Satoshi Kon, the late, great director of knotty anime masterpieces, is now the subject of a podcast miniseries. Konology promises to explore the director’s four features and series Paranoia Agent across six episodes. The first, on Kon’s debut feature Perfect Blue, dropped today — listen here.
The miniseries is presented by the Ghibliotheque podcast, which, as its name suggests, was set up to examine Studio Ghibli’s library. Having probed that filmography from all angles, hosts Michael Leader and Jake Cunningham, both critics and broadcasters based in the U.K., opted to move on to a new topic.
They considered a number of filmmakers, including Hideaki Anno, Masaaki Yuasa, and Makoto Shinkai, all of whom were suggested by fans of the podcast. “But then there was Satoshi Kon,” Leader tells Cartoon Brew. “His small but varied body of work is one of the great creative runs in animation history, rivalling even those of [Ghibli’s] Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and with Perfect Blue he arrived almost perfectly formed as a filmmaker.”