The Death of Satoshi Kon (1963 – 2010)
As an avid fan of Satoshi Kon’s work, I’m deeply saddened by his recent passing from pancreatic cancer. He was one of my favorite directors from the Japan and I truly enjoyed the creative attitude he always integrated within his works. To state that Kon was a great artist is quite an understatement–he embodied every facet of what I felt an animation director should be. He understood his works as important pieces of not only his personal creativity, but also as an extension of the social, political, and even psychological realms of humanity. Whether it was his intense look into the deteriorating nature of the pop-culture icon in Perfect Blue (1998), his pseudo-historical film on obscure Japanese actress Setsuko Hara in Millennium Actress (2001), a look into lives of homeless individuals in Tokyo Godfathers (2003), exploring the societal problems of Japan within his TV series Paranoia Agent (2004), and questioning the notion of reality versus dreams states in Paprika (2006), Kon has been one of the only directors within the field of Japanese animation where I enjoyed all of their works in some capacity.
In all respects, he will be missed by not only me, but I’m sure by countless individuals. He was an advocate for raising the bar of what Japanese animation could offer–not only for entertainment purposes, but for providing challenging premises that question the world in which the viewer lives. This is what true artists always do, and Kon would certainly fall within this sphere of artistic resonance. He was a true auteur–he will be sorely missed.
Author: Miguel Douglas
Showa Fujishima is a former detective. One day, his daughter Kanako, who is a model student, disappears. To find his daughter, he investigates more carefully into his daughter’s life. He then becomes involved in a shocking situation.
Kuklo was found as a baby crying in a mass of Titan vomit, amidst the dead titan corpses. He is essentially hated by the people inside the walls. Kuklo, despite his horrible beginnings and a single-functioning eye, also seems to grow unnaturally fast. He parts himself from his past and gambles on the fate of humanity by enlisting in the Survey Corps.
In 1972, an ancient alien hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. Using this technology, humanity began migrating to Mars and settling there. After settlers discovered additional advanced technology, the Vers Empire was founded, which claimed Mars and its secrets for themselves. Later, the Vers Empire declared war on Earth, and in 1999, a battle on the Moon’s surface caused the hypergate to explode, shattering the Moon and scattering remnants into a debris belt around the planet.
The story takes place many years in the future where the game “Rhyme,” a virtual fighting game, is incredibly popular and people possess “AllMates,” convenient AI computers.