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Deadly Kyoto fire deals blow to beloved anime studio

Support pours in from around the world while distributor weighs delaying films

Kyoto Animation's many anime franchises include "K-On!"   © Kyodo

KYOTO/TOKYO -- The fire at Kyoto Animation's main studio Thursday morning that killed 33 people and injured 36 others has brought an outpouring of support from fans the world over, even as it raises questions for partners about how to handle scheduled releases in the coming months.

"It's unbearable that people who carry Japanese animation on their shoulders were injured and lost their lives," said CEO Hideaki Hatta, half of the husband-and-wife team who founded the company.

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