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Satoshi Kon (1963-2010) August 25, 2010

Posted by ashiah in Film.
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You know you’re having a crappy day when one of your favorite directors die on your birthday. Not to make this all about me or anything, but I was so upset to hear that anime director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika) had passed on August 23. He was only 47.

Perfect Blue

For those unfamiliar with his work, Kon was a mastermind at creating gorgeous, mind-bending animated films that always explored the area of reality, subconsciousness and the blurry lines between the two. Probably the biggest critique against his films are that they’re confusing; the viewer is never 100 percent sure if what’s happening on screen is actually happening. But that sense of mystery, that feeling of being thrown around and being tossed around like a puzzle, is exactly what makes his films so fresh and exciting.

Millennium Actress

Any time I’ve been in a discussion over modern day anime and its faltering place in entertainment (because admit it, most anime sucks), I always make sure to drop Satoshi Kon’s name. He was one of the most important names in anime and was one of the few critically acclaimed directors making anime-for-people-who-don’t-like-anime (alongside the most obvious name dropper — Hayao Miyazaki).

Paranoia Agent

And that’s why it’s incredibly unfortunate to have lost Satoshi Kon. I used to be a serious anime nerd throughout middle school and up into high school, but I grew out of it as I got older. Satoshi Kon was truly the last anime director I truly respected, and after Paprika (check out my review of Paprika here) it truly makes me ponder the future of anime and makes me sad that we’ll never get to see what new directions he would go in. R.I.P.