Kyoto Animation has announced that it will stream a memorial video on its YouTube channel on July 18 to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire that burned down the company’s Studio 1 building, killing 36 people and injuring 33 others. The video will be streamed in Japanese only at 10:30am JST and will be available throughout the day after the streaming.
On July 18 last year, a devastating fire broke out at Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building. A total of 70 people were inside the building at the time. Kyoto Prefectural Police apprehended the then 41-year-old suspect who allegedly used gasoline to start the fire, and they are investigating the case as arson. Police arrested the suspect on May 27 after 10 months of hospital care due to injuries.
Demolition work on Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building concluded on April 28. Residents of the Fushimi Ward in Kyoto have previously sent a written request to Kyoto Animation not to build a monument or a park at the site, expressing concern that the large number of visitors that a memorial site could bring would affect the tranquility of the neighborhood.
Saturday, July 18, 2020 (10:30-10:40)
*A moment of silence will be held from 10:35
Streamed on YouTube’s KyoaniChannel
*The video will be available throughout the day after the streaming.
*Streamed in Japanese only.