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Satoshi Kon for Beginners


In honor of the recently departed Satoshi Kon, we thought we’d draw your attention to one of the more overlooked films in his catalog and in anime in general, the curdled Capra gem that is Tokyo Godfathers.

The plot focuses on a homeless trio in modern Tokyo trying to track down the parents of an abandoned baby. On the surface, it seems like a break from the psychedelics in Kon’s other work—particularly the infamous Paprika, which really is the head-trip Inception briefly promised to be—but the weirdness is still there, hidden under a layer of melodrama. If Kon was the Fellini of anime, this was his La Strada, which makes it a pretty good entry point for anyone still getting used to the oddities of the genre.