Dr. Otaku’s Corner: Career Advice and the Content Industry

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Salutations, readers, to Dr. Otaku’s Corner. I have returned to serving my duty of dispensing politically correct opinions for your insight. With my extensive internet-based database and procedurally-generated algorithms, there is no question that I cannot answer.

I want to become an animator. How can I get better at drawing anime?

Pursuing a career in the arts? Quite laudable indeed. I commend your brave prospects.

You ask of improving your skills as an artist. Although I highly recommend getting off of your lazy butt and either consult professional instruction or dedicate yourself to daily study and practice.

Of course, I’m aware that a vast majority of you will struggle to find the motivation to commit yourself to a simple hobby such as drawing, so I’ve devised some advice to give you a jump-start:

  1. Watch lots of hentai. The anatomy of anime characters (or any ideally attractive character) is a confounding concept. To fully grasp this subject, you’re going to need “full exposure”, and naked anime characters in libido fits that bill well. Remember to pay close attention to details such as proportions, expressions, and transitions between key frames, especially during repetitive motions. Watching porn literally for science, isn’t that great? Also, don’t forget to study up on some adult doujinshi.
  2. Avoid artwork sites such as Pixiv. Seriously, these Japanese and Korean illustrators are fucking wizards. I’m convinced that their skills are god-given powers. One glance at their illustrations, and not only will you be astonished, but you’ll be demotivated beyond recovery because you’ll think to yourself, “Holy shit. This is so amazing that I cannot expect myself to demonstrate such skill in a million years.” And for lazy bastards such as yourselves, that is synonymous to “I quit”. Hell, not even Twitter is safe anymore. Using others’ drawings as reference is perfectly fine, but exercising caution is strongly advised.
  3. Don’t even bother publishing your artwork. Ever wonder how DeviantArt became a site that is half-professional art gallery, half-cesspool of cringe art? When you finish a new drawing that you’ve spent hours on, you can’t help but feel proud of your work. But this is the jaded line of thought that fools people into thinking that their art is so great, that they feel the need of showing it off to the world. They’ve become so disillusioned that they fail to realize that their art actually looks like shit. These people will come back to their artwork in the future, only to be confronted with suicide-inducing thoughts of regret. To reiterate: save yourself the cringe and completely dismiss the thought of exposing your crude art to the world. Doing so wastes your time, stifles your progress, and drains your humanity.

Lastly, you’re going to have to acknowledge that being an animator in Japan is not a well-paying job at all. You’ll be throwing out hastily-drawn frames for the majority of your career. You won’t care if it looks like shit, because you’ll blame it on the budget and the in-between checker will “probably” do something about it. But you’re reveling in your dream of creating anime, so none of that matters, right? If below-minimum wages and reclusive lifestyles are your thing, then be my guest.

I pirate anime all the time. Should I be ashamed of myself?

Believe it or not, piracy is still a means of consumerism! It just means that you’ve exploited the economy to bypass the price. Piracy of digital content means more people are willing and able to access it, thus boosting demand overall.

The way this works is simple. Demand is decided by two factors: a consumer’s willingness and ability of purchasing a certain service or product. By introducing piracy, you expand your product to a new niche of consumers: those who are capable of purchasing, but not willing to actually spend money on the product; and those who simply cannot afford the product. Therefore, since the product is exposed to a larger demographic, it gains popularity and attracts more potential consumers, which can only mean more demand.

The benefits of piracy don’t just stop there! Pirating is also a means for lowly consumers to communicate with the elevated corporate tier. Allow me to explain.

Lets storm up a hypothetical scenario. Say company X publishes a Blu-Ray of an anime. A fan of the anime (let’s call him “Jerry”) wants to purchase a copy of this Blu-Ray, but discovers that it only comes in a “Collectors Edition” boxed set thrown in with other useless shit that he never asked for, such as an artbook that he’ll only look at once, a crappy plastic nick-nack meant to resemble something from the anime, and a poster that’s been folded in half too many times. Jerry also realizes that this Blu-Ray will cost him a hefty sum of money. Jerry loves his wallet, so he decides to stream the anime from KissAnime for free instead. Many other people do the same.

The publishing company soon realizes that their sales figures suck absolute balls. They finally snap out of retardation and realize, “We see now! What people want is a basic copy of the disc, so people can simply watch the anime without paying for extra bullshit!”

The moral of the story is, that when corporate gets too greedy or when marketing screws up, the consumer has the power to make things right, and pirating was an enabler in this situation.

Unfortunately, this influence is greatly diminished against companies who have a monopoly on the market. This means that they do whatever shit they feel like, and the consumer cannot do much since there is no comparable competitor (fuck you Crunchyroll).

That concludes this session of Doctor Otaku’s Corner. Now that I’ve risen from the dead, I look forward to providing more sporadic content, but this time with your questions! What do you depressive plebians want Dr. Otaku to talk about next? Ask in the comments below, or hit us up on Twitter or something, yo.

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Occasional reporter for Anime Maru. I tried thinking of something clever to write here and gave up. Anyways, thank you for supporting the site and have a nice day. uwu