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Kyoto Animation to Stream Memorial Video on July 18 for 1st Anniversary of Arson Attack

Kyoto Animation announced on their website on July 3 that the beloved animation studio will be streaming a memorial video on the first anniversary of the arson attack on the studio that claimed the lives of 36 employees and staff members. The memorial video will be streamed on the Kyoto Animation YouTube channel on July 18 at 10:30 AM Japan Time and will be available to watch on the platform afterward.

Kyoto Animation

The studio said in a blog post on its website that it had planned to hold the service in person, but due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, choose to have the service online instead “with the aim of prevention of gathering.” The memorial video will be streamed live from 10:30 AM, with a moment of silence for those who lost their lives at 10:35 AM, both Japan Time. The stream will be in Japanese only.

Regarding the decline of the memorial visit on July 18

— 京都アニメーション (@kyoani) July 3, 2020

Kyoto Animation also asked people to refrain from going to the former site of Studio 1, which completed being demolished in April, in respect of the residential neighborhood that surrounds the former anime studio, and to refrain from presenting Kyoto Animation with any gifts or flowers, which if done so, will be declined. 

Source: Kyoto Animation on Twitter


Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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