On the morning of 18 July 2019 at around 10:30 a.m. JST (09:30 pm EST the 17th), an arson attack occurred at the Kyoto Animation Studio One in the Fushimi Ward of Kyoto. Over 75 people were estimated to be in the building and at least half were killed in this horrible incident.
Kyoto Animation is a Japanese animation studio and a light novel publisher located in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It was established in 1981 by former Mushi Pro staff. Presided by Hideaki Hatta, the company is also affiliated with studio Animation Do. As of 2015, Kyoto Animation has produced 21 anime series and numerous films. Unlike most animation studios, Kyoto Animation's animators are salaried employees rather than freelance workers. Therefore, Kyoto Animation animators are able to focus more on the quality of each frame rather than on meeting frame production quotas." TQuoted directly from wikipedia
The individual who caused this (we shall not use their name) thought he was being plagurised by the anime studio and was swiftly captured by police outside the studio.
Our Hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this event.
If you would like to help
Please donate to either Sendai Filmwork's Kyoani gofundme page https://www.gofundme.com/help-kyoani-heal
donate at the donation boxes at Animate Stores
or you can donate directly to Kyoto Animation using the following information
On July 24th, Kyoto Animation released a statement with the details on how they'll be accepting donations directly, with all the information needed for a direct bank transfer. These details (listed below) include a SWIFT code for international transfers.
BANK NAME : THE KYOTO SHINKIN BANK
SWIFT : KYSBJPJZ
BRANCH NAME : MINAMI MOMOYAMA BRANCH
BRANCH NUMBER : 048
ADDRESS : 16-50, YOSAI, MOMOYAMA-CHO, HUSHIMI-KU, KYOTO-SHI, KYOTO-HU, 612-8016 , JAPAN
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 0002890
ACCOUNT HOLDER : KYOTO ANIMATION CO.,LTD., REPRESENTATIVE DIRECTOR, HATTA HIDEAKI