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Studio Ghibli is Hiring Animators to Work on Hayao Miyazaki’s New Film, and You Can Apply Right Now

...but you won't be paid very much.

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki


After months of speculation, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki confirmed earlier this year that company co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was officially heading to work on his first feature since 2013. The movie, which is rumored to be a feature adaptation of Miyazaki’s short film “Boro the Caterpillar,” is expected to be released sometime in 2019 before Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympic games. The director is currently gearing up production on Tokyo, and it appears he’s going to need some help.

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In a job listing posted to Studio Ghibli’s official website this week (via CartoonBrew Animation Jobs), the company is looking to hire animators and background artists for the upcoming feature. Jobs start on October 1 and have been posted as 3-year contracts, which makes sense given the movie’s expected 2019/2020 release date. Speaking Japanese is mandatory.

While the opportunity to work for Studio Ghibli sounds like a dream come true, the salary is listed at only 200,000 yen per month, which comes out to $450 per week. That’s not exactly the kind of money you can live off of, but that won’t matter if you’re a die-hard Ghibli fan looking to get your foot in the door.

Miyazaki has been largely absent from the filmmaking world since “The Wind Rises” was released in 2013. His only project has been the CGI short film “Boro,” which is expected to debut sometime this year at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Japan.

The full application can be downloaded here, although it will have to be translated for non-Japanese speaking readers.

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Jasmine Bores

I’m a aspiring mangaka and animator, hoping to get into the business.


About the pay – I’ve seen a lot of discussion of this on Japanese twitter. Ghibli is actually offering a very good deal compared to other entry-level animation positions in Japan. Most other places pay a set amount per cut, and it’s not a lot. So it largely depends on how fast you can draw, but I’d estimate Ghibli’s offering around twice as much as what you might earn anywhere else. Plus paid vacation and bonuses.


That’s most certainly a living wage, even in Tokyo. If you look at it, there are bonuses which are twice a year, and Japanese bonuses are normally a few months’ pay: 1.5/mo is the smallest I’ve heard of. Ghibli is far ahead of the game simply by offering a salaried/standard bonus position, as well as paying for transportation, to a certain point (also in the job description).

Also… I’ve lived in major cities with rent rates comparable to Tokyo, and survived on $1600/mo., with room for savings! If you’re going to be a beginner animator, this is probably the best way to do it.

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