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Director Satoshi Kon of Perfect Blue and Paprika fame passes away

The renowned and awed anime director Satoshi Kon passed away from pancreatic cancer the day before yesterday at the age of 46 just short of his 47th birthday.

Kon started his career as a manga artist and editor at Young Magazine, and then made his screenwriting debut with “Magnetic Rose”, a section of the anthology film Memories.
Kon though is most known for his work as a film director. He made his directorial debut film, Perfect Blue, in 1997, followed by Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and the television series Paranoia Agent.

His next to be film, The Dream Machine, is in production. All of his works as a director were produced by Studio Madhouse, where he was a staff director along with Rintaro and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. He also was a founder and partner of the 15-member steering committee of the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) labor group.

Kon’s work often dealt with a vast range of themes, mostly emphasizing the psychological well-being of his characters.

Both Paprika and Millennium Actress draw great attention to some of these themes by blurring the boundaries of reality and fantasy in the story.