YMMV: Perfect Blue

  • Accidental Aesop: The whole film can 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.
  • 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 Ruki 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, Ruki 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 scne in the TV show. By the film's end, her delusion continues as her perfect Mima personality is allowed out of the hospital to persue 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.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Several sounds/songs, like "Virtua Mima" which is mostly played during all of the high-tension/insanity filled scenes. The song makes use of the sounds of chimes, bells, and metal clinking together... the percussions almost resembling the sound of one's heartbeat. There are several whispery thin voices singing soulfully, not necessarily in chorus as the play of notes travel erratically from high to low (soprano to bass). It all comes together to resemble some rather creepy sounding tribal music. It's the kind of music that will make you want to dive under your bed covers and stay there for a while.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Mima at one point getting a fax with nothing but the word "TRAITOR" on it. Finn would sympathize with her.
  • 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. And then he starts speaking. Tension turns to laughter 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.
    • The entire film
  • 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.