HOW WE CREATE HORROR (ANIMATION.) The question perfect blue asks is what happens if we lose control of our avatars, when they become an entity of themselves and they start sharping who we are?
From the opening moments of perfect blue it is obvious that as a lot of Kon’s work, it draws little to no inspiration from your concept of standard 90s japanese animation style of the time. Instead perfect blue renders its characters with a more pulled back realistic quality. Very few people in Perfect Blue are meant to be beautiful or stylised, the majority of them are meant to appear like regular people. And those who do not follow the standard ideal are the ones standing out, with a profession such as actor or pop idol. The world Perfect Blue presents to us feels real, not too different from our own. Meaning when terrible actions occur, it is more so difficult to distance yourself from them. Thus the unromantic, deeply unsettling quality of violence portrayed in the world of Perfect Blue. The plot revolves around the Pop Idol Mima Kirigoe, who wishes to discontinue her career as a pop idol, which is then eventually not viewed positively by her fans, with additional struggles of her own mind, not allowing her to move on from the public icon she used to present. This struggle soon takes physical form as a ghostly doppelganger dressed in Mima’s idol clothing. A phantom which appears in her everyday life and to which reality and fantasy begin to bleed together, to the point where each of them become nearly indistinguishable as scenes bleed into another. Leading Mima to lose grasp of who she actually is.
Unlike a lot of horror Mima’s struggle never feels voyeuristic, it is upsetting to watch the things that happen to her, the reason for such is how well the film establishes her character. In it’s 81 minutes of run time it does a great job of characterizing Mima as an actual person without clumsy exposition or forced dialogue. The film conveys her dual nature as both a popstar and as a regular person. As a popstar in scenes she’s often bombarded by fans and cameras, but is the scenes where we see her by herself we start to understand who she actually is()