Perfect Blue is a psychological slasher anime movie made by Madhouse studio. Is about a pop idol transitioning to a crime drama actor and the baggage that comes with it. Mima has to do stuff that is not only uncomfortable for her, but for her former fans as she tries to shed her pop identity. After coming across a site where someone is posing as her and is potentially stalking her, she starts to lose grasp of reality.
This movie was amazing, plain, and simple. While the movie does start out fairly simple with the main character Mima basically quitting as an idol and trying to make it as an actor, it does get confusing and trippy for the audience. I thought I knew what was going on, but clearly, I did not as the movie keeps you guessing. Mima becomes an actor who is playing a character who gets raped and start to have dual individuality and is losing grasp of reality while she is also losing her sense of reality. It parallels so well to Mima internal struggle while being a good way to keep the audience guessing. They did a great job at showing the sacrificed it takes to become an actor and how uncomfortable it must be. It makes me not only sympathize with her but actors that have to do those really uncomfortable scenes. Mima having to confront her idol persona and questioning whether the person on the internet is more real was well executed. The more she represses her true feeling to get ahead as an actor, the more she loses herself, and the more real the fake persona on the internet become. This imitator is being more true to herself then she is, which makes her question reality. In many respect, the themes in the movie are still relevant today with how massive social media has become. In a way, the movie has aged very well. It was intriguing, eerie and had more depth as it goes along. The more I analyzed the movie, the more brilliant I realized it is and how the scenes work together. The movie has lots of twists and fakes out that keeps the audience guessing. It even made me question what character were fake and which were real. It gives the audience a bunch of possible explanation, and challenge the audience to try to find out. It gets to the point where I was no longer trying to figure out what was going on and was just in it for this psychological mind freak. The movie makes the audience experience the same confusion as the character, making the climax that much more gripping. Granted I do have to complain about them not calling the police when a fan mail exploded. While it did not kill anybody, it still hurt the person who opened it and just felt stupid. The movie studio really sucks at protecting their actors. Plus the movie does move a bit slow in the beginning, but I guess it makes up for it by being a psychological mind freak towards the end of the movie.
The action scene in the movie is intense and made my heartbeat every time. The animation is just well done, while also blurring the line between fantasy and reality. The real star of the action scene, however, is the haunting score. The soundtrack for this movie is amazing and add so much intensity and suspense to the wonderful animation. The animators were definitely top notch in this movie and made a wonderful film. The faces of some of the character were really creepy. I mean they managed to bring the character emotion to life, and manage to make many scenes work by showing, not telling. The color, the lighting just about every aspect of the animation made their scene work.
The main character Mima is fascinating. Seeing her descent to madness and having to sacrifice her dignity to become an actress was heart-wrenching. I never knew if she were in danger or if she was being a danger to herself. It makes all the effort she puts in admirable and tragic. All the other character managed to do their jobs well. I did like how creepy the stalker character was, and there was a hilarious and disturbing image for one of the character. I saw it in Japanese, so I don’t know if the dub is any good (I mean heard okay things about it), but the voice actor for Mima definitely gave it her all. Her screams were chilling and made me believe that the character was in danger. So, just praised all around as all the voice actors did a great job.
This psychological slasher anime movie as I stated was amazing. While it can move a bit slow at first, it makes up for it by having a really intense climax and a fascinating journey. The voice actor for Mami was great along with the written for the characters. The animation team all did great with a chilling soundtrack. Overall I said the movie gets an A
Also, this is just a copy and paste of my Comic vine Halloween Marathon I am having right now call Jgames Hallow Review.
So just saw the dub since I recently aquired the dvd and my younger sister wanted to see it (am I a horrible brother for letting her watch it or a great brother?).
And the dub is suprisingly solid. The sub is better, but the dub was actually good, aside from maybe one voice actor that fit the role and I see where they were going for, but it was a bit distracting also.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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