If it wasn’t enough that working in the anime industry is hard, the pay can also be shockingly low. Taiki Nishimura has been making anime for the past twenty years. But as he recently revealed on Twitter (via ANN), he gets around a thousand bucks per month for each show he works on. According to Nishimura, he needs between 150,000 yen ($1,349) to 200,000 yen ($1,798) per month to make ends meet. So while he’d prefer to work on one anime at a time, he doubles up. Each of these anime takes two months to finish, with a lump sum of 230,000 yen for that period ($2,070). That works out to 115,000 yen ($1,033) per month per show for a combined monthly income of 250,000 yen ($2,250). Advertisement Keep in mind that this is for a 20-year vet who has directed episodes of Naruto, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny and School Rumble. As Otaku Magazine points out, Nishimura complained about his situation in late April, saying last year he made 1,600,000 yen ($14,385) from working in anime. His current situation, he said, is making him want to quit the business. ANN notes that the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
It would be a gross understatement to say that I do not enjoy Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. The viral winter anime turns my stomach with its nauseating mix of saccharine anime tropes and raunchy fan service. And, on top of that, somebody who is both dear to me and on my apartment’s lease will not shut up about it. So, to show him the error of his ways, I took my housemate to a Dragon Maid-themed maid cafe in New Jersey. Each Wednesday for 13 weeks, the anime streaming service Crunchyroll aired another Dragon Maid episode about an office worker who one day opened her door to a large, fiery dragon. Miraculously, the dragon transforms into a busty maid, whom the woman houses with some mixture of reluctance and curiosity. More of the dragon maid’s sexy-cute dragon-girl clan join them over time. It’s as if some Japanese ad agency engineered an entire show out of trending search terms on anime sites. “They’re size D, for Dragon!!!” the dragon Tohru exclaims in episode one after Miss Kobayashi gifts her a new shirt. GIF Dragon Maid I despise Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, but it’s been impossible to avoid. Anime READ FULL STORY…
It’s been quite a while since I heard anything from Mr. Tired Media and their upcoming visual novel dungeon crawling RPG “Undead Darlings: No cure for love” (the game is said to be set for a release to Windows, MAC and Linux during Q1 or Q2 this year). In the matter of fact, the last time that I wrote about… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!
Saint Seiya is being turned into a live-action flick. Saint Seiya is being turned into a live-action flick. Toei Animation is teaming up with Chinese film company A Really Good Film for the English language picture, which will be helmed by Tomasz Bagiński of Witcher game intro fame. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
[Images: Studio Chizu] If you’ve seen Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast or any of Mamoru Hosoda’s films, you know he has directed some truly wonderful pictures. Good news, because he’s making a new film called Mirai, and here are its first details. Advertisement According to Variety, Mirai tells the story of a 4 year-old boy who has a hard time coming to terms with the birth of his baby sister. Things get magical when a mysterious garden allows him to travel back in time and meet his mother as a little girl. Hosoda discussed the upcoming animated feature with Variety, saying, “Mirai is about a boy who is trying to reclaim the love of his parents.” Hosoda pointed out that his movies are typically about families or the relationships between family members. Advertisement When asked how personal Mirai is, Hosoda replied, “If I decided to tell the story of a brother and sister, it’s because after the birth of my second child, our eldest one got the impression that this newly arrived baby stole her parents, which made her ferociously jealous.” According to the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Hey, did you hear? Hayao Miyazaki has officially come out of retirement to make a new feature film. If you want to work on it, here’s how you can apply! Advertisement Studio Ghibli has a job listing for the feature—which also means that Ghibli is going back into feature film production! The listing mentions how Miyazaki has decided to come out of retirement, writing, “Because of his age, this one is most certainly seems like the last work he will direct.” The listing, which seems to have been penned by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, is rather frank. It pointing out that “several important colleagues have died” in the past few years. (For example, color designer Michiyo Yasuda.) Advertisement The listing adds, “To do this film, please lend us the power of youth. The [production] period is three years. We’re looking for those to come together to create this work.” The gigs are for animation and background art. Those who are already working in the animation industry are also welcome to apply. Successful candidates will begin work on October 1, 2017, which, I guess, means the movie goes into READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Madoka Magica Three cheers for moms. Single moms, cookie-baking moms, strict moms, workaholic moms, martial arts master moms, bike gang moms, wolf child moms and actually-giant-mecha moms—we appreciate you, in life and in anime. And there are some very, very good moms in anime. Advertisement In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re honoring our five favorite anime moms. Here we go: Junko Kaname from Madoka Magica GIF Madoka Magica Junko keeps it very, very real. She’s busy as hell, a real businesswoman and the family’s breadwinner. In the morning, she helps her daughter Madoka tie bows into her hair. Late at night, when she returns from work, she drinks herself into a stupor. Her most memorable quote: “Us adults are always in pain. That’s why we’re allowed to drink alcohol!” Chi-Chi from Dragon Ball Z GIF Dragon Ball Z Chi-Chi’s idea of mothering might be a little controversial. She’s pretty strict. When her son Gohan is training to defeat some critically evil figure, or running off to save the world, Chi Chi’s always telling him, no, studying is more important. She’s overprotective and, probably, would prefer it READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Meitu, the folks behind that infamous beauty app, are rolling out an official Sailor Moon phone and selfie stick. Advertisement The Sailor Moon branded M8 phone also comes with a pink remote control to take selfies, Fashion Snap reports. The phone costs around the equivalent of US$430 and is limited 10,000 units. No word on whether or not the phone will right wrongs or triumph over evil. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
GIF People might tell you that Overwatch revolves around pithy things like “team compositions” and “the payload,” but they’re wrong. Hideously wrong. Only one thing matters in Overwatch: airborne superiority. Advertisement This clip is short, but I think I speak for everyone who’s spent their life with the cold shackles of gravity wrapped tight around their ankles when I say damn: In my head, this is now a canon battle for Mercy’s heart. Except for the part where Genji wins. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Starting this Friday, Happy Meals in Japan will have Dragon Ball Super toys. Advertisement In the clips below, you can see them in actions. They look pretty cool for Happy Meal toys! Though, the Vegeta uppercut is a bit of a let down. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
In anime and manga, when characters get excited—often sexually excited—blood dribbles, or squirts, out of their noses. But is this backed by medical science? Nope! Advertisement The notion that arousal or excitement induces bloody noses (hanaji or “鼻血”) isn’t just part of anime or manga iconography. It’s also become an old wives’ tale of sorts. Well, in Japan at least. Japanese site Netallica put the question before a otolaryngologist to see if the ear, nose, and throat doctor could confirm whether or not sexual arousal causes bloody noses. Advertisement “Bloody noses,” Dr. Kouichirou Kanaya explains, “are probably used to show in a powerful way just how excessively large the change induced by sexual arousal is.” It’s a climax, and in manga, it often seems to be code for ejaculation. The trope is very much a Japanese one, appearing throughout the country’s popular culture and with various nuances in anime and manga. It is not a new trope and has existed for years. Manga artist Yasuji Tanioka is believed to be the first one to introduce the motif with his early 1970s manga Yasuji no Mettameta READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Sci-fi comedy manga The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is being brought to life. Here’s a look at on set images, a short teaser trailer, and posters. Not sure about these outfits in a live-action film, but here we are. According to Natalie, the film is being directed by Yuichi Fukuda, who previously helmed HK: Hentai Kamen. He is also directing the live-action Gintama movie that is coming out this year. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. will be out October 21 in Japan. No word yet on an international release. Think this one will be any good? Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
It’s not just the skating that the show nails. According to former champ Johnny Weir, the show is filled with little details that shows Yuri On Ice’s creators really know their stuff. Advertisement While in China late last year, Weir gave a somewhat in depth interview about the anime. He talks about how got into the show (thanks to Evgenia Medvedeva) and how smartly done it is. “It’s such a good show and there’s so much good things from the figure skating world in the show that you wouldn’t—if you’re just a casual fan—you wouldn’t know, but for us, the skaters, you see one storyline and you can see something from your life or your friend’s life,” said Weir. “It’s very interesting.” Advertisement Fan-favorite Weir seems to have provided some inspiration to the anime, and those similarities make the show even more enjoyable for him. But the show draws more than on famous moments and biographical data. “They did a wonderful job with the production to make so many details, and I can smile because they’ll have a scene where they’re in a hotel in Russia that looks READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The Naruto manga is finished. The Naruto anime is finished. He is sticking around in his son Boruto’s spin-off series, but it sounds like creator Masashi Kishimoto wouldn’t mind if a ubiquitous Naruto character was killed off. Advertisement Kishimoto isn’t doing the Boruto manga or the anime himself, but he certainly has things to say about both. In a recent Jump interview (via 2ch), he talked about the spin-off’s furture, saying, “I think it’s okay if it [Boruto] isn’t really bound to Naruto. The time period is different and because various original elements are mixed in with the setting… I think I’d like it done with freedom. Because it’s Naruto, I think it’s also okay if this character that’s always been around died [in Boruto].” Advertisement There are couple things to keep in mind: Previously, there’s been speculation that Naruto will die. Kishimoto doesn’t come out an explicitly this. Moreover, the way the original interview is written, “Naruto” has brackets called nijuukagikakko, which are the Japanese version of the double quote. In short, they’re like italics and are referring to the entire series. Online in Japan, however, people READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!