As of this video,
there have been multiple deaths as a result of the Kyoto Animation studio fire
with 13 feared dead and countless others either injured or in critical condition.
有13人确认死亡 还有多人受伤 甚至情况危急
In terms of the perp’s side of the story,
all reports say that he ran into the building,
poured gasoline everywhere, and shouted “DIE, DIE!”
到处泼洒汽油 喊着“去死 去死！”
And when I first heard about this,
my first thought was ‘disgruntled employee’
but that didn’t make any sense, for a couple reasons,
both of which add to the horrifying nature of this tragedy
First is KyoAni’s work culture which
has been the gold standard for Japanese animation studios.
Despite the Japanese animation industry breaking records year after year in terms of profit,
especially as the demand for anime continues to balloon in countries like the US and China
the elephant in the room has been the self-destructive
business practices of many studios.
The animators themselves, the heart soul and backbone of the medium,
are treated as subhuman by the majority of these studios.
Nearly all of them live below the poverty line.
The studio heads pocket all the profit,
while the people responsible for their success get nothing.
This is the norm for most Japanese business in general,
but a glaring stain on the anime industry,
given the amount of money that’s generated.
But Kyoto Animation Studio was the anti-status quo studio.
While other studios are paying their employees roughly 500 bucks a month
and placing them on freelancer contracts
to avoid having to offer any kind of benefits,
which ultimately leads to a mind-blowing
90% of animators quitting within 3 years
KyoAni staffs their animators,places them on salary
and doesn’t impose unreleastic deadlines，just for the sake of making a quicker buck.
Not only that, they nurture their talent with programs
that allow them to further master their craft
and fully realize their potential as animators，working on their life’s passion.
This is especially important
because most people who graduated college in Japan
don’t actually enter their field of study.
most college graduates do not even expect to enter their field of study.
So it’s very important that those who actually get to pursue the things
that they love and have studied for years, feel fulfilled in doing so.
and that’s why Kyoto animation studio is so important
The result of this is masterpieces like A Silent Voice.
So some months ago,I made a video about bullying in Japanese culture
and how it’s depicted in anime and I used A Silent Voice as an example.
A lot of anime have depicted the bulling in the past
but usually it’s in passing.
But A Silent Voice made bullying the focal point of the story
which I felt was very much-needed,
given the rising suicide rate among Japanese youth, with bullying as a contributing factor.
While the anime film Your Name was heralded at the time of its release A Silent Voice,
which release around the same time, outshined it in many ways,
being celebrated not only for its amazing quality of animation,
but also the harsh cultural issues that it had addressed.
So not only has Kyoto Animation Studio contributed positively to Japanese work culture,
but they’ve contributed positively to society as a whole.
Of course, we probably best know KyoAni for giving us HaruhiSuzumiya
当然 关于京阿尼 我们最为了解的就是《凉宫春日的忧郁》
one of my personal top 5 anime series and movie of all time.
I won’t go into a full character analysis because that’s not what this video is about
but when you think about overpowered anime characters,
Haruhi is typically left out of the conversation.
But she’s not only a god.
she’s a god-god.
Her will is her power and she’s completely unaware of it.
She can collapse multiverses accidentally.
You can make a strong solid case
that Haruhi Suzumiya is the most powerful anime character ever,
and the fact that Kyoto Animation Studio brought us that
in the form of a woman is huge,
especially in the context of gender roles in Japan.
If you think misogyny is rampant in America,
you’ll be horrified by Japan’s treatment of women.
That’s why when I go to Japanese anime conventions or events where there is cosplay,
I’m pleasantly surprised by the amount of girls dressed as Haruhi.
Sure the cute dance probably has something to do with it,
but that doesn’t negate the fact that
her simultaneous strength and fragility
offer something for young women in this society to draw inspiration from.
And that’s thanks to Kyoto Animation Studio.
And that’s what makes this tragedy so much harder to swallow.
I really want all fans of anime
to not only reflect on KyoAni’s body of work,
but what that work has meant to the greater good.
They are one of the good ones.
They do right by their employees,
they do right by their country,
and they do right by their fans.
So this is what I want you as a fan to do in the comments below.
Talk about your favorite anime from Kyoto Animation Studio,
and what it meant to you on a personal level.
Lets try our best to turn this tragedy into a positive.
Thanks for listening, I’ll catch you guys later.
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