On the 18th, two years after the Kyoto Animation arson attack in Fushimi Ward, former colleagues, fans, and people in the area related to the work also visited the site and thought of the 36 people who died or quietly joined hands. Sadness, regret, regret. People are still walking, remembering that person, and getting the courage to look at the vital work they have done.
“When I suddenly remember him, I feel sadness because of too much unreasonableness.”
Kyoto Animation director Yoshiji Kigami (61 years old at the time) and his colleague Toshiyuki Honda (70) look back on the past two years.
In 1982, Mr. Kigami became independent from an animation production company in Tokyo and established “Animaruya (currently Ekura Animal)” with Mr. Honda and others. His talent has been highly evaluated in the industry, and he has participated in many works, such as Studio Ghibli’s “Grave of the Firefly.” Honda says, “There was no picture that Kigami couldn’t draw.”
Mr. Kigami moved to Kyoto Animation in 1991, saying, “I want to work near Osaka, where my mother is,” After that, he grew up to be known overseas.
After leaving the company, he rarely contacts him, and he regrets saying, “I thought I could work with him someday, but the time had passed.
Honda is now working on animating the picture book “Small Jam and Goblin Op” that Kigami drew 30 years ago. It is a story of an apprentice wizard interacting with a monster and growing up, and it was supposed to be animated from that time, but it became a phantom when Mr. Kigami left the company.
Although it costs a lot of money to produce, he draws dozens of animation design drawings “storyboards,” saying, “Let’s do what we can.” Looking at the picture book, I wondered what kind of expression Kigami would have made, and I am keenly aware that I lost my irreplaceable talent.
Ten ex-colleagues raised their hands to cooperate. One of them, voice actor Run Sasaki (65), said that he had no acquaintance with Mr. Kigami but learned that he was involved in his appearance work and said, “I want to bring the character that Mr. Kigami created to life.” ..
Mr. Honda said, “Finishing the work is a message to Mr. Kigami that I will not forget it. It is our mission to complete it no matter how long it takes.”