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.