News came out mid-July that Kyoto Animation Studios was suddenly set ablaze in an arson attack, and the incident has caused the death of 35 people, resulting in one of the biggest mass murder incidents in Japan’s post-war history. There was also a lot of destruction to property, but the studio managed to earn a win in a sense that all their data (including key animation drawings) was recovered.
According to Variety, the server for KyoAni was shielded from the fire and water damage, and specialists were able to recover the saved data. The lawyer for KyoAni, Daisuke Okeda, had said, “Data recorded on the server has been recovered without loss.”
Among the servers contents is the completed Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll. That movie is still set to come out for a limited release on Sept. 6–26.
We still have no details as to who caused the fire and why, but some are suspecting some kind of mental health issue. We don’t know when the culprit will publicly be named, but we do know that he surrendered to authorities and has admitted to be the cause of the fire.
For now, fans online have been showing their support for the studio, and it’s been recently reported that they were able to raise a total of 620 million yen ($5.7 million) worth of relief money. Kyoto Animation still remains one of the giants in the anime industry, and its loss has deeply affected a lot of fans.
We’ll keep you posted if anything else comes up about KyoAni.