Perfect Blue

What Is It?

The 1997 Japanese anime (animated) psychological thriller mystery movie Perfect Blue.

Perfect Blue 1997 Trailer | Junko Iwao | Rica Matsumoto

Here is how Wikipedia describes this anime movie:

Perfect Blue (Japanese: パーフェクトブルー, Hepburn: Pāfekuto Burū) is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller film[4][5] directed by Satoshi Kon.[6] It is based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis (パーフェクトブルー:完全変態, Pāfekuto Burū: Kanzen Hentai) by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, with a screenplay written by Sadayuki Murai. Featuring the voices of Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shiho Niiyama, Masaaki Okura, Shinpachi Tsuji and Emiko Furukawa, the plot follows a member of a Japanese idol group who retires from music to pursue an acting career. As she becomes a victim of stalking, gruesome murders begin to occur, and she starts to lose her grip on reality.

Like much of Kon’s later works, such as Paprika, the film deals with Kon’s longstanding theme of the blurring of the line between fantasy and reality.[7]


Paprika (2006 Film)

What is it?

The 2006 Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller anime (animated) movie Paprika.

Paprika (2006) ORIGINAL TRAILER [HD 1080p]

What is it about?

Here is how The IMDb describes this anime movie:

Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they’ve invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams.

A thief uses the device to enter people’s minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others.

Chaos ensues.

The trio – Chiba, Tokita, and Shima – assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief’s attacks on their own psyches.

Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother.



Paranoia Agent (Mōsō Dairinin)

What is it?

The 2004 Japanese animated (anime) psychological thriller TV show Paranoia Agent by the director Satoshi Kon.

Anime Trailer – “Paranoia Agent”

What is it about?

This is how Metacritic describes this animated (anime) television show:

When darkness overcomes the heart, Lil’ Slugger appears… An elementary school boy on Rollerblades dubbed Lil’ Slugger (Shounen Bat) is said to be responsible for a series of mysterious hit-and-run assaults in Tokyo.

The circumstances are always the same: none of the victims can recall the boy’s face and only two distinct details are left in their memories – golden Rollerblades and the weapon, a golden baseball bat bent like a dog’s leg.

Two police detectives, Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa, are assigned to the case to track down the perpetrator and put an end to his violent and random spree.

What at first may seem like a typical act of juvenile vandalism soon turns out to bear the signature of an unclear evil.

The attacks never leave their victims as they were before as each victim before the attack is overcome by stress, depression, or an emotional trauma created by their environment, their past, or their secrets.

They are so overwhelmed that they enter a state of paranoia as they fight their inner demons.

After a good smack in the head, they seem as if that their emotional trauma has been alleviated.

Starting with the first victim Tsukiko Sagi, a shy character designer who created the immensely popular pink dog Maromi, the detectives follow what little clues they have and try to apprehend the boy.

But just when they think they got it solved, things get more complicated as they reach the end of their line.

Opening Song: “Dream Island Obsessional Park” by Susumu Hirasawa

Closing Song: “White Hill – Maromi’s Theme” by Susumu Hirasawa