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, ONIRO
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, PsychologicalPsychological, ShowbizShowbiz
Duration: 1 hr. 21 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.551 (scored by 384989384,989 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1132
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Popularity: #283
Members: 716,973
Favorites: 19,472

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigoe, Mima

Iwao, Junko

Uchida, Mamoru

Ookura, Masaaki

Hidaka, Rumi

Matsumoto, Rica


Hori, Hideyuki

Mima Fan C



Ebara, Masashi


Niiyama, Shiho

Ochiai, Eri

Shinohara, Emi

Doi, Tadashi

Suyama, Akio


Taniyama, Kishou


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


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Season" by M-Voice


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 ...
Oct 8, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Anyone familiar with Satoshi Kon is probably also already familiar with what would make this movie intriguing. His works have a real appeal to fans of the surreal. It can be very mentally and visually stimulating. I've enjoyed other things by Kon, and I was really beginning to like this movie, however, by the end I had several problems with this film...

Perfect Blue tries way too hard to synchronize the psychosis of multiple characters, all the while being far too vague about filling the viewer in on this objective. The result being an overtly complex attempt at immersing the viewer in utter confusion. The movie ...
Apr 22, 2019
I'm a big Kon fan, i love Milennium Actress and Paprika.
But this just does not hold a candle in comparison and here is why:

Story 5/10
The story itself is a pretty basic concept. A pop idol wants to further her career and she ends up with mental issues to put it mildly. Its nothing revolutionary, and it doesn't have to be, but it fell flat. There weren't many possible ways this would end so it was predictable throughout the whole movie, within the first 20 minutes with no prior knowledge apart from reading the summary i had guessed 2 possible endings and one of them came ...

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aero - Jul 18, 2009
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Jun 13, 8:25 PM
Few confusing that i don't understand HELP ME, if you didn't watched it plz go away I'm sure it be fully spoilers
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Great movie... but suffered through the entire thing
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Recommendations like this movie with THOSE scenes
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