Before you cry at the sheer size of this post note that it is a very goood read, and will provide some very nice brain candy. This was originally posted by a member on MAL who translated an interview with someone that worked in the industry (The anime industry) and quit due to low wages, bad working conditions, and apparently staff-mates that were some hard core Otaku. He also talks about the price of box sets in Japan (They are redonkulous) as well as some other things about the culture most of those here probably are unaware of. To be frank, I'm asking you to just leave the thread if you don't have the time to read the OP and maybe come back later because it is LONG. That said there is some very good information provided.
*ap19 is the original poster of this, and the translator.
Originally Posted by Production AssistantOriginally Posted by ap19
Honestly after I read this I wasn't sure what to feel anymore. I've been pirating/streaming video for quite some time, and based on what he says in the above quotes, a single season 12-13 episodes (This is in Japan) is around 80,000-100,000 JPY that's roughly 1,000 USD. If this is true than I myself have watched easily more than 150,000 USD worth of shows illegally. Normally I wouldn't have a problem with that, but knowing the salary they make while producing shows is just saddening. On average these workers are making about 30,000 USD a year for a job that requires A LOT OF WORK, in modern day America you can make more money than that in a year by working at freaking Wal-mart full time.
I don't even want to know the living conditions of those who have this salary at ages of 30 and up, by then if you have a career that you started out of college you should be making at least 40k a year and I'm sure the average is around 60k at least here in the U.S.. This makes me feel bad about myself for all the money I've taken out of the industry, because these people are literally dying to support and create what they love. If they have a family to feed on that pittance of an income and on top of that probably work crazy hours so they are never home with their families I feel really sorry for them.
I myself have tried my hardest to buy things and put money back into the industry, but I no longer have a job and I still have about a month of high school left so I'm not looking. Since I've lost my job I've spent around $2,000 on anime related stuff (i.e. figurines, shows, manga). That's nothing compared to how much I've watched over the past three years, and I kinda feel bad about it. On the other hand I think there is something that could be done to help pump money back to the producers.
If they were to say have a few major anime production companies come together and create a website of their own like Crunchyroll, and break down the subscriptions to multiple levels they could make some bank. Here was my idea, they could have 4 membership levels. Free, Standard, Super, and Ultra.
Free - These members can create an account and have access to all or most of the sites shows for free, but with normal stream quality like 300p, by simply providing an email, and the standard things you would need to join a forum. This level would also have advertising in the stream to provide revenue much like hulu, and twitch do.
Standard - These members would pay a monthly fee of about $5 (Around 500 yen) for access to all the shows at standard definition. There would probably be less or no advertising at this level, but maybe some so those who join are more tempted to upgrade.
Super - For another $2 ($8 a month like netflix) these members get access to all shows in high definition. Absolutely no advertising in streams.
Ultra - For $10 these members could download the show directly to their hard drive as well as stream whenever they want, with no advertising.
My thought behind this idea is that on this site the companies that have already produced metric f***-tons of shows could either hire fansubbers, or just have the shows subbed themselves, and put them on the site like any other streaming site. Face it most of the U.S. community that pirates, downloads subs anyway. This way they could make a database of shows much larger than any other and at least pull some money out of it even paid membership rates aren't high they would still make more money off of it, and most likely more than any other illegal streaming site. Maybe even add a forum section where members could chat and set up some kind of group watch area where you could watch shows with fellow members.
Sure even with this in place there will be those that pirate anyway, but I feel they could rake in some decent dough with this idea. I know I would subscribe to at least a $5 a month sub, it's cheaper than everywhere else so why not?
Anyone else think this would be a good idea?
The one thing I do know for sure after reading this article is that anytime I stream from now on I'll have to think of those who made it and I have a new found respect for them. When I get older and get a job I will start to buy more shows so I can at least begin to pay back what I owe to these people who work for less than what I will be making in a year or two at half their age.
Well I'll say my part, congrats to anyone who actually read all of this! What do you think of this, and what did you learn? How do you feel about pirating and streaming now that you have read this?
For anyone that might be interested here is the original thread on MAL,
Yeah good luck with that...