JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Animation Director Claims He Hasn't Been Paid
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind animation director Kohei Ashiya wrote a thread on Twitter claiming that he has not been paid for his work on the series despite the final episode airing over two months ago. Ashiya wrote that he worked on the show from its first episode and noted, perhaps sarcastically, that he was "allowed to participate for free!!"
"Just to make sure there are no misunderstandings," Ashiya wrote. "I didn't agree to something like, 'I'll work as a volunteer!'"
The first episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind premiered in October 2018. Ashiya wrote that there's "no guarantee" he will be paid for his contributions but he "survived" and will "watch for future developments."
Ashiya ended by saying that he didn't want to hurt the passion and love the staff and cast have for the series and will conclude talking about the matter for now. He expressed his continued love for the franchise.
"The same love is true for the young creators who will continue to support this industry. Their memory of my tweets could prevent their heartbreak," Ashiya wrote.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind was animated by David Production, like previous seasons. Ashiya is credited as animation director for all the previous seasons as well. The final episodes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind premiered on July 28.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is the manga's fifth part that continues the story from the previous entries in Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga. The story begins when Jotaro asks Koichi to travel to Naples to investigate a person known as Haruno Shiobana, whose real name is later revealed as Giorno Giovanna. The story then follows Giorno in his goal to rise to the top of the Passione mafia group and turn it into a band of honorable thieves.
Yasuhiro Kimura (Three Leaves, Three Colors) and Hideya Takahashi (Keijo!!!!!!!!, Anonymous Noise) directed the anime at David Production, with Naokatsu Tsuda as chief director. Yasuko Kobayashi returned from the previous anime to handle the series composition, with most of the staff also returning from previous JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. Takahiro Kishida (Serial Experiments Lain, Baccano!, Haikyu!!) drew the character designs. Shun'ichi Ishimoto was the chief animation director. Yoshikazu Iwanami was the sound director, and Yūgo Kanno composed the music.
Source: Kohei Ashiya's Twitter account