YMMV / Perfect Blue


  • Accidental Aesop: The whole film can be seen as a deconstruction of Fanservice and how a series should never rely on it to gain viewers. Because at the end of the day all you've done is objectify and humiliate a human being. Remember, this film was made during a time where anime Fanservice was absolutely tame compared to today's standards and before anime was thrown into the garbage.
  • Adaptation Displacement: A comparatively mild example; it's fairly frequently mentioned that it's based on a novel, including on the DVD case for the anime... but you'll be hard-pressed to find a Westerner who has heard of the novel outside that, or knows anything about it. In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to find much English information regarding the novel at all. From what little we do know, though, the movie's plot is more of an original story than an adaptation. Recently, the novel was picked up for translation and release by Seven Seas Entertainment.
  • Awesome Art: The film is filled with interesting visuals, especially when the movie blurs the lines of reality. Hell, the director of Requiem for a Dream went as far as to buy the film rights just so he could recreate the bathtub scene.
  • Awesome Music: "Virtua Mima". If this song does not make you want to crawl under the bed and hide, nothing will.
  • Ear Worm: The CHAM songs "Ai no Tenshi" and "Hitori demo Heiki".
  • Epileptic Trees: There is an amazing fan theorynote  out there that suggests that both Mima and Rumi are actually delusions of a third person who is mentioned in passing. Long story short, a woman named Yoko Takakura is in an insane asylum for murdering several men, along with her sister, a model whom Yoko has assumed the identity of. From the asylum, Yoko imagines the entirety of the film's story, with Mima as her ideal self, Rumi her actual self, and the actual doctors around her recast as actors on the Double Bind TV show. She imagines her own murders as actually committed by a disfigured man (Me-Mania) and her own rape as a scene in the TV show. By the film's end, her delusion continues as her perfect Mima personality is allowed out of the hospital to pursue her own life. The evidence for this theory lies in the dialogue of the Double Bind actors.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The lyrics of the song Mima performs with CHAM at the very beginning:
    If it means you're loved in the end,
    • The night club gang rape scene is eerily and horrifyingly reminiscent of a similar event that took place in Tel-Aviv 18 years later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Mima at one point getting a fax with nothing but the word "TRAITOR" on it. Finn would sympathize with her.
    • Rica Matsumoto's role as Rumi became this, as she dubbed Selena Quintanilla in the Japanese dub of that film. This is particularly ironic because the Real Life Selena Quintanilla was murdered by a Loony Fan, in the same way both Me-Mania and Rumi herself tries to do this on Mima.
  • Nausea Fuel: Let's see, there's...
    • Mima's rape scene.
    • The scenes where Mima is being photographed naked.
    • The corpses that have their eyes gouged out.
    • The photographer being stabbed in his eye and his crotch and then repeatedly stabbed over and over by the supposed "pizza deliverer".
    • Me-Mania's physical appearance and his attempted rape of Mima.
    • The final battle between Rumi and Mima.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • Me-Mania was extremely scary, especially in the scenes were he was partially shown. But it's rather hard to take him seriously anymore when he starts talking, showing that he has a rather ridiculous-sounding voice. And then, he makes that sound when he gets hit by the hammer.
    • Rumi getting impaled by the glass while trying to grab her wig and the pop song at the end.
  • Rewatch Bonus: In the beginning of the film, Mimaís singing voice is significantly lower than her speaking voice because itís actually Rumiís.
  • Technology Marches On: Mostly involving computers/the internet.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Could be retitled "Paranoia Fuel: The Movie."
  • Uncanny Valley: Mima goes through a journey filled with all kinds of things nightmarish throughout the movie, and while most of the character designs lean toward realistic, there are two notable exceptions: Me-Mania, who is obviously creepy-looking from the start, and Rumi, who, like him, has eyes that are too widely spaced.
  • The Woobie: Mima.
  • X Meets Y: The film could probably be best described as a collaboration between Alfred Hitchcocknote  and David Lynchnote .
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: There are several hints in the film that leaving Cham and becoming an actress was not Mima's choice in the first place. It's frighteningly common in Japan for idols who aren't sufficiently popular or who have gotten too old to carry off the Purity Personified image (say, around 20 or so) to be shoved into product endorsement, game show appearances, or whatever. It's possible that Mima was just making the best of a bad situation. As enthusiastic as she appears to her agents and the public, when no one else is watching her behavior indicates that she's not completely happy with her change in career, at least in the beginning. This is especially evident in her reactions in private after the faux rape scene and the photography shoot. And the most ironic part? Even if she wanted to go back to being a pop idol, she can't—because the two remaining members of Cham are far more successful now that she's gone. That's right, she was actually holding them back.

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