There has been at least one death and more suspected, plus three dozen injuries in a suspected arson attack on Kyoto Animation Studios (aka. KyoAni). In addition, twelve people have suffered cardiac arrest in the incident, which may add to the death toll. Kyoto Animation Studios is located in Uji, Kyoto, Japan.
At approximately 10:35am July 18 Japan time, residents of the neighborhood the studio is located in called the fire department, reporting an explosion and smoke. A man in his early 40s is reported to have admitted pouring gasoline around the building and setting it on fire. He was injured in the incident and taken to a hospital.
Kyoto Animation was founded in 1981 and produced many popular anime including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, K-On!, and Sound! Euphonium. Their most recent release (in Japan) was the theatrical feature Free! -Road to the World- Dream on July 5th.
Our condolences to the loved ones and fans of the studio, our thoughts are with the surviving victims of the incident.
Update: Unfortunately, not good news. Police and firefighters are now saying that there are 33 dead, not just 1 (previously this article had the headline “At Least 1 Dead And Dozens Injured In Suspected Arson Attack On Kyoto Animation Studio”, which has been changed to reflect the new number). Once again, our condolences and thoughts go to the family and friends affected.