Satoshi Kon, a manga artist whose theatrical debut, Perfect Blue, garnered praise around the world died in 2014 from cancer. A young man at only 46, his 4 theatrical films and single TV series gave him a fervent cult following. His work inspired Darren Aronofsky, The Wachowski Brothers, Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright and many others. upon his death he wrote a message to his fans that is both touching and hopeful.
I recently came upon a wonderful video essay looking at Kon's work and especially his ability to edit and cut his work to create a sense of time. Check it out below and if you haven't check out the other work from this grand master of storytelling and animation.
In the words of the essayist Tony Zhou:
Four years after his passing, we still haven't quite caught up to Satoshi Kon, one of the great visionaries of modern film. In just four features and one TV series, he developed a unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time. Join me in honoring the greatest Japanese animator not named Miyazaki.