It looks like things are looking up for KyoAni, as international and local donations are pouring into the studio after that devastating arson fire. And not only that, but KyoAni lawyer and spokesperson about the fire, Daisuke Okeda, has confirmed that a data server from the now-burned out First Studio Building has been recovered. This means that not everything was lost!
According to Okeda, the server was found in an isolated room in the first floor, and all data has been recovered from that server without any damage. It was found in a “separate room completely surrounded by concrete “. It was apart from the staircase where the suspect lit the two canisters of flammable liquid, and the concrete protected it from the fire and water, the latter being used to douse the fire.
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Specialists quickly worked on the recovered data, though they did not specify which of the company’s lost data was recovered.
Meanwhile, several newspapers have reported that the donations for the studio, both local and international, has exceeded 1.2 billion yen as of 3:00 pm JST last 29th July. This would include the studio’s official bank account, as well as Sentai Filmworks’ GoFundMe campaign and the Japanese Animation Creators Association’s campaign. The bank account alone has raised 965.63 million yen from 47,991 donations.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated that the Japanese government is now considering to adopt measures to support Kyoto Animation. In a press conference, Suga has said that a non-partisal, all-party Diet group has now proposed measures to support both the company and the victims themselves. They have proposed tax breaks for donations, as well as the government providing support for training animators. Suga himself is considering concrete support measures, though he does admit that he wants to assess the situation with the relevant government agencies first. These measures include compensation for those who were injured, as well as to the families of those who died, as well as helping manage the rebuilding process. The agencies he wants to work with include the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. This is in regards to the donations that the studio is accepting from Japan and the rest of the world.