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It’s only been two weeks since the last time I shared a video from Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting, but his latest episode covers a favorite director of both mine and Colin’s, Satoshi Kon, so I’m kind of obligated to transmit this one too.

Several years ago, when I was crashing at Colin’s place for a week, we rented all four of Kon’s feature films—Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprika—and watched them over the span of a day or two. This was back in the 2000s, when going to a video store and renting movies was still a thing people did.

Watching movies together is something that Colin and I have been doing since grade school, and whenever one of us is visiting the other, we inevitably end up going to a theater or putting something amazing on. Watching those four excellent films was one of the highlights of my trip, and whenever I think of Kon, feelings of friendship and reminiscence inevitably rush forth.

A.I.P. (animate in peace), Satoshi Kon.

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Goro Miyazaki to Direct Ronia the Robber's Daughter TV Anime

Anime News Network:

Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill) will direct a television anime adaptation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s Ronia the Robber’s Daughter (Ronja Rövardotter) children’s fantasy book. The series, titled Sanzoku no Musume Ronia in Japan, will air on NHK and BS Premium this fall. POLYGON PICTURES (Knights of Sidonia, The Sky Crawlers) is animating the 3D CG series in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. The show will mark the first time that Miyazaki is directing a television anime series.

It’s also Ghibli’s first television series at all, so that’s cool.

Astrid Lindgren is best known for Pippi Longstocking.

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Styles and Themes of Hayao Miyazaki

Wikipedia:

Hayao Miyazaki is a prominent Japanese filmmaker and producer whose animated works are characterised by several recurring themes and motifs.

Many of these recurrent features are notable for being so uncommon in the medium, for example the lack of evil or villain characters, the advocacy of a pacifist ethic and prominence of feminism. Other features are more notable for being personal idiosyncrasies, such as the obsession with flight and the symbolism of water. The formal emphasis placed on these various elements constitutes a running discourse that transcends the individual works and creates a larger, ongoing meta-narrative.

Really good article. Also Miyazaki is literally the best. Just the best.