[Translation] Female Animator Pays Studio 6000 Yen a Month to Work for Them

This post (title included) is a translation of a post from Otakomu (and about a dozen other matome sites; I’m not sure where it even showed up first) that’s been going around today. Most of the discussion on English-speaking Twitter (at least that I’ve seen) has centered around a single translated image of a pay stub taken from the post. This seemed counterproductive, so I thought I would translate the entire series of tweets to offer people a better look at the situation.

The Twitter account referenced has since been deleted, but a small snapshot of it can be found here, which confirms, at the very least, that one of these tweets was real. The tweets in the snapshot display a similar tone to those here, but unless some other archive shows up, there’s no way to prove for sure the veracity of the specific tweets chosen.

Original tweets and translation follow:


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
原画にあがれないまま動画3年目になると机代月6000円発生するの本当に
「才能がないやつは出ていけ」という圧力がやばいと思うし
3年も低賃金で会社のために仕事してた人にそういう扱いかあと思ったらめちゃくちゃ会社に対して冷めましたね

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
So if you make it to three years as an inbetweener without moving up to key animation, they start charging you 6000 yen a month to use your desk. It’s like they’re silently trying to say, “Get out of here. You don’t have the talent for this work.” Like holy shit. I’ve been working here for three years for peanuts and THAT’S how you treat me? I’m starting to seriously hate this place.


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 9月21日
動画3年目になると月6000円席代として会社に支払うの草

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke September 21st
Third year inbetweening and I’m paying the studio 6k a month to use my desk, lmao


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 10月31日
ぼくたちは!社員でもないのに会社に机をお借りして仕事を頂いている!立場ですから!今日もお仕事頂けて嬉しいです!感謝感激!!!!!!ありがとう会社様!!!!!

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke October 31st
We’re not even full employees! But we’re being ALLOWED to use a desk at the studio’s office! They don’t HAVE to let us! But they do! I’m thrilled! They’re letting me work again today! Thank god for the studio!!!!!! Praise the great studio!!!!!


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
3年目の先輩たちがどんな思いで原画試験受けててどんな思いで毎日仕事してたかと思うとつらい…

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
Just thinking about the people who came before me makes me sick. How they must have felt, being in their third year and going to take the key animator test. How they must have felt doing this work every single day…


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 3時間3時間前
会社様!?あー会社様おやめくださいただでさえ無いお金からむしり取るようなことはおやめください!
死んでしまいます!!会社様!!!お慈悲を!!会社様!!
ぼくたち誰よりもまじめに働いていますよ会社様お慈悲を!!会社様!!!!!!!!!!!!

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 3 hours ago
O great and wonderful studio! Ahh, please do not do this to us! Please do not take any more of our paltry income away! We will die without that money!! O studio!!! Have pity on us, great studio!! We’re working harder than anyone!! So please, show us some mercy, O great and wonderful studio!!!!!!!!!!!!


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 22時間22時間前
ていうか掃除当番とかやらせんなって感じ
業者よべや??業者呼ぶ金ないからってスタッフ(社員ではない)にやらせんなくそ??

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 22 hours ago
Also, I’m not a fucking janitor?? Why don’t you hire some actual janitorial services?? And if you can’t afford that, don’t make your fucking staff (not that I’m even an employee) do it.


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 22時間22時間前
帰りのバス例の同期ちゃんも乗っててめっちゃ会社の愚痴で盛り上がった
「こんなにひどい扱いなのに同期も先輩たちも文句を言わずに仕事してて文句を言う自分がつらい」
というおなじきもちをもっていて嬉しかった
いやほんとうにこの会社おかしいからな?みんな目を覚ませよ覚ませよ?

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 22 hours ago
I ran into someone who joined around the same time as me on the bus home, and we spent the whole ride back complaining about work together.

“I feel awful, because I’m the only one complaining,” she said. “Everyone else just works and keeps their mouth shut, even though we’re all treated like crap.”

It was great to find someone who felt the same way as me.

This place is seriously fucked up, and everyone else needs to realize that, like right now.


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 1時間1時間前
ありがとうピーエーワークス…

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 1 hour ago
God praise P.A. Works…


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 10月31日
えらい人「この会社は県内でも有名な会社です。町でも社名を言えばみんなわかります。自覚をもって生活してください。」
地域バーベキューの時の町の人「きみらお金なくて普段まともなもん食べてないんでしょ?今日は食いだめておけよ?笑」
ぼく「県内有数の企業とは」

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke October 31st
Higher-up: “Our company is very well-known within the prefecture. You go into town and say our name and everyone knows us. You need to keep that in mind as you go about your day-to-day life.”

Someone at a town BBQ event: “You’re not making enough money to eat properly, are you? So pack in as much as you can today. (laughs)”

Me: “What are we known FOR, exactly?”


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 10月4日
富山に本社がある場合があるぞい

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke October 4th
The office is in Toyama, so it’s not like I can do anything

[TL note: I have no idea what the context for this is. It’s probably in reference to some other tweet, but the account’s gone, so I can’t see for myself. Possibly grabbed just because it mentioned the studio’s location?]


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke 6月29日
富山いるのまじで人間関係不便だから早く東京に行きたい

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke June 29th
God, I just want to move to Tokyo. It’s impossible to have any kind of a social life in Toyama.


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
「業界全体がそうだから」って甘えでは~~?研修明けで本番やった1番お金がない月に入寮費徴収する会社様最高に鬼畜

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
Saying “but the whole industry’s like this” is just sticking your head in the sand~~ How comically evil do you have to be to charge me a move-in fee right after I finish my training? The month when I’m making next to nothing already.

paystub-july-tl

 


ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
そういえばお賃金3ヶ月で67倍になったよ~~!!!!!!!!!!(くそ)

ぽっけ @hoke_hokke
Oh yeah, three months later I made 67x as much~~!!!!!!!!!! (fuck this)

paystub-oct-tl