Updated on September 12th, 2021
The director of the animated Chainsaw Man anime adaptation, Ryuu Nakayama posted an update through his Fanbox portal announcing that MAPPA studios will begin recruiting new animators for the Chainsaw Man production team and also offering them training.
While this is nothing new for the anime industry (especially for big anime studio like MAPPA ), the announcement reveals that it will be a contract based position with the studio ( with the possibility of becoming a full-time employee of studio Mappa ) with all job benefits and also a monthly salary.
Director Nakayama explained in his blog post that although he himself is a freelancer working with MAPPA, he is collaborating with Mappa producers in training new animators to cultivate new talents who will work within their team for a long time. MAPPA, for its part, is looking for an unspecific number of people for the apprenticeship position, which accepts people who graduate next April or who are in the middle of their career, although they have to live in Japan and be able to travel to the new study from Ogikubo where Chainsaw Man is being produced.
The starting salary will be $2,102 per month, which will be increased once a year in July based on results and a bonus in March based on how the business is doing. You can also take two days off a week (usually the weekend), as well as all holidays, the Obon and the end of the year. Paternity and condolence leaves are also offered. All national social security, pension and insurance are provided, along with a displacement allowance (up to 30,000 yen [$ 273]) and a family allowance, typically 10,000 yen ($ 91) for the non-working spouse and 4,000 yen ($ 36) for each child. The subsidies are usually added to the monthly payment.
The contract will be for two years, with a two-month trial period. After two years, depending on trainee performance and so on, the apprentice can become a full-time employee. The difference between a contract employee and a full-time employee in Japan means that the full-time employee basically has a forever contract, making it incredibly difficult for the company to fire him. Such an opening almost never happens in the anime industry, especially for trainees, as most studios only turn to freelance workers for keyframes or very short-term contracts. Only a few studios, such as Kyoto Animation, Toei Animation, and Studio Ghibli, have salaried animation staff.
Chainsaw Man is an upcoming anime by Studio Mappa. In case you don’t what Chainsaw Man is about, here is the short synopsis:
The story takes place in a world where Demons threaten the peace of humans, making them targets to be eliminated. Denji is a depressed young man who has sold several of his organs and who works as a woodcutter and demon hunter to pay off his late father’s debt
Denji owns a dog (who is also a demon) named Pochita, who has chainsaws and who he uses to do his job. This is explained since humans can contract with demons. After returning home from a job, Denji is called in by a Yakuza to infiltrate a building and murder another demon. However, the plan was a trap to assassinate him as part of a Yakuza contract with the demon, obtaining these more power. But Pochita comes to Denji’s aid and joins him, becoming a half man half demon and acquiring Pochita’s chainsaws.
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