Satoshi Kon, one of my all time favorite animated directors, died today. Totally
unexpected, this is a real blow to the entire animation community as a
whole, not just anime. His films TOKYO GODFATHERS, PERFECT BLUE, PAPRIKA
and others surpassed what most people are doing with animation and told
stories the pushed the medium forward.
Not letting the animation medium hold him back, he was willing to experiment, often confusing the general
audience, but doing so in the most beautiful and thought provoking way.
Kon had one of the most unique animation styles around, and his work was instantly recognizable. You could throw
on a series of his films, flip from one to the next and recognize his
I’m rambling now. I’m just so sad to see that he won’t live to create more beautiful art, more films that make
me think... his legacy will live on, but he had so much more to bring.
Satoshi Kon was only 47 years old and died of cancer.
I’m going to go watch PARANOIA AGENT until the sun comes up.