Perfect Blue

Genre: Drama
Format: 1 Movie
Allegiance: Rex Entertainment
Director: Kon Satoshi
Vintage: 1997
Intelligence Agency Report by: Phate
Mima is a member of Cham!, a Japanese pop trio with a small fan base. However, Mima wants to show everyone that she isn’t just a pretty girl with a nice voice, so she decides to become a film and television star. Unfortunately for her, some of her fans don’t want her to leave Cham!, with one obsessed fan and stalker feeling betrayed by her. She soon discovers Internet sites posting intimate details about her life, and sees that disappointing even some of her fans can be a terrifying experience.

Field Agent Report by: Phate
Overall 8.75
(not an average)

Perfect Blue was an interesting piece. When I first started watching, I wasn’t entirely impressed; it was slow, and it didn’t seem to be going anywhere. However, once I got through the boring beginning, this turned out to be one surprising (and great) anime.

The plot of Perfect Blue is very deep. Though it has a slow start that will test the patience of many, if most, viewers, once it gets to the point you’ll find that Perfect Blue’s story is one of twists and suspense. It has little to no humor or lighthearted moments, so don’t go in thinking that you’re going to laugh a good part through it. It’s a brilliant story with brilliant characters to keep it up, though some I didn’t really feel connected to enough. The music and visuals aren’t really above average throughout most of the movie, so don’t think about watching this if you’re big on eye-candy.

The main weak point of the movie would be the aforementioned slow pacing at the beginning. It doesn‘t really prepare the viewer for what‘s going to occur later in the movie, and seems to be very lazy at setting the story up. Some people may like this; I myself did not. Just stick to it, and you will be amply rewarded, if you can stomach some of the more bloody and adult scenes.

For anyone who thinks of anime as nothing but needless fan service and gigantic mechs, Perfect Blue is going to come as a definite (and most likely pleasing) surprise.