It went across online forums, blogs, and Twitter profiles like wildfire yesterday, but sadly the rumor was confirmed in the wee hour this morning, Satoshi Kon, a giant in the Japanese anime industry, passed away yesterday. Like many of those in the anime world, Kon excelled at a myriad of jobs, from storyboard illustrations to a screenwriter. However, it was his directorial talent that made Kon a contemporary driving force in the animation world. With his 4 feature films Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprika, Kon, like many of his peers, told stories through a psychological perspective. Yet unlike others, Kon’s interwoven of subplots, from the mundane everyday life to outrageous scenarios made his films all the more realistic. A reason why The Washington Post once proclaimed him as “Anime’s Dream Weaver”.
Rumor has it director Christopher Nolan got the inspiration for Inception from Kon’s 2006 Paprika. Another director, Darren Aronofsky of The Wrestler fame, bought the remake rights of Perfect Blue, Kon’s 1998 film that marked his directorial debut and one of the best psychological thrillers made in the last 2 decades. With onset of pancreatic cancer, Kon continued to work on his last film, Yume Miru Kikai or The Dream Machine, which was scheduled to release next year. Satoshi Kon, anime’s dream weaver, passed away at age 46.