If anyone were to name a significant lost for the anime industry, Satoshi Kon would be one of them. I still hold onto the idea that his Paranoia Agent remains one of the best anime that has aired on television. He was just one of those directors that constantly proved again and again that anime isn’t just for children through his own works that showcased a blend of psychology and societal problems – they should easily be considered some of the best Japanese films in general, not just animated. Right up there with the likes of screenplay writer Chiaki J. Konaka and director Hideaki Anno in terms of quality work in anime.
To honor this man, let’s look into one of his first and best works – Perfect Blue. A psychological thriller flick that delves into sense of identity, losing your grip on reality, as well as the stressful and paranoia-fueled “dark side” of celebrity life.