With 35 casualties and being dubbed as the worst mass killing in Japan in decades, the Kyoto Animation arson fire is one of the worst tragedies in the Japanese animation industry.
However, even with some of its workers still hospitalised and some having passed away, KyoAni is remaining strong. In fact, they are moving forward with the world premiere of the Violet Evergarden side-story, Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll in Germany. And now, it seems that they are doing the same in Japan as well. This is because they’re also moving forward with the film’s Japanese premiere, even releasing a key visual:
Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll will have a limited run between 6th September and 26th September, across 73 theatres.
They are also moving forward with their other Violet Evergarden project, which is Violet Evergarden the Movie. It will still move forward with its 10th January 2020 premiere next year as planned. And not even the fire caused by a mad arsonist is enough to make them falter.
As for the spin-off’s world premiere, it will happen between 3rd and 4th August, during the AnimagiC convention in Mannheim, Germany. And it seems that it was in fact KyoAni which requested the premiere to move forward. The organisers stated that the premiere is gonna happen “at the express request of the studio.”
And it seems that the studio has caught some big breaks this week as well. The studio recently recovered some very important data from a server saved from the fire, and may even get some tax breaks on the donations. Several companies have launched their own donation efforts for the fire victims, and the company has also set up their own bank account for fans to donate directly.