Data on Some KyoAni Original Drawings Saved after Arson

Society Culture

Kyoto, July 30 (Jiji Press)--Kyoto Animation Co., known as KyoAni, has successfully recovered data on some original drawings from a server that avoided damage from an arson attack on the anime production firm's No. 1 studio in the western Japan city of Kyoto, it was learned Tuesday.

According to Daisuke Okeda, a lawyer for the company, most of the original drawings for anime works being produced at the studio at the time of the attack were lost in the fire that engulfed the whole three-story building constructed with reinforced concrete. However, some drawings had been digitized and saved on the server.

The server, located in a first-floor room away from the spiral staircase where the arsonist, Shinji Aoba, 41, is suspected of pouring gasoline, was surrounded by concrete walls. The server escaped damage from the fire, as well as water used in fighting the flames, according to the lawyer.

"I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart the experts who have devoted themselves to recovering the original drawings," he said.

Meanwhile, the police department of Kyoto Prefecture has confiscated manuscript paper from the suspect's apartment room in the city of Saitama, eastern Japan, investigative sources said.

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