A 41 year old man bombed Kyoto Animation studio at approximately at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 18.
The death toll reported (33 according to nytimes.com) is still expected to rise as 70 people were inside the building when the fire broke out.
We are gutted and heartbroken as not only Kyoto Animation is a respectable studio who does its absolute best to bring quality anime, but it is also one of the few companies who respects its employees and is always worried to treat them fairly with established salaries (something other companies do not do).
More than that, it is the loss of many talented artists, producers that hurts the most from this incident. This is a huge loss for the company, the victim’s families, the fans and a piece of Japanese entertainment history that has been lost in the fire.
I thought of making a huge rant about what caused the perpetrator to do what he did, but this is not the time (or the place) to do so. What is important is hoping that the death toll does not get into crazy numbers and to send our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their mothers, fathers, siblings, uncles, aunts or cousins in this incident.
As an anime fan my mind goes immediately to the countless hours of archived pages of traditional animation, interviews and rare footage of the series Kyoto Animation has put out throughout the years; as well as the hours animators were putting into this month weekly releases that have also been lost to the fire.