Many were caught by surprise this Tuesday, August 24, with the news of the death of Satoshi Kon, a master of Japanese animation. Confirmation of death was given this afternoon, but the reasons for his death have not been disclosed.

Satoshi Kon had only 47 years old, and was delighted critics and audiences since its debut in 1997 with Perfect Blue. “With its fascinating tale and impressive technical maturity in the theme, Perfect Blue finally convinced many that animation can be much more than a vehicle for children,” wrote the critic Tom Mes.

His next works, Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers, continued earning praises, just as his best-known film, Paprika, adaptation of a futuristic novel of a science fiction writer of the seminal Japanese Yasutaka Tsutsui.

Kon was working on a new film, The Dream Machine, an adventure fantasy that, in the words of the filmmaker, a sort of road movie with just robots, not human characters.

The filmmaker died leaving a heartbroken horde of fans who still believe in bad news.

This post was written by Jeff H.

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