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Kyoto Police Identifies 10 Victims Who Passed Away In KyoAni Arson Fire

Note: Kyoto Animation asked that media outlets not publish the identities of those who passed in the fire. We have respected their wishes, and will continue to do so. Out of respect to Kyoto Animation and the families of those affected, we refuse to post the identities of those who have not been formally identified by the authorities, as well as a major media outlet.

Kyoto Animation HeaderEarlier today, the Kyoto Prefectural Police unveiled the identities of ten victims who passed away in the blaze that destroyed Kyoto Animation’s No.1 studio. According to the authorities, they were given consent to release the names of victims by their families, and that funeral services for all ten have concluded.

The Kyoto Police noted that they are refraining from revealing the remaining twenty-five names due to requests from the victims’ families, turnaround times for DNA identification, and other circumstances.

The following passed away:

  • Ami Kuriki
  • Futoshi Nishiya
  • Jun’ichi Uda
  • Keisuke Yokota
  • Mikiko Watanabe
  • Sachie Tsuda
  • Yasuhiro Takemoto
  • Yūki Ōmura
  • Yuka Kasama
  • Yoshiji Kigami

Ami Kuriki

Ami Kuriki was 30 years old. She worked as a key animator for fourteen titles, including Violet Evergarden, Sound! Euphonium 2, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and Liz and the Blue Bird.

Futoshi Nishiya

Futoshi Nishiya was 37. He worked as a character designer, key animator, and animation director on forty-seven titles, including:

  • The Free! franchise (Character Designer, Chief Animation Director)
  • K-On! franchise (Animation Director, Key Animation)
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! franchise (Animation Director)
  • Liz and the Blue Bird (Character Designer, Chief Animation Director, Animation Director)
  • Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Animation Director)
  • Nichijou – My Ordinary Life (Character Designer, Animation Director)

Jun’ichi Uda

Jun’ichi Uda was 34. He worked as an in-between animator for twenty-two titles, including the Free! franchise, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, and K-On!

Keisuke Yokota

Keisuke Yokota was 34 year sold. He worked as a production manager for twenty-six titles, including Beyond the Boundary, Clannad, the Free! franchise, K-On!, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, and Sound! Euphonium.

Mikiko Watanabe

Mikiko Watanabe was 35. She worked as an art director and background artist for thirty-one titles, including:

  • Amagi Brilliant Park (Art Director)
  • Beyond the Boundary (Art Director)
  • Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Background Art)
  • Free! franchise (Background Art)
  • K-ON! (Background Art)
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! franchise (Background Art)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Art Director, Background Art)
  • A Silent Voice (Background Art)
  • Sound! Euphonium (Background Art)
  • Violet Evergarden (Art Director, Background Art)

Sachie Tsuda

Sachie Tsuda was 41. She worked in painting, special effects, finishing, and clean-up for fifty titles, including:

  • Clannad (Finishing)
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Paint, Special Effects)
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (Finishing)
  • Free! -Dive to the Future- (Special Effects)
  • Sound! Euphonium The movie: Todoketai Melody (Finish Animation)
  • K-ON! (Finishing)
  • Kanon (Digital Paint)
  • Liz and the Blue Bird (Finishing)
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! franchise (Finishing)
  • Lucky Star (Special Effects)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Digital Paint)
  • Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time (Finishing)
  • Nichijou – My Ordinary Life (Finishing)
  • A Silent Voice (Paint)

Yasuhiro Takemoto

Yasuhiro Takemoto was 47. As a director, he helmed twelve titles:

  • Amagi Brilliant Park
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu!
  • High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-
  • Lucky Star
  • Lucky Star OVA
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  • Nurse Witch Komugi
  • Nyoron! Churuya-san

Through his career, Takemoto worked on sixty-two titles, including Sound! Euphonium, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Clannad.

Yūki Ōmura

Yūki Ōmura was 23 years old.

Yuka Kasama

Yuka Kasama was 22 years old.

Yoshiji Kigami

Yoshiji Kigami was 61. Through his career, Kigami worked on all levels of the industry, under his own name and under pseudonyms Fumio Tada and Ichirou Miyoshi. He worked on ninety titles over the course of his career, including:

  • Akira (Key Animation)
  • Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- Future (Unit Director)
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Key Animation, Layout Supervisor)
  • Grave of the Fireflies (Key Animation)
  • K-ON! (Key Animation)
  • Kimagure Orange Road: Summer’s Beginning (Animation Director)
  • Munto (Director, Animation Supervisor, Script Director)
  • Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time (Director, Script, Storyboard)
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (Key Animation)
  • Liz and the Blue Bird (Key Animation)
  • Tamako Love Story (Key Animation)
  • Violet Evergarden (Key Animation)
  • Clannad (Storyboard, Episode Director)
  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (Storyboard, Episode Director)
  • HYOUKA (Storyboard, Episode Director)
  • Lucky Star (Storyboard, Episode Director)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009) (Storyboard, Episode Director)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Storyboard, Episode Director)
  • A Silent Voice (Storyboard)
  • Sound! Euphonium! (Storyboard, Episode Director)
  • Violet Evergarden (Storyboard, Episode Director)

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 founding, the studio has produced numerous prominent anime titles, including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, K-On!, Free!, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and Sound! Euphonium.

Source: Kyoto Shimbun

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