Katsunori Shibata is an animator who worked on Devilman Crybaby as an episode director and storyboard artist. He’s recently taken to Twitter to shatter the misconceptions fans have about working on Netflix anime, namely their wages.
— 柴田勝紀 (@amune1) February 8, 2018
One fan asked, “Is it true that the anime being Netflix-produced didn’t mean that there was any difference in wages, compensation compared to regular anime?” Shibata gave a sobering, “As far as I can tell, that’s correct.”
Not all fans are aware of an anime studio’s situation, but their employee’s wages won’t increase simply because Netflix is producing an anime.
Netflix is finding itself on the board of production committees, which is a group of multiple companies that invest in an anime’s creation. The members will pool together money to be used for anime’s budget. This money, along with a separate commission fee, is sent to a studio – Science SARU for Devilman Crybaby.
The budget and commission fee is used to pay an animator’s wage, which can be spread thin depending on a variety of factors, like staff size and an individual’s experience. Netflix could theoretically pitch in more money, which could raise wages, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
— 柴田勝紀 (@amune1) February 7, 2018
Shibata said the most notable difference was laid-back restrictions on sex, violent content, depictions of drugs, and flashing lights. In the same Tweet, Shibata mentioned Netflix’s business alliance with Production I.G. and Studio Bones – which he says only happened because the three parties have something to gain. Shibata noted that any benefits to animators will be up to the studios.