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Director Kon Satoshi Passes Away [Updated Aug 25]

by dtshyk
Aug 24, 2010 9:27 AM | 196 Comments
According to the tweet of Takeda Yasuhiro (GAINAX's producer), Kon Satoshi passed away due to pancreatic cancer. He was 46. Mangaka Yuuki Masami also confirmed the news.

According to Cinema Today, MAD HOUSE announced that Kon Satoshi passed away in the early morning of August 24th. He had been working on a new anime "Yume Miru Kikai" (Yume Miru Kikai official website).

Source: Cinema Today
Maruyama Masao, the former president of Madhouse Studios, tweeted on August 24th that a director closely related to the studio had suddently passed away. The tweet has brought about conjectures on who he/she is. Fukuda Noriyuki (general graphic director of "Bakugan Battle Brawlers") said he had no idea about it. Animator Moritomo Hiroki ("Bokura ga Ita") said a graphic director who shares a work room with him was talking about the news on the phone.

Sources: Maruyama's tweet, Fukuda's tweet, Moritomo's tweet, Takeda Yasuhiro's tweet, Yuki Masami's twitter, GIGAZINE, Natalie

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R.I.P Satoshi Kon. I cried reading your last words- they were so full of humanity and the emotions that all of us feel everyday. Your films 'Millennium Actress', 'Paprika', and 'Tokyo Godfathers' are some of my favorites, and watching some of them were life-changing moments for me. I hope that 'Dream Machine' can be made; If it is, I will definitely watch it, and think, "This is the magic of Satoshi Kon.".

Jun 24, 2011 4:30 AM by Aris18

Einvera said:

oh my god.. i was crying while reading this.. this is what LAST WORDS really feel like

Jun 7, 2011 10:55 PM by zheren

Oh noes. Satoshi Kon, you will be missed. :(

Nov 17, 2010 10:27 AM by Dollie-chan

If i had the chance to thank him for all the great work he has done...

satoshi Kon will be deeply missed by all of us. As a homenage, ill watch everything he has worked on according to MAL.

Satoshi Kon, thank you.

Nov 14, 2010 5:24 PM by alchemistnarutoZ

R.I.P to a great person.

Sep 17, 2010 8:19 PM by Arpadiam

RIP ;(

Sep 15, 2010 8:26 AM by Morrigan31


Sep 2, 2010 2:23 PM by Kikyo-san

Wow R.I.P. Satoshi Kon. Really enjoyed the paprika movie too bad such a great man has died.

Aug 30, 2010 2:17 PM by WeebByNight


My respects for this man who gave me lots of emotion throught his work, not to mention somehow made me into anime with Perfect Blue.

He surely will be missed.

Aug 30, 2010 11:14 AM by tsuD

R.I.P. Kon san.
By the way, here is the Director Kon's last word.
I hope you guys will take a look.
Satoshi Kon's last words | Makiko Itoh : Not a nameless cat. -

Aug 30, 2010 4:55 AM by kusushi

What an unexpected death.

I think I'll watch some of his works really soon (Paprika, Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent), as a homage.


Aug 29, 2010 9:44 PM by RenaPsychoKiller

One of the very few masters working in anime dies an early, painful death.

Meanwhile, thousands of hacks in the industry continue to proliferate their garbage well into their sixties. Depressing, but so very common.

Aug 29, 2010 8:16 PM by YoungVagabond

Cukerka said:

This was really depressing when I read this and his final words were so heart wrenching....

Aug 28, 2010 11:44 PM by Neko123

Sayonara, Satoshi.

Aug 28, 2010 5:02 AM by KristianKensei

I read about this in the newspaper a few days late. Wow.

May he rest in peace, even though in his final 'goodbye' statement he did express regret about not finishing Yume Miru Kikai and how he worried about the staff as well.

An unfortunate loss.

Aug 27, 2010 8:37 PM by Athena


Aug 26, 2010 4:19 PM by k0k0

Cukerka said:

God, that was heart wrenching and beautiful at the same time. It's good to know that he was at peace when he left.

"Now excuse me, I have to go."

Aug 26, 2010 3:45 PM by Decamper

R.I.P. He'll be greatly missed.

Aug 26, 2010 3:33 PM by kokuro

Cukerka said:

He must have really felt horrible for Maruyama-san, always relying on him.
It's sad for "Dreaming Machine", really it is.
It was a very nice read, I'm still glad that he managed to leave with so few regrets, even if by chance that he lied just to appease everyone's minds, he's done a good job.

To think that last week I re-watched Paranoia Agent entirely in one night and was hoping to see more from him; I didn't even know he already had health problems since early this year, eugh.
Tonight, Paprika in his honor; I've been wanting to rewatch it recently, I guess this will be the good time to do so.

Aug 26, 2010 1:40 PM by Hakoria

Cukerka said:

Really upsetting. R.I.P.!

Aug 26, 2010 12:37 PM by ummyeah

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