|Satoshi Kon said his goodbye to this world a month ago|
The title is the question one of his partners asked after hearing about his death. He died so young…there’s no need to repeat what a great loss he was.
It’s not that anime will never be the same with Satoshi Kon gone. It’s now much more likely that anime will always be the same. ~ Jesse Betteridge
I don’t have to say much, the truth is. Others have spoken and told much better things than I could do, because they know more about filmmaking and have watched all his works- I still need to watch Paprika, but I don’t dare Perfect Blue and I’m not sure about Paranoid Agent (thrillers aren’t my cup of tea). So why do I write? Because I read the news accidentally and the instant I read them my eyes overflowed with tears. It sounds exaggerating and overdramatic, especially from someone like me that I had watched only Tokyo Godfathers and an Ani Kuri short of his before the news. But for some reason I felt it as a personal loss. I’ve had my father pass away from brain tumour and my granpa from lunge cancer and I could sympathize. And yet sympathize is not the right word.
Then there’s that short. It only lasts one minute, but it’s so… Satoshi-like! This man could leave his print everywhere, on everything he did. Beautiful and something that eveyone can relate to: early morning waking-up…[youtube http://youtu.be/GsOI_5ftUJc]
After the sad news I decided it’d be a disgrace not to have watched at least Milennium Actress. So I did and in the process of searching about his films I bumped onto Magnetic Rose, a 40′ minute short. These two, as well as the rest of his work I guess, are the essense of Satoshi Kon, the master of spilling the insides of our minds out to the real world- be it memories, dreams, illusions or fantasies. And he knew how to do it exactly. Films full of colours, great music that left me with chills (especially the opera music in Magnetic Rose), a bit of sadness seemed to be a constant igredient and masterfully sequence changes (especially in Millenium Actress). Although I didn’t like much the ending of both, I enjoyed the intriging and weird mingling of reality and our perception of reality. Of course they are puzzling. Of course that’s what Kon-san wanted us to feel.But you just can’t not get carried away. They are so beautiful that you’ll note, you held your breath at some points.[youtube http://youtu.be/ZUdcIpQOnYQ] [youtube http://youtu.be/gYkhZFJaIL8]
Lotus was a favourite song of Kon-sensei. Not without reason. Combines traditional with technology sounds, past and present, a non linear time impression
A Paprika , Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent AMVs[youtube http://youtu.be/D0WtvOEuJgo] [youtube http://youtu.be/QAp-bBTT6zM] [youtube http://youtu.be/8G0SDiUng_A]
To end this post (one after a fast 3 months pause -I was on educational holidays) I’ll link to other interesting readings, other bloggers, interviews and the translation of Satoshi Kon’s last letter, that shows how much of a gold heart and love for his work this man had.
farewell, Satoshi Kon- anime news network
ha neul seom blog entry- Kon’s work reviews
the comic journal
makikoitoh: satoshi kons last words
|Kon-san and his children|
|He just left for a trip in space…|