If anime was completely taken over by director Satoshi Kon I wouldn’t mind a lick. His resume is short but Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers and his bizzaro 13-episode Paranoia Agent series proves he’s a visionary powerhouse. Interesting, fun and often maddening, he’s Hayao Miyazaki by way of David Lynch, dabbling in animation with clean, attractive designs while his narratives are dark and cynical, both critical and celebratory of the society and medium he works in. Paranoia Agent, for example, is a harsh indictment of Japanese society, particularly reality-dodging otaku anime fans who prefer to lose themselves in the superflat worlds of cartoons, while reality rots and decays outside.
Found in all his work, the loss of distinction between reality and fantasy is by far Kon’s favorite subject, and it comes to a fever pitch in his latest confection, Paprika.