A fire in an animation studio in Kyoto has taken the lives of 33 people and wounded about other 30. A suspect has been identified. The 41-year-old is accused of spilling fuel into the building and yelling “You’re going to die,” before setting it on fire.
In the hours that followed, fans from all over the world sent messages of support to Kyoto Animation, which produces successful cartoons. Among the tributes, there is that of the Belgian representation in Japan.
“With our Belgian animation heroes, we are crying with our Japanese friends and we offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the tragedy of Kyoto Animation, while wishing a quick recovery to those who have been injured,” one can read on the Twitter account @BelgiumEmbJapan.
The message is accompanied by a drawing representing Lucky Luke, Tintin, Spirou, Natacha, Gaston and a crying Smurf. The image, designed by Yves Rodier, dates from March 22, 2016, the day when terrorist attacks hit Brussels.
Together with our Belgian animation heroes, we mourn with our Japanese friends and offer our sincere condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those killed in the tragedy at #KyotoAnimation, while wishing speedy recovery to those injured. pic.twitter.com/IFbVsw9uhv
— Belgium in Japan (@BelgiumEmbJapan) July 19, 2019