As many know Japan suffered its worst mass killing in the post-war era. An arsonist set fire to Kyoto Animation’s 1st Studio building. Thirty-three people are confirmed dead as a result. Like many other fans, I want to take some time to reflect on Kyoto Animation in this time of mourning.
I know it is a little cliché but the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is still one of my favorite works by the studio. It was one of the first anime series that ran me through a range of emotions. Not a lot of anime will tease you with sexy bunny girls one moment then have you question the nature of existence the next. The concept of supernatural beings living in a world of Haruhi’s subconscious creation is mind-blowing. They watch her closely but can never let her know the truth. This type of deep philosophical storytelling is timeless. Kyoto Animation did a wonderful job of bringing it to life.
Of course, this is about more than the loss of an animation studio. This is about the loss of good innocent people. Their lives were cut short by a monster. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families. Their work will forever live on in our hearts.
So what do you think?