Toei Animation launches Its Animation School, With Hiring At Stake

David Kipre


The very famous studio Toei Animation, home of animation of famous comics such as Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, plans to open an animation school.

The Toei Animation Drawing Academy ( Töei animëshon sakuga akademï ) is an intense and practical training course offered to animators on a short-term basis. The attractive point of this program is that the training is done by high level animators, active, and present in the front line in the projects of the studio.

A second feature is that at the end of the training, those who succeed are hired as animators in the studio. Registration for the course will open in April 2023 and will continue until March 2024. Although to participate in this training, it is imperative to be bilingual in Japanese, as mentioned by the official website of the training.

Toei Animation Drawing Academy

Like a car without wheels, without an animator, animation would have no life. The Toei Animation studio has understood this, and the producers of the One Piece and Dragon Ball Super sagas are looking for a new generation of animators through this training program. The said Toei Animation Academy program, will start in April next year, and the firm revealed some small details about the course of their program.

The studio describes their animation school as: “an intensive, hands-on short-term animator training program […] to train excellent animators who will be responsible for the next generation of anime. We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Toei Animation Drawing Academy which will start in April 2023. The best professional animators who are currently active in the front line will be in charge of teaching, and we aim to train animators who will be ready to work.”

3 Special Points of Toei Animation Studio

The Toei Animation studio exhibits three very attractive points which are the following:

1.An intensive program with one-year practical courses, taught by top-level animators, and in the front line of current projects at Toei Animation.

2.An adaptive program to the aspirations and skills of the trainees, with a career as a salaried animator on contract at the end. You will learn the basics of the animator’s job during 3 months conferences, followed by practical courses during 9 months.

3.A program totally free of tuition fees. Indeed, it is daddy Toei who will assume the total cost of this training. With the support of a monthly bonus of 150,000 yen (€1100) will be paid to students during the one-year course. Very attractive offer!

The course:

The Toei Animation studio has shared its information about the course schedule in its academy, and it is as follows:

– Period: April 2023 – March 2024 (1 year)

– Schedule: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 (8 hours per day) with lunch break.

– Vacations: Weekends and public holidays, Golden Week, summer vacations, end of year vacations, New Year vacations, and other holidays specifically defined by the company (this is done in Japan).

– Training location: Oizumigakuen Station, Seibu Ikebukuro line (closest station to Toei Animation Oizumi studio).

– Tuition: Tuition fees will be paid by Toei Animation. A monthly allowance of 150,000 yen will be provided (under conditions)

How to apply to Toei Animation Academy?

10 candidates will be selected at the end of this process. The following 2 steps will then have to be taken.

First step: Unsolicited application

– Application deadline: Friday, July 29, 2022

– Documents to be provided: CV + Exercise 1 + Exercise 2

o Exercise 1: On a sheet of B4 paper (25 x 35 cm), please draw a picture of five children in the fourth grade of elementary school (CM1): three boys and two girls, happily holding a strategy meeting in a children’s park with various play sets.”

o Exercise 2: Provide your portfolio with several completed works, and several drafts.

– Destination address: Toei Animation Co, Ltd. Toei Animation Sakuga Academy, 2-10-5 Higashioizumi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 178-8567


– Computer generated works (CG) are not allowed.

– Coloring is allowed.

– Your work will not be returned! Please make a copy of your work before submitting it.

– Please send work that expresses your personality and originality to the maximum.

Last step: the interview

If your application has been accepted, you will then be invited for :

– A practical aptitude test to be held in mid-August 2022,

– An interview followed by the announcement of the results in mid-September 2022.


– Minors will need written consent from their parent or guardian after passing the test.

– This recruitment is not a recruitment for a job

– New graduates of Toei Animation will not be hired in 2023.

– They will be recruited after practical training and examination at Toei Animation Academy.

– Personal information provided during the selection process will only be used to the extent necessary to contact applicants, selection procedures, respond to inquiries, etc.

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