Perfect Blue is far from your typical anime. It’s a late 90s anime film by Satoshi Kon. Aspiring viewers can be quite curious about this film, as they have probably heard it’s scary. If you’re wondering what Perfect Blue is about, we’ve got the answers for you. We’re going to take a spoiler-free look at the plot and summary of the film.
If you’re concerned that Perfect Blue may be too scary to make your watchlist, we’ll describe exactly how intense the show gets without giving anything away. That way you can manage your expectations.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller, so expect the suspense and being on the edge of the seat. To add, Perfect Blue is quite intense with its scenes. It is a rollercoaster of emotions, and viewers may find themselves questioning the events of the film. Since it is also considered a ‘psychological’ film, there are going to be depictions of mental health and state of the characters.
Perfect Blue is not suitable for children.
Perfect Blue is not suitable for children. It is not a family-friendly film, a far cry from a Studio Ghibli film. At best, it is probably R-16-18. This is because it has scenes with violence, gore, and nudity. Particularly, it also has a sexual assault scene, and it can be hard to watch. Skipping the scene is advisable.
This is where the horror of the film lies. There are no jump scares of ghosts nor the exorcism of demons, there are just people. People who are capable of doing gruesome things.
Hence, Perfect Blue is for those viewers who are fine with watching blood being spilled out.
Story (Major Spoiler-Free)
Perfect Blue is a story that centered around a certain J-Pop idol named Mima Kirigoe. She was a member of a semi-popular Japanese pop girl group, CHAM!. One day, she decided to quit from the group to become an actress instead. However, Mima underwent struggles to become a professional actress, because the job required her to do more mature stuff that contrasted her idol days. When she was an idol, she has to maintain a good girl and squeaky clean image. All of that came crashing down when she secured a role in a crime show. The film explores Mima shedding the good girl imagery as she navigates her acting career. She deals with a lot of overwhelming issues along the way, which includes her obsessive fans and the drastic change in herself.
Will she be able to overcome all of her struggles and become the actress she wants to be?
Perfect Blue is a highly recommended film if the viewers are fine with the genre, trigger warnings, and the story. It did a great job of capturing the possible consequences of a manufactured image of an idol. It presents real life issues that J-pop or K-pop idols are facing. If anyone happens to be a fan of J-pop or K-pop idols, then Perfect Blue is worth the watch.
Moreover, this film is perfect for those viewers who are into film analysis. Perfect Blue has a lot of layers and sequences of events that can be dissected. Viewers who are knowledgeable in psychology may also be able to gain meaningful insight from watching the film. Or if viewers are simply exploring anime films, then Perfect Blue will be an experience.