New Anime Studio Employee Gets His First Paycheck…And Is Shocked at How Small It Is

There’s a reason why the same parents who encourage their kids to become doctors or lawyers don’t try to steer them into becoming anime studio employees.

It may not be the biggest or most famous anime studio in Japan, but Tokyo-based Xebec has produced a couple of respectable successes in its 20-year history. Most recently, it’s been the company behind the various animated branches of the To Love-Ru franchise, and Xebec can also count Negima!, Love Hina, Martian Successor Nadesico, and Sorcerer Hunters among its greatest hits.

Given the studio’s better-than-average track record, landing a job there is probably makes an aspiring animator feel pretty lucky…at least until he sees his paycheck. Recently, an Internet user claiming to be a new Xebec hire shared the details of his payslip, and the picture suddenly didn’t look quite as nice as the polished visuals anime is known for.

Before we start counting yen, the employee describes his working conditions as:

● A three-month contract
● Only base pay and commuting allowance (no social insurance benefits)
● No limit on how much work he has to do each day

So, at the end of the month, how much does he take home? A mere 131,330 yen (US$1,095), calculated as 130,000 yen in base pay, 5,300 yen to cover his commuting to and from the office, and 3,970 yen withheld for income tax.

Full article continued at RocketNews24
Source: Nijipoi via Jin
Top image: To Love-Ru official website

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