Anime Fans Mourn Loss of Lives in Kyoto Studio Arson Attack


Kyoto, July 25 (Jiji Press)--Anime fans, including foreigners, visited a Kyoto Animation Co. studio in Kyoto on Thursday to mourn for the lives lost in an arson attack last week.

Flowers, message boards and paintbrushes were piled on an altar set up some 100 meters from the burned No. 1 studio of the company, known as KyoAni, in the western Japan city.

A high school sophomore took an overnight bus with a parent to visit the studio from the western prefecture of Ehime. The girl said she once wanted to work for Kyoto Animation.

"I'm struggling to find closure, and I can't accept (what happened)," she said. "I hope (Kyoto Animation) will create beautiful works again."

On 41-year-old Shinji Aoba, suspected of conducting the July 18 attack that killed 34 people, the girl said he should tell the police about the circumstances of the attack.

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