Perfect Blue

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Japanese: パーフェクトブルー
English: Perfect Blue
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 28, 1998
Producers: Rex Entertainment
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Madhouse, ONIRO
Source: Novel
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, PsychologicalPsychological, ShowbizShowbiz
Duration: 1 hr. 21 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.541 (scored by 359731359,731 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1062
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #287
Members: 673,113
Favorites: 18,375

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J-pop idol group CHAM! has spent the last two years entertaining its fans. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and CHAM! must see one of its members, Mima Kirigoe, leave the group to pursue her acting career. While Mima's choice is met with a mixed response, she hopes her fans will continue to support her.

However, Mima's life begins to change drastically after her departure from the group. Wanting to shed her pop-idol image, she takes on a role in a crime drama series, and her career as an actress gradually becomes more demanding and taxing for both Mima and her manager, Rumi Hidaka. To add to Mima's growing unease, an obsessed fan who is incapable of accepting that Mima has quit being an innocent idol, begins stalking her; a new anonymous website begins to impersonate her life with intricate detail; and CHAM! also appears to be doing better without her. One by one, each disturbing development drives Mima to become increasingly unhinged and unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

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Perfect Blue is the directorial debut of animator Satoshi Kon and is an adaptation of the 1991 novel Perfect Blue: Kanzen Hentai (released in English by Seven Seas Entertainment as Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis) written by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The film made its world premiere at the 1997 edition of the Fant-Asia film festival in Montreal, where it received awards for Best Asian Film and Best Animation Film. It went on to earn additional awards and critical praise at film festivals worldwide before opening in Japanese theaters in 1998.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigoe, Mima

Iwao, Junko

Uchida, Mamoru

Ookura, Masaaki

Hidaka, Rumi

Matsumoto, Rica


Hori, Hideyuki


Ebara, Masashi

Mima Fan C


Doi, Tadashi

Suyama, Akio


Niiyama, Shiho






Inoue, Hiroaki
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Character Design


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

Ending Theme

"Season" by M-Voice


Aug 6, 2023
Big respect to this film. And that is my lasting impression, not enjoyment but respect.

This film deals with some very complex topics, mental health, media explotation and obsessive fandom. It does a pretty good job.

The characters are pretty likeable and all have some nuance, which makes them feel pretty real and they feel realistic for their role in the "world". The main girl is a very likeable girl and its pretty depressing to see her go through this shit. The "twist" is one I didn't see coming but it worked pretty well.

The art and music are both really good.

My one issue ...
Aug 5, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It's a cruel masterpiece and one of my favourites, though it has a pretty specific audience.

Still phenomenal.

I honestly didn't know what to expect, but I'm sure that was probably the point.

The animation was amazing, it really worked with the story.

Even though I wildly love it, I'm not sure if I can recommended Perfect Blue to most people.

May 12, 2022
A psychological movie that combines realism and surrealism to 'disturb' the audience and deals with certain themes related to people involved in idol and acting industry like doubting career choice and what one really wants, insanity, idol worship and actresses having to indulge in lewd activities despite their discomfort.
Its about a young idol who decides to switch her career from a pop star to an actress, but isn't sure if thats what she really wants especially after she has to taint her pure reputation by getting involved in sex scenes and nude photography. She is also being stalked by a creepy fan who loathes ...

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