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Kyoto Animation arson attack

Location15-1 Inaba, Momoyama-cho, Fushimi , Kyoto , Japan
Coordinates345559.0N 1354734.6E / 34.933056N 135.792944E / 34.933056; 135.792944 Coordinates : 345559.0N 1354734.6E / 34.933056N 135.792944E / 34.933056; 135.792944
Date18 July 2019 ( 2019-07-18 ) 10:31 a.m. JST ( UTC+09:00 )
TargetKyoto Animation Studio 1
Attack typeArson
WeaponGasoline (40 L ), lighter , five knives, hammer
Deaths36
Injured34 (including the suspect)
MotiveUnknown (possible revenge attack over plagiarism ; mental illness )
AccusedShinji Aoba

Update, 6: 30 PM PST: man who set fire that has now claimed 33 lives in KYOTO, Japan ANIMATION Studio claimed that the company had stolen something from him, according to an Associated Press report. Police have yet to confirm any motive for the arson attack. A 41 - year - old man, who is still unidentified but is not a company employee, allegedly screamed " You Die! When he runs into KYOTO Studio, douses it with flammable liquid, and sets it on fire. Police have confirmed 33 deaths, with 36 others injure, some in critical condition. It is believed 70 people were in the building when the fire start. The victims were all employees at KYOTO ANIMATION, which specializes in stories featuring high school girls. Blazes start near the front door of building, blocking easy escape for many. Firefighters reportedly found 20 bodies on the third floor of the building and some of stairs to the roof. Two were found dead on the first floor, 11 others on the second floor. Associated Press reported that an unidentified witness said the man who set fire had burns on his arms and legs, and was complaining about something being steal. Kyoto ANIMATION, better know as KyoAni, was founded in 1981 as an ANIMATION and comic book production studio. My heart is in extreme pain. Why on earth does such violence have to be used? Company President Hideaki Hatta say. He added that companies had received anonymous death threats by email in the past, but did not say they were linked to arson. Update 07: 22 AM PST: According to local emergency services, death toll has now risen to 33 in today's tragic attack on ANIMATION Studio KYOTO ANIMATION in Japan. Dozens have been injured and the number of fatalities is expected to rise. No details have been released about the motive behind the atrocity. Update 00: 57 AM PST JULY 18: According to local broadcaster NHK, and BBC, at least 23 people are dead and dozens injured after a suspected arson attack on Thursday morning at ANIMATION Studio KYOTO ANIMATION in KYOTO, Japan. Local authorities have said that men break into professional companies and spray unidentified liquid around before igniting it. Dozens of people still remain unaccounted for. The suspect, unidentified man, has been detained and was taken to hospital with injuries. No motive for the attack has been report, but Japan public broadcaster said the perpetrator had shouted drop death as he set fires. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the incident horrifying and said he was at a loss for words while offering condolences to victims. According to the New York Times, fire is one of the worst in recent memory in Japan. In 2008, 16 people were killed when a video store burnt down in OSAKA. Prior to that, in 2001, 44 people Die after fire broke out at a crowded gambling club in Tokyo's busiest entertainment district.

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Background

Another aspect of coverage of the incident that made me uncomfortable were repeated references to the fact that the perpetrator of the attack had himself been on anime pilgrimage. Several reports use the term pilgrimage in reports showing CCTV camera footage of a man apparently visiting locations associated with Kyoto Animation works, in addition to scoping out Studio and its surroundings prior to his attack. But without asking the arsonist himself, it is impossible to know whether he was in fact touring these places on pilgrimage. The course he follows as it has been published seems to have been quite different from the route followed by most fans. Although he does seem to have visited several places associated with Studio, he also failed to visit several other sites that would usually be considered must - visit spots. Presumably, part of the reason so many journalists use pilgrimage term was to save space, rather than stating that man seems to have visited a number of places believed to have inspired settings in popular anime productions. But in this context, it carries serious risk of misunderstanding. As the term pilgrimage suggest, sacred places visit have special significance for anime fans. One of the sites associated with the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, for example, is the railway station bicycle parking lot. Such places are commonplace throughout Japan, ordinary part of everyday urban scenery that would hardly attract attention in normal circumstances. But for fans, it has become a special place, sacred spot worth traveling long distances to see. To speak of arsonists who willfully destroy anime studios and creative talent who make anime as having visited such places on pilgrimage makes no sense. The emphasis on the arsonist having been on pilgrimage makes it seem plausible that he was a passionate anime fan himself. There is a serious risk that this will damage the reputation of anime fans, tarring them all with the same brush. This has happened before. In 1989, man named Miyazaki Tsutomu abducted and murdered four young girls in Saitama Prefecture. Media coverage of his horrific crimes focus on the killer's fascination with anime and manga and creating moral panic. Miyazaki became notorious as an otaku murderer, encouraging the idea that all anime fans were perverted oddballs who posed potential threat to society. Anime fans in Japan have long labor under this prejudice. When a violent crime takes place, media is apt to fly into a frenzy of excitement if police emerge from the suspect's home with a haul of anime, manga, video games, or horror movies. There are breathless reports that video game consoles and software were removed from the suspect's apartment. What exactly is this supposed to tell us? If you stop to think about it, it is really quite strange. Why do these reports never tell us that the suspect was a keen fisherman or baseball fan?

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Incident

Kyoto Animation, know as KyoAni, was founded in 1981 by Yoko Hatta, anime producer. Her husband, Hideaki, serves as company president. Kyoani has produced popular anime TV series and feature films, as well as publishing illustrated novels and manga. It is well known among anime aficionados around the world for its dedication to high - quality production techniques, with a catalogue that includes Silent Voice: Movie, K - On!, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. Its company headquarters are in Uji city. Kyoto Animation has a reputation for treating its employees well in an industry infamous for harsh working conditions, long hours and, for junior animators, very low pay. The growth of genre popularity worldwide and increased demand for content from streaming platforms such as Netflix has put even more pressure on studios at a time when Japan is experiencing a severe labour shortage. Most studios are booked out with projects up to two years ahead. Many anime artists are paid on a per - frame basis and tight deadlines make work gruelling and long hours inevitable. Kyoto Animation bucks trend by making its animators full - time employees. This allows them to spend more time on each image and create high - quality anime. One of its best - known franchises is K - On!, Comedy about a band formed by high - school girls. It started life as a manga comic book, before Kyoto Animation created two TV anime series that aired between 2009 and 2010. It was also broadcast overseas and released on DVD in the UK. Kyoto also produced a film directed by Naoko Yamada which follows a girl's graduation trip to London that was released at the end of 2011 and grossed 1. 64bn in Japan. The film features a cafe based on Troubadour in Earl Court, south - west London, which has become a popular destination for fans. Silent Voice, also by Yamada, which deals with childhood suicide, was hailed by critics and fans when it was released in 2016. Although overshadowed at time by Your Name, whose director Makoto Shinkai lavished praise on it, it still took 29. 4m globally. This article was amended on 23 July 2019 to correct the location of the fire. It was at company Studio in Kyoto Fushimi ward, not at headquarters in Uji as the earlier version say. Misspelling of Fushimi words has also been correct.

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Victims

The Kyoto - KYOTO Animation Co. President on Friday talked about the pain he has felt, ever since an arson attack three months ago at a company studio in western Japan left 36 of his employees dead. My heart really ache. I have offered support to bereaved families of victims for these three months, Hideaki Hatta told a press conference in KYOTO. Twenty - seven of 33 employees injured in the July 18 attack have since returned to work, with the company providing mental health support to them, it say. Four of those injured in the attack remain hospitalize, according to police. A three - story building in Fushimi Ward, where 70 people were working when it was set on fire with gasoline, will be torn down. The studio was the center of anime production by KYOTO Animation, often called KyoAni by fans. It is still undecided how the site will be utilized following demolition, company say. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Shinji Aoba, who remains hospitalized after sustaining severe burns in an attack on suspicion of murder and arson, among other charges. More than 2. 9 billion yen has been donated to a bank account set up by KYOTO Prefectural government to support companies and victim families, local government say. The death toll from the arson attack on KYOTO Animation studio has risen to 36. Grisly details revealed as KYOTO anime studio Fire victims taken to hospital

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Suspect

Shinji Aoba, 41 - year - old man, was identified as a suspect by police and a warrant was quickly issued for his arrest. According to locals, man who resembled Aoba was spotcheck near the studio days before the incident. He was also reported to have visited several places of interest related to Sound! Euphonium around the city in the days prior to the attack. Following the attack, Aoba fled the scene after being chased by employees of the studio but was apprehended by Kyoto Prefectural Police near Rokujiz Station of Keihan Electric Railway, about 100 metres from the studio;. Aoba was then taken to hospital with severe burns to his legs, chest, and face. During his transport to hospital, he admitted to having started fire, possibly for revenge, accusing the studio of ripping off or plagiarising his novels. In spite of this, Hatta had initially stated that there is no record of anyone submitting work to their annual writing contest under his name. Subsequently, Kyoto Animation revealed that they had received a draft novel from suspect; however, it did not pass first - stage assessment and was forget, and its contents were confirmed to have no similarities to any of their published works. Due to serious burns sustained during the incident, Aoba was transferred to University hospital in Osaka for further treatment, where he received necessary skin graft surgery. On 5 September 2019, it was reported that his injuries were no longer considered life - threatening, but he was still being treated in the ICU and required respiratory assistance from ventilator. Aoba regained speech on 18 September and began rehabilitation on 8 October, being able to sit up in a wheelchair and hold short conversations. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest, but were required to await confirmation from doctors that Aoba could withstand confinement. On 14 November 2019, he was moved to another hospital in Kyoto City for final rehabilitation. He recovered from most of his injuries and acknowledged responsibility for the attack. He expressed feelings of remorse and gratitude towards hospital staff, who he said treated him better than anyone had ever done in his life. On other hand, he told police that he lighted fire because KyoAni had stolen his novel, and that he expected to get the death penalty. Most of Aoba burn skin was replaced with experimental artificial skin as victims were prioritize to receive donor human skin first. The use of artificial skin for such extensive burns is the first case in Japan. By January 2020, Aoba remained hospitalized, and was unable to stand or eat unassisted. On 27 May 2020, Aoba was judged to have sufficiently recovered from his burn injuries, and he was formally arrested on suspicion of murder and other charges. Aoba had a prior criminal history and suffered from mental illness. In 2012, he robbed a convenience store with a knife in Ibaraki and was subsequently jailed for three - and - half years.

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Aftermath

A Week after the tragic fire at KYOTO ANIMATION No. 1 Studio, which left 34 people dead, fans have reached into their wallets to show their support. Combined fundraisers including GoFundMe from North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks and direct donations linked to KYOTO ANIMATION bank ACCOUNT have raised more than 5 million for victims since Thursday, July 18. See also: Impact Of KYOTO ANIMATION: 5 Things You Need To Know. Located in Uji, KYOTO Prefecture, JAPAN, KYOTO ANIMATION established itself as a pillar of the ANIMATION industry with beloved titles like the international hit movie Silent Voice and instant fan classics like K - On!, Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, and Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya. It differentiates itself from most other anime studios by hiring animators as salaried employees, rather than contractors pay by frame, so animators can focus on quality over quantity. On July 18, one of KYOTO ANIMATION buildings was the target of a suspected arson attack that claimed 34 lives, including those of 13 men and 21 women. Thirty - four additional victims were injure. Most of the victims were in their 20s and 30s. See also: KYOTO ANIMATION Fire claimed 33 Lives and left the Nation in Shock. Now, surviving animators, including some who dove out of second - story windows to escape flames, are returning to work to attempt the uphill climb of rebuilding Studio legacy. But thanks to monetary support, KyoAni, as Studio is called by fans, wo n't be doing it alone. Daisuke Okeda, lawyer representing KYOTO ANIMATION, tweeted that within 48 hours of posting direct deposit information to donate to Studio bank ACCOUNT, it had raised 401 255 554 yen or about 3 693 176. Meanwhile, Sentai Filmworks, which posted its GoFundMe Night Of Fire, has raised more than 2 million for Studio. In response to fan questions, company released a statement Thursday that it is working with KyoAni to appoint REPRESENTATIVE to ensure funds reach KyoAni victims and their families in a direct and meaningful way. Other organizations, including collaboration between Yahoo! Japan and JAniCA, are also collecting funds for victims. As of Friday, July 26, this fundraiser has net 3 409 930 yen or about 31 381. 59. Right now, most straightforward way for fans to send monetary support to KYOTO ANIMATION is to send direct donation using bank information the company has released itself, including SWIFT code for international transfers. Bank ACCOUNT HOLDER is HIDEAKI HATTA, president of KYOTO ANIMATION. Address:s 16 - 50, YOSAI, MOMOYAMA - CHO, HUSHIMI - KU, KYOTO - SHI, KYOTO - HU, 612 - 8016, JAPAN. Account HOLDER: KYOTO ANIMATION CO., Ltd., Representative DIRECTOR, HATTA HIDEAKI

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Reactions

July 18 - Anime artists and fans lament deadly fire at Japan Kyoto Animation, known as a progressive shop that treats artists well and hires more women as directors and writers than other studios. Thirty - three people died in Thursday's blaze and dozens more were injure. Police have arrested a man suspected of setting fire on purpose. Kyoto Animation is a progressive Animation Studio that truly embodies the idea of gentle art that heals the heart, Disney TV artist Stephan Park tweet. They were also home to some of the most proficient animators of natural movement of our generation. The studio has earned praise for well - crafted animations, think - provoking stories and decent treatment of its artists. Kyoto Animation makes many of its animators permanent employees and allows them more time to work on projects. Studio 2016 film Silent Voice addresses topics including bullying and suicide, and was a critical and financial success. The movie is available on Netflix, along with the Studio series adaptation of Violet Evergarden. 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, YouTube personality and voice actor known as ProZDho, tweet. The studio started in 1981 as Kyoto Anime Studio, where Yoko Hatta and several homemakers worked on such titles as SDF Macross and Genesis Climber Mospeada. Studio, run by Hatta and her husband, Hideaki Hatta, continues to employ many women and has produced several popular Anime movies and TV series, including K - On!, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions and Beyond Boundary. Its spinoff feature film to Violet Evergarden is set for release in September and the sequel for 2020. Our hearts and prayers go out to all staff, their families and friends at Kyoto Animation, tweet Toei Animation, studio known for Dragon Ball Z.

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