The tragic arson attack on Kyoto Animation’s Studio-1 Building has killed 36 people, and has injured several others. The studio is slowly going back to production, and of the 33 injured survivors, 27 of them, have returned to work. And in a press conference, Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta has said that three more have also returned, albeit temporarily. This means that about 80% of the injured staff are returning and trying to make things normal. Unfortunately, trying to normalize the situation doesn’t mean that things are already normal over at KyoAni.

In that same press conference, President Hatta also added that “Things are still very far from normal”. He elaborated that “The everyday atmosphere we had until July 18 doesn’t exist right now. When you go to work, so many people who used to be there have disappeared.”

KyoAni has received billions of yen in donations from all over the world. But rather than rebuild their company, KyoAni has said that they’re giving it all to the victims of the arson attack. This does not just include the families of those who passed away, but also to the survivors and their families.

The fire has really hit the staff of the studio too. It was also revealed that after the arson, so many staffers have resigned from the company despite management’s efforts to keep things together. But KyoAni is staying strong and defiant, going forward with the releases of several planned anime, though they still delayed the upcoming Violet Evergarden movie for obvious reasons (in case you haven’t heard, somebody burned down their main studio back in July, and the fire killed 36 people).

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source: Sora News 24


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