One Month On, Fans Remember Victims, Wish for KyoAni Revival

Society

Kyoto, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)--Fans from Japan and abroad prayed for the victims of the deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio and wished for the recovery of the company, known as KyoAni, on Sunday, one month after the tragedy.

In sweltering summer heat, people flocked to an altar for flowers near the KyoAni studio in the western Japan city of Kyoto, offering prayers and leaving messages, including in English and Chinese.

Daisuke Maruyama, a 28-year-old worker involved in drawing pictures for games, visited the altar in black mourning attire.

"I chose the current job after seeing KyoAni works in my high school days. If KyoAni hadn't existed, I wouldn't have been who I am now," said Murayama, who is from Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture.

He said he wants Shinji Aoba, the 41-year-old suspect under treatment for heavy injuries in the incident, to recover as soon as possible and be brought to justice.

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