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Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

Alternative Titles

English: Perfect Blue
Japanese: パーフェクト・ブルー

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 28, 1998
Producers: Madhouse
Duration: 1 hr. 20 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.141 (scored by 40844 users)
Ranked: #3792
Popularity: #458
Members: 71,074
Favorites: 786
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

drama horror mystery psychological

Synopsis

Mima 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.

Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigoe, Mima
Kirigoe, Mima
Main
Iwao, Junko
Japanese
Iwao, Junko
Hoffman, Bridget
English
Hoffman, Bridget
...
Me-Mania
Me-Mania
Supporting
Klein, Robert
English
Klein, Robert
Ookura, Masaaki
Japanese
Ookura, Masaaki
Rei
Rei
Supporting
McGlynn, Mary Elizabeth
English
McGlynn, Mary Elizabeth
Niiyama, Shiho
Japanese
Niiyama, Shiho
...
Murano
Murano
Supporting
Ebara, Masashi
Japanese
Ebara, Masashi
Price, Jamieson
English
Price, Jamieson

Staff

Inoue, Hiroaki
Producer
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Character Design
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director, Sound Effects
Murai, Sadayuki
Script



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Aug 22, 2013
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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

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Oct 2, 2014
eImpulse
Sitting alone in the dark watching someone tell the day you had forgotten. You just might lose your mind.

Thinking about who you are and why you are this person may often cause your thoughts to clash amongst one another. This is strongly shown in the main character Mima Kirigoe. The story is truly some of the best writing I’ve ever seen. Its a mix of linear progression and short time jumps. This enhances the disarray shown in Mima. All of the scenes show believable emotion on what a character might do faced with the situation. The story is very unique in the way it ties read more
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Jan 18, 2015
adrianojones
While a psychological thriller dealing with the surreal isn't an uncommon premise, it is a difficult one to tackle. It's easy to hold back and come off as half baked, but it's also easy to do too much and delve into the territory of the pretentious and the convoluted. Perfect Blue, the late Satoshi Kon's directorial debut, is, perhaps oddly, my favourite of the director's works; this is a movie which is able to deliver its messages in an astoundingly vivid manner. Wrapped with an appropriately chaotic presentation, this movie achieves an almost unmatched level of thematic resonance.

Perfect Blue, based off of Yoshikazu Takeuchi's read more
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Sep 24, 2007
Venneh
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 read more
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Recommendations

Psychological thriller movies Directed by Satoshi Kon. They both blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
Both of them gives you the feeling of twisted reality. If you like that kind of anime, you probably like both Serial Experiments Lain and Perfect Blue.
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.
Both deal with characters who are paranoid and question reality. If you enjoyed one you'll likely enjoy the other as well.
Very similar atmosphere and style. They each have pretty intense endings which leave you questioning the characters' motives.
Both go through dreams and reality. Both confusing as hell. Both Mind F**ks.

Opening Theme

"Ai no Tenshi" by Misa, Emiko Furakawa and Mie Shimizu

Ending Theme

"Season" by M-Voice

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