English: Perfect Blue
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 28, 1998
1 hr. 20 min.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 8.091 (scored by 28295 users)
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drama horror mystery psychological
SynopsisMima Kirigoe, a member of a pop-idol group called "CHAM!", decides to quit singing to pursue a career as an actress. Some of her fans are displeased with this decision though, particularly a stalker named Me-Mania. As Mima progresses into her new career, those close to her are violently murdered one by one, and Mima begins to lose the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy.
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Strap in for a roller coaster ride through the human mind.
As always, my reviews are spoiler free.
You know you have done something right when someone can completely associate your name with a genre. For Satoshi Kon, that genre is Psychological Thriller (or mindf**k, if you prefer). All his works (perhaps with the exception of Tokyo Godfathers, which is still fantastic) explore this genre differently, some deeper than others, but from Paranoia Agent to Millennium Actress he clearly shows his abilities as a director. Of all his works, I think his first, Perfect Blue, is my favorite.
Story - 10/10
Our story begins with Kirigoe Mima, a member of a pop idol group, deciding to give up her singing career for a future as an actress. This decision leads to a string of events that will change her life forever, as well those around her. What begins with sinister phone calls and faxes becomes a paranoid fight for her life with a stalker; a stalker with a warped view of reality to say the least. Mima's career as an actor is not as glamorous as she expected either, leading to outrage among her fans and incredible stress for her manager and friend, Hidaka Rumi. As mysterious acts of violence are committed around her, Mima's view of reality begins to change.
The story explores a number of topics that few other works in the medium discuss, such as the loss of innocence and the perception of reality. It tackles these tough subjects without forcing them upon the viewer, as they are slowly immersed into the twisted world of Mima's life.
As much as I would love to continue to praising the story, I cannot bring myself to do it. It is something that must be experienced and not spoiled. And that ending... Wow.
Animation - 8/10
Released in 1997, this movie will of course look dated when compared to the work of today. When it is compared to other works of the time, however, it stands out with great fluidity. Some of the artistic choices are a bit strange, especially the character designs, but there is nothing that will detract from the experience, especially if one manages to acquire a Blu-ray release.
One outstanding factor is the cinematography. The angle of scenes being changed gives a certain amount of depth of vision most other series cannot come close to matching, even today.
I will be giving animation an 8/10, keeping in mind that it should be compared with other anime produced in the 90s.
Sound - 7/10
The soundtrack is haunting and disorienting. Much like that of well made horror movies, a feeling of suspense can be gradually built and released, or suddenly come to a climax. However, there is nothing worthy in and of itself, and the songs CHAM!, Mima's idol group, sings are grating on the ears at best.
Character - 10/10
Mima is developed very extensively throughout the movie, as she is the sole protagonist. Personally, I developed a great attachment to her throughout the movie, sharing her fear, depression, and confusion. She makes a fantastic protagonist, and as I mentioned above, wonderfully illustrates the theme of loss of innocence.
The supporting cast does well, with Rumi and her stalker being the main side characters. Rumi is developed very well herself, especially in the later half of the series as the story is tied together. The stalker, while far less explored, still has his motivations clearly explained and the viewer gets a fantastic look into a deranged mind.
Overall, it has one of the best protagonists I have ever seen, and a strong supporting cast.
Enjoyment - 10/10
If you are a fan of suspense, mystery, drama, thrillers... you will love this. Perfect Blue appeals to so many psychological elements and has such an intricate setup that it can be watched again and again, noticing new things each time. The second watch can be even better with than the first; once you know the end, you can trace the story backwards to the origin.
I would not recommend this to fans of mindless action, comedy, or SOL. It is not by any means a "light watch." But if you are willing to sit back and let it totally absorb you, I can't possibly think of a better way to spend your time.
This movie contains fully uncensored nudity and graphic sexual scenes. There is a significant amount of violence as well, but it is not too gory. I would still strongly advise against younger viewers watching this.
If you enjoyed this movie, you should immediately acquire and watch everything that Satoshi Kon ever directed. I don't think you will be disappointed.
I give this movie a 9/10, with the only improvements I could wish for would be a slightly better soundtrack and a fresh coat of animation (give it to ufotable, they would be perfect).
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Title: Perfect Blue
Novel, Anime: Perfect Blue was originally a novel written by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. When, I'm not really sure; there's not a lot of information about it.
The movie itself was done by Oniro, directed by Satoshi Kon, and was released in 1997.
Story: The story is centered around Mima Kirigoe, the lead member of a pop trio who's decided to go solo as an actress. Her small recurring role in a direct-to-video series ends up turning into a big break, but the part and a subsequent photo shoot involves... compromising situations, to say the least. On top of all this, she's got a stalker that knows every intimate detail about her life and is posting it on the Internet. And then the murders start, and her sanity starts fraying...
This film was Satoshi Kon's big break, and you know why when you watch it. The line between reality and fantasy blurs more and more as the film goes on, and you wonder if it's either all in her head, part of the direct-to-video series, or for real. And you will be scared. I was watching this in broad daylight in my dorm on move-in day for the returning students, and I was still scared out of my wits. And the plot twists. My god, the plot twists. In general, the plot is going to blow you out of the water.
As for faithfulness to the original, I've found tidbits that said that Kon didn't think that the original novel would make a good film, and so he asked permission from Takeuchi to change things. He got the permission, so long as the original story concepts were intact. For those who were looking for a faithful adaptation, there is a live-action film called Perfect Blue: Yume Nara Samete that was released in 2002 and directed by Toshiki Sato.
You can tell how old the film is, though, when the main character is trying to figure out how to use a computer/the Intarnet. xD
WARNING: There is rape, there is detailed nudity, there is very graphic violence, and lots and lots of blood. I'm not kidding when I say that you should only be watching this if you're over 17. Kiddies, and those who are squeamish, stay far away from this movie.
Art: This film was done back in '97, so yeah, the style's going to look a bit dated. But when you compare the animation with other shows that were airing about the same time (Pokemon, Sailor Moon StarS, to name a few), it doesn't seem to be quite as good as it possibly could be. The main reason for that was that during production, the Kobe earthquake hit the production studio (Madhouse), and the film's budget was reduced from one for a live-action movie to that of an OVA. Not the greatest art out there during the time, but given the situation that they had to work with, it's still pretty decent.
Music: The pop numbers that Mima's trio does (CHAM!) are pretty catchy. And the other music that's played only heightens the suspense. Pretty good, overall.
Seiyuu: As usual, no problems here. Mima's seiyuu is outstanding (she later went on to play Tomoyo in Cardcaptor Sakura, Ceres in Ceres: Celestial Legend, and Akane in My-HiME (Higurashi), My-Otome and My-Otome Zwei (Soir)).
Dub: N/A, didn't watch it.
Length: I honestly don't know what more they could've done with this film; the film wraps up at close to an hour and a half. (Actually, knowing Kon, maybe I don't want to know.) And it seems just right, because of the fast pace that it clips along at, while still managing to make sure that everything that the audience needs to understand is included.
Overall: An amazing, if not perfectly animated, psychological thriller that will have you wondering just what's real here and clinging to your nearest cuddly.
Overall: 44/50; 88% (B) read more
Dark and edgy philosophical and psuedo-spiritual undertones resonate powerfully beneath the derma of an expertly animated and artistically executed series that explores human pyschology and how individuals cope with the pressure of living.
I think both are created by the same creator or director. plus both are very have that WTF element to it, both make you think and prolly require you to watch it a few times...
Its dark and they both play with your mind...
both shows got me in the end. While watching both I thought I knew what was going on and thought I had it all figured out. Then BOOM!!! Near the end of both shows I was just like wtf?! what happened??? it got me thinking and made me appreciate the great stories of both shows.
It's to be expected that the two anime are similar, considering that they were both written and directed by the same person. More than that, though, both Paranoia Agent and Perfect Blue have a certain existential quality to them... not to mention that both fall squarely into the realm of "mindfuck." Both are deeply psychological and full of meaning that is left for you, the viewer, to decipher. I recommend either to fans of the psychological thriller genre.
Both by Satoshi Kon, both psychological thrillers, both make you question reality.
Satoshi Kon's style is wonderful, but to understand it at its fullest I think it's required to watch Paranoia Agent before, since it's the most simple of the "Mindfuck Trilogy" (Paranoia Agent - Paprika - Perfect Blue), and then get to the hardest ones.
Paprika + Perfect Blue = Paranoia Agent
Both are Madhouse Satoshi Kon anime that seed the idea of identity through the media.
Well, Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent are created by the same man, Satoshi-kon. Also this have a very very psychological content and essence.
Anyway, two great works from a great man, Satoshi Kon.
Psychological thriller movies Directed by Satoshi Kon. They both blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
same director(i think), different themes but both interesting strange stories
Both are Satoshi Kon movies. Also if you look at Paprika and Perfect Blue both are very mysterious and deal with the question ''What will happen when dreams/illusions collide with the real world.''
Paprika + Perfect Blue = Paranoia Agent
Both are Madhouse, Satoshi Kon films with a female protagonist in which the audience is manipulates to question what is really happening and what is just in someones head until the audience is bonded to the characters in that they are just as in the dark as they are.
Both are great psychological/horror movies directed by Satoshi Kon. The dark but realistic style Kon is known for really comes to show and it works great with both these interesting stories with include delusions, mystery and many exciting moments. Before you know it, you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat!
Both "Paprika" and "Perfect Blue" have quite deep symbolism and surrealism.
However "Paprika" is much more higher all the way and in any aspect, in my opinion.
I like how "Paprika" concentrates in itself all of Satoshi Kon favorite images and themes:
1) Like an escape from reality into a world of illusion
2) The devastating consequences of the invasion of illusion into reality and getting rid of these illusions
3) The sudden realization that the difficulties can be overcome, but turned to face them
4) Detective story filled with riddles and symbols
5) Surrealist paintings of collective and individual insanity
6) Adult man tired and lost in his past
7) Young woman who live a double life and hiding from all its second, the internal and true "I".
But I think Satoshi Kon described these all themes best right here in "Paprika" (that's his last finished work, by the way, before he is gone). In my opinion this is his best work after all.
Frankly saying, I don't like "Perfect Blue". I really liked "Paprika" much more. So, maybe if you don't like "Perfect Blue" too, try this one, I think you will not be disappointed. That's quite for sure.
Moreover there are great qualitative soundtrack, beautiful and detailed, outstanding animation.
P.S. Sorry for not very good english, it's my third learned. But I hope my recommendation will help somebody.
Opening Theme"Ai no Tenshi" by Misa, Emiko Furakawa and Mie Shimizu
Ending Theme"Season" by M-Voice
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