I got curious of the cost of production in Japan, googled it and found this... seemingly interesting source.
Japanese production is...... surprisingly.... cheap to me, for standards like Code Geass.
main characters 38000 yen... sub characters 100k, prop design 100k, art design, 100k, color planning 77k
story boarding 250k, director 250k, chief anim director 100k, animation coordination 200k, animation direction 400k
(most of these are per ep)
(typically 2-4 people on animation direction)
(makig a piece of that)
layout 600k (2k/cut, 300 cuts), keyframes 600k (ditto), tween frames 840k (210ea, 4000 frames), finish 798k (190 each, 4200 frames)
(running total is 4.899 mil so far)
average workday 10.2 hours, average of 25 days worked a month... 60 hr workweeks
outsourcing has reducied number of tween frame animators below keyframe animators)
average page per tweenframe is 186.9 as of 2005
(as per the union)
animators salary, under 1M, 26.8%, 1-2 mil, 19.8?, 2-3 mil, 18.6,
tweener's salary: under 1m: 73.7%, over 1 mil, 26.33%
production : animation check 80k, color coordination (70k), finishing inspection 70k, production assistants 300k, setting managment 60k, coordination desk 60k (all 1 month beside production assistants which are 2, the last two don't have a length)
filming: special effects (folded into overall filming budget... about 1 million yen), cg processing (100k), backgrounds & filming 1.050 mil each, line shot reserves
(also folded into filming budget)
composition: editing 200k, video lab 100k, sound 1.3 mil
(running total is 9.339 mil)
sound includes voice acting(?)
va's are paid per ep, no residuals...
a good portion will go to their management compay
goes up to 50k/60k, 1/3rd to the management company... 1/3rd to something else...
the sound includes sfx, music and other stuff
other expenses: misc 15k, op/ed 200k (5.2m/26 eps)
the music, op and ed usually is 1/2 the budget of the ep....
production expenses: 9.554 mil, production reserves 10% of budget (955.4k), total internal budget 10.5 mil...
expected profit 2.49mil
Even if they did say their episode cost runs up to (13 million yen=130K USD), that's still lower compare to what Nick spends on their ep to get similar quality. (I guess that's why people outsource) But if I look at it as yen, yeah, it's expensive for JPs to produce it in house.
their animators work 10 hours shifts on a 5 weeks time schedule... too. Looks like workaholic and crazy artists there is a norm. Their animators are most certainly... underpaid.