There are probably more and more updates in the future on this horrific tragedy. This is the most updated one as of now.
Kyoto Animation President Hatta Considers Demolishing 1st Studio Building, Building Public Park With Monument
Hatta: Support messages from around the world are "becoming our emotional support"
In an interview for the mass media on Saturday, Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta stated that after Thursday's deadly fire at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building, he is considering demolishing the building and creating a public park at the spot of the fire that will include a monument. He added, "when I consider the staff and the people in this neighborhood, there are people who don't want to see such a gruesome sight." Hatta is also considering hosting a memorial ceremony for the victims.
He also told the press that all the messages of support from around the world are "becoming our emotional support."
Hatta also told the press on Saturday that of the 34 injured victims, one victim had to have their legs amputated.
In addition, South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement that confirmed that one of the injured is a South Korean citizen.
NHK reported on Saturday through an interview with a relative of a victim that the relative was told on Friday that police will need to conduct DNA testing to identify some of the victims, and that testing will take up to a week.
On Thursday at around 10:30 a.m. JST, a devastating fire broke out at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building, killing 34 people and injuring 34 others. 30 fire engines responded to the fire, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within five hours after it started, but the fire was not fully put out until 6:20 a.m. on Friday.
Of those confirmed dead after being located at the studio, firefighters found two people on the first floor, 11 people on the second floor, one person in a stairwell between the second and third floors, and 19 people on the stairwell between the third floor and the rooftop. Of those killed, police have reported that 20 were women and 13 were men (the gender of one victim is unknown).
Kyoto Prefectural Police have already apprehended a 41-year-old man who allegedly used gasoline to start the fire, and are investigating the case as arson. The suspect is among those injured (although he is separate from the above-mentioned injured people). The suspect was taken to another hospital via helicopter on Saturday. Police have yet to fully arrest or interrogate the suspect, as he is still injured, and as such have not released an official statement on the suspect's motive. Police will later interrogate the subject to obtain his motive for the alleged attack.
The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper stated that according to investigative sources, the suspect told police that he started the fire because he alleges Kyoto Animation "stole his novel." Hatta stated on Saturday that he has never heard the suspect's name before, and no one by the suspect's name has submitted a novel to the company. Kyoto Animation solicits drafts of novels as part of its Kyoto Animation Awards program.
Aside from a fire in a commercial building that killed 44 people in 2001 (where arson was suspected), the incident is the worst mass murder in Japan's post-World War II history.
Several organizations, such as Sentai Filmworks, Crunchyroll, the Animate retail chain, the city of Uji, and others are collecting donations or messages of support to support the company and the victims.
Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building is located near Rokujizō Station in Uji City in Kyoto. Most of the studio's main line production takes place inside the building. The company also has a head office, a 2nd Studio building, a Tokyo Office, and the Animation DO building in other locations.
Yoko Hatta founded the company as Kyoto Anime Studio in 1981, with her husband Hideaki Hatta as the president. The company has since worked on a number of notable anime productions, but is perhaps best known initially for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!, Lucky Star, and Clannad, and later for such works as Free!, Sound! Euphonium, A Silent Voice, Violet Evergarden, and Liz and the Blue Bird.
At the time of the fire, the company's current announced projects were: a new anime project for Sound! Euphonium, a new Violet Evergarden episode (slated for September) and film (slated for January 10, 2020), an all-new Free! film (slated for summer 2020), a second season for Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, an adaptation of Hiro Yuki's 20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku novel, and the Baja no Studio: Baja no Mita Umi anime short.
The cast of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya shares their words regarding the tragedy
Aya Hirano, who voices Haruhi, wrote,
"Kyoto Animation produced The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star, two very formative works to me. I would not be who I am if they never existed. Kyoto Animation's works overflowed with love. What's most important right now is to think of those who have been affected by the tragedy. There isn't much that we can do right now, but I want to keep my composure and approach things in a clear-headed way. All I can do is pray for the affected with all my heart.
"There are a lot of emotions that I'm fighting to keep down right now, but I am truly saddened. I'm frustrated. I don't want [Kyoto Animation] to lose. Sorry that I'm not good with words."
Minori Chihara, who voices Yuki, wrote,
"I've been involved in many works that Kyoto Animation has poured love into, from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya to Violet Evergarden. Every single one of those works has made me grow as a voice actor and singer.
"I will do utmost so that Kyoto Animation's works can continue into the future.
"I pray that such awful, illogical things that hurt people and takes lives will one day be gone from this world."
Yuko Goto, who voices Mikuru, wrote,
"The people at Kyoto Animation have talked with me and supported me a lot. I know their names and faces. Even now, I'm scared to watch the news, because what if one of those names I know ends up being announced?
"Just thinking about the families of the victims and those left alive makes me angry about the incident. What good will a frivolous comment do to those in the middle of it all? This post is just my selfish desire to sort out my feelings.
"I pray for the lives that have been lost and for the pain of those fighting to survive to be lessened, if only a little. I pray with all of my heart."
Kyoto Prefectural Police announced on Saturday evening that one more male victim of July 18's fire at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building passed away that afternoon. The male studio employee in his 20s had been able to evacuate the first floor of the building on his own, but had received burns throughout his body. He was then transported to a hospital where he was being treated for his injuries, until his passing before 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The death toll of the blaze caused by suspected arson now stands at 35 people. 33 more people were seriously injured, and 10 of them are still hospitalized as of Saturday.
In a separate development, Honobu Yonezawa, the author of the HYOUKA novel series that Kyoto Animation adapted into a television anime, reported on Twitter on Saturday that he donated 1,000,000 yen (about US$9,200) to Kyoto Animation's relief efforts.
News outlets reported on Monday that art and other materials have been recovered from a data server located on the first floor of Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building. Daisuke Okeda, the lawyer Kyoto Animation has hired to provide communications to the public about the fire, confirmed that all the data on the server has been recovered without damage.
The server was isolated in a separate room completely surrounded by concrete on the building's first floor. The room was apart from the staircase area in which a 41-year-old man allegedly started a fire on July 18. Therefore, the server was protected from the fire and also from water used in firefighting efforts.
Okeda stated that specialists were able to fully recover the data from the server, but he did not specify what data the server contained.
An unprecedented atrocity has robbed many of our friends and colleagues of their bright futures and has left many deeply injured. News from all over the world tells us that amazingly many number of people has sent us their hearts and prayers, which are like candles in the darkness, for those of us trapped in the darkness of deepest grief. There are many friends and colleagues who are hospitalized and suffering, fighting for their lives. Please give us some time. We promise that Kyoto Animation will continue to create animation that help people have dreams, hope and impress them. Kyoto Animation will continue to make its employees and staff lead happy lives, and contribute to society and local community. I assure you that Kyoto Animation will not give up, we will not go quietly into the night...we will not vanish without a fight!
The police released 10 names of the 35 victims of the massacre
Uda was 34 years old. He worked as an in-between animator on all of the works in the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! franchise, as well as on K-ON!, several works in the Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club franchise, A Silent Voice, Tamako Market, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Nichijou, HYOUKA, Liz and the Blue Bird, and most recently, Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day. Yūki Ōmura
Ōmura was 23 years old. In 2016, Ōmura was awarded with an Honorable Mention Award at the 101st Nikaten Design Category. At the time, he was a second-year student at Tohoka University. Tohoka University posted a statement on Friday confirming that a graduate of the school's modeling program died in the fire. Ōmura graduated from the university in March. Yuka Kasama
Kasama was 22 years old. NHK reports that according to a woman in Kasama's neighborhood, Kasama loved to draw as a child, and from high school wanted to study art at university. Another woman in the neighborhood told NHK she heard from Kasama's mother that Kasama's dream was to enter the animation industry. Kasama was a graduate of Osaka Seikei University. Yoshiji Kigami
Kigami was 61 years old. Kigami also worked in the animation industry under the names Fumio Tada and Ichirou Miyoshi. In his long career he worked on dozens of anime as an in-between animator, key animator, character designer, storyboarder, animation director, and director. His director credits include Munto, Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time, Shin Dosei Jidai: Hawaiian Breeze, Last War of Heavenloids and Akutoloids, Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai, and Baja no Studio. Much of his work for Kyoto Animation is credited under the name of Ichirou Miyoshi, including his work as an episode director on Violet Evergarden, Tamako Market, Sound! Euphonium both seasons, K-ON!! second season, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Nichijou - My Ordinary Life, Beyond the Boundary, Clannad, Clannad After Story, Lucky Star, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, and Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club. Outside of Kyoto Animation he was a key animator on Grave of the Fireflies and Akira, and worked on many Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan films. Ami Kuriki
Kuriki was 30 years old. She was a key animator who worked on many of Kyoto Animation's recent works, including Violet Evergarden, Liz and the Blue Bird, Free! Dive to the Future, Free! -Take Your Marks-, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, Sound! Euphonium 2, A Silent Voice, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Take On Me, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu, and most recently, Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day. Yasuhiro Takemoto
Takemoto was 47 years old. Takemoto directed both the Lucky Star TV anime and the Lucky Star OAV, and was also the director of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya, HYOUKA, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid TV, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid OAV, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Amagi Brilliant Park, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, and Nyorōn Churuya-san. Takemoto also served as an episode director on such anime as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sound! Euphonium, Tamako Market, Violet Evergarden, Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu, Nichijou - My Ordinary Life, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, K-ON!! second season, Clannad, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Free! Dive to the Future, and Haré+Guu, among many others. He also worked as a storyboarder, key animator, unit director, and scriptwriter.
Tsuda was 41 years old. She worked in painting, finishing, clean-up animation, and special effects. She worked on such anime as Lucky Star TV, Lucky Star OAV, Clannad, Clannad After Story The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON! (both seasons), HYOUKA, Nichijou - My Ordinary Life, Tamako Market, A Silent Voice, To Heart, Violet Evergarden, Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Free! Dive to the Future, Free! -Take Your Marks-, Free! Eternal Summer, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Liz and the Blue Bird, and most recently, Sound! Euphonium The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day. She also worked on several Crayon Shin-chan and Doraemon films, as well as Kiddy Grade, Inuyasha, Pokemon 3 - The Movie, and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, among many other works. Futoshi Nishiya
Nishiya was 37 years old. He was the character designer for the Free! franchise, and he also served as chief animation director for many of the franchise's installments. He also served as the character designer for the HYOUKA, Nichijou - My Ordinary Life, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird, and The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya anime. He was also an animation director on many of Kyoto Animation's works, including Clannad, K-ON! (both seasons), Sound! Euphonium (both seasons), The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future, among others. He also worked as a key animator. Keisuke Yokota
Yokota was 34 years old. He worked as a production manager at Kyoto Animation, for such anime as Clannad, Clannad After Story, K-ON!, HYOUKA, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb-, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Take On Me, Sound! Euphonium, A Silent Voice, Tamako Market, Violet Evergarden, Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Free! Dive to the Future, Free! Eternal Summer, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody, Beyond the Boundary, and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future, among others. Mikiko Watanabe
Watanabe was 35 years old. She worked as a background artist and an art director. She served as an art director on such anime as Violet Evergarden, Beyond the Boundary, Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Myriad Colors Phantom World, and Amagi Brilliant Park. She also provided background art for such anime as Nichijou - My Ordinary Life, K-ON! (both seasons), Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Free! Dive to the Future, Free! -Take Your Marks-, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, Liz and the Blue Bird, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb-, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Take On Me, Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions: Rikka Takanashi Version, and Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Lite, among others.
X Japan member YOSHIKI donated 10 million yen (about US$94,000) to support the victims of the fire at Kyoto Animation's 1st studio building on July 18. YOSHIKI's YOSHIKI Foundation America transferred the donation to Kyoto Animation's dedicated account for donations.
The announcement noted YOSHIKI's "personal and professional connection to anime." He said on Twitter on July 19, "I am in the United States. I learned about the Kyoto Animation fire on the local news. My heart aches. Japanese anime, and each one of those creators, is a treasure of the world. I hope they recover as soon as possible."
They doing an exhibit on the surviving artwork and various materials
The Tawayamacho district of Matsue city in Shimane prefecture is hosting an exhibition of 70 pieces of original art by Kyoto Animation that avoided the deadly fire at Studio 1 last month. Entry to the exhibition is free and it will run at the Imai Shoten Group Center book store until August 31.
The exhibition is located in the STUDIO WONDER section of the store where five original pieces of art are on display with messages from Kyoto Animation directors. STUDIO WONDER manager Eriko Suzuki told The Asahi Shimbun that the exhibition was planned prior to the arson attack but the materials were sent afterward.
"I was surprised when the production materials arrived. They weren't burned because they were housed in a separate place from the studio where the arson took place," she said.
Visitors can offer donations to Kyoto Animation at a donation box in the exhibition.
Another free exhibition at the Museum of Kyoto is displaying posters of works by Kyoto Animation that will run through August.
Disagreement between NPA (National Police Agency) and Kyoto Prefectural Police over releasing the names of the deceased publically
Kyoto Prefectural Police are in disagreement with Japan's National Police Agency (NPA) over whether to publicly release the names of 25 of the 35 victims in the deadly July 18 arson at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1. According to insiders in the investigation, the Kyoto Prefectural Police holds the position that pre-existing protocols regarding the disclosure of crime victim names should be followed, and that the names should be made public regardless of whether all the relatives have consented. On the other hand, the NPA maintains that the names should only be released after consent has been obtained.
Under Japan's Basic Plan for Crime Victims enforced in 2005, police are "at their own discretion to release relevant information on a case by case basis, while taking into account the privacy of the victims and the interests of the public." (Translation not official.) In most previous cases, the Prefectural Police, acting independently from the NPA, has released the names of homicide victims soon after their identities are confirmed.
There have been cases, such as the Sagamihara stabbings in 2016, when the names of victims were kept anonymous out of respect for privacy. However, one leader on the investigation team argued that because the victims of the Kyoto Animation fire were production staff who have been publicly credited in a number of films and television shows, there is no reason to hide their names.
An investigation insider told Kyoto Shimbun: "The NPA is the one micromanaging the Kyoto Prefectural Police's every move. Even though it should be up to the Prefectural Police to make a decision, the NPA has completely seized the reins."
On Thursday, an anonymous poster on Twitter claiming to be a member of one of the victim's families wrote that although they cannot speak for the other families, they oppose making the names of the deceased public. They explained that there are some families that feel upset when stories about the deceased are turned into articles, even when those articles are intended to be flattering. They also ask that people not give personal information about the victims to the press.
Earlier this month, Kyoto Police released the names of 10 of the victims in the fire, leaving 25 victims unnamed. Normally, authorities reveal the identities of the deceased once they have been identified, but the Kyoto Police's unit in charge of the investigation of the incident said that it has not revealed the names in consideration of the bereaved families and other related parties.
12 news agencies in Kyoto collectively sent a request on Tuesday to the Kyoto Prefectural Police director Hiroto Ueda to reveal the names, noting that the current situation was "irregular" compared to similar past incidents.
Kyoto Animation and Daisuke Okeda, the lawyer Kyoto Animation has hired to provide communications to the public about the fire, has asked that the media respect the privacy of the victims and the bereaved. Okeda previously clarified earlier this month that the company is "not asking the police to hold back [the information regarding the names] forever."
Updates - the police has released up to 25 names of the 35 victims. There were discrepancy between police and families of the victims in regards to getting consent to release the names such as police could not contact families or families not getting any police contact
The Kyoto Prefectural Police released the names of 25 of the 35 victims who died in the July 18 fire at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building to Japanese news agencies on August 27. Kyoto Prefectural Police and Japan's National Police Agency (NPA) had been in disagreement over releasing the 25 remaining victims' names, with the NPA maintaining that the names should have only been released after consent from the relatives of the victims had been obtained.
Daisuke Okeda, the lawyer Kyoto Animation has hired to provide communications to the public about the fire, also commented on the day of the announcement and said that the prefectural police's decision was "extremely regrettable." Okeda asked that the media respect the privacy of the victims and the bereaved.
However, the Kyoto Shimbun newspaper reported on the day after the August 27 release of names that it had talked to some families that did not oppose the release. According to the paper, at least some of the families that the prefectural police had said denied consent told the newspaper that they did not deny consent. One family added that they thought that the police not announcing the names was unusual, and had been appealing to the police to release the names.
The Kyoto Shimbun noted that the Kyoto Prefectural Police had tried to meet with the families prior to the announcement of the remaining 25 names, but some of the families refused to meet with the police. The newspaper cited an individual involved with the investigation who stated that, "getting the opinions of all involved has proven to be extremely difficult."
The newspaper cited one parent of a victim, who said that the police had not asked for their wishes to announce the victim's name or not. The parent also commented that they did not understand why the police did not ask them.
Japanese police not revealing the names of the deceased in certain incidents is not unprecedented. Authorities similarly held back in revealing the names of the seven victims of a hotel fire in Fukushima city in May 2012, as well as the names of 19 people killed in a mass murder in a care facility in Sagamihara city in July 2016.
The 34 injured victims are not longer in life threatening conditions
The Kyodo news service reported on Wednesday that the 34 people injured in the July 18 fire at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building are no longer in life-threatening condition. A source close to the investigation told Kyodo that some injured victims with severe burns remain in the intensive care unit, but all of the victims are progressing toward recovery. The fire claimed the lives of 35 other victims.
Authorities have constructed a model of Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building. They are using the model in conjunction with the victims' testimonies about where they were at the time of the incident, how they escaped, and other things they observed on the day of the fire.
The Asahi Shimbun newspaper and the Asahi Broadcasting News previously reported that seven injured women were still undergoing treatment at the hospital as of September 6. Three were in critical condition, one was in serious condition, and three were still being treated for burns or broken bones.
A total of 70 people were inside the building when the July 18 fire broke out. In addition to those victims, a man in his 40s on his way to work in the area suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.
Among those injured, there are 15 men and 19 women, with ages ranging from 21 to 53 years old. More than 70% of the injured are in their 20s and 30s, and mostly from the prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, Shiga, and Nara. The Asahi Shimbun reported that there are several workers who are unable to return to work due to the trauma they experienced.
I thought no other victim were in life threatening conditions from the last post. Unfortunately, someone passed away,
News service NHK reported on Saturday that, according to police, a woman in her 20s who was hospitalized after the July 18 fire at Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building passed away on Friday around 8:00 p.m. from septic shock.
Police stated that the woman was an employee at Kyoto Animation, and she was on the first floor when the fire broke out. The woman evacuated the building through the genkan entryway and was rescued by authorities, but suffered burns on her entire body. The woman was undergoing treatment at the hospital until she passed away. Police stated they will work with the bereaved family and Kyoto Animation in regards to possibly releasing the victim's name to the public in the future.
Police also stated that five victims are still hospitalized.
Kyoto Animation announced on Friday the details of its planned public memorial service for the victims of the Studio 1 building fire on July 18. Instead of a previously planned fan event, the studio will hold a "Memorial and Joining-Our-Prayers Service" at the Miyako Messe event hall in Kyoto on November 3-4. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days, and admission will be free.
People who attend the ceremony will be able to approach an altar and pray individually. Attendees will receive bookmarks and postcards. Some of the messages of support received from fans so far will be on display.
The event planners anticipate that a large number of people will attend the ceremony. Due to anticipated crowding particularly in the mornings, the staff requested that attendees stagger their planned attendance times throughout the event hours. The event will have a strict policy to not accept any gifts or donations from visitors.
News service NHK reported on Sunday that Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio Building will be demolished, with preparation work for the demolition starting on Monday. The preparation work, including building scaffolding and emptying out the building, will take until the end of the year. The actual demolition will then start in early January and will go through late April.
Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta had stated in an interview two days after the deadly fire at the building that he was considering demolishing the building and creating a public park at the spot of the fire that would include a monument. At the time, Hatta stated, "when I consider the staff and the people in this neighborhood, there are people who don't want to see such a gruesome sight." Hatta added in a press conference on October 18, "It truly pains my heart whenever I see that treasured building in that state."
NHK reported on Sunday that Kyoto Animation has not yet decided on plans after the demolition.
Here are news regarding the neighborhood concerns about the memorial:
A neighborhood association from the Fushimi Ward in Kyoto has sent a written request to Kyoto Animation not to build a monument or a park at the site of the 1st studio building, which was the target of a tragic fire on July 18 that took 36 lives. The association expressed concern that the large number of visitors that a memorial site could bring would affect the tranquility of the neighborhood.
The association has also asked that its members be allowed to participate in negotiations on how to use the site after the studio building is completely demolished. The association requested that the plans be submitted before the demolition finishes. Preparation for the demolition work started in November, and the actual demolition will start in early January and go through late April.
Kyoto Animation has not yet stated plans for after the demolition. The Mainichi Shimbun reports that a Kyoto Animation representative said, "We'll consider all the factors and make a decision after consulting with the bereaved families, local residents and other related parties."
Police arrested the suspect in Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 building fire incident under suspicion of arson and murder at a hospital in Kyoto just after 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Authorities then transferred him to Fushimi Police Station for questioning after 8:00 a.m. The 42-year-old unemployed man from Minuma, Saitama reportedly admitted to the charges and said, "I thought I'd be able to kill many people if I used gasoline."
Kyoto Animation issued a statement on the arrest on Wednesday morning. The studio had "nothing to say" to the man and added that "actions and their results are everything." The studio explained, "No matter what excuse the suspect could give for his actions, no matter what kind of words of remorse for the results he could state, there is no bringing back our colleagues whose lives were snatched away, and no healing for our injured colleagues." The statement continued by saying that the families and friends of the victims "must face an irreversible reality, and we are doing the same." Kyoto Animation believes that the police will pursue the criminal liability of the suspect to the maximum extent in accordance with the law.
After consulting with several doctors, police had decided to wait until the man had sufficiently recovered from his injuries to be able to participate in an investigation before arresting him. Police also considered the lifting of Japan's nationwide state of emergency this week in relation to the arrest.
A court approved detention of the suspect in the afternoon on Wednesday, and authorities transferred him to Osaka Detention Center, which has doctors permanently on staff. Police plan to consider the suspect's physical condition as they continue their investigation with him housed at the detention center.
According to previous police reports, the suspect had alleged that Kyoto Animation "stole his novel." The studio's CEO Hideaki Hatta stated last July that he had never heard the suspect's name before, and no one by the suspect's name had submitted a novel to the company. Kyoto Animation solicits drafts of novels as part of its Kyoto Animation Awards program.
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Kyoto Animation posted a notice on its website on Friday that it will stream a memorial video on its YouTube channel on July 18 to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire that burned down the company's Studio 1 building, killing 36 people and injuring 33 others. The video will be streamed in Japanese only at 10:30am JST and will be available throughout the day after the streaming.
The notice further states that plans for a memorial visit have been cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19. The company therefore asks that the public refrain from visiting the site of the fallen Studio 1, stressing that "Regardless of the date, we respectfully request your kind prohibition of visiting." Condolence gifts will also be declined.