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Show: Perfect Blue (1998)  
Review by: Animetique
This summary/review is provided by animetique.com and used under the Creative Commons License.
Story:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Perfect Blue follows Mima Kirigoe as she transforms from a member of Cham, one of Japan's most adored J-pop trios to an actress in a graphic murder-mystery. This transition from squeaky clean pop icon to mystery-horror actress does not go over well with some of her diehard fans, who rebel by sending her hate mail and threatening notes.

The pressure soon gets to her, and Mima's sanity starts to unwind. Plagued by hallucinations, she has a difficult time distinguishing between fantasy and reality. To make matters worse, she soon discovers a mystery stalker who is murdering her colleagues left and right, while posts intimate details of her personal life on a popular website.

This psychological thriller plays with your perception of what is real and what isn't, leaving you never quite sure if the events are happening to Mima in real life, to her actress role, or if everything is a paranoid delusion playing out in her mind - very reminiscent of a Hitchcock flick.

The animation does an excellent job of putting you in Mima's mind and really highlighting the paranoid nature of the film. There's a lot of graphic violence and sexual imagery - for instance, Mima's character in the murder-mystery is violently raped and the way this is portrayed is very disturbing, as if it is happening to Mima, herself.

This anime isn't for younger audiences or the squeamish, but for anyone looking for a good horror movie, check this out.

Animation:

My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

While it's not the most incredible animation out there, the editing and cinematography are exceptional. It does an excellent job of showing the world from Mima's perspective.

Music:

My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

The musical choices, while not particularly memorable, do an excellent job of complementing the imagery and creating a mood of paranoia.


Character Design:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

While I do have to admit the number of times Mima awakens from her "nightmare" during this 80+ minute movie gets old after awhile, Mima's character is done extremely well - her fear and fragile emotional state are believable given the circumstances.
Last Updated: 5/10/2007
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