Since the burning of Kyoto Animation’s main studio, fans have been gathering in front of it to pay their respects and lay flowers for the victims. The fire has also affected the seiyuu who worked with KyoAni in the past too. One particular group of seiyuu with particular ties to the studio is of course, the S.O.S. Brigade. They have been working with the studio for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and even had a little reunion with each other earlier. But in light of the recent events, members  Aya Hirano (Haruhi Suzumiya), Minori Chihara (Yuki Nagato), and Yuko Goto (Mikuru Asahina) each released a statement from their respective blogs.

In her statement, Aya Hirano stated that KyoAni is very dear to her and her career, as they presented her with two of her breakout roles in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. She said that she would never have existed as she is now if it weren’t for the studio giving her a chance. The seiyuu then added that it’s important to think of those who have been affected by the tragedy. She admitted that there’s little she can do right now, but she does say that she can keep her composure and approach things with a clear mind. Ayachii then said that she will pray for everyone with all her heart. And while she’s fighting a lot of emotions, like she’s saddened and frustrated with the events, she says that she does not want KyoAni to lose this fight.

Meanwhile, Minori Chihara, who didn’t just work with KyoAni for the Haruhi Suzumiya series, but also Violet Evergarden, said that the studio helped her grow as a seiyuu. She promised to do her best so that KyoAni’s works will continue into the future, and prayed that all the awful and illogical things that happened will all be gone.

Finally, Yuko Goto, who may have been the one with the closest personal relationship with the KyoAni staff, admitted that she does not want to watch the news anymore. She says that she knows a lot of them personally, their names and their faces. And because of that, she’s afraid of seeing their names in the list of those who passed away. Just thinking about those left behind and those who survived made her angry. Right now, the seiyuu admits that her comments won’t do much and that what she’s saying are just her own selfish desires. But she does pray for the families of those victims with all her heart.

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Support is still pouring in from fans and colleagues around the world. We here at SGCafe send our condolences and support to the beleaguered family and friends of those who perished in the attack. We also condemn the actions of the suspect who destroyed so many lives on that day. May those who passed away rest in peace.

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