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YMMV: Perfume

The book

  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The film casts Grenouille as something of an Antichrist by perverting aspects of the New Testament. After getting arrested, he is sentenced to die on a cross-shaped torture device. During his planned execution, he beguiles the crowd into seeing him as a righteous man. However, he refuses the call to rule the world when he realizes that he doesn't feel like it. When he dies, a crowd consumes his body in a perverse echo of the Eucharist.
  • Hollywood Homely: Grenouille is a disheveled, scarred, filthy, bone-thin, and socially inept man, but he's played by the dashing Ben Whishaw. It's questionable whether this is also an example of Adaptational Attractiveness, since the character is clearly supposed to be unattractive.
    • To be fair, an awful lot of the main film cast are downright gorgeous, considering the time period - most of them still with their hair and teeth and fairly good skin. The massive orgy scene towards the end is a good example of this.

The music group

  • Ear Worm: A fair estimate would be every single from "Electro World" onward.
    • Judging by the reaction from live audiences, "Polyrhythm", "edge" and "Chocolate Disco" turn fans CRAZY. "Chocolate Disco" and "edge" proved so popular that they each got three separate official mixes.
  • Growing the Beard: Before "Polyrhythm", Perfume was a quirky, Shibuya-kei-inspired technopop group (to the point where equally next-level single "Electro World" only made a minor dent in the singles charts.) As one NHK documentary put it, "the reason why they are now facing a crowd of 50,000 is because of this hit song." And it shows.
  • Les Yay: the "Spending all my time" PV has the girls holding hands, grabbing each other's shoulders, and A~chan singing Loving you, so loving you forever to Nocchi's face.
    • They're seen holding each other in the "I Still Love U" PV.
  • Narm Charm: Their early dance routines were simplistic and excessively quirky. The routine for "Polyrhythm" is infamous for showing this trope off.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Laser Beam" sounds a bit like Giorgio Moroder's "Chase".

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