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->''"With feelings of gratitude for all that is good in this world, I lay down my pen.\\
Now, if you'll pardon me, I have to go."''
-->--'''Satoshi Kon''' closing out his final message to the world.

Satoshi Kon (October 12, 1963 August 24, 2010) was a Japanese director noted for serious, thoughtful, arthouse films which examine their characters' psychology. He was especially preoccupied with the concept of subjective reality, and incorporated it into almost all of his works; that aside, his works cover a wide range of genres and themes: psychological thriller (''Anime/PerfectBlue''), MagicalRealism (''Anime/MillenniumActress''), wacky caper comedy (''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'') and ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' (which defies categorisation). He was closely tied to Creator/{{Madhouse}} studios and composer Music/SusumuHirasawa.

Relatively unbeknownest to most, he also drew several manga before moving into animation, many of which were eventually released in English in 2013-2015.

He passed away on August 24, 2010 from pancreatic cancer [[TooCoolToLive at the age of 46]]. His [[FinalSpeech final words]] can be read [[http://www.makikoitoh.com/journal/satoshi-kons-last-words here (in English)]] or [[http://konstone.s-kon.net/modules/notebook/archives/565 here (in Japanese)]].

!!Works by Satoshi Kon include:
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* ''Manga/TropicOfTheSea'' (1990)
* ''Manga/Seraphim266613336Wings'' (1994-1995, incompleted) (with Creator/MamoruOshii)
* ''Manga/{{OPUS}}'' (1995-1996)
* ''Magnetic Rose'' from the anthology ''Anime/{{Memories}}'' (1995)
* ''Anime/PerfectBlue'' (1998)
* ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' (2001)
* ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' (2003)
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' (2004)
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' (2006)
* ''Anime/TheDreamMachine'' ([[AuthorExistenceFailure Event]][[DevelopmentHell ually]])
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!!Tropes found in his work:

* AuthorExistenceFailure: At the time of his death, he was working on a film about robots called ''Anime/TheDreamMachine'' which would have been his first project aimed at a younger audience. [[invoked]]
* CastOfSnowflakes
* CentralTheme: Systems, human psyche, social stigmas, surrealism, morality, mental illnesses, imagination vs realism.
* ConspicuousCG: Being visually innovative apparently makes you bet on the wrong horse sometimes.
* FamousLastWords: [[ButNowIMustGo "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go."]] The wording is said to be a specific phrase you'd use if you were, say, at work and called away, having to leave your coworkers to finish a project without you.
* FourIsDeath: Rather eerily, his fourth film, ''Paprika'', was his final theatrical film...[[DevelopmentHell to be released anyway]].
* GenreBusting: Most of his films have [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs strange or unconventional premises]].
* HeAlsoDid: Wrote, storyboarded and directed the fifth episode of the original ''{{Manga/JoJos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders}}'' OVA for {{Creator/APPP}} (the episode with the [[MemeticMutation memetic scene]] where DIO stares up at a 7UP sign). He died before Creator/DavidProduction animated the more well-known (nowadays) version of the anime, so we'll never know what he might have thought of their take on it.
* HumansAreSpecial
* MagicRealism
* MindScrew: There's a reason he's called "the Creator/DavidLynch of Anime", a nickname he shares with Creator/KunihikoIkuhara.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: He's well-known for completely ''averting'' this in his works. Japanese people actually look ''Japanese'' and he relies upon art that gives everyone very distinct facial appearances and body types rather than just crazy hairstyles and OnlySixFaces.
* PostModernism: Intertextuality? Check. Unconventional narrative? Check. MindScrew? Check.
* PromotedFanboy: Kon was a fan of Yasutaka Tsutsui and Yoshikazu Takeuchi, and adapted works from the both of them [[Literature/{{Paprika}} into]] [[Anime/PerfectBlue films]]. He was also a fan of Susumu Hirasawa long before he first worked with him. [[invoked]]
* ShadesOfConflict: Morality, while usually more GreyAndGrayMorality or sometimes WhiteAndGreyMorality, it differentiates depending on the project.
** Anime/PerfectBlue: GreyAndGrayMorality
** Anime/MillenniumActress: NoAntagonist
** Anime/ParanoiaAgent: GreyAndGrayMorality / BlackAndGrayMorality
** Anime/TokyoGodfathers: WhiteAndGreyMorality
** Paprika: GreyAndGrayMorality
* SignatureStyle: Satoshi Kon was known and loved for combining imagination with realism. Also, very smooth editing that involved a lot of {{match cut}}s; when the editing was not smooth, he was quickly cutting to a shot that only lasted a few frames.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Depends on the project. Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent are far on the cynical end, where Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and most likely his unfinished film The Dream Machine are more on the idealistic end. Paprika is smack in the middle.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: Going back to SignatureStyle, his films were known for brilliantly mixing in the two together.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The last project he worked on was a kid-friendly robot movie called ''Anime/TheDreamMachine''.
** Creator/{{Madhouse}} has thankfully confirmed [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-11-11/satoshi-kon-last-film-to-officially-resume-production the film is back in production]]. In Satoshi Kon's final message, he said he was assured by Madhouse founder Masao Maruyama that the studio would do "whatever it takes" to finish it.
** Unfortunately the movie has slipped back into DevelopmentHell again. [[invoked]]
* SplitPersonality: Comes up a lot in his work, bordering on AuthorAppeal.
* TakeThat: He was quite fond of berating the Japanese {{UsefulNotes/Kawaisa}} mentality. Shown in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' in particular.
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