Here is How Little Animators Get Paid to Work on Evangelion

Ever dream of working on an anime? What about a project lead by Hideaki Anno? Studio Khara just put out a notice that they are looking for new animators to join their team to work on the final Rebuild of Evangelion movie.


The application is open to everyone one, provided you speak Japanese, are willing to relocate to the Suginami ward in Tokyo, and can scrape an existence out of a 40,000 yen ($367) monthly paycheck. You’d want to set some money in your savings before the June application deadline hits.

That’s…well, that’s several times below Japan’s poverty line. In fact, Japan’s minimum wage is 823 yen (7.55) an hour. If you worked 50 hours a week, it would factor to 41,150 yen ($377). Basically, a standard minimum wage job in Japan would pay more on a weekly basis than an animator gets paid in a month working on Evangelion.

A large factor would be the standard of living. Rent for an average apartment in Suginami costs about 40,000 yen and that’s before utilities, food, and transportation.


You could try to offset some of the expenses by having a roommate. However, it’s more common for animators to work on multiple series for different studios. Basically, if you don’t mind work hellish hours for 40,000 yen at a couple of studios, then you might be able to eek a social less life.

At least you get to work on Evangelion.

I grew up traveling around the world with my parents who practice and teach medicine. We spent 6 years in South Asia, including Japan, and my anime obsession began there. Sports, horror, and Seinen are my favorite genres. Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William James
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