A crowdfunding campaign launched by U.S. animation distributor Sentai Filmworks to assist Kyoto Animation has passed the $2 million mark. The Japanese studio was the victim of an arson attack that killed 34 people and injured 34 more, on July 18.
Among the contributors is software giant Adobe, which anonymously donated $50,000 according to a report on ITmedia News. A spokesman for the company confirmed the donation and said: “Kyoto Animation is a center of the creative community, not only in Japan, but worldwide.”
The Kyoto police have yet to release the names of the victims, most of whom are women in their twenties and thirties. Kyoto Animation, familiarly known as KyoAni, is famed as a female-friendly workplace in a mostly male-dominated industry.
The police have assembled a special task force of 100 to deal with the tragedy, including identification of the victims and emotional support for the injured and the families of studio employees.
Among those feared dead is Yasuhiro Takemoto, a veteran animation director who was a mentor to many in the studio and whose credits include “Lucky Star,” “Amagi Brilliant Park” and “Nyoron Churuya-san.” His family tried to unsuccessfully to contact him after the fire and his 76-year-old father told the media that he suspects his son was one of the victims.
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