Anime director Satoshi Kon passed away on August 24th, 2010 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier the same year. Kon was famous for his anime movies: PERFECT BLUE, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprica. His death was felt by the entire anime community. Many, including myself, wept upon reading his last words, written on his deathbed.
Upon his death, Kon was in the process of developing his new movie, Yumemiru Kikai (Machine That Dreams). In his final words, Kon wrote about his final meeting with then-Mad House President, Masao Maruyama. During their last tearful meeting, Maruyama promised the dying director that Machine That Dreams would be made.