Survey Shows That 17% of Anime Workers Have Experienced or May be Dealing with Depression and Other Mental Health Issues

When we watch anime, we see characters with inexhaustible positivity and vitality, but the anime professionals behind the scenes are facing some serious health issues due to their working conditions. The Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) conducted a survey on the health of anime workers and found some alarming results.

The survey collected responses from 429 anime workers, and the results showed that 66 percent of respondents are suffering from physical fatigue, while 68 percent are experiencing mental fatigue. Even more alarming is the fact that 17 percent of participants said they “have, or have possibly, suffered from depression or other emotional sickness.” These statistics shed light on the serious toll that the anime industry is taking on its workers.

Although the survey results have not been publicly released, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported the statistics. The decision to include health-related questions in the survey was made last year, although the exact timing of the survey responses is unclear. However, with no significant changes in the production and distribution of anime, it’s safe to say that the working conditions remain challenging for anime workers.

Working in the anime industry has always been highly competitive and high-pressure, and it’s unlikely that this will ever change. However, it’s disheartening to see that the people producing fun entertainment for consumers are paying such a high personal well-being cost. It’s hoped that the survey results will prompt a reexamination of working practices and lead to improvements in the industry.

Source: NHK News Web via Otakomu

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