Kyoto Animation has been having a bad past two weeks. Thursday saw the animation studio set on fire by a mentally unsound man claiming they “stole a novel” from him. The fire, which was started around 10 AM, took the lives of 34 as of writing this article. Sadly, KyoAni director, Yasuhiro Takemoto, is feared to be a part of the casualties.
In a statement to The Yomiuri Shimbun, Takemoto’s father attempted to get in contact with his son by calling his phone but got no response. Officers have asked him to help with DNA testing.
The director had a seasoned history of anime under his belt. He oversaw some of the anime the studio was most known for. This includes Lucky Star, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, as co-director, and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.
Yasuhiro Takemoto joined Kyoto Animation back in 1996. The first big-time duty as director was Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu in 2003. In 2007, he replaced the previous director of Lucky Star, Yutaka Yamamoto.
Kyoto Animation will also press forward to premiere worldwide Violet Evergarden Gaiden during AnimagiC in Germany. Violet Evergarden Gaiden is a spin-off to its core Violet Evergarden series. Both the series producer and director have expressed that they will not be attending the event. But, instead, the music producer will be there to represent the film.