…this is how I will begin this post.
I’ve seen a lot of KyoAni works.
Kyoukai no Kanata.
Amagi Brilliant Park.
Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon.
I even saw some of them on TV.
K-On! aired on Animax Asia.
Haruhi Suzumiya, and
Musaigen no Phantom World on (TV)5.
Not to mention Free! on ABS-CBN’s YEY! channel.
I even watched A Silent Voice in the movies.
I am confident to describe KyoAni as a nurtured child— it has a different environment compared to other studios — notice that there’s not even one piece of news that is directed against the management.
As they state in their Corporate Philosophy, “‘Keep our corporate as a humanitarian one’ We value our people.” This is important.
This, aside from their great works.
What has happened over the past few hours has not yet sunk to me completely. We’ve got 34 creators who painstakingly entertain us with all of these good works lost in a fire.
I am grieving — at the same time, I am angry because committing arson which leads to the loss of 33 creators is unexplainable. No reasoning will alleviate the pain.
I try not to think about it, but for every mention of KyoAni, I think of the crazy nutjob who committed what is considered as mass murder — Agence France Presse is even saying that this is “Japan’s worst mass killing in 18 years.”
A wired AFP report also cites a tourist saying that this is “like a domestic terrorist attack.” The said report also cites American animator and director Henry Thurlow: “It’s an attack on every person working in this industry. […]”
I felt attacked too. We are here enjoying our stuff and then suddenly an ugly bastard comes into the scene with claims of this and that, leading to the death of 34 innocent people.
Before I go way too far, we shall go back to the said tweet as I narrate my thoughts. We should think of the creators who left their footprints in the form of moving pictures. Lots of moving pictures.
Having watched Violet Evergarden, a piano rendition of “Michishirube” is currently playing in my head as I write here.
I am but a mere fanatic of Japanese Animation, but it is enough to be affected by this. The stories they put from ideas to vision, the characters we love, the impact that each title has to us… all of them are for keeps.
I also think of the voices behind the characters KyoAni has illustrated. They must be at a loss too, no doubt.
Let me get back to the tweet above and share my fanatic assumption of KyoAni and even Japan’s animation industry in the future:
I see a time where the studios will be thoroughly checked for blind spots for the safety of their creators. For the lack of proper words, we now have come to a point where the creators need to be wary not just their mental but physical wellness and safety.
Yes, there are setbacks, but they will rise again. No doubt.
We have to patiently wait as KyoAni heals. Good things happen to those who wait.
To cap off this post, the KyoAni Online Shop sells digital art for around a hundred pesos (and I believe you can use your physical or virtual cards to purchase these items). Here are two tweets to help you.