2019 Kyoto Animation Arson

2019 Kyoto Animation Arson

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2019 Kyoto Animation Arson refers to a fire that broke out at the Kyoto Animation Co anime studio in July 2019, which is suspected to have been caused by an arson attack. The fire resulted in deaths of at least 34 people and injured several dozen more.


At approximately 10:30am local time (9:30pm EST) on July 18th, 2019, a fire broke out at the three-story building of Kyoto Animation studio in Kyoto, Japan.[1] 74 people were in the building at the time of the fire. A 41-year-old Japanese man, later identified as Shinji Aoba, was seen pouring a flammable liquid inside, saying "drop dead" before setting fire to the building. Several witnesses reported an explosion, with the fire quickly engulfing the entire building.

The fire resulted in deaths of at least 34 people and injuries 35 more, including the suspected arsonist, who has been apprehended by the police. No obvious connection between the individual and the studio was confirmed.

Notable Developments

On July 18th, Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta said that the studio had been receiving emails containing death threats addressed to the studio's office and sales department.[5]

On the same day, users on 4chan[2] and Russian 2ch[3] imageboards reported that two hours prior to the fire, a thread was started on Japanese Futaba (2chan) imageboard in which an anonymous user posted "May I make my debut in the news?" As of 7:20 EST July 18th, 2019, the connection between the post and the arson had not been confirmed.

Anonymous Thu 18 Jul 2019 04:48:47 No.190738390 Report Quoted By: >>190738789 This was posted in Futaba 2 hours before the fire broke out. the post says "May I make my debut in the news?" 画像ファイル名:1563406768650.jpg-(29842 B)サムネ表示 口無念 Name としあき 19/07/18(木)08:39:28 ID:jZq.i9wA No.654619393 del そうだね×5 17:02頃消えます ニュースにデビューしてもいいかい? 出っで 京アニ火災、数人死亡の情報 確保の男「液体まいた」 朝日新聞デジタル 897 18日午前10時35分ごろ、京都市伏見区桃山町因幡の「京都アニメーション」の第 1スタジオから煙が上がっていると、複数の近所の人たちから119番通報があった。市 消防局によると、少なくとも重症10人と中等症10人、軽症18人が出ている。京都府 警によると、うち数人が死亡しているとの情報があり、確認を進めている。 出るような事は やっちゃダメだよ

Suspect Identity

On July 19th, 2019, the Japanese police released the name of the suspect, who was identified as a 41-year-old resident of Saitama City Shinji Aoba.[6] In 2012, Aoba was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after robbing a convenience store, with some sources reporting that he lived on welfare and was treated for mental health issues. Investigative sources reported that Aoba accused Kyoto Animation of stealing his idea for a novel during the arrest.[7][8]

Online Reactions

Online, users in Japan and worldwide condemned the arson, expressing condolences to the families of those killed and injured.

ThrowingMyselfAtTheSun @PrideWrath Today Kyoto Animation is a beloved, organized, & independent studio full of talented people who've worked/helped tirelessly on these gorgeously animated & heartwarming shows that spread joy to millions. My condolences to all the brilliant staffs & their families. FULL METAL Chuunibgou Demo Hoi 6a Shitai TakE E THE OVE PANIC! ETLNRLEEcn DULER.SOS5 oLE V GARD ound ASilent Voice HYOURA S The Movie 10:17 PM - 17 Jul 2019 Yellbana @yellbana To the employees of Kyoto Animation that have died already, and to those others who may succumb to burns or smoke in the coming hours, please rest in peace. You helped bring joy to millions of people around the world. Thank you. 8:46 PM - 17 Jul 2019
Funimation @FUNimation Our hearts go out to all those affected by the Kyoto Animation Studio fire in Japan. 10:43 PM 17 Jul 2019 Crunchyroll @Crunchyroll Our hearts go out to everyone at Kyoto Animation, and to all their friends and family. 9:36 PM - 17 Jul 2019

In the hours after the fire, American licensing company Sentai Filmworks launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to provide financial help to the Kyoto Animation studio.[4] The campaign raised over $330,000 of its $500,000 goal within seven hours with over 10,000 donations and over $1.3 million in 32 hours with over 42,600 donations.

Filmworks Sentai @SentaiFilmworks Help us help our friends at Kyoto Animation by donating (if you can) sharing: Kyoto Animation Help KyoAni Heal On July 18, 2019, an arsonist set the Kyoto Animation studio on fire injuring several people and leading to the loss of lives. Details on this unbelievabl... gofundme.com 10:32 PM 17 Jul 2019

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Travesties like this really remind you that there are truly people as vile and demented as the villains portrayed in the fiction good people like those at Kyoto create for our enjoyment. Disaster can truly strike anywhere.

This is a tragedy that no amount of characters can properly put into perspective. None of these victims deserved this. I can only pray that Kyoto, the survivors, and the friends and family of victims/the dead can push through this and that the immoral being that did this is dealt the justice they deserve.


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