Satoshi Kon

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Satoshi Kon (今 敏, Kon Satoshi) was a Japanese director, screenwriter, storyboard artist, and animator credited for his work on the OVA adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Studio A.P.P.P..

He was best known for his acclaimed work on films Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprika. On August 24, 2010, he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 46.


Satoshi Kon was born on October 12, 1963, in Sapporo, Japan. In 1982, he entered a Graphic Design course at the Musashino Art University. While in college, Kon made his debut as a manga artist in 1984 with the two-part doujinshi titled Toriko, which won second place in Young Magazine's Tetsuya Chiba Awards.

In 1991, Kon made his debut as an animator working as a background artist for the film Roujin Z, which was directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo and written by Katsuhiro Otomo. In 1995, he began working as a scriptwriter for Magnetic Rose, one of three shorts featured in the Memories anthology film.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

From 1993 to 1994, Kon was involved in the production of the 1993 OVA series. Most notably in Episode 12, in which he was the scriptwriter and storyboard artist. Because of his outstanding efforts, the episode was highly praised and served to make his name more widely known.

In 1997, Kon made his directorial debut in the film Perfect Blue. He was offered the job was because the producer at Madhouse, Masao Maruyama, was a fan of his previous work on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.[1] Although Kon had been in charge of supervising the script, continuity, and production of the episode he worked on in JoJo, the sound, dubbing and everything else was still the work of the director. This is why he wanted to direct Perfect Blue, as it gave him the perfect opportunity to have a go at doing all those things at once.[2]




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