Director Satoshi Kon Passes Away at 47

Animation Legend Satoshi Kon Passes Away at 47 of Cancer.

It was a total shock to me when I first read about it over at Warren Ellis’s Whitechapel Forum thread about it. I won’t do a very complex eulogy about his work, I’m sure that there will be many other blogs that will do a much better job than I coould ever do, but I will pay my respects to this great man by briefly reviewing his past works.

Roujin Z (1991) Animator

He worked on this as an animator. I never seen this anime, even though I heard about it when it first came out, being an Katsuhiro Otomo Project.

Memories ( Magnetic Rose ) (1995) Writer

The “Magnetic Rose” section of “Memories” is I think ,the best of the three shorts that made up the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend doing so!

Perfect Blue (1998) Director / Animator

First Satoshi Kon work I ever saw. I think I first watched this in a movie theater in Manhattan. Loved it!

Millennium Actress (2001) Writer/ Director / Animator

I don’t remember where I saw this, it may have been on cable a few years ago. Many parts of this film were slow going, but parts of it was really cool. I think one has to be a big fan of Japanese Film history and Japanese culture and history in general to really understand and appreciate this movie.

Tokyo Godfathers (2003) Writer/ Director / Animator

I admit, I haven’t gotten around to seeing this movie yet, which after today, I’m going to try to do as soon as I can..

Paranoia Agent (2004) Director

First saw this series when It was shown on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Late Night Block a few years ago. Interesting series, I liked it, especially the last episode. I now want to try and get the DVD’s.

The last scene of the closing credits is creepy cool!

Paprika (2006) Writer/ Director

Another of his latest films that I haven’t seen yet. But I heard very good things about it these past years. I even heard that Paprika was the inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s Latest Movie, “Inception” ( and not 1984 movie, Dreamscape ).

Satoshi Kon was in the middle of production of his latest film Yume-Miru Kikai (The Dreaming Machine) at the time of his death, and it was expected to be released sometime in 2011, but at the moment, it’s fate is uncertain.

Satoshi Kon was a very talented and visionary animator. If there is such a thing as Anime Heaven, I hope he’s doing well there now.

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