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Praying for KyoAni at iconic locations

The Yomiuri Shimbun

“K-ON!!”
Messages of prayers for the souls of the people who died in the arson attack and for KyoAni’s recovery are seen on a blackboard at a former building of Toyosato Elementary School in Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture, on Aug. 18. The school’s buildings are said to have been a model for the school buildings in the anime “K-ON!!” that depicts the lives of high school girls in their school’s pop music club.

The Yomiuri ShimbunMore than six weeks have passed since the fatal arson attack on Kyoto Animation Co.’s No. 1 studio in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, that left 35 people dead and 34 injured. The accident was a huge loss for the animation industry, taking the lives of a popular anime director and promising young animators. Messages of remembrance and wishes for recovery have continuously been left at locations linked to TV anime and animated films by Kyoto Animation, often affectionately called KyoAni.Speech

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  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

    People continued to write messages on the blackboard after July 22, when it already had such comments written four days after the attack, as seen in this photo.

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

    Women dressed as the heroines of the anime “K-ON!!” offer prayers in front of a tarp where people have written memorial messages for the victims of the arson attack, at the venue of the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya on Aug. 4. “I think it will take a long time before KyoAni can get back on its feet, but I want to continue supporting KyoAni,” one of them said.

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

    “Free!”
    People on Aug. 13 visit an observation deck in Iwami, Tottori Prefecture, which is said to have been a model for some scenes in the “Free!” anime series depicting young swimmers who dedicate themselves to the sport. Many visitors have been coming to the deck since the arson attack. “I rediscovered the appeal of KyoAni’s works,” said a nurse from Matsuyama in her 20s.

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun

    “Sound! Euphonium”
    Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School’s brass band plays “Dream Solister,” the theme song from “Sound! Euphonium,” an anime produced by KyoAni, during a National High School Baseball Championship game at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on Aug. 13. The anime depicts members of a brass band at a high school in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

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