Perfect Blue (Pafekuto buru) (1997)
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- Junko Iwao
- Rika Matsumoto
- Steve Bulen
- Bambi Darro
- Syd Fontana
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Contemporary adult themes that resonate as much as those in Perfect Blue (stalking, the cult of celebrity) have become increasingly rare in this animated genre better known for tentacled demons and cute forest sprites; it's refreshing to be reminded that not everything in anime need feature that lovable scamp Pikachu, either.
This engrossing animated thriller (2000) somehow displays realist gore, nudity, and sexual violence in a tone not too far from that of a children’s adventure; its innocence stems in part from the convincing naivete of the heroine.
Strange, stylish and intelligent, this is a rare anime film that delivers on its Eastern promise.