Several weeks on from the arson attack that gutted Kyoto Animation’s studio and killed 35, Kyoto Prefectural Police have confirmed some of the victims’ identities.

Ten names have been released with the families’ consent. They are listed below, alongside credits provided by Crunchyroll:

  • Yasuhiro Takemoto, 47 (director of Lucky Star, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Hyouka)
  • Futoshi Nishiya, 37 (character designer and chief animation director on the Free! franchise, A Silent Voice, Liz and the Blue Bird; animation director on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009), Kanon)
  • Yoshiji Kigami, 61 (mentor of Kyoto Animation; worked as a storyboard artist, unit director and animator on most Kyoto Animation works; key animator on Akira, Grave of the Fireflies, Space Adventure Cobra)
  • Junichi Uda, 34 (key animator on Hyouka and Nichijou — My Ordinary Life)
  • Sachie Tsuda, 41 (finish animation on Free! — Iwatobi Swim Club, Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei — Spell of the Unown, Hyouka)
  • Mikiko Watanabe, 35 (art director on Amagi Brilliant Park, Beyond the Boundary; background artist on many Kyoto Animation productions)
  • Yuki Omura, 23 (new hire at the studio, no credits yet)
  • Yuka Kasama, 22 (new hire at the studio, no credits yet)
  • Ami Kuriki, 30 (key animator on Liz and the Blue Bird, Violet Evergarden, Myriad Colors Phantom World)
  • Keisuke Yokota, 34 (production manager over many Kyoto Animation works)

The victims range from promising young artists to industry veterans, several of which have been profiled elsewhere since the attack. The New York Times ran an article on Yasuhiro Takemoto, while The Hollywood Reporter focused one of its reports on Yoshiji Kigami.

The other 25 deceased have been identified, but the police are holding back from publicizing their names for now, as they await permission from the bereaved. A further 33 people were injured in the fire.

The dead in the Kyoto Animation attack include (l-to-r) Yoshiji Kigami, Futoshi Nishiya, and Yasuhiro Takemoto.
The dead in the Kyoto Animation attack include (l-to-r) Yoshiji Kigami, Futoshi Nishiya, and Yasuhiro Takemoto.

The suspected arsonist, 41-year-old Shinji Aoba, was gravely injured himself, and the police are waiting for him to recover before they formally charge him. Before succumbing to his injuries, Aoba reportedly told witnesses that the studio had “stolen” his novel. The police and a lawyer for Kyoto Animation, Daisuke Okeda, have confirmed that Aoba submitted a novel to the company, as part of its talent-scouting scheme; it was not accepted. Okeda told media that “there are no similarities between the contents of the submitted novel and any work by Kyoto Animation.”

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(Image at top: “Liz and the Blue Bird.”)

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