Mini-Review Monday: Perfect Blue

We made it back to another glorious Monday! Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. so a lot of people are spending time with family and friends. My family came up yesterday and stayed the night with me. They went back home earlier today and now I am back in action!

I got to watch the anime film Perfect Blue a few nights ago…and boy oh boy! This movie was something else! I knew it was crazy but I didn’t know what I was in-store for until I got about half way through the movie.

Here is the synopsis for the film:

“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.” 

This movie was a mix of Paprika, Inception, Ninja Scroll, and any other fucked up horror/psychological movie you can think of. It also reminded me of the movie Psycho, but with a more twisted and surreal plot line. Think of this movie simply as one big mind fuck.

Even though this movie has many twists and turns it is relativity easy to follow. You basically just have to connect the dots in order to figure out the ending. I love movies that do this! I also really enjoy movies that leave things open ended so to speak. Were you can make up your own ending to the story.

Perfect Blue really makes the viewer question their sense of reality. What is truly real and what is fake? Is this whole movie just a fabricated lie or is all of the things Mima experiencing really happening? I love a film that can really getting you thinking! That’s how you know a film has done its job. I feel like Perfect Blue is one of those “conversation starter” movies. The same could be said of Satoshi Kon’s Paprika.

Fun fact: Darren Aronofsky paid for the rights to Perfect Blue, so he could use the live-action version of the bathtub scene for Requiem for a Dream. Aronofsky’s also recently acknowledged the similarities between Perfect Blue and Black Swan (another crazy psychological film that I enjoyed).

Perfect Blue Mima

As a person who likes adult content and films that have messed up story lines in general, I really liked Perfect Blue. This movie is rated R+ for mature content and mild nudity. I know this film isn’t going to be for everyone but I would suggest it if you are looking for something in the way of an emotional roller coaster.

If you want your mind to melt into a puddle of nothingness then I would definitely suggest watching Perfect Blue. Just make sure you go at this film with an open mind and an open perspective. It did air in 1998 so the animation is on the older side but it doesn’t detract away from the story. As someone who is trying to get into the older anime films/series I hope I can continue on with my good movie streak.

Other Anime like Perfect Blue:
Ergo Proxy
Ninja Scroll
Memories: Magnetic Rose & Stink Bomb

Have you guys seen Perfect Blue or any of the other anime’s I have suggested above? If you have what are your thoughts on them? If you haven’t will you be watching any of them sometime soon? Let me know in the comments section!

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

3 thoughts on “Mini-Review Monday: Perfect Blue

  1. It’s widely known in Japan that idol singers are often contractually prohibited from engaging in romantic relationships. The reasoning goes that if word gets out that an idol singer has a boyfriend, her fans will feel betrayed that she isn’t solely devoted to her role as a musician and entertainer, and thus stop buying her CDs.

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    1. That was a definite aspect of this movie as well! You can see it in the so called “CHAM groupies” and Mima’s stalker. They didn’t want her to become an actress, they wanted her to stay a pop idol. This played a major role in Mima’s actions and feelings. It was done really well!

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