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Thanks and Goodbye, Satoshi Kon

August 25, 2010

Satoshi Kon, director of Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue, Paranoia Agent, Millenium Actress and Paprika has died due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 46. The world of animation, and film in general, lost an amazing artist yesterday.

This is really depressing news. I don’t know what to say other than he was a true visionary, a filmmaker whose love for film could be felt in every frame, as Mora alluded to not too long ago in his Inception review. Kon’s characters, though animated, always felt real. His scripts always intelligent. His images, indelible. The icepick from his debut movie Perfect Blue. The pop idol dancing in the hand. The dreamlike skipping among the neon city, later repeated in Paprika, the culmination of his tragically short oeuvre.

I loved that movie.

We do have another one to look forward to. It’s being completed by his peers according to a post on his site relayed by Anime News Network:

Later, he remembered meeting with Madhouse founder Masao Maruyama about the final anime film he was directing:

When I conveyed my concerns for Yume-Miru Kikai to Mr. Maruyama, he said, “It’s fine. Don’t worry, we’ll do whatever it takes.”

I cried.

I cried aloud.

He concluded his message with the following:

With feelings of gratitude for all that is good in this world, I put down my pen.

Well, I’ll be leaving now.

Satoshi Kon


Thanks and goodbye, Mr. Kon. You will be missed.

Hey remember 2007 sure why not

February 23, 2008

Hey, just in time for the Oscars.

The best movies of 2007. It was a swell year for genre and artsy flicks alike.

The worst movies. Some of them aren’t all that bad, just dumb fun.

The best video games, or rather, the few games I managed to play out of the million or so that were released last year.



Satoshi’s spectacular new spice

May 28, 2007

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.