Update From the Kyoto Animation Fire (July 29, 2019)

News outlets have reported that art and other materials have been recovered from a data server located on the first floor of Kyoto Animation’s 1st Studio building. Daisuke Okeda, the lawyer Kyoto Animation has hired to provide communications to the public about the fire, confirmed that all the data on the server has been recovered without damage.

The server was isolated in a separate room completely surrounded by concrete on the building’s first floor. The room was apart from the staircase area in which a 41-year-old man allegedly started a fire on July 18, 2019. Therefore, the server was protected from the fire and also from water used in firefighting efforts.

Okeda stated that specialists were able to fully recover the data from the server, but he did not specify what data the server contained.

Additionally, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper has reported that donations to Kyoto Animation have exceeded 1.2 billion yen (about US$11.4 million) as of 3:00 p.m. JT on July 29, 2019.

The studio’s account for donations has received a total of 965.63 million yen (about US$8.87 million) from 47,991 donations. The account had received 620 million yen (about US$5.7 million) as of July 26, 2019.

The newspaper included donations given to Sentai Filmworks’ GoFundMe campaign and the Japanese Animation Creators Association’s campaign in the total. As of this writing, Sentai Filmworks’ campaign has raised US$2,321,217, and the Japanese Animation Creators Association’s campaign has raised 28,864,825 yen (about US$265,000).

Source: ANN

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