You might think that I am a complete idiot for saying this, but... I am going to college then I will become one of the best game designers ever. I can't draw to save my life, don't get me wrong either it will take time, but I will wait. The first game I plan (or would like to) bring out is going to be Lunar 3: Eternal Black. I have busted out hundreds of pages of storyline so far and I plan to keep going, with school though my time is limited
. So you can think what you want of me, but I will create the next Lunar, just need some artistic support...
FYI, one of the key animators for Lunar 1 & 2 wasn't even schooled in animation. You can verify this in the Lunar 1 Disk 4. But don’t get me wrong. I really like his style in drawing. In fact, I would gladly throw out the Lunar game for a full fledge animation in it.
As for employment in Japan, that's a long shot. However, if you are truly sincere about it, I suggest you do some research in Japanese Citizenship. What you'll need is called a Residency. It is true what people say regarding the employment of foreigners in Japan. However, what is not being expressed is the factor that the employment subject is being referred to from the point of view of a specific job line (a very competitive job line in Japan). An English/Japanese language major who took schooling for being a teacher on the other hand, can very easily get a job in Japan. This is because Japan requires English teachings in grade schools and what better teachers then the ones from the US who are schooled in it. Anyways, my point is, if you want a job in Japan; find a way to bend your talent in a way that over extends past the competition. Then except what you can get, and hold on to it for 5 years (5 years is one of the requirements to be a Residency or citizen of Japan). Once you been there for over 5 years, jump into getting the Residency, then your not necessarily a foreigner anymore. And that’s a GOOD thing even if you are still a citizen for America, because the development of Japanese animation is being focused on sales to America (meaning animation is taking on appearances of Americans) while maintaining a Japanese culture theme. I read a paper from someone (who seems to be an extremist in sociology) expressing how Japanese were trying to invade our own American culture through animation by mixing the animation with Japanese culture and story proceedings that are often similar to the 1950’s movies. It made me laugh to see someone so paranoid. If he spent more time studying our own culture, it might have noticed that we need an upgrade. We’ll too egotistical and non-unified.
BTW, another requirement for residency is a fluent speaking and writing of the Japanese language. So start studying them words. Wakarimashita desu ka. (Okay?)