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Old 07-18-19, 11:02 AM
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Dozens dead in arson attack on Kyoto Animation studio

Awful. The death toll continues to rise as more information becomes available. A suspect is in custody and is reported to have been shouting about plagiarism and being "ripped off."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...-studio-kyoto/

At least 33 people have been killed and many more injured after a man set fire to an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday morning.

Emergency authorities say the death toll is likely to be final with no more people missing, while there are reports that the suspect had some sort of financial grievance against the company.

According to police, the man ran into the three-storey studios and offices of Kyoto Animation Co. shortly before 10.30am. Witnesses say he sprayed a liquid around the ground floor of the building and set fire to it and was shouting “Go die”. Police say that around 70 people were in the building when the fire broke out.
Old 07-18-19, 11:54 AM
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KyoAni was the main producer on series like:
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
K-On
Clannad
Nichijou
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Violet Evergarden
Amagi Brilliant Park

and stuff like the movie "A Silent Voice"

in case people aren't familiar.
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I don't follow the anime scene, but I saw this breaking news on NHK World yesterday and this is tragic. Whether or not you care about anime, some talented people with families and friends lost their lives to some sick person.
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This is heartbreaking indeed. There is a gofundme for this set up by Sentai Filmworks, one of the US distribution companies. It's just shy of $900k at the moment.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal
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I read this on the news this morning, horrifying and very sad to hear.
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This is such sad news. KyoAni has always been my favorite anime company.
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Revenge Motive May Have Sparked Kyoto Animation Arson Attack

https://variety.com/2019/film/asia/r...ack-1203272796
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Horrible thing to do to others. They created so much good stuff, and to snuff it out so hatefully.
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This is heartbreaking indeed. There is a gofundme for this set up by Sentai Filmworks, one of the US distribution companies. It's just shy of $900k at the moment.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal
And the gofundme is over $2million now.
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I've always been a huge fan of Kyoto Animation, so this was devastating news. They are responsible for some of my favorite anime. I donated a few bucks though I don't think Kyoto Animation will be able to come back from this tragedy.
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Via Sentai Filmworks Twitter

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECc9Fb3X...g&name=900x900
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I've heard something like $15 million has been raised for Kyoto Animation, mostly in Japan.

More news has gotten out for some of the reasons behind the attack. Apparently the arsonist had submitted several novels to Kyoto that were rejected and he claims were plagiarized by the studio.
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http://4NN.cx/.159981 (May 27)

Kyoto Animation Fire Suspect Arrested After 10 Months

Anime studio has "nothing to say" to 42-year-old man detained in Osaka

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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For those of you also wondering why it took police long to arrest him when they already had him in custody after the incident occurred...

Police had been forced to wait until Aoba had recovered from serious burns sustained in the attack, as well as restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, until they could arrest him.

Aoba, who reportedly told police he had targeted the studio because it had plagiarised his work, sustained severe burns on his face, torso, and arms and legs, and was unconscious for weeks. He is reportedly unable to walk or eat without assistance.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...nji-aoba-burns

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