Magazine article World Literature Today

Dream Fossil

Magazine article World Literature Today

Dream Fossil

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Satoshi Kon. Dream Fossil. Trans. Yota Okutani. New York. Vertical. 2015. 413 pages.

Famed writer and director Satoshi Kon is well known for his dark and whimsical films such as Perfect Blue and Paprika. His films question how we perceive reality, criticize how we consume pop culture, and give us a glimpse into his dream world. Despite his passing in 2010, fans can still get more of his work in the newly published anthology Dream Fossil. The anthology is a collection of short manga that were written by Kon and published in a series of magazines in the 1980s, including the award-winning "Toriko," written in 1984. Finally, all of those short stories have been collected and can be read in one place.

Reading Dream Fossil is to retrospectively watch Kon grow into the artist who created such dark, gritty, and emotional pieces of work that stand out not just to anime fans but to film lovers in general. In this anthology, you can see this genius developing, particularly in how he thought about obsession. The story "Horseplay" particularly addresses the culture around baseball and how obsession with the sport, its players, and fame can drive one crazy to the point of violence. …

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