It’s almost two years since a crazed man poured gasoline within Studio 1 of renowned anime studio, Kyoto Animation, lit it up, and killed 36 people. Among them were some of the biggest names in anime. And as we approach the tragedy’s second anniversary, KyoAni will be streaming a memorial video via their YouTube channel on the very day of the incident, July 18th. It will focus on the lives lost during the tragedy and celebrating their lives.

Image via Kyodo News

The Kyoto Animation YouTube channel will begin streaming at around 10a.m. JST. It will run for 10 minutes, and will have a moment of silence for the victims at around 10:35 a.m. They would then make the video available to those who missed it throughout the day. They decided on a memorial video due to COVID-19.

In addition, the studio asked fans to refrain from visiting the site of the arson on July 18th. They also asked them not to go to any KyoAni office, as well as refrain from sending gifts and flowers. They will be declining them all. They even released a statement on their official website:

It has been almost two years since the incident that took place at our 1st studio.
With grief in our hearts, we have been producing animations while supporting each other and have kept moving forward day by day since then.

Although we had been considering holding the memorial ceremony for prayer, in light of the COVID-19 infections, we decided to stream the memorial video on our youtube channel as we had in the past year.

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Source:Kyoto Animation official website


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