The building that was home to a studio of Kyoto Animation that suffered an arson attack on July 18th, 2019 is to be torn down.
NHK reported that the animation company revealed its intention to demolish the structure with neighbouring residents and businesses on Saturday.
Before demolition can begin, which is expected to start in January 2020, the interior of the undergo further clean up, as well as scaffolding erected on the exterior. No details were provided about how the space is to be used once demolition is completed.
Hideaki Hatta, president and CEO of Kyoto Animation, had brought up the subject of demolition during a press conference in October. He added that it “…pained him deeply” seeing the damaged studio.
Source: NHK World
The death toll from the tragic arson attack that devastated the Kyoto Animation Company in Kyoto, Japan has climbed to 34.
Kyoto police announced that a man admitted to hospital had succumbed to their injuries after Thursday’s fire.
Hideaki Hatta the president of Kyoto Animation, spoke with reporters on Friday morning, stating he was “crushed by the loss of colleagues” that he had worked with over the years.
The Twitter account for the Free! anime series posted a single tweet stating that the 2020 Summer update that was supposed to be released today is cancelled.
The third episode of the series Fire Force was also postponed, likely in respect to those affected by the fire, according to a tweet from Crunchyroll.
Sources: NHK 1, 2
At 10:30 am local time (6:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time), a fire broke out at building that housed the Kyoto Animation Company in Kyoto, Japan. A man in his 40s was suspected of starting the fire which killed 33 people, with another 36 injured, according to NHK.
Witnesses to the event recall seeing the suspect pour an accelerant on the building and shouting before starting the fire. He was arrested and taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Kyoto Animation Company was founded in 1981 and worked on a number of anime series including K-ON, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Free!.
Anime fans from around the world took to social media posting messages of condolence and support for those affected by the fire.