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In 1997, Satoshi Kon made a grand debut with his incredible production, Perfect Blue, that set standards for his coming masterpieces significantly high. Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller film exhibiting an astonishingly relatable fear of the internet that we carry, which is now frighteningly synonymous to current life. Satoshi made sure to make the plot ambiguous enough to challenge viewers to reflect over the lives entangled within fiction and reality. His direct motive was to show us that the lavish lives you often see are not as lavish as you think.

SYNOPSIS

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Perfect Blue’s success lies within its dark and twisted storyline that intercuts reality and fantasy so fluidly, leaving viewers puzzled.

21-year-old Mimo, a sweet little innocent pop star idolized by the masses, decides to forsake her popularly acclaimed girl-pop trio to pursue a new career in acting. She expected this choice to take her to newer heights of fame. However, things turned worse for her when her new sexy-persona didn’t sit well with a few fans. She began to experience the horror of things going downhill for her when someone started posting disturbingly intimate details about her life on the internet. She discovered her former self, who continues singing, and shadows following her. When she assumed things couldn’t get any worse, people who gave her the new sexy image mysteriously end up dead.

She began to feel reality slip as she sinks into a neurotic world of delusion. Now she must fight and unwind actuality from fantasy to stay alive.

WHAT MAKES PERFECT BLUE DIFFERENT?

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Perfect Blue is a major shift from traditional anime subjects. It deeply analyses the toxicity in pop culture and its drastic mental and psychological consequences on performers. It even went as far as highlighting hints of pedophilia one might find in the Japanese media. Making little girls part of people’s forbidden fantasies is acceptable, but sexual grown women are surprisingly ill-considered? Perfect Blue is definitely not a “children’s cartoon”. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine. It lives up to its genre and gives us the perfect thrilling material that will leave you contemplating life by the end. This film oozes Satoshi’s exceptional talent and is a brutally accurate portrayal of questioning one’s identity, femininity, and fame. A remarkable showpiece that represents the downsides of popularity and terrors that fandoms can unleash, this anime film will high-key blow your mind.

SHOULD YOU WATCH IT?

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YES, despite being an old anime, the film’s style is impressive. It does not disappoint and offers a pleasingly neat art style. The animation is pretty decent too. The voice-acting also has been remarkably done. Mostly Mima’s role was exceptional and surprisingly draw you towards her. The plot is engagingly fast-paced, so it’s a perfect thriller to keep you on your toes through the film’s entire length.

Make sure to prepare yourself for mind bobbling plot twists and intense scenes because, as I said, perfect Blue is a full package. This movie is ideal if you love animations and thrillers that are a little funny, scary, and incredibly powerful.

IN CONCLUSION

Although Perfect Blue is a highly acclaimed treasure in the anime realm, it is still to this day very underappreciated. It truly deserves more attention. If you have made it this far in the review, let me assure you that you’re up for a treat because you will not be disappointed. It’s an apocalyptic slasher that will deeply immerse you in its gripping scary themes. It gracefully wraps up the enjoyment of watching anime and delivering essential morals and lessons along the way, all into this one single masterpiece. With all that said, it is proven that this film is unmistakably a must-watch anime.

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