KyoAni Observes Second Year Memorial Service

Commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the KyoAni Incident, KyoAni held a memorial service at Kyoto on July 18 for the 36 deceased victims of the arson attack. The company uploaded a tribute for the victims on YouTube the very same day.

Kyoto Animation’s Memorial Service for the victims of the KyoAni Incident two years ago. (Photo courtesy of Kyoto Animation Co.) (Kyodo)

The original plan was to set up a place where everyone will be able to pay their respects. But because of the ongoing pandemic and concern about the health safety of the participating individuals, it was scrapped. Here is the video link of the stream and below is the rough translation of the messages shown.

 

Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd.

2nd Year Memorial Service

 

It has been two years after the incident that happened last July 18, 2021.

Thank you very much for being with us.

We were planning to prepare a place where people can pay their respects.

But, in view of the current pandemic, we made this video instead for learning.

Thank you for bearing with us.

 

Let us take a moment of silence and pray in honor of the victims.

 

(Silent Prayer)

 

Please feel free to contact us.

Thank you very much.

 

Two years ago, the lives of our friends we worked were lost.

Our grief doesn’t fade and as time goes by, we feel how big their parts are in our hearts.

For the last two years, we continue to move forward with these precious memories with them.

 

We would like to express our deepest condolences.

 

In commemoration of the 2nd year since the incident, we received messages from the people working with us, the families of the deceased and as well as from our staff.

We will express their thoughts anonymously.

 

 

From the staff,

 

Every day at work, we do our jobs like you are still with us. We may not be able to talk to you directly, but we do on our hearts. “What should we do here and there?” “How should we deal with these problems?”, we thought.

 

Your ideas are still alive in us.

Your spirit. The dreams that you have left to us.

These continue to support us.

 

Please, watch all over us.

We will make things that you will be proud of. We will do our best.

 

 

 

From Family

 

Every day, we always think of you, gone forever with your future and dreams.

There’s no single day we forget you.

Every time we remember your smile.

This feeling of lost

Of sorrow.

And of loneliness.

No matter how much time has passed, the tears just won’t stop

Our longing for you grows.

From that day,

When the rain suddenly stopped.

When the sun shines through the clouds.

When a refreshing breeze blows.

Maybe, you are the one behind this, we think.

We really want to meet you.

We really, really want to have another chance to be with you again.

We want to see you.

Even though, we know that is impossible.

We are wishing for it since that day.

 

To everyone who are with us.

Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts.

 

 

From Staff #1

 

Whenever, wherever, every time, everyone encourages and supports us.

When I run into difficulties, I just have to remember everything we have worked for and encourage myself as I gaze on the beautiful blue sky.

It puts a smile on my face and warms my heart once I remember all of those memories, the days we spent working together.

Everyone’s passion towards our work will be delivered to the people across the globe.

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No matter how much time will pass, the bonds we created will never lose. Our feelings are connected altogether.

Please watch all over us.

 

 

From Staff #2

 

A couple of years has already passed, but this heartache still stays.

Even in just remembering the face and voices of our former colleagues we spend our days with.

Every day, we strive to make our work better, meeting and talking about our jobs.

We deliver entertainment for everyone around the world to enjoy.

But the realization that some of our companions are not there anymore to create new contents together tears my heart apart.

Please let me scream from the bottom of my heart.

I want another chance to meet you all again!

I wanted to talk with you more!

We may not hear your voice, but your thoughts will always be with us as we exchange conversations.

Let us continue to create more works together.

And you are with us forever and ever.

 

 

 

To everyone who are supporting us continuously, we are deeply grateful.

We will continue to create more of our works, and through these, we will bring joy and hope for everyone.

Thank you very much for your continuous support.

 

Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd.

July 18, 2021

 

The Aftermath of the Case

(Photo courtesy of the Jiji Press Ltd)(nippon.com)

36 people died and 34 (including the culprit himself) were injured during the time of the attack one July morning. The felon, Shinji Aoba, was charged last December with five crimes including murder, attempted murder, and arson after remaining bedridden since the attack two years ago because of life-threatening burns. He was deemed mentally fit and criminally liable due to his elaborate planning of the crime.

He claimed that the company “stole” one of his ideas and included it in the anime adaptation of a light novel written by Kotoko Ayano called Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu, airing it without giving him credits. The arsonist said, “The thing Kyoto Animation copied from me was the scene in Tsurune where the main characters buy discounted meat.”

The CEO of KyoAni, Hideaki Hatta, once entertained a one-on-one interview. He once said that he is pouring all of his thoughts and energy into providing comfort for all of the victims as well as rebuilding the company for the fans. When he was asked about Aoba, he said, “He doesn’t exist in my mind. This is not a human act. This isn’t something a human is capable of. I am beyond hate.”

With Summer 2021 in full swing, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S is currently airing this season. Being one of the most successful series of the previous decade, it is no wonder that it garnered lots of eager viewers. The director, Tatsuya Ishihara, and the one from the previous season, Yasuhiro Takemoto, are both unfortunately among the victims of the arson and are posthumously credited for the ongoing series.

 

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Kyodo News, Sora News, comicbook

 

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