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Perfect Blue comes as a mightily eerie and distressing psychological thriller that is as scary as it is actually confusing in the end. It’s a Hitchockian showcase, where reality merges with fiction, just to create an astonishingly complex cat-and-mouse game, with proper amounts of blood and gore surrounding it the whole time.

When a young, sweet, retired pop-star, beloved by many die-hard fans, tries her luck in the filmmaking industry – sullying her own good name with atrocious TV-show roles and nude photo sessions – the past eventually comes back to haunt her in the most expressive and frightening way possible – through confounding distortions of reality and many deceptive visions. There isn’t a sense of tranquility – even though the main character might aspire to achieve it – as the audience isn’t sure who is who in this surrealistic expression of a celebrity’s worst nightmare.

Perfect Blue plays some both astounding and discomforting visual tricks on the viewer’s mind, dragging one deeper and deeper into the whole frightful intrigue. Although Perfect Blue goes too far and makes the whole storyline a bit overdone – slightly weakening the final effect – it still is a mesmerizing anime that might haunt with its strong attention to mind-boggling imagery and shocking scenes of animated violence.

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