Famed anime studio, Kyoto Animation was destroyed during an arson attacked on Thursday morning. Local authorities stated that there are 23 dead and at least a dozen injured during the attack. Local Kyoto news media have quoted police stating that, a 41-year-old man broke into the studio and began pouring a ‘gasoline-like’ substance inside the office and reportedly, on some employees as well.
The 41-year-old man reportedly shouted “Drop dead” or “Die” before igniting the substance. Neighboring residents witnessed hearing an explosion sound before watching the three-story building be engulfed in flames. The fire was reported at 10:30AM (JST).
Kyoto Animation has produced many popular anime titles such as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kanon, Lucky Star, Clannad, and K-On! More recent titles include Violet Evergarden, Sound! Euphonium, A Silent Voice and Free!.
At the time of this publication, local authorities have stated that there are 23 dead and 36 are currently in hospitals in critical condition. The building had approximately 70 people inside when the incident occurred. NHK reports, that some people still remain unaccounted for. It is feared that more victims are still inside on the upper levels, where the smoke was the thickest. Kyoto Animation’s CEO, Hideaki Hatta, told reporters that for the past few years, death threats have often been sent to the company.
The suspect was injured during the attack and was taken to the hospital. During transport, he admitted to setting the fire. His motive has not been established. Further interviews with the suspect have been delayed as he is currently being treated for his injuries. The suspect was only identified as being 41 years old based on an ID found on his person. Local Kyoto media have reported that the suspect is not a former employee of Kyoto Animation and has no other direct connection with the studio.
Fans began expressing their love for Kyoto Animation as reports of the incident spread, with many going on social media to share their favorite Kyoto Animation anime titles.
Kyoto Animation is a beloved, organized, & independent studio full of talented people who’ve worked/helped tirelessly on these gorgeously animated & heartwarming shows that spread joy to millions. My condolences to all the brilliant staffs & their families. pic.twitter.com/B2lbrYf1qh
— ThrowingMyselfAtTheSun (@PrideWrathToday) July 18, 2019
i’m horrified to hear about Kyoto Animation, that someone could do something so horrible to people who have brought so much joy is absolutely sickening
— SungWon Cho (@ProZD) July 18, 2019
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Anime licensing company, Sentai Filmworks has also stepped in and created a fundraiser, to help support Kyoto Animation in their time of need. In just 4 hours fans have raised over $230,000, but it hasn’t reached its goal yet.
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