Ippei Ichii has done key animation and animation direction for dozens of anime, and he criticized the pay he says animators are receiving for Netflix anime created by MAPPA.
Anime News Network offered translations of his tweets:
“Apparently, a producer working on a Netflix anime made at MAPPA suggested to pay 3,800 yen (US$34) per cut. The budget for TV series is between 3,800 to 7,000 yen, so if you accept that offer, the unit price for animators would go down. Heads-up: If you’re asked, I think it’s best to negotiate for 15,000 yen (US$134) or more.”
While there have been criticisms of MAPPA’s work ethics by employees, Ichii feels this is more Netflix’s issue:
“To avoid misunderstanding, I have to say that my issue is with Netflix. For all the exorbitant amount of capital they have, it’s a problem that they’ve started to place orders with such low rates. There is a possibility that the prices are even lower than a TV series.”
Animator Zayd responded to this in English, remarking:
The usual 4500 yen per cut is already bad enough.
What is netflix thinking allowing them to pay less than the average? https://t.co/pUKcWoWvUb
— Zayd (@zeido__) July 2, 2021
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.