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* OhCrap: Mima gets one at the film's climax when [[spoiler:she starts PullingTheThread and realizes she's not actually in her own apartment]]. What follows is an ever-increasing ''series'' of {{Oh Crap}}s.

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* OhCrap: Mima gets one at the film's climax when [[spoiler:she starts PullingTheThread SpottingTheThread and realizes she's not actually in her own apartment]]. What follows is an ever-increasing ''series'' of {{Oh Crap}}s.


* OhCrap: Mima gets one when at the end of the film when she is pursued by [[spoiler:Rumi]] to the point where she gets stabbed in her abdomen with an umbrella.

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* OhCrap: Mima gets one when at the end of the film film's climax when she is pursued by [[spoiler:Rumi]] to the point where she gets stabbed [[spoiler:she starts PullingTheThread and realizes she's not actually in her abdomen with own apartment]]. What follows is an umbrella.ever-increasing ''series'' of {{Oh Crap}}s.


* ApologeticAttacker: Or, at least, apologetic actor. During Mima's rape scene in the drama show, during a pause in the action, one of the actors who was leaning over her quietly apologizes to Mima for the actions during the scene. Thankfully, for both Mima and the unnamed actor, it's all a fake, and she's able to accept it since it was simply a part of the job.

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* ApologeticAttacker: Or, at least, apologetic actor. During Mima's rape scene in the drama show, during a pause in the action, one of the actors who was leaning over her quietly apologizes to Mima for the actions during the scene. Thankfully, for both Mima and the unnamed actor, it's all a fake, and she's able to accept it since it was simply a part of the job.job (although that doesn't mean she has to like it).


* StylisticSuck: The show-within-a-show ''Double Bind'' features abundant sex and violence and [[FollowTheLeader borrows rather heavily]] from other well-known psychological thrillers.

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* StylisticSuck: StylisticSuck:
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The show-within-a-show ''Double Bind'' features abundant sex and violence and [[FollowTheLeader borrows rather heavily]] from other well-known psychological thrillers.thrillers.
** CHAM's "Ai no Tenshi", which recurs throughout the movie, is filled with musical and lyrical cliches from mid-nineties J-pop.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: You might expect blue to be the dominant ColorMotif, given the film's title, but red plays a more dominant role for most of the movie. Red is consistently associated with Mima's loosening grip on reality and appears prominently in connection with insanity and murder: a huge swath of red is shown behind Mima in the scene where she discovers the fake blog; the floor of the elevator in which Shibuya dies is bright red; the photographer's killer shows up in a red deliveryman's uniform; and finally the BigBad appears in a blood-red version of Mima's idol outfit and chases her through several locations which make prominent use of red.


* WhamShot: After her encounter with [[Me-mania]] near the end, Mima calls up her agent to let him know she’s alright. Cut back to the studio where we see [[spoiler:his face covered in blood and his body lying next to the dead Me-mania.]]

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* WhamShot: After her encounter with [[Me-mania]] [[spoiler:Me-mania]] near the end, Mima calls up her agent to let him know she’s alright. Cut back to the studio where we see [[spoiler:his face covered in blood and his body lying next to the dead Me-mania.]]


* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Rumi]] .

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* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Rumi]] .[[spoiler:Rumi. The climax reveals that she is behind everything that has happened, especially getting Me-mania involved. Although she was Mima’s friend and manager, she always wanted to be like Mima. Over the course of the movie, she began slipping into psychosis where she genuinely believed she was the real Mima. When Me-mania failed to kill Mima, she took it upon herself to take Mima back to Rumi’s place, which bore an exact resemblance to Miya’s room, where she planned to kill Mima without any interference.]]



* IJustWantToBeYou: [[spoiler:Rumi]] is like this toward [[spoiler:Mima]] by the end.

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* IJustWantToBeYou: [[spoiler:Rumi]] is like this toward [[spoiler:Mima]] by the end. She has taken on her behavior and mannerisms, designed her room in an eerily similar fashion, and dresses up like the person she wants to be in the climax.


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* WhamShot: After her encounter with [[Me-mania]] near the end, Mima calls up her agent to let him know she’s alright. Cut back to the studio where we see [[spoiler:his face covered in blood and his body lying next to the dead Me-mania.]]


''Perfect Blue'' was originally released in the West in 1999 by Manga Entertainment. Around the film's 20th anniversary, Shout Factory and GKIDS announced that a remastered edition of the film would be available on Blu-Ray in March 2019.

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''Perfect Blue'' was originally released in the West in 1999 by Manga Entertainment. Around the film's 20th anniversary, Shout Factory and GKIDS announced that released a remastered edition of the film would be available on Blu-Ray in March 2019.

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** WordOfGod says that this is ''not'' the primary intent of the film. Kon wanted to tell a story about [[spoiler:a young woman going through an identity crisis and coming out the other side with more agency and maturity,]] but since his main character was a former idol he just stumbled into talking about the down side of that world.
-->'''Satoshi Kon:''' If the audience gets the impression from watching the film that the idol system in Japan is like that, I’m embarrassed. Of course I did research before making the film and I visited a number of these idol events, but I didn’t see the kind of example that is used in the film.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Mima, Me-Mania, and the Other Mima all have themes in the score.


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* NoNameGiven: Me-Mania's real name is never spoken in the film, and you'll have a hard time finding it [[AllThereInTheManual unless you own the soundtrack]], in which the {{Leitmotif}} associated with him is called "Uchida's Theme".


''Perfect Blue'' is the 1998 film debut of director Creator/SatoshiKon, who would go on to produce other work investigating the boundary between the real and the imaginary such as ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' and ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. Technically it's based off of a novel, titled ''Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis'', but [[InNameOnly very loosely]].

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''Perfect Blue'' is the 1998 1997 film debut of director Creator/SatoshiKon, who would go on to produce other work investigating the boundary between the real and the imaginary such as ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' and ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. Technically it's based off of a novel, titled ''Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis'', but [[InNameOnly very loosely]].



** In the climax, [[spoiler:passerby and passing cars don't stop when a bleeding woman is screaming for help and running for her life. Only one truck stops when they nearly run her and her assailant over, and call for an ambulance]].

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** In the climax, [[spoiler:passerby and passing cars don't stop when a [[spoiler:a bleeding woman is screaming for help and running for her life.life, but all the sidewalks are empty and the passing traffic doesn't notice her. Only one truck stops when they nearly run her and her assailant over, and call for an ambulance]].



* RealitySubtext: [[ShowWithinAShow In universe]]: When they finish shooting "Double Bind", everyone congratulates Mima on her performance as a mentally disturbed woman [[spoiler:with a split personality]]. She may have been that good because she herself has... issues.

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* RealitySubtext: [[ShowWithinAShow In universe]]: When they finish shooting "Double Bind", ''Double Bind'', everyone congratulates Mima on her performance as a mentally disturbed woman [[spoiler:with a split personality]]. She may have been that good because she herself has... issues.



* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:Mima dives in front of a bus to save Rumi]] at the end.

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* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:Mima dives in front of a bus truck to save Rumi]] at the end.



* SocietyMarchesOn: When the film was originally released in 1998, the Internet was still a relatively new phenomenon. Today, the scene where Rumi explains to Mima how computers and e-mails work is either amusing or redundant.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: When the film was originally released in 1998, 1997, the Internet was still a relatively new phenomenon. Today, the scene where Rumi explains to Mima how computers and e-mails work is either amusing or redundant.



* {{Yandere}}: Me-Mania for Mima. He starts off harmless enough, if a bit ''too'' into his CelebrityCrush -- starting a fight to defend her at a concert, having a room that is ''covered'' in her merchandise, and obsessively reading a blog allegedly written by her. But by the end, [[spoiler:he's willing to rape and kill Mima, since he doesn't believe she's the "real" Mima -- after all, ''his'' precious, pure Mima would ''never'' do such horrible things as film a sexually graphic scene or take nude photographs! Therefore, it's ''obviously'' his job to humiliate and destroy this impostor. Rumi didn't help matters there...]]

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* {{Yandere}}: Me-Mania for Mima. He starts off harmless enough, if a bit ''too'' into his CelebrityCrush -- starting a fight to defend her at a concert, having a room that is ''covered'' in her merchandise, and obsessively reading a blog allegedly written by her. But by the end, [[spoiler:he's willing to rape and kill Mima, since he doesn't believe she's the "real" Mima -- after all, ''his'' precious, pure Mima Mima-rin would ''never'' do such horrible things as film a sexually graphic scene or take nude photographs! Therefore, it's ''obviously'' his job to humiliate and destroy this impostor. Rumi didn't help matters there...]]


* ActingInTheDark: In-universe, what the director of ''Double Bind'' does to his actors, making the parallels between then real Mima and the character she plays in the movie even creepier as both start to suspect they are the killer.

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* ActingInTheDark: In-universe, what the director of ''Double Bind'' does to his actors, making the parallels between then real Mima and the character she plays in the movie show even creepier as both start to suspect that they are have been killing people and then blocking out the killer.memories.


''Perfect Blue'' is the film debut of director Creator/SatoshiKon, who would go on to produce other work investigating the boundary between the real and the imaginary such as ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' and ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. Technically it's based off of a novel, titled ''Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis'', but [[InNameOnly very loosely]].

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''Perfect Blue'' is the 1998 film debut of director Creator/SatoshiKon, who would go on to produce other work investigating the boundary between the real and the imaginary such as ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' and ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. Technically it's based off of a novel, titled ''Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis'', but [[InNameOnly very loosely]].


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''Perfect Blue'' was originally released in the West in 1999 by Manga Entertainment. Around the film's 20th anniversary, Shout Factory and GKIDS announced that a remastered edition of the film would be available on Blu-Ray in March 2019.


''Perfect Blue'' is the film debut of director Creator/SatoshiKon, who would go on to produce other work investigating the boundary between the real and the imaginary such as ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' and ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. Technically it's based off of a novel, titled Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, but [[InNameOnly very loosely]].

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''Perfect Blue'' is the film debut of director Creator/SatoshiKon, who would go on to produce other work investigating the boundary between the real and the imaginary such as ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' and ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. Technically it's based off of a novel, titled Perfect ''Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, Metamorphosis'', but [[InNameOnly very loosely]].


* BarbieDollAnatomy: Played with - when Mima for nude photos, her crotch hair is shown, but there is still no sign of the actual genitalia.

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* BarbieDollAnatomy: Played with - when with--when Mima for nude photos, poses nude, her crotch pubic hair is shown, but there is still no sign of the her actual genitalia.

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