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Anime Legend Satoshi Kon Dead at 46

The Japanese filmmaker and comic-book artist, who had a devoted following, died in Tokyo on Tuesday from pancreatic cancer. A.O. Scott described his film work as incorporating “many familiar anime elements — pixielike female characters, sensitive robots, futuristic cityscapes and an anxious fascination with the creative and destructive power of technology — it was also informed by literary, artistic and cinematic traditions far beyond contemporary Japanese popular culture.” The last feature Kon completed was Paprika, released in 2006. [NYT]

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