Updates From the Kyoto Animation Fire (July 25, 2019) (Updated)

  • The Kyodo news service has reported that police have confirmed, through DNA testing, the identities of all 34 people who died in the fire. Investigative sources say the police plan to reveal the names “soon.” Daisuke Okada, the lawyer Kyoto Animation has hired to handle public communication about the incident, has stated on the official website for the studio that in order to prioritize the families of the victims, the company does not plan to release the names until after funerals are over.
  • NHK has reported that out of the 34 victims who are injured, 15 of them have serious injuries. Some victims have yet to regain consciousness, and some are in serious condition.
  • Sentai Filmworks’ GoFundMe campaign to help Kyoto Animation and the victims after the deadly fire has raised more than US$2 million. As of this writing, nearly 65,000 people have donated US$2,189,120 to the campaign since it launched seven days ago.
  • NHK has additionally reported that as of 3:00 p.m. JST on July 25, 2019, the bank account Kyoto Animation opened the day before to accept donations has raised 274 million yen (about US$2.53 million) from 14,000 sources, including personal and organizational accounts. The company will give the funds to families of the deceased and injured victims of the fire, as well as for rebuilding.
  • The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidō Shuki Ningyō), the side story to the Violet Evergarden anime, will continue with its world premiere screening at the AnimagiC convention in Mannheim, Germany, which runs August 3-4, 2019. The AnimagiC organizers said that the screening will continue “at the express request of the studio.” The convention also had guests from Kyoto Animation and the Violet Evergarden production staff for the screening, including director Taichi Ishidate, producer Shinichiro Hatta, voice actress Yui Ishikawa (voiced Violet Evergarden in the anime), and theme song singers TRUE and Aira Yūki. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Ishidate and Hatta will no longer attend the convention, but music producer Shigeru Saitō will now attend.

Source: ANN
Source: ANN
Source: ANN

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