Arsonist declared as “mentally competent,” thus able to be criminally liable for the attack.
Note: IN RESPECT FOR THE VICTIMS, FAMILY, AND WORKERS AFFECTED BY THE KYOTO ANIMATION ARSON, THE NAME OF THE ARSONIST WILL NOT BE LISTED.
On May 27th, 2020 the man who burnt down the Animation Studio, Kyoto Animation because of the assumption that his “work” was stolen by the Studio was arrested but now it has been confirmed by Kyoto News that the Arsonist is mentally capable of standing trial and held criminally liable for the attack, will be indicted on Murder and Other Charges. While he has a medical record of mental illness, he stated to police “I thought I could kill many people by using gasoline.”
The attack, which occurred on July 17, 2019, took the lives of 36 employees, including The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya director Yasuhiro Takemoto, animator Yoshiji Kigami, chief animation director on the Free! franchise Futoshi Nishiya, Sound! Euphonium character designer Shouko Ikeda, and many more. 35 more people who were inside the building at the time were also injured.
Since the incident, the arsonist has been receiving treatments for his severe burns, including undergoing Skin Grafts but due to the lack of supply of Donor Skin for treatment which was prioritized for the victims, he was given an experimental treatment with artificial skin, a first in Japan. The Kyoto Police obtained a warrant for his arrest back in October while waiting for the suspect was able to withstand detention to formally arrest him, but due to the lack of facilities in Kyoto Police’s Detention Center and the ongoing Coronavirus Epidemic that caused Osaka’s Police Detention Center to close after an outbreak amongst the staff, police in both prefectures were hesitant to formally arrest him. As mentioned in the paragraph above, it was formally announced that the suspect will be arrested on the 27th and be held at the Osaka Police Detention Center, where trail preparations will be finalized in the facility for his arrival. Kyoto Animation Studio 1, the building that was attacked, was fully demolished in April. Kyoto Animation President Hideaki Hatta told Crunchyroll News in July that there were “no plans currently” for a newly constructed memorial site nor a replacement for Studio 1.
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