I haven’t really been a fan of Satoshi Kon. I’ve seen parts of his movies, but I have never fully seen any movie of his, and for that I must be crucified. It speaks volumes, however, when one of his films was used by no less than Christopher Nolan himself in the creation of Inception: I have read that Ariadne was very similar to the psychologist in Paprika.
What he has done is no small feat: he was able to create visionary pieces of art that have transcended even the boundaries of anime, being appreciated by mainstream film critics like Roger Ebert (for Paprika), as well as people who have the fortune of watching one of his films.
I know I haven’t enjoyed him in his lifetime, but I will certainly watch all of his movies in the future. I’m currently downloading Perfect Blue.
Thank you for your contributions to anime, Mr. Kon, even to a non-fan like me. You will be missed, not only by hardcore anime fans, but by everyone who cherishes a good movie and a good story.