Hello and greetings fellow otaku,
Unfortunately I have some sad news to share with you today. Within the past twenty-four hours, we lost a great director and a great animator in which they created spectacular feature films and series that are considered as masterpieces in the world of Japanese animation. The gentlemen that I am referring to are Director Satoshi Kon and Key Animator Shojuro Yamauchi.
Satoshi Kon passed away on Tuesday August 24, 2010 at the age of 46 from pancreatic cancer. Mr. Kon has been well known in the world of Japanese animation with his works such as Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, Paranoia Agent and Paprika. A private service for friends and family members was held today to honor and remember this great gentleman.
I learned about his passing from Janette’s tribute post over on her blog Black and Blue Socks. It was an excellent tribute and it is definitely worth checking out. You can read her post by clicking on the image at the end of this post.
It was also known on Tuesday that Shojuro Yamauchi, a key animator who also worked on popular feature films and series such as Conan, the Boy in Future, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away also passed away on this day. Information about his passing and funeral arrangements are currently unknown at this time. We will keep you posted on this as we get more information.
So in closing, we here at Anime Full Circle would like to take this time to send our condolences to Mr. Kon’s and Mr. Yamauchi’s friends, families and co-workers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this moment of reflection. Ltrs.
Black and Blue Socks Post on Satoshi Kon