Total # of Volumes: 1
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Languages: English VHS, Japanese w/subtitles VHS, or Multilingual DVD
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Yoshikazu Takeuchi
Director: Satoshi Kon
Character Designer: Hisashi Eguchi
Music: Masahiro Ikumi Office 193
Animation Director: Hideki Hamazumm
Animation Studio: Madhouse
Kotobuki Seihan Printing Co., Ltd
American Producers: Manga Entertainment
Title: Perfect Blue
Running Time: 80
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 1
1: Perfect Blue
CHAM, the all girl idol band, is performing their last concert with member Mima Kirigoe. After this performance at a small amusement park, Mima will leave the band to pursue an acting career. They bound out onto the stage and sing their hit song "Angel of Love." Among the fans and staff, a shady looking man known only as Mr. Me-Mania watches on, working as a part-time security guard. The song ends and Mima prepares to make her announcement.
But, she is interrupted by a small group of troublemakers who throw cans at the stage, Mr. Me-Mania confronts the hooligans but it takes the fury of the audience to stop them. As the crowd grows out of control, Mr. Tadokoro, Mima and CHAM's manager decides to cancel the concert. But, before he can act, Mima pleads with everyone to stop and manages to convince the crowd to calm down. She announces her retirement and the concert ends. As she leaves the venue, a fan hands her a pink envelope and tells her that he is always watching Mima's room. Mima returns home, stopping along the way to buy milk and fish food, and she pauses at her door, wondering what the fan meant when he said he was always watching her room.
Inside, she settles in, drawing a bath, feeding her fish and taking down a poster of CHAM from her wall. The phone rings, and she answers. She chats with her mother until the fill alarm for the tub sounds. She tells her mother to call back in 5 minutes and tends to the tub. But the phone rings immediately. Thinking it is her impatient mother, Mima goes to the phone. But, it is a fax, with the word "traitor" scrawled on it. Shaken, Mima looks around nervously.
The next day, at the talent agency office, Rumi, the agency's right hand and "mother," argues with Mr. Tadokoro about Mima becoming an actress. She firmly believes that Mima should stay singing. Tadokoro counters that idols don't earn money for themselves or the agency and this is the right move. Television producers have already praised Mima's acting, and she has an upcoming role in the popular psycho thriller series "Double Bind." Mima ends the discussion by stating that this the choice she has made, and she is standing by it.
On the set Double Bind, Mima prepares for moment before the camera. It is just a single line, "who are you?" (translated as "excuse me...who are you? in the English dub) but she is nervous. As she prepares to deliver the line, the series director, Mr. Tejima and its writer, Takao Shibuya, arrive. The director delivers a fan letter sent to the station for Mima to Mr. Tadokoro, while the agency director begs the director and writer to give Mima a larger role. The scene begins, but it is interrupted but a sharp explosion as the letter intended for Mima explodes in Mr. Tadokoro's hands.
Shaken, Mima returns to her home accompanied by Rumi. She tells Rumi about the note referring to "Mima's Room" and Rumi informs her that it is speaking about an internet website. Mima buys a computer, a Macintosh Perfoma, and, with Rumi's help, visits the website. At first, Mima finds it amusing in how accurate it describes her daily life but as the details become more personal, she begins to feel dread. Unsettled, she looks out her window, wondering if someone is watching her.
Her role on Double Bind does become larger, and her fame begins to spread. Mima participates in celebrity interviews and shoots more scenes for the series. But, she cannot shake the sense that someone is following her. She begins to catch glimpses of the disturbing Mr. Me-Mania out of the corner of her eye and in the crowds at the edge of shoots, causing her to miss lines. But, every time she looks back, he is gone.
Life becomes more challenging for Mima as her role grows more central to the series and darker. In one crucial scene, she is asked to perform an intense rape scene. She does the role, but it leaves her in a fragile emotional state. She begins to see her old "idol self." This hallucination taunts her and tells her that she was better off as a singer. Her depression deepens as she agrees to be photographed by a photographer, Mr. Murano, notorious for provocative, bordering on pornographic, pictures. The pictures and rape scene prove to be a tipping point as both screenwriter Shibuya and photographer Murano are brutally murdered.
Terrified, Mima's hallucinations increase and she takes to arguing with and chasing the ghostly "idol Mima." Eventually, having chosen to still work on Double Bind despite the warnings and murder, Mima is attacked by Mr. Me-Mania on the dark rape set after shooting wraps. Me-Mania had been egged on by emails sent to him from "Mima," who had pleaded him to eliminate the false "Mima" that had soiled her reputation. Me-Mania's dementia was so deep that he saw the faces of the numerous Mima posters in his small room speaking with him as the ghostly form of "idol Mima" hovered over his shoulder. Me-Mania attempts to stab Mima and punches her repeatedly. Mima is pinned to the floor by Me-Mania and her prepares to rape her. Fortunately, Mima is able to grab a hammer from a pile of tools on the floor and she strikes Me-Mania in the side of the head with a fierce blow. Mima stumbles out into hall, where she encounters Rumi. She tells Rumi about the assault but when they return to the stage, there is no sign of Me-Mania or of a struggle. Completely overwhelmed, Mima shuts down.
Rumi drives the exhausted girl home and brings her into her room. Mima awakens and calls out for Rumi. Rumi replies from the kitchen as Mima looks around. Something about the room is not right. She rises and goes to the window. When she draws back the curtain, she is shocked to see a different view. The room is a nearly perfect copy of Mima's room, except the CHAM poster she had taken down so long ago was back up on the wall. Mima grabs the phone and tries to call her manager, Mr. Tadokoro but it is too late, he has been killed and dumped, along with a dead Me-Mania. It is then that the door to the kitchen slides open, and "idol Mima" enters the room, armed with the ice pick she had used to kill others.
Stunned, Mima backs away, attempting to avoid "idol Mima's" lethal stabs. Mima recognizes that "idol Mima" is actually Rumi, the agency's "mother" and she pleads for her to stop. But, Rumi is too far gone in her belief that she is the true Mima and that she must kill this fake Mima. She stabs Mima in the shoulder but Mima manages to escape by strangling Rumi and then fleeing out of the apartment via the balcony. Desperate, she leaps from the balcony to a nearby roof.
Rumi follows and a frantic chase over rooftops and through dark streets ensues. Mima manages to knock the ice pick away but Rumi arms herself with a steel-tipped umbrella. Eventually, the chase leads to a dead end and Rumi viscously stabs Mima in the side with the improvised spear. Mima stumbles her way in front of a large plate glass window and slips out of the way as Rumi lunges with another jab of the umbrella. She misses, shattering the window and falling onto a large shard of glass. The piece slashes Rumi's stomach, causes blood to pour out. Rumi turns and prepares to attack but Mima manages to grab the wig off Rumi's head, which causes Rumi to scream in pain and confusion. Her reality torn, Rumi stumbles into the street. She places the wig back on her head, regaining her illusion, just in time to face an oncoming truck. Seeing the headlights as spotlights, she rises and strikes a pose as if she were on stage. Mima dives from the curb and thrusts herself and Rumi out of harm's way in just the nick of time.
The story closes with the final scenes of Double Bind being aired, where Mima's character is revealed to have a split personality. The real girl has disappeared, and the false identity, desperate to maintain its illusion, committed the brutal murders. Reality follows fiction as Mima visits Rumi at a mental hospital where Rumi has become completely lost in her fantasy that she is Mima, the pop idol. Mima leaves the hospital, with nurses excitedly chattering that superstar actress Mima Kirigoe was visiting, climbs into her car and, looking in the rearview mirror, declares to herself that she is her own person.