|Name:||Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社京都アニメーション, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Kyōto Animēshon), also known as KyoAni (京アニ, Kyōani)|
|Country based in:||Japan|
|Focus:||Anime, light novels|
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Kyoto Animation Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社京都アニメーション, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Kyōto Animēshon), often abbreviated KyoAni (京アニ, Kyōani), is a Japanese animation studio and light novel publisher. Since its founding in 1981, the studio has produced original anime works and adaptations including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006), Clannad (2007), K-On! (2009), Free! (2013), Koe no Katachi (2016), and Violet Evergarden (2018).
Since 2009, Kyoto Animation has hosted the annual Kyoto Animation Awards in three categories: original novels, manga, and scenarios. Some winning submissions are published under the company's KA Esuma Bunko imprint, and have a chance of being later adapted as anime.
Kyoto Animation has become recognized for its high production values and "sensitivity to the wonders and quandaries of ordinary life". Unlike most animation studios, the company's employees are salaried rather than freelance workers, and are trained in-house. These practices have been cited as encouraging employees to focus on frame quality rather than production quotas. The company has received praise for the positive treatment of its staff, and was honored by Women in Animation with its Diversity Award in 2020 for its efforts in creating a gender-balanced workforce and encouraging women to enter the industry.
2019 arson attack and #PrayforKyoAni
On the morning of 18 July 2019, an arsonist set fire to Kyoto Animation's first studio, killing 36 people (including directors Yasuhiro Takemoto and Yoshiji Kigami), injured 34 others (including the suspect) in varying degrees, and destroying most of the building's materials and computers.
The anime community responded with an outpouring of sympathy and support in the form of thoughts and prayers, artistic tributes, and financial donations. Fans around the world rallied to purchase high-resolution downloadable images on KyoAni's Japanese digital store, in order to financially support the studio without troubling staff to process and ship any orders.
In the wake of the fire, a GoFundMe appeal was launched by American anime licensor Sentai Filmworks. With a target of US$750,000, it surpassed the US$1 million donation mark within the first 24 hours., and received a total of US$2.3 million at the end of the appeal.
A few fans complained about the loss and delay of anticipated anime productions from the studio, and the wider community largely scolded those fans for being insensitive to the loss of real human life.
Notable works and properties
- Reddit: r/KyoAni
- Official website
- Wikipedia: Kyoto Animation
- Anime New Network: Kyoto Animation
- TV Tropes: Kyoto Animation
- Know Your Meme: Kyoto Animation
- Cavallaro, Dani (2012). Kyoto Animation: A Critical Study and Filmography. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-7068-6.
- Orsini, Lauren (July 19, 2019). "The Impact Of Kyoto Animation: 5 Things You Need To Know". Forbes. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
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- Sjoberg, Brooke (18 July 2019). "Fans grieve Kyoto Animation Studio fire with #PrayforKyoAni". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
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