Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Anime By Satoshi Kon?

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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Anime By Satoshi Kon?
Yesterday, it was five years ago that the great Japanese artist and director Satoshi Kon died of cancer, at the brutally young age of 46.

As a big fan of the man and his works, I was devastated when his death became known. I wrote a eulogy here on this site, and a few days later I followed it up with an all-too-brief movie career overview. His half-made last work The Dreaming Machine ended up never being finished.

Recently, his graphic novels and collections of his short stories have been translated and published in the west. Reading them is a bittersweet delight, as they are great, but always accentuate just how much we're missing with him gone. Five years ago I wrote this:
And forty-six is so very young as well. In the last fifteen years, Satoshi Kon directed four films and a television series. It would have been more than twenty-three years until he was seventy. Who knows what we're all missing out on?

I don't think I've ever written truer or more heartfelt words.

So today, let's dedicate our weekly "Have Your Say" discussion to Satoshi Kon. What is your favorite anime by him? Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

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JustinAugust 25, 2015 10:43 AM

Without question Perfect Blue. They are all special and have a place in my heart, but Perfect Blue was the film that opened my eyes and mind to the medium of animation to tell an engaging, adult story and accomplish feats that no live action director could pull off. I'm still praying for a US Perfect BLU release...

BtoFuAugust 25, 2015 10:50 AM

Such a tough choice as I admire all of his work so much. I could say upon my introduction to anime, I was exposed to many of the violent and foul-mouthed forebearers that were laying claim to adult animation - but it wasn't until I took in Perfect Blue that I felt I was truly experiencing an adult anime feature.

To this end I'll probably choose Perfect Blue although all his work is on near equal footing in my book. He was able to traverse between light and dark as well any other visionary in the industry and I hope one day we'll see The Dreaming Machine finally complete. .

daveymorrisonAugust 25, 2015 12:40 PM

There isn't a bad answer to this question, but I go with TOKYO GODFATHERS.

Josh MauserAugust 25, 2015 12:55 PM

Pretty sure my first exposure to Kon was Tokyo Godfathers, and it may be my favorite still. It's the most straightforward of his movies, but it's just so damn charming and delightful, maybe my favorite Christmas movie. What great characters!

I love the sweetness and genre-hopping of Millennium Actress as well. And of course Paranoia Agent and Perfect Blue were incredibly gripping and suspenseful. Paprika is gorgeous and a fun subconscious mind trip. Man, I love them all for different reasons. Magnetic Rose is my favorite part of "Memories" as well.

Miguel Valdez-LopezAugust 25, 2015 1:18 PM

Millenium Actress! What a film!

JigvellAugust 25, 2015 5:07 PM

Paprika.

j dAugust 25, 2015 9:26 PM

Can't decide.

Trung RwoAugust 26, 2015 2:10 AM

All his films are special in their own ways and I can't pick the best.

But Paprika is definitely the most eye-opening one, while Tokyo Godfathers is the most heart-warming, Perfect Blue is the most mind-twisting. Maybe Millennium Actress stands a little behind 3 other films, but it's still very interesting.

Ard VijnAugust 26, 2015 3:58 AM

How awesome is it, that the opinions are almost evenly split? On our Facebook page there are more than 25 reactions on top of these, and all titles get namechecked several times!

NGbooAugust 26, 2015 4:14 AM

Love them all, but subconsciously delicious Paprika is definitely my favourite. :)

GJAugust 26, 2015 7:09 AM

The thing about Satoshi Kon is that all answers are equally valid, you can't look down on someone if their favorite is Toyko Godfathers, because it's just as good as Perfect Blue and Paprika and so on.

That said, my personal favorite is Millennium Actress, it's the film that introduced me to Kon and I feel like it has the most emotional depth.

Art VandelayAugust 26, 2015 7:12 AM

My favourite one would be Inception, I mean Paprika. I also liked Black Swan, I mean Perfect Blue.

Ard VijnAugust 26, 2015 7:25 AM

* high five *

cuttermaranAugust 26, 2015 7:46 AM

Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent

Art VandelayAugust 26, 2015 8:40 AM

Right back at 'ya!

Darren MurrayAugust 26, 2015 10:35 AM

Out of all his anime, my favourite is probably Tokyo Godfathers, although I have had Paranoia Agent sitting on the shelf for years now and still haven't watched it.

To be fair, I don't think he actually made any poor films, and as mentioned each one is quite different from the other.

jammamonAugust 30, 2015 5:19 PM

Paranoia Agent. Completely mind blowing, so profound and unconventional.