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– KyoAni Studio 1 Arson Sources
   Eleven Arts has started a paper crane drive for Kyoto Animation
   ∟Sora News 24
      ∟KyoAni president wants to turn site of arson attack into memorial park for victims
      ∟Free treatment for KyoAni burn victims offered by Japan’s leading cosmetic surgeon
      ∟KyoAni studio in arson attack found to have been in compliance with all fire codes
      ∟KyoAni accepting direct, individual donations for arson victims via special bank account
      ∟KyoAni releases details on official donation bank account for overseas, Japanese donors
      ∟Kyoto Animation arson attack prompts call for stricter gas sale regulations in Kyoto
   ∟Anime News Network
      ∟What Will Happen To Kyoto Animation?
      ∟Police Have Identified All 34 Victims Who Died in Fire, Have Not Released Names
      ∟Sentai’s GoFundMe Surpasses US$2M, KyoAni’s Own Bank Account Raises ¥274M
      ∟Kyoto Animation Colorist Naomi Ishida Passed Away in Studio Fire
      ∟Kyoto Animation’s Bank Account Raises 620 Million Yen in 2 Days
      ∟35th Victim of Kyoto Animation Fire Passes Away
      ∟Violet Evergarden Side Story Anime’s August World Premiere in Germany to Continue
   ∟Sankaku Complex
      ∟KyoAni Fire Victims “May Take a Week to Identify”
      ∟KyoAni President Plans to Demolish Studio, Build Public Park
      ∟Maid Dragon, Lucky Star Director’s Death Confirmed
      ∟KyoAni Arsonist Was Mentally Ill, Annoyed Neighbors With Game Music
      ∟Kyoto Animation Now Taking Direct Donations
      ∟KyoAni President Responds to Support Messages, Considers Building Monument
      ∟Kyoto Animation Officially Starts Accepting Direct Donations
      ∟KyoAni’s Lawyer Gives Updates on Production Materials, Donations from Sentai
      ∟Kyoto Animation Survivors From Studio 1 Return to Work

Sentai's GoFundMe has passed $2 million

KyoAni has set up a special bank account to receive direct donations and so far has received over $5.7 million with 1,000,000 yen donated by HYOUKA author

       BRANCH NUMBER : 048
       ACCOUNT NUMBER : 0002890

The money raised will be going to the victims and their families to help them with any costs, and will be used for the reconstruction of the company.

The lawyer representing Kyoto Animation tweeted out a statement clarifying what was lost. He said that "although all the paper-based material that was in Studio 1 is gone, not all of KyoAni's paper-based material and data were in Studio 1 at the time." He concluded the tweet by saying that they "are investigating the possibilities of recovering the data from the first studio." Though he didn't say whether this would be through back-up of the servers in the studio or other means.

At the time of the fire, the company's current announced projects were: a new anime project for Sound! Euphonium, a new Violet Evergarden episode and film, an all-new Free! film, a second season for Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, an adaptation of Hiro Yuki's 20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku novel, and the Baja no Studio: Baja no Mita Umi anime short.

The Violet Evergarden Gaiden spin-off movie was completed, and will still premiere at Germany's AnimagiC convention on August 2-4. However, projects that were still in production are almost certainly lost: the main Violet Evergarden movie and the TV series for 20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku would likely need to be restarted almost entirely, or will be cancelled. The new Free! movie was confirmed cancelled. All art and equipment were destroyed in the inferno, however, it is possible that some elements survived in partner and assisting studios but whether any of those elements can be re-used with a new staff is unclear. Works that were already published have master files and artwork in the hands of distribution partners and publishers around the world, and are safe, although countless elements from their production that were housed in the KyoAni building are also gone. Projects from other anime studios that Kyoto Animation may have been assisting with may also experience some delays.

Of the 15 people who are seriously injured, some have yet to regain consciousness, and some are in serious condition. At least one victim had to have their legs amputated due to the injuries and another has died in the hospital bringing the total death count to 35 so far.

The police have confirmed the identities of everyone who died in the fire through DNA testing. KyoAni has announced that they do not plan on releasing the names of victims until after their funerals.
Yasuhiro Takemoto, director of Lucky Star, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Full Metal Panic (Fumoffu & Second Raid), Clannad, Haruhi Suzumiya (series & Disappearance), and Nichijou has been confirmed dead.

Naomi Ishida, color designer for The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, A Silent Voice, and Liz and the Blue Bird has also been confirmed dead. Tragically, her parents believed she normally worked at Kyoto Animation's 2nd Studio building and presumed she was alive until they couldn't get a hold of her.

The staff members from Studio 1 that were able to escape the building, many by leaping from the second story windows, returned to work on July 24. Not even a full week since the incident on the 18th.

KyoAni Studio 1 was not only in compliance with all fire codes, they were awarded in 2014 with a certificate of commendation by the fire department for their fire safety compliance. Tragically, the door to the roof was not actually locked. But it had an unusual two-lever mechanism that could be difficult to operate for those who’d never used it before.

The arson attack has prompted call for stricter gas sale regulations in Kyoto though it is abundantly clear that none of the proposed regulations would have stopped the attack.

Japan’s most prominent cosmetic surgeon, Katsuya Takasu, has offered free treatment for Kyoto Animation arson burn victims. Too bad he's a holocaust denying Neo-Nazi.

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   ∟Monica Rial and Ron Toye’s TCPA Motion
   Faisal Ahmed has previously been arrested for filing a false police report
   Erica McCord outright denies Ahmed’s claims about her in his affidavit
   Turns out Kara Edwards initiated that tango dance with Vic
   And she considered Vic her “pal” after the stuff she alleged happened in 2008
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   ∟Chris Niosi Being Removed From Fire Emblem Heroes
   ∟Accuser’s Tumblr Posts
      Ex-Girlfriend’s Friend
   Kirbopher’s Apology Post

Kickstarter/Crowd Funding news:

Shōnen Hollywood Launches Crowdfunding for Audio ‘Recital’ Sequel to TV Anime
   ∟Actual Campaign

Convention news:

Exclusive Tatami Galaxy blu-ray wrap at screenings

Live-Action Anime news:

Yu Yu Hakusho Stage Play Reveals Cast Visuals
Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou’s Boys Love Manga LOVE STAGE!! Gets Live-Action Film
Ultraman Director Takeshi Yagi, Producer William Winckler Announce Partnership
The Hills Have Eyes Director Prepares to Slice into Tomie
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage’s Matt Owens to Pen Script for Hollywood One Piece

Streaming news:

Sound & Fury Anime Film Debuts on Netflix Worldwide This Fall
Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film Airs in Canada on Crave Stations on July 31
Attack on Titan Characters and Kizuna AI Team Up for “EYE CARE PROJECT” Web CMs

Theater Release news:

Japan Box Office: Weathering With You Scores Modest 1.185 Billion Yen Opening
Toronto Int’l Film Fest Hosts N. American Premiere of Shinkai’s Weathering With You Film

Series news:

Fire Force’s 3rd Episode Modified After Kyoto Animation Fire
   ∟Enen no Shouboutai Edited out of Respect for KyoAni
   ∟Fire Force Anime Resumes Broadcast With 3rd Episode on Friday
Employees Run Wild in African Office Worker TV Anime Trailer
Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise’s 20th Anniversary New TV Anime Slated for 2020
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Mascot Animation Trains Rigorously
Flying Witch Creator Chihiro Ishizuka Will Donate Partial Manga Sales to KyoAni
Iconic One Piece Chapter Redrawn by Dr. Stone Artist Boichi
Shonen Champion Shares 50th Anniversary with Moon Landing
A Bookstore Employee’s Observations on Publisher Quality Control
Steins;Gate’s Chiyomaru Shikura Buys Out Mages, Goes Independent
1st Monster Rancher/Monster Farm Game Gets 2019 Port
Nintendo Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Joy-Con ‘Drifting’
Hideo Kojima stopped by U.S. customs for attempting to bring unnerving plastic baby pod

Release news:

Dirty Pair 40th Anniversary Complete Blu-ray Box to be Released on December 18, 2019
Eleven Arts Reveals Millennium Actress Film’s New English Dub Cast
Criterion Collection Goes Big With 15-Film Showa Godzilla Blu-ray Set
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Legendary RPG-style shield found on beach, Twitter tries to figure out who the hero is

Misc news:

Candidate Dedicated to Fighting Against Censorship Wins Election to House of Councillors
   ∟‘Otaku Interests’ Politician Tarō Yamada Wins Seat in Japanese House of Councillors
European Union Proposing Online “Hate Speech” Laws
Crime Connections, Abusive Practices Come to Light in Yoshimoto Kogyo Scandal
Obsessed stalker tries to mark object of his affection by mixing body fluids into her lotion
   ∟Man Breaks Into Co-Worker’s Home, Urinates in Her Face Lotion
Serial foot licker apprehended in Kyoto after 30-minute lick-attack