KyoAni Victims Remembered after Name Disclosure


Kyoto, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Many promising young animators fell victim to last month's arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio in Kyoto, western Japan.

Police on Tuesday disclosed the identities of the remaining 25 victims whose names had not been announced. The identities of the other 10 victims had already been disclosed.

Among the 25 were a man who realized his dream of becoming an animator by attending two schools at the same time, a man who showed an outstanding sense of drawing from early on and a woman who honed her skills while working to cover animator training school fees.

"My sorrow is beyond description," Motoshi Ishida 66, who lost his son, Atsushi, 31, in the attack, told a press conference Tuesday. "I hope it'll never be forgotten there was an animator named Atsushi Ishida at KyoAni."

Born in the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka, Atsushi joined the company in spring 2009. He was involved in over 30 works, including the "K-On!" hit anime series, according to his father.

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