KyoAni Arson Victims Mourned 1 Year On

Society

Kyoto, July 18 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held on Saturday to mourn the 36 victims of an arson attack on Kyoto Animation Co.'s No. 1 studio in the western Japan city of Kyoto a year ago.

The ceremony, which started at 10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. GMT) at the site of the studio in Fushimi Ward, was attended by 85 people from 30 bereaved families and nine people related to the famed anime company, better known as KyoAni, including President Hideaki Hatta.

"I want to see you every day, I miss you every day, so I look for you. We'll never erase the proof of the lives of all of you," the wife of Futoshi Nishiya, who lost his life in the attack at the age of 37, said in a message. Nishiya designed characters of "A Silent Voice," a movie, and other KyoAni works.

All participants offered a minute of silence and laid flowers to the victims.

The arson "suddenly deprived talented creators from all over the country of their future," Hatta said. "We remain in grief one year on." Expressing his sympathy to the victims and bereaved relatives, Hatta pledged that his company will keep moving on, remembering that "we have worked with our colleagues" to create anime works. "Our hearts are always with our fellow creators."

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