Continuing our ongoing coverage of the Kyoto Animation Arson, with the death toll at 35 and survivors returning to work; The Kyoto Animation CEO Hideaki Hatta issued a touching statement to the fans, listed in several different languages on their website and below is what the statement contained:

“An unprecedented atrocity has robbed many of our friends and colleagues of their bright futures and has left many deeply injured.

News from all over the world tells us that amazingly many number of people has sent us their hearts and prayers, which are like candles in the darkness, for those of us trapped in the darkness of deepest grief.

There are many friends and colleagues who are hospitalized and suffering, fighting for their lives.

Please give us some time.

We promise that Kyoto Animation will continue to create animation that help people have dreams, hope and impress them.

Kyoto animation will continue to make its employees and staff lead happy lives, and contribute to society and local community.

I assure you that Kyoto Animation will not give up, we will not go quietly into the night…we will not vanish without a fight!”

Hideaki Hatta, Kyoto Animation CEO

With reports from the Japan Times and NHK mentioned above at the beginning of this news update, KTV has confirmed that through DNA testing they have identified the victims of the Studio 1 fire, Kyoto Animation has asked the media and the Police to keep the identities of those killed private until a later date. Also, Crunchyroll recently reported that the data from Studio 1 is ‘Fully Recoverable’ and for more on that announcement, click here to read it.

Also, a reminder for people who would like to donate to help the Animation Studio and the people affected by the Arson, click here and follow the instructions from there.

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