July 4, 2022


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Voice Actress Highlights Harsh Working Environment In The Anime Industry

Atsuko Enomoto

Voice Actress Highlights Harsh Working Surroundings In The Anime Trade

Japanese voice actress and singer Atsuko Enomoto highlighted the cruel working setting within the anime business in an area hosted on Twitter with mangaka turned politician Ken Akamatsu and fellow voice actress Akemi Kanda.

When Akatmatsu requested Enomoto if there was something that she would love him to do as a politician, the latter introduced up the problem of low wages for voice actors within the business and requested Akamatsu to enhance this example.

She identified that solely these voice actors who’re assured and have been performing within the business for a very long time can demand higher wages.

“The charges for animation work are too low. We are able to increase costs, however the actuality is that there’s dumping happening. Most corporations can’t increase costs. Solely those that have been performing for a very long time and are assured can afford it,” she mentioned.

The pay for a voice actor is dictated primarily based on previous work and expertise. In accordance with Enomoto, a voice actor who has simply debuted (juniors) earns solely about 15,000 yen.

“If it goes to 18,000 yen, they are saying it’s too excessive for a daily job, and the sphere can’t pay the distinction between 15,000 yen and 18,000 yen,” Enomoto revealed.

Whereas the discrepancy in pay first started for voice actresses, male voice actors too are going through an analogous state of affairs because of the enhance in competitors.

“The departure first occurred within the ladies’s voices, as a result of we couldn’t ask for extra (for the efficiency). We’ve extra folks, so we will’t increase the worth from 15,000 yen for everybody,” she mentioned.

Enomoto was of the opinion {that a} VA’s pay didn’t match as much as the hours of labor that they put in for his or her roles. Moreover, she revealed {that a} voice actor and his or her company wouldn’t have an employment contract. They’re handled as sole proprietors and usually are not topic to labor-related legal guidelines and rules.

The worst half, in line with her, was that the state of affairs hadn’t modified over the course of 24 years that she has been within the anime business.

Enomoto cited the weak place during which voice actors discovered themselves as a part of the issue. A lot of the VAs discovered it onerous to talk up about their working circumstances which made it onerous for his or her state of affairs to enhance.

“In case you are in an workplace, it’s onerous to say something as a result of folks assume it’s the opinion of the workplace. I’m not a daily performer, so I can say issues like this, and I’m assured that even when I do, they are going to use me, so I say them,” she mentioned.

Another excuse for the low wages and unfavorable working circumstances was the low budgets that anime studios have for producing an anime.

“We’ve been asking for an enchancment within the working setting, however we all know that there isn’t any cash for manufacturing, so we’ve been saying for a very long time that there may not be any enchancment, and we’ve been questioning what to do,” Enomoto mentioned.

Akamatsu and the twitter followers who had been following the house had been shocked that such specifics had been put ahead in a dialogue.

Akamatsu, who’s the chief advisor to the Hyogen no Jiyu wo Mamoru Kai, or “Affiliation to Defend Freedom of Expression,” informed the audiences that he would work to enhance this example of voice actors.

“This isn’t good for a voice actress who ranks third when it comes to occupations elementary and junior highschool college students need to turn into. We’ll work to enhance it,” Akamatsu mentioned on the finish of the house.

Enomoto made her debut as a voice actress taking part in Yukino Miyazawa from Kare Kano in 1998, which she auditioned for whereas nonetheless in highschool. Her debut single was Be My Angel the opening theme of the 2001 anime Angelic Layer.

She had earlier come ahead stating her personal experiences as a younger voice actress, in addition to her emotions about harassment within the leisure business in Japan.

Supply: J-Solid