Key Visual Arts and Kyoto Animation have a huge history with each other. Of course, KyoAni not only animated CLANNAD and CLANNAD After Story, but also Kanon and Air. And now, Key is reminding KyoAni that they have friends if ever they are in need.
In their official website, the visual novel developer released a statement regarding Kyoto Animation. There, they revealed that they donated 10 million yen to the KyoAni’s bank account. They even released a letter to the KyoAni employees who survived that horrific arson fire.
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“To all employees of Kyoto Animation,
We are struggling to find the words to express the deep sadness we feel about the painful tragedy you have gone through. We wish to offer our sincere condolences for those who have passed away, and are praying for as swift a recovery as possible for those who suffered injuries.
Through the wonderful talents and tremendous efforts of Kyoto Animation, the Key works Kanon, Air, and Clannad have been able to emotionally touch people around the world. The thoughts of our employees, as well as those of fans of our works, are with Kyoto Animation.
We look forward to Kyoto Animation continuing to produce heartwarming anime that stir the emotions and give courage to people in Japan and throughout the world.”
And it seems that the studio has caught some big breaks recently 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.