At least 23 people are dead and other 36 injured, some of them critical. The suspect, who is 41-years-old, was arrested and is among the injured at the hospital. He spreaded a fire accelerant. The attacker was screaming “You die!” when he dumped the liquid and started the fire. Police also found knives at the scene. Firefighters found 10 of the victims on the stairs linking the second floor to the roof. It’s not clear what the suspect’s relationship is to the anime studio but he appeared to be angry with the company. He ran away from the building towards a nearby train station after the fire started but fell to the ground. Fire department officials said more than 70 people were in the building at the time of the fire and many of them ran outside.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a tweet that the apparently deliberate act is “too appalling for words.” Kyoto Animation, known as KyoAni, produces films and graphic novels and is well regarded by fans for the quality of its productions. Kyoto Animation Director Hideaki Hatta told the broadcaster that the company had recently received threatening emails. A GoFundMe campaign titled “Help KyoAni Heal” has been started, with more than $300,000 (£240,000) raised in six hours.