Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • KC

    that’s good to hear!! i’m sorry that it made you go through the whole emotional rollercoaster though… it’s so lame in this country how nobody is willing to say anything about shitty situations… sometimes you HAVE to rock the boat to make things happen… I often use the gaijin card in those cases… lol. but yeah, sometimes it backfires…

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Yeah, it definitely doesn’t always work out for the best! I was lucky that it worked out for me (or just really necessary), but it could have gone a lot worse! I wouldn’t have been able to survive in that job much longer, though, otherwise. In fact, it becomes an issue later on for me, too.

  • Pedes

    Whoa, I’ve just caught up with the latest 10 posts and that was a really tough situation for you…
    I’ll be sure to come tomorrow to see the new post 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    I really can’t imagine working like that. Did you have any idea month-to-month what your pay check was going to be like? (i.e. so you could at least be sure of meeting your basic bills?) And you really are giving your whole life for your job, because your time off is never regular! You can’t have been able to even join a weekly club >.<

    How is the anime drawn? Is it another group entirely?

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      The paycheck was the one steady thing in this whole debacle– we were paid on salary rather than time spent (maybe we wouldn’t have complained otherwise). So, whether we spent 25 days sitting around and never went home, or 5 days working really hard, we still got paid the same. Of course, sometimes Sensei wasn’t good about paying on time, but once I had started getting paid from my tv job, it wasn’t really too bad for me, since I had something to fall back on.

      Yeah, it would have been so much easier to have a weekly schedule. 🙁

      And the anime is handled by an animation company. I never met anyone from the animation studio, apart from the voice actors, at least as far as I know.

      • Elizabeth

        I guess that at least makes the situation financially feasible, but what a mess!

        I also think it was really big of you to go back after that. It must have been tempting to throw such a patronising agreement back in his face. The worst thing is, I guess no one was ever able to point out that you were speaking for everyone?

        • Jamie Lynn Lano

          I never did point that out, though I mentioned that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. I felt like pointing fingers wasn’t going to make anything better. When this point comes up again (and it does), Sensei and I actually have a talk about it, like a heart-to-heart.. which I’ll talk about near the end of the story. 🙂

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