Earlier today, Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta hosted a press conference. During the interview, Hatta explained that all of the studio’s computers and legacy animation materials that were housed at their No.1 studio were destroyed in the blaze that devastated the facility on July 17.
“I’m deeply anguished,” Hatta stated, “I can’t bear it. I wouldn’t have dreamed that such a catastrophe could happen.” Hatta later added that the losses, both human and otherwise, were a “serious blow” to the organization. “Each one was a brilliant, wonderful colleague,” he stated.
Hatta described the amount of monetary damage as “extensive,” stating that “I don’t know the full details” of the damages.
On July 17, fire broke out at Kyoto Animation’s No. 1 studio. Thirty-four passed away in the blaze, and more than thirty were injured.
Police determined the cause of the fire to be arson, and have arrested a suspect in the action. According to NHK, the police apprehended a male who was seen spraying an accelerant “like gasoline” both in and around the studio. The man’s license indicates that he is in his 40s.
According to NHK, the suspect was saying “Go die” as he ignited the fuel.
Kyoto Animation was established in 1981 by former Mushi Pro staff members. Since its foundation, the studio has worked on numerous prominent anime titles, including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, K-On!, Free!, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and Sound! Euphonium.