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Satoshi Kon, Anime Director, Dies at 46

Posted on: August 24, 2010

Yume Miru Kikai, Kon Satoshi's new movie.

Edit: Satoshi Kon’s birthday is October 12, so technically he died at age 46. The Japanese sources said he was alive for 47 years, which isn’t quite the same.

An otherwise sleepy night in Japan has been interrupted by the rippling news that Satoshi Kon (technically, Kon Satoshi, but I’ve known him as Satoshi Kon for so long that it’s hard to go back to Japanese name order) passed away suddenly at the age of 46. In spite of the early hour – it’s 2 AM on the 25th in Japan right now – anime fans on social networking site Mixi and industry luminaries like Takeda Yasuhiro have expressed their sorrow at the loss of such a well-respected creator. More and more confirmations are coming in, with the head of Madhouse (via Jim Vowles of Otakon) stating that his company has lost a very important director. No cause of death has been given.

Satoshi Kon burst onto the scene with his psychological thriller Perfect Blue in 1998, and made a reputation for surreal and beautiful movies, with Millenium Actress and Paranoia Agent making strong impressions on international audiences. He was working on The Dream Machine (Yume Miru Kikai) at the time of his death, and no word has yet come on what will happen to the movie’s slated 2011 release.

RIP, good sir. I should go watch the Magnetic Rose segment of Memories again, to remind myself of just how much talent the anime world has just lost.

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6 Responses to "Satoshi Kon, Anime Director, Dies at 46"

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Wow dom, looks like you attracted the spammers, but in response to the article, RIP bro ;_;

Pancreatic cancer … damn, damn, damn.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100826/ap_en_mo/as_japan_obit_kon

There’s not a variety of cancer that you want to get, but that’s one of the worst.

First Jack Horkheimer and now Satoshi Kon. This month can’t end soon enough.

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