Thursday morning at around 10:30, a man broke into acclaimed animation studio Kyoto Animation and set fire to the building. Reports stated that the man sprayed petrol around the building before igniting it. There are at least 36 people in the hospital, and the death toll currently sits at 33. The 41 year old suspect has been detained, and his connection to the animation studio and motive for committing the crime remains unknown.
Kyoto Animation has released several popular animated films and TV series, including “A Silent Voice,” “Liz and the Blue Bird,” and “Violet Evergarden.” Fans of the studio’s work have overtaken social media platforms, sharing their thoughts and prayers for those who lost their lives in the fire.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tweeted about the situation, saying that this event was “too appalling for words” and that he was left speechless by the “gruesomeness of the crime.” Animation studios across the world are also sharing their condolences to those affected by this tragedy.