Dragon Ball’s Vegeta), the highest-earning anime voice actor, weighs in at 30 million yen (US$270,000).
https://soranews24.com/2018/09/19/japanese-twitter-users-shocked-to-learn-how-much-the-simpsons-voice-actors-get-paid/

These are A-list Japanese voice actors; even they do not earn that much. Imagine amateur voice actors’ salary. It is depressingly low.
 
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Grusomhed_D said:
Ye, Homer Simpson voice actor earns 300 k per episode. With most one-year Simpsons episodes consisting of about 22 episodes, that works out to US$6.6 million a year.
https://soranews24.com/2018/09/19/japanese-twitter-users-shocked-to-learn-how-much-the-simpsons-voice-actors-get-paid/

Compare that to the 70 million yen (US$630,000) top-earning Japanese voice actress Megumi Hayashibara (Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami, Slayers’ Lina Inverse) reportedly earned in 2017. Hayashibara is followed by Masako Nozawa’s (Dragon Ball’s Goku) 40 million yen (US$360,000) in the anime voice acting earnings list, and third-place Ryo Horikawa (Dragon Ball’s Vegeta), the highest-earning anime voice actor, weighs in at 30 million yen (US$270,000).
https://soranews24.com/2018/09/19/japanese-twitter-users-shocked-to-learn-how-much-the-simpsons-voice-actors-get-paid/

These are A-list Japanese voice actors; even they do not earn that much. Imagine amateur voice actors’ salary. It is depressingly low.


thats interesting thanks for the info
 
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Apr 10, 2020 7:29 AM

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Animators are probably used to this kind of a financial situation so they don't care.
 
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animators should use something like Patreon on the side
 
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