Behind The Scenes at Rightstuf Part 2
Here at Right Stuf, we get questions all the time about what it's like to work at an anime company. So we decided to dedicate part of our catalog to answering them! In our previous catalog, we talked about our job responsibilities and what our team does to keep our fans happy. This time around, we're answering all of your questions on the Right Stuf work environment as well as giving you some insight into our personal anime tastes. But if there's one thing we all seem to have in common, it's that we all love our jobs here, from our Warehouse team to Customer Care to our Production staff.
How do you not want to buy all of the anime yourself?
Aaron H (Warehouse): It's pretty difficult. I tend to keep a mental checklist of new anime that comes into the warehouse, so I've always got anime I'm looking to buy.
Thane (Marketing): Well, I've certainly taken advantage of our very nice employee discount, but as awesome as anime is, food and a place to live are even more awesome, and we wouldn't have those if we spent every paycheck on the latest Blu-rays and manga volumes. But there is a convenient lending library for employees to borrow anime and manga from to watch at home!
Tim M (Production): It takes a superhuman level of willpower (and the realization that I need to pay rent and bills, significantly less fun things than anime)!
Heather J (Customer Care): Well, there's always plenty of inventory for each item that becomes available, making it easy to purchase. Plus, I have to leave some inventory for our great customers!
Can you watch anime or read manga during work hours?
Tim: Well, that's pretty much exactly what I do! I work on editing the scripts and inputting the time codes for anime, so I watch a lot! I also keep some manga at my desk to go over if I have to wait for files to transfer or have time to kill.
Is working at Right Stuf Stressful?
Thane: There are times when the anime industry in general can be a little disorganized, and dealing with that can indeed be stressful. But I think it's always important to focus on positives. Any of the problems I might run into here are the same kinds of problems I'd run into at any other kind of company. Here, I get to work with anime, which makes even the stressful moments a lot more fun.
Sherah C (Customer Care): Working at Right Stuf can be stressful sometimes, as with any other job. When there are problems beyond our control, it gets stressful, but we still do our best to help the customers who are not very happy with the issue. But overall, the stress level is not too high for me.
Aaron: Nope, not at all!
How much of the staff would you say are otaku? Would you classify yourself as one?
Thane: It's a pretty fair amount of us. It's more important that you can do the job well than how much you love anime (though it certainly does help with a lot of jobs here). I don't know if I'd go as far as to label myself as an otaku, but I certainly do enjoy anime quite a bit and do my best to see what our fans and customers are interested in.
Aaron: I'd have no problem with someone calling me an otaku.
Heather: As much as I love working at Right Stuf, I see and hear about anime all day, every day, so when I go home I like to separate it from the work life!
Tim: Judging from my obsession with anime and video games (and especially with Mega Man), I'd have to say yes, most definitely I'd classify myself as an otaku!
What's your favorite anime?
Thane: This is always a hard question, because anime is such a varied and unique art form. There are high-concept adventures, quiet dramas, and everything in between. But the anime I find myself always coming back to is Mushi-shi for its somber, dreamlike atmosphere and enchanting music.
Heather: My favorite anime is definitely “old school.” I would have to go with Astro Boy. You can't go wrong with a classic series like that!
Tim: Now that's a tough question. There are so many I like, so it's hard to choose! I love series like Cowboy Bebop or Psycho Pass, but I also like things like Kimi ni Todoke and My Ordinary Life. The great thing about anime is that with so many genres covered, you can find tons of reasons to get hooked!
Aaron: I would have to say that Akira and Cowboy Bebop are the standard by which I measure every anime I watch. Of some of the more recent shows, I've really enjoyed Blue Exorcist.
And the most important question of all: if you had only two quarters at an arcade and could only spend them on one game, Battletoads or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which would you pick? Your answer may or may not cause the Earth to implode.
Sherah: Definitely Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I love them, and I just saw the new movie and really enjoyed it! My favorite is Raphael.
Thane: Well, first of all, can you give me directions to this magical arcade that only charges two quarters to play a game? And to answer your question, I would have to go with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, because that is the green, water-dwelling fighting team that I know. But if that is what may cause our planet to implode, I accept the consequences. Donatello and I regret nothing.
That's all the time we have for questions, but we know you've got more! Don't hesitate to reach out to us on our social media pages or our anime forums on our website. We love interacting with our fans!