Hey there, fans. Instead of the usual Happy Fun Thursday article and the second part of the Japanese Music post, I bring sad news about a legend in the Japanese animation industry. Satoshi Kon, the director of such animated classics like Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, and Paprika, has been confirmed as deceased, according to a report by the Anime News Network:
Jim Vowles, a member of the Otakorp Board of Directors for the Otakon convention, has announced on Tuesday that director Satoshi Kon has passed away. Kon was 47. The staff of Otakon confirmed his passing with MADHOUSE studio founder Masao Maruyama. Maruyama had wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday night in Japan that an important director of the studio had suddenly passed away. However, Maruyama declined to name the director at the time.
This, as many other blogs have put it, sucks. As an anime fan, I hate to admit that I’ve only watched two of his films and only a glimpse of Paranoia Agent, a series he directed, but the talent present within the those two films rivaled even Miyazaki, the only other anime director whose films I have considered classic. He was as original as he was brilliant: the movie Paprika foreshadowed elements of the recent blockbuster hit Inception, much like Ghost in the Shell planted the very idea of The Matrix in the movie of the same name! His characters are as real as people you see every day: the characters of Tokyo Godfathers have more depth to their personalities than any actor could muster! All in all, this was a great big loss, and a blow to the creative powers within the anime industry.