Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Sept 5, 2023 19:45:56 GMT
... that killed 36 people. I remember hearing about this story and being utterly shocked at the scope of the death and damage. The entire studio was damaged including most of the work and all their computers, and many of the staff were killed (mostly from smoke inhalation - structure fires are fucking terrifying). It was one of the deadliest massacres in Japan since the end of World War II.
the trial was set for today Sept 5th and the suspect hours ago plead guilty to starting the blaze and killing all those people. Verdict to be announced Jan 25th of next year.
The Kyoto Animation studio blaze on 18 July 2019 was one of Japan's worst-ever murder cases.
Many of those killed were young animators trapped on the upper floor, and another 32 people were injured.
While prosecutors are likely to seek the death penalty, Shinji Aoba's defence lawyers are seeking an acquittal, citing mental incompetence.
His motives are unclear but reports say Aoba accused Kyoto Animation of stealing his work, which the studio has denied.
In 2019, Japan's then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the attack as "too appalling for words".
Aoba, 45, who nearly died from burns he himself sustained, faces five charges including murder, attempted murder and arson.
He is accused of breaking into the studio, spreading petrol around the ground floor and setting it alight before reportedly shouting "Drop dead".
"I felt I had no other option but to do what I did," said Shinji Aoba, who appeared in the Kyoto District Court in a wheelchair on Tuesday. "I didn't think so many people would die and now I think I went too far."
I only got into anime this year but in that time Kyoto Animation has become my favorite studio after Ghibli so when I learned about this tragedy, I was just utterly devastated. This heinous act took the lives of many people who worked on projects which brought me and so many others nothing but joy (including my favorite series of all time, K-On) so I hope that the evil dickwad that did this rots in the deepest pits of hell.
On a more positive note, I'm happy to see the studio itself gradually rebounding. Can't wait for Season 3 of Sound! Euphonium next year.
I've been having a rough day, so I've been listening to the soundtrack of Liz and the Blue Bird - the most heartbreakingly tender love story ever made - to calm and center myself. Whenever I'm hurting, I turn to the soundtrack of Liz because on a purely emotional level, I don't think there is another film that has affected me like this one. To read this piece of news as I listen to Reflexion, Allegretto, You on repeat makes me look at the beauty these 36 lives (and the 30+ who were injured) were capable of and mourn the cost of both their lives and those who loved them.