Initial news that Attack on Titan Season 2 was going to run for 12 episodes was met with immense backlash from fans. It was argued that a four-year gap should have yielded at least 25 episodes, just like the anime’s first season. But there was a factor that most fans seemed to ignore in their rage; Wit Studio is a small animation studio with a huge workload.

Highlighting this fact was Thomas Romain, an animator who works in the anime industry. He took to Twitter to talk about the two biggest problems the industry is facing; lack of animators and too many projects being produced.

 

Romain would go on to highlight some common misconceptions fans have about the industry.

Talking about where the money goes when you buy merchandise, licensed games, shirts, and other related goods:

 

How could Wit Studio only produce 12 episodes with a four-year gap?

 

Why is there a lack of new animators entering the anime industry?

 

Based on this information, we might see a contraction in the number of studios and projects in the future if the industry continues to refuse to address work conditions animators face. Animators can work between 50 to 84 hours a week and only take home 92,500 yen ($870) to 235,000 yen ($2,189) a month, depending on experience.

Basically, they are either living below Japan’s poverty line or just above it. No wonder the industry is facing a shortage in animators and animation schools are closing down on a yearly basis.

This may seem contradictory, as the Association of Japanese Animators announced that the industry made a record 1.82 billion yen ($15.9 billion) in 2016. The problem is that none of that money is going back to the workers, but only to the companies that are part of production committees, which often times exclude animation studios as members.

 

Romain did offer some advice to anime fans looking to do a little good to help the state of the industry:

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Aaron Magulick
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry.
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