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Animanga in the News: 5/30/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on May 30, 2011 19:05
Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything sent waves through the anime and manga world today, you'll find it in this post! By the way, I'm saladesu, one of the translators and global moderators of MH, and I'll be posting a post like this every day (as much as possible, anyway). Look forward to them ;)

How Much do Mangaka Earn from Royalties?

Top 100 mangaka make 70 million yen a year, the rest make 2.8 million, while One Piece mangaka makes 1.3 billion from royalties alone.

The top 100 mangaka in Japan apparently make 70 million yen a year on average from royalties, according to "Umizaru" and "Blackjack ni Yoroshiku" mangaka Satou Shuuhou, who tweeted this statistic on his personal Twitter.

Satou had met with some manga researchers the day before and the topic had come up in the discussion. In 2009, 5300 people published mangaka in tankoubon format, and among them, the top 100 mangaka earned around 70 million yen a year.

Everyone knows that Japan's best-selling manga of all time is Oda Eiichirou's "ONE PIECE", and it has been estimated that his yearly earnings amount to 3.1 billion yen (38 million USD), of which 1.3 billion come from tankoubon royalties.

However, the rest of the 5200 mangaka who were published earned only a meager 2.8 million a year. Your average salaryman on the street earns 4.9 million a year, so for a mangaka to maintain a similar lifestyle, they need to publish at least a volume a year and sell over 120,000 copies in total. It is said that it is next to impossible to live one's whole life as a mangaka.

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One Piece Anime Streamed Online

Entire "East Blue Saga" available to celebrate 500th episode. First episode streams free.

In celebration of the 500th episode of "One Piece", which airs on Fuji TV, "Fuji TV On Demand", Fuji's online video site, and "Animejan", Toei Animation's website, will stream episodes from the anime online.

The 61 episodes of the "East Blue Saga" will be made available, and the first episode, "I am Luffy! The man who will become the Pirate King!" will be available for free. The other episodes are available at 105 yen per episode or in packs costing 588 yen.

"One Piece" began serialization in Weekly Shounen Jump in 1997, and has to date sold over 230 million copies. The anime began airing in 1999.

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#1. by Googlez_kun (MH's Best Artist)
Posted on May 30, 2011
I always wondered how much money they actually get.
And man,Oda is one rich man.

Thanks for the info!
#2. by kaizoku99 ()
Posted on May 31, 2011
I think there was some mistake made in the conversion to USD in the first article. Last I checked, it was ~100 yen to 1 dollar, not ~1000. Assuming the yen amounts are correct, it should actually be 38 million USD, not 3.8 million. Either way, it's still a hell of a lot of money though (and that's only in 1 year!), yikes.
#3. by R4n ()
Posted on May 31, 2011
no wonder they say manga is a gamble.
You really need hardwork to do it. Not only in the idea conception stage but also in the production stage where the insane amount of work and stress is no longer a secret.
Even after you managed to get published, the commission doesn't necessarily able to support you.

But then, for many people creating a manga goes beyond material reward. I should respect that. Really. But i am seriously worried about their health... :o
#4. by saladesu (in absentia)
Posted on May 31, 2011
Thanks, I fixed the conversion error :)
#5. by baboysai (Pink Warrior)
Posted on May 31, 2011
hmm.. it's quite hard to balance it off. To say that one cannot support a certain lifestyle through manga alone, and yet, manga writing is very time-consuming you wouldn't have time for any other stuff.
#6. by come come paradise ()
Posted on May 31, 2011
That's an extremely interesting piece of information, thank you for this article :)

I wonder what "published" means (does self-publication count? surely not all of them are full-time mangakas); the income average for the 5200 other mangakas looks like it's been pushed down a bit, but either way it proves once again that mangaka really is a tough job...
#7. by Lsshin ()
Posted on May 31, 2011
Nice article, I wonder what is the percent rate their respective publishing company's actually pay them from the profit, we also have to consider some bosses tend to be thiefs others tend to have favorites, and all publishing company's have big law firms
#8. by Kibate ()
Posted on May 31, 2011
And this is what i don't understand. If they (the companys) make so much money, why not give the popular ones a few weeks off in a year, and hire some new mangaka?
Not only would it give a freaking lot of people a chance at the success too, but also help the current mangaka live until their old and not die due to stress, but also give them more chances to create even more popular succesfull manga AND it helps the viewer a LOT too, since they can now choose from even more manga/anime to read/watch.
#9. by Saint Markus ()
Posted on May 31, 2011
Oda deserves every damn penny, too.
#10. by Lsshin ()
Posted on May 31, 2011
I agree with you ki bate, but jump is so uptight and highty mighty XD, iff they start doing that then every mangaka its gonna push into jump and disregard the rest of magazines, wich are a LOT but most mangakas do get their vacations, oda gets around two months a year, not all together tought.

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