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Kyoto Animation Proceeds with 'Violet Evergarden Gaiden' World Premiere

by arsonal
Jul 23, 5:30 PM | 42 Comments
Organizers of Germany's AnimagiC anime convention announced on Tuesday that the world premiere screenings of Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou will proceed as planned on August 3 and 4, despite last week's apparent arson attack on the No. 1 Studio building of Kyoto Animation.

A statement printed in the official program of AnimagiC indicates that the screening is being held "at the express request of the studio." Violet Evergarden Gaiden, which is helmed by rising director Haruka Fujita, is not scheduled to open in Japan until September 6, at which point it will screen in theaters for two weeks. An executive with film distributor Shochiku told the Kyoto Shimbun last week that production on Violet Evergarden Gaiden was said to be completed prior to the fire.

In the aftermath of the incident, however, Violet Evergarden series director Taichi Ishidate and series producer Shinichirou Hatta have canceled their participation. Music producer Shigeru Saitou will attend the convention instead. AnimagiC is also scheduled to host the European premiere screenings of Free! Movie 3: Road to the World - Yume on August 2 and 3. The movie, which is a summary of the third season of Free!, opened in theaters in Japan on July 5 and has earned more than ¥225 million in box office sales.

In the days since the deadly fire, which has now killed 34 people, supporters of Kyoto Animation around the world have organized donation drives to help the company rebuild. One online fundraiser begun by North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks has collected more than US$2 million as of writing. Anime goods retailer Animate is also accepting donations at all 118 store locations throughout Japan.

On Sunday, Kyoto Animation appointed lawyer Daisuke Okeda as a legal representative for media communication in relation to the fire incident. Okeda told the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper on Tuesday that, as an independent company that does not receive aid, Kyoto Animation will establish a separate bank account so that the funds raised can be redirected toward the victims and their families.

Source: AnimagiC, Kyoto Shimbun, Kyoto Animation, Mainichi Shimbun

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I think their campaign do work really well

Aug 13, 6:28 AM by DronFee1

I'm glad they're still going strong but i still feel like they need a lot of time to rest after what happened.

Jul 29, 8:06 AM by SKyEsanity

arsonal said:
R0rack said:
Anybody knows anythingabout Haruka Fujita? I love her work, and the fact that this article says "rising director" and that I don't know anything about iher as of now breaks my heart little by little :(

The Sakuga Blog already has a thorough profile of Fujita. It's from a couple years back but still relevant, so I won't repeat what they wrote.


The query was on her whereabouts. Not who she is, I believe.

On related news:

The Government of Japan is considering taking measures that would enable the domestic and international donations made in favour to help the families of the victims and the studio to recover reach the intended targets. It will introduce new tax breaks for donation made in favour of Kyoto Animation. Other plans include helping Kyoto Animation recreate the young animator training programme which is now gone because of the destruction of Studio 1.

Meanwhile, Kyoto Animation has decided to give Chikai no Finale more screenings in Tokyo next month.

Sources: NHK and Official Twitter of Hibike! Euphonium.

Meanwhile, Kyoto Animation's President Hatta Hideaki requested for some time and vowed to bring Kyoto Animation back to producing animation that brought the people all around the world together to become the candle in their darkness. And he promised that Kyoto Animation will not give up without a fight.

Source: Message To The People All Over The World.

Jul 29, 6:55 AM by shanimebib

As someone who donated to one of the campaigns, I'm relieved to hear that an account will be made to give back to the victims and their families.

This is still really hard to swallow.

Jul 26, 7:26 PM by Toarujisuru

R0rack said:
Anybody knows anythingabout Haruka Fujita? I love her work, and the fact that this article says "rising director" and that I don't know anything about iher as of now breaks my heart little by little :(

The Sakuga Blog already has a thorough profile of Fujita. It's from a couple years back but still relevant, so I won't repeat what they wrote.

Jul 26, 7:58 AM by arsonal

yes the film to be released was indeed finished.

It was entirely appropriate to publish this thread ...KyoAni is clearly wanting to honor the future as well as the past...and this was their clear signal of that.

Ishida-san did lovely work on the vivid colour scheme of Amagi Brilliant Park...so sorry she is gone,. May her spirit be at peace.

Jul 25, 3:08 PM by CrisGer_San_AA

Anybody knows anythingabout Haruka Fujita? I love her work, and the fact that this article says "rising director" and that I don't know anything about iher as of now breaks my heart little by little :(

Jul 25, 10:26 AM by R0rack

i loved ishida work it a shame she died RIP

Jul 24, 10:14 PM by elior1

Violet Evergarden is a great anime, and a fine choice for Kyoto Animation to start back from.

May the studio find blessed restoration.

Jul 24, 2:33 PM by Haneken2086

Naomi ISHIDA has been confirmed to have died in the fire

Below is what she worked on

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=38077

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20190724/k00/00m/040/353000c

Might need to find a better article

Jul 24, 12:55 PM by Mattinator95

Great to hear they were able to finish the stuff befor the tragedy happend, i expected all of their projects to be delayed to some extent so seeing some to still air as scheduale is quite impressive.
Hopefully with all the support and donations they will recieve they will be able to recover quickly and continue doin what they love. And for us more stuff to enjoy.

Jul 24, 11:22 AM by KurumiNightmare

Tomm01p said:
shanimebib said:

Not related, but this decision reminds me of the movie I saw on Manchester United which was about how the first team perished in a plane crush returning from a match in 1958. Everyone thought the football club was over after that incident but they put a make shift team and continued playing. We know the rest of their history.

I am sure KyoAni will come back stronger than ever before.


The 'Busby Babes'. One of the strongest stories in sports history. You know your stuff <3

Anyway this is great news, we all wish that KyoAni is able to come back. This is the first step.


KyoAni's official twitter has confirmed that the love and wishes poured out at the wake of the event have become their emotional support. And they will be back with the incredible strength they received from all over the world.

At this moment of typing this message, the KyoAni Official YT channel has amassed more than 70K subscribers in the last 5 days. The donation amount is closing towards tripling the initial goal. But the more incredible stat is the number of donors. More than 60K!

I had long lost faith in the anime community over the years (the tactless ones that we also see in MAL) but this tragic incident made me realize there are still incredible number of good people, kind people in our community. Maybe they just want to remain quiet and go about with their business - that is loving anime.



I always thought I am one of the few for whom KyoAni is a special studio. A studio that brought positivity and helped me overcome the most difficult moments in my life and taught me important life's lessons. But seeing the tweets in their official twitter account, and the GoFundMe page made me realize I am just a drop of water in the ocean of people who share the same sentiment.

KyoAni is too special a studio for the industry and the anime community to lose. The community as a whole has proven that they will stand by it and I believe many years from now we will look back to this tragedy that became one of the greatest stories of willpower, passion and dedication.

Jul 24, 9:20 AM by shanimebib

Keep your heads up, KyoAni. I'm proud of you!

Jul 24, 8:21 AM by MrAwesome2018

Hopefully it will be just as good and interesting as the original series.

Jul 24, 8:20 AM by Nick-Knight

Excellent news! good to hear.

Jul 24, 8:17 AM by Slarkero

I drop Violet Evergarden,boring to me but I'm happy this continue.

Jul 24, 7:23 AM by Gorochu

shanimebib said:

Not related, but this decision reminds me of the movie I saw on Manchester United which was about how the first team perished in a plane crush returning from a match in 1958. Everyone thought the football club was over after that incident but they put a make shift team and continued playing. We know the rest of their history.

I am sure KyoAni will come back stronger than ever before.


The 'Busby Babes'. One of the strongest stories in sports history. You know your stuff <3

Anyway this is great news, we all wish that KyoAni is able to come back. This is the first step.

Jul 24, 6:32 AM by Tomm01p

This is a wonderful news!

Jul 24, 5:47 AM by xchyssa

shanimebib said:
huntress1013 said:
This is wonderful news. It honors the dead and the injured on the project and also tells the rest of us that they will not just sit in the corner and cry but that they will wipe their tears and keep on fighting.


Yes. If it was postponed it could be understandable. Yet they have decided to go with it. That's some incredible courage and dedication there.

Not related, but this decision reminds me of the movie I saw on Manchester United which was about how the first team perished in a plane crush returning from a match in 1958. Everyone thought the football club was over after that incident but they put a make shift team and continued playing. We know the rest of their history.

I am sure KyoAni will come back stronger than ever before.


Yep. Perfect fighting pose. Somehow what also popped into my head was that bit of the fight speech in ID4.

We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We are going to live on! We are going to survive!

Jul 24, 5:23 AM by huntress1013

huntress1013 said:
This is wonderful news. It honors the dead and the injured on the project and also tells the rest of us that they will not just sit in the corner and cry but that they will wipe their tears and keep on fighting.


Yes. If it was postponed it could be understandable. Yet they have decided to go with it. That's some incredible courage and dedication there.

Not related, but this decision reminds me of the movie I saw on Manchester United which was about how the first team perished in a plane crush returning from a match in 1958. Everyone thought the football club was over after that incident but they put a make shift team and continued playing. We know the rest of their history.

I am sure KyoAni will come back stronger than ever before.

Jul 24, 5:10 AM by shanimebib