On July 18th, a suspected arson took the lives of 34 workers at Kyoto Animation. As of writing this, the investigation is still open. In the mass killing, 34 people’s lives were taken from them and another 34 were injured.
Yesterday, KyoAni’s Twitter account released an official statement (translated by Twitter user のうねいむ), which expressed their heartbreak over the promising lives lost and refocusing their efforts to helping the families of the victims:
“…Young people who had gathered from all over Japan to contribute to animation and our employees who had worked together for many
years,were deprived of their future. The depth of our sadness is beyond description. They were our truly talented and wonderful colleagues. It’s a truly huge loss not only for us but also for our industry…
KyoAni’s staff is responsible for critically acclaimed anime films and series, including recent works like Violet Evergarden (movie project in progress), A Silent Voice (2016), and a number of fan favorites all the way back to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010) and Clannad (2007).
It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where someone would wish to destroy a place where beauty is created. In light of this tragic news, it’s important we do what we can as fans to support the victims.
Sentai Filmworks has launched a GoFundMe campaign at the link below to https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal
Fans have already raised over $1.8 Million in an effort to aid staff and the victims’ families. In their latest update, Sentai Filmworks thanked fans for the outpouring of support:
“…KyoAni’s impeccable storytelling and beautiful animation have brought joy immeasurable to the anime community, and it is our honor to extend our hand to them in the wake of the recent attack… Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for those impacted by the tragedy at KyoAni. Together, we can bring light to this incredibly dark time.”
– Sentai Filworks, GoFundMe Update
If you’re not able to give much financially, don’t worry; there are plenty of other ways to show your support for Kyoto Animation.
2. Purchase Digital Art from the KyoAni Shop
Twitter users pointed out that high-quality digital art downloads are available for purchase at just 216 Yen (that’s roughly $2).
Official KyoAni Shop: https://kyoani.shop-pro.jp/
Currently, the selection includes artwork from series like Free! and Sound! Euphonium.
Unfortunately, the site doesn’t have an English translation, but the purchasing process is pretty self-explanatory and the funds do go directly to KyoAni. A section of the website is dedicated to the thumbnails of each print. Click on the one you would like to purchase, then go through the checkout page. You can follow these screenshots for more of a detailed walkthrough.
3. Submit Fanart & Merch Photos
Crunchyroll sent out an email campaign encouraging fans to send their support for KyoAni via a simple anonymous survey.
“Anything positive you share with us will be included in our collection, which will be sent to the studio directly once we’ve determined the best way to share with them.”
SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PMFD6R8
If one or more of the titles at Kyoto Animation has made an impact on you, this forum is a great place to submit your fanart and a personal message to uplift the victims. I was glad to have a more private space to express my grief, as it is difficult to open up about such a painful subject on Twitter.
4. Change Your Facebook Profile Picture
Simply log in to Facebook, click on your profile picture, then click the “Add Frame” button, then search for any KyoAni frame. The KyoAni logo will appear over your profile picture. By default, the frame will disappear after a week.
This is a convenient and totally free way to show your support and solidarity.
5. Watch More KyoAni Anime!
Now is a great time to help the studio get back on its feet by purchasing/streaming/re-watching anime series! If you’re not familiar with this studio’s works, below is a link to the top-rated series on MyAnimeList:
View Full Anime List: https://myanimelist.net/anime/producer/2/Kyoto_Animation
Thank you for reading this list— I genuinely hope you found a way to give back. In the dollars raised and the prayers and messages going out to the victims, the anime community has already shown that people can come together on a