This movie has a good reputation for being a psychological thriller and I finally managed to watch it recently. The movie is about a pop idol Mima Kirigoe who has decided to quit singing and become an actress. One of her fans are not happy with it. She gets a fax with ‘Traitor’ written on it, a letter with a bomb and all the fish in her aquarium get killed.
But this movie isn’t just about catching the stalker.We watch Mima, a cheerful and interesting girl, gradually lose control. She wasn’t used to acting and being stalked scares her. Illusion and reality, she loses the ability to distinguish between them. She couldn’t tell is she was acting or just being herself. She couldn’t tell if what was happening in front of her was real or not. Doubting her own senses, getting confused and getting scared.Somehow it makes her look unimaginably human and unimaginably vulnerable.
The scriptwriter of the movie and a photographer who has taken photographs of Mima get killed. She finds clothes covered with blood in her closet. The fact that she isn’t sure of her own innocence scares her.
You have to watch the movie if you want to know how the movie ends. I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, since it is the most interesting part of this movie.
By the way, they showed this old fashioned computer in the movie. Rumi, Mima’s manager, was teaching Mima what a browser is and where she was supposed to type the URL.
The animation and music are good, the story pacing is normal and the plot is really well written. Unlike most of the psychological anime, this movie actually tries to show how our brain can deceive us, making all the illusions come to life.
There are some explicit scenes and violence in the movie and it is not something I would recommend for people under 16. So if you like psychological anime and have some time on your hands, give Perfect Blue a try. It won’t disappoint you.
See you next time ^^/