Kyoto Animation studio attacked by arsonist, dozens hurt


Death toll at least 25

[Update: The death toll now stands at 33]

Late on the morning of July 18th, Japan time, an arsonist spread an unknown liquid around the "Studio 1" building of famed anime production company Kyoto Animation (also known as "KyoAni"), and ignited it, setting the building alight. The building, located in Fujimi Ward of Kyoto City, was where most mainline production from the studio was carried out (KyoAni had other buildings in neighboring cities and other locations). It hosts over 70 people on a normal workday.

The fire spread, and damaged or destroyed multiple floors before firefighters stopped the blaze. Over 25 people were pronounced dead, with dozens of others injured or hospitalized. The arsonist was taken into custody after injuring himself in the attempt, and no information has been released about his motives. Even with details still developing, the incident is shaping up to be one of Japan's deadliest cases of arson, as well as mass murder, since World War 2. 

Founded in 1981 by Yoko and Hideaki Hatta, KyoAni had been producing animation for sixteen years, including popular shows like Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-On!, Sound! Euphonium, Violet Evergarden, and Free!,  as well as feature films like A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird. The studio also gained a reputation in the anime industry for treating its employees well.

Though the company has made no public statement as of this writing, unofficial fundraisers are currently underway, including one by overseas anime distributor Sentai Filmworks. 

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the attack, as well as to the friends and family of those at Kyoto Animation. We will update this post with further details as they come in.

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