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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: None found, add some
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 20 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.221 (scored by 60,382 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #2892
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #466
Members: 110,858
Favorites: 1,750
8.22
Ranked #289Popularity #466Members 110,858
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Episodes: /1

Synopsis

Perfect Blue revolves around the main protagonist, Mima Kirigoe, a member of a pop idol group named “CHAM!”. After evaluating her situation, she decides to give up her idol status to pursue a career as an actress, what she believes to be the next step in making a name for herself in the industry. However, one of her most hardcore fans, Me-Mania, is less than happy about the path she has decided to take.

Now reborn as an actress, Mima accepts an interesting role, ignoring her manager, Rumi Hidaka's reservations about it. While on set, strange things begin to happen to people who are involved with the film. As time goes on, Mima begins to break down mentally, struggling to distinguish fantasy from reality.

Will Mima be able to escape the grip of her stalker and turn in a break out performance, or will she descend into madness?

Background

The film won the Best Asian Film (tied with the 1994 film The Legend of Drunken Master) during the 1997 Fantasia Film Festival. In 1998 it won the Best Film - Animation Fantasia Section Award during the Fantasporto Festival. In 2000 it won the Best Animated Feature, B-Movie Award during the B-Movie Film Festival.

Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigoe, Mima
Kirigoe, Mima
Main
Iwao, Junko
Japanese
Iwao, Junko
Me-Mania
Me-Mania
Supporting
Ookura, Masaaki
Japanese
Ookura, Masaaki
Hidaka, Rumi
Hidaka, Rumi
Supporting
Matsumoto, Rica
Japanese
Matsumoto, Rica
Sakuragi
Sakuragi
Supporting
Hori, Hideyuki
Japanese
Hori, Hideyuki

Staff

Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Producer
Inoue, Hiroaki
Inoue, Hiroaki
Producer
Kon, Satoshi
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Character Design
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director, Sound Effects


Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit Ending Theme

"Season" by M-Voice



More reviewsReviews

Venneh
Sep 24, 2007
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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azuslu7jpg
Aug 22, 2013
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 read more
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eImpulse
Oct 2, 2014
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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ace52387
Sep 12, 2009
Perfect Blue centers around a small pop star's transition into the film business. Her life is turned upside down by her new, less innocent work, a stalker, and several murders that occur around her. Much like Millennium Actress and Paprika, this is another Satoshi Kon film that blurs the lines between reality and delusion, only to a more suspenseful effect in Perfect Blue. Mima, the ex-pop star turned actress is filming a TV murder drama throughout most of the movie that eerily mirrors the murders that are occurring around her. It is often unclear if a scene is playing out on read more
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