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As a result of the arson of an anime studio in Kyoto, 33 people were killed. Shortly before the fire, there came letters with threats

Condolences to the relatives of the victims brought the Prime Minister of Japan.

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The victims of the fire in the three-story building of anime studio Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) in Kyoto were 33 people. As the NHK reports , on-site exploration has been completed.

Eyewitnesses reported that at about 10:30 am local time an unknown man poured flammable liquid in the premises and set it on fire with shouts of “Die!” He himself received burns of his face and chest during a fire, and he needed hospitalization. Police placed him in custody. It was reported that he confessed to arson. The investigation found out that earlier in the morning he had bought a can of gasoline at the nearest gas station.

The offender was detained thanks to Kyoto Animation employees. As a motive, the suspect is deeply disliked by the studio, since he believed that the studio was stealing his ideas of work. The president of Kyoto Animation, Hideaki Hatta, said that the company had previously received emails with threats and wishes to “die,” reportsNHK. Also, someone left a post with the text “I wonder if I’ll get into the news today?” On the Futaba image board.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered condolences to the relatives of the victims and wished the victims a speedy recovery.

Tag #PrayForKyoAni , with which users write condolences in connection with the incident, went to the world top Twitter.

Studio Sentai Filmworks began to raise funds to help the victims. Nine hours 18534 person transferred a total of 607,000 dollars in donations.

Studio Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) was created in 1981. Among her most popular works are the K-On series! and “Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”. The Evergarden series bought Netflix for the global market.

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