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One of the most ambitious animated films to come out of Japan (or anywhere, for that matter), Perfect Blue is an adult psycho-thriller that uses the freedom of the animated image to create the subjective reality of a young actress haunted by the ghost of her past identity. Mima is a singer who leaves her teeny-bop trio to become an actress in a violent television series, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pert, squeaky-clean pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an accusing alter ego who claims to be "the real Mima," until she collapses into madness as her coworkers are brutally slain around her. Director Satoshi Kon, adapting the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, shows us the world from her schizophrenic perspective: days blur, dreams cross over into the waking world, the TV show blends into her real life, until her life merges with her part and she can't separate the ghosts from the real-life stalkers. Though the pat ending sweeps the psychosis and anxiety away with nary an emotional scar, it remains a smart, stylish thriller and one of the most intelligent and compelling uses of animation in recent years. Though tame by the extreme standards of "adult anime," there is nudity and a few sexually provocative scenes, and the animation is detailed and stylized (if somewhat stiff and jerky by Disney standards). --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You get a nice set of extras here including interviews with the dub cast, a "making of" documentary, and recording sessions.
The animation in this movie is pretty choppy and dry. It'll make you want to put lotion on it. Plus in the tradition of Manga Entertainment, you get a load of trailers for a lot of animes you probably don't care about, and a non-animorphic transfer. Is it so much to ask for an animorphic transfer, huh Manga?! Also it would have been nice if they included the original 2 channel mix for the Japanese version.(this really isn't a problem though)
I would have also like to see the original Japanese credits instead of these horrible looking iMovie looking credits some of these American companies love to throw in instead.
Reguardless of all of this, it's still worth getting just for the movie.
Warning: Mature audiences only. Anyone younger won't understand the masterpiece of this work.
The story is a simple one but the execution is not. Mima Kigiroe is a struggling entertainer with a bevy of loyal fans. She starts her career as a singer and transitions into a career in acting. Her entrée into this world is a series called Double Bind - of which the subtlety was not missed on me. As yes, the seemingly disjointed story evolves, Mima (as well as the viewers) reality begins to collapse.Read more ›
I saw this first by myself because my brother handed it to me. I watched it, and ended up being creeped out for several hours, always glancing at myself in the mirror and expecting it to wink and hop away. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but it sounded good! @_o
To sum up the story, Mima is a young adult, barely on her own, who decides to leave her bubblegum-pop trio to become an actress, but soon finds it's harder than she ever could have thought. Beginning as a one-liner, she soon finds herself the main attraction of the show due to the perverted whims of the middle aged directors. After a series of humiliating things she's forced to do, her sanity slips and she spirals into self doubt and hallucinations. (I won't go any further because it'll ruin the story.)
Cons: In the NR version, an extensive rape scene took a good 2 or 3 minutes, and it really didn't have that much meaning. Slightly hard to decipher storyline, but I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing. Lots of violence but it kind of works in, and maybe the tuned down version isn't so bloody. Ending wasn't too fantastic.
Pros: Psychological thriller that's a lot of fun to watch; very scary. Beautiful animation. Fairly good voice acting. Fairly good dubbing. 100% unique storyline. Funny pop music. Twisty and turny plotline that keeps you guessing.
Analysis: Worth buying, but don't let your little cousin or relation borrow it as it will probably scare them...or amuse them. =P
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Perfect Blue is a movie that will keep you guessing the whole time, always wondering what the significance of events will turn out to be in the end, what sort of people the... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2010 by Spikenard Very Precious
Perfect Blue is one of my all time favorite anime's by Manga. This movie is twisted with a damn good plot, it has some of the best animation and character design's you will find in... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by animeTHC
After I saw Millenium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers, I had the highest hopes for other anime by Satoshi Kon. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by wiredweird
I found Perfect Blue to be one of the most overhyped anime's to this day. I find little about which is original, memorable or interesting in any way. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by NoMoreMrNiceGuy
Not long after i got married my husband turned me on to Anime (Inuyasha,Ranma,Berserk,Lain,Nadesico,Fruits Basket). Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Fracina Turner
Perfect Blue, I came into this anime with very low expectations. By thirty minutes in, I wished for it to end not in a negative way in that it was a bad movie, but for the sake of... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by Bambi Agolli
this movie is great. the only thing is it has graphic situations in it thats not suited for younger audiences. Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Spring Sweet
This movie is probably the best Physchological-Thriller ever. Every scene gives the viewer a very vivid and realistic part of the character that makes you want to know more and... Read morePublished on July 18 2003
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