Toei Animation launched on Wednesday that it is establishing “Toei Animation Sakuga Academy,” an animator teaching program, in April 2023. It is a one-year, short-term intensive, and smart animator teaching program whereby expert animators data up-and-coming trainees. Following the teaching and an examination, worthwhile faculty college students may be employed as contract workers for Toei Animation. Recruitment is open.

Atsutoshi Umezawa (One Piece, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Sailor Moon Crystal, Digimon Tamers) is this method director. Lecturers are from Toei Animation and Studio Live, they often embrace Takeo Ide (Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Dragon Ball Super), Hiroshi Koujina (Hunter × Hunter 2011, City Hunter ’91), Nishiki Itaoka (Smile Precure!), Mai Ishii (Ushio & Tora, Hunter × Hunter 2011), and Mayuko Nakano (WWW.WAGNARIA!!, The Vampire Dies in No Time).

The program consists of three months of video teaching, adopted by a nine-month animation or digital video course, counting on the aspirations of each pupil. The program will accept about 10 people. Toei Animation will cope with the tutoring costs and in addition will provide 150,000 yen (about US$1.170) month-to-month to school college students.

In earlier years, Toei has educated animators in-house by hiring new graduates.

Sources: Toei Animation, Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)