On July 25, Kyoto Animation announced that they have received $5.7 million USD in donations to their dedicated relief account. The funds will be used to aid victims of the fire and the families of the deceased. Money will also be used to rebuild, though details on what this entails have yet to be announced.
The account, which was opened on July 24, is accepting donations via wire transfer to the following entity:
Bank Name: The Kyoto Shinkin Bank
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 (Hideaki Hatta)
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.
Source: NHK World