Release year: 1997
Genre: Animation, fantasy, thriller, horror, psychological
Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima’s character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse.
She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn’t given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows.
Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive.
Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analyzing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer. (via)
My Two Cents:
In honor of October, one of my favorite months, and Halloween, one of my favorite holidays, I’ve decided to do horror/psychological movies the entire month.
Anyway, Perfect Blue is the first anime (or animation, for that matter) film I’ve done for Sunday Movie Night. I saw this film about 2 months ago, and I’m still very fond of it. I love psychological films, and Perfect Blue delivers mind twists without fail!
Mima, the protagonist, is very likable and you find yourself rooting for her the entire time. That’s what makes it so sad when her mental health begins deteriorating after shooting a scene (for the drama series she is acting in) which is so traumatic, Mima herself begins to show symptoms of numerous psychological disorders. It becomes impossible to distinguish the illusions in Mima’s head from reality.
All in all, Perfect Blue is an amazing movie! Definitely try and check it out when you have the time! I highly recommend it! ^^
Since I just saw this on my dash, I’m pimping it out again. Perfect Blue is amazing. It’s a mindfucker through and through.