This could easily be seen as the black sheep of Satoshi Kon's works. It's not very surreal, doesn't focus on the line between reality and fantasy, and is generally quite light-hearted.
It's also my favourite.
Tokyo Godfathers is something that I've never seen done well before: a dramatic farce. It's almost nonsensical in its constant misunderstandings and near-misses and plot twists that it becomes completely hilarious, but then can slam you back to down to Earth with some surprisingly heavy drama. And it works!
It works because unlike other farcical comedies, Tokyo Godfathers relies on its characters for its comedy as well as its plotting. These characters are well-written and creative, and so when the character drama comes in, it…