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When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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Satoshi KON Director
Masahiro IKUMI Music
Masao MARUYAMA Producer
Hiroaki INOUE Producer

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Perfect Blue sothis 8/10 Nov 25, 2004

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Perfect Blue DavidWP 9.6/10 Jan 19, 2014
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Key the Metal Idol

Key the Metal Idol

Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle alone to learn the harsh lessons of life and search for the 'key' to her own dream: the power of 30,000 friends to make her a real human girl.

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TheBurningCrow

Both Perfect Blue and Key the Metal Idol have a very lonely feeling main character, and a plot that involves being an idol singer or wanting to be one. These are somewhat dark anime as well. If you liked one, you will surely enjoy the other. 

sothis
While Key and Perfect Blue might seem completely different, they both have a very unique tone and mood to them (dark and gritty) that you'll love. Don't think about the plot, just focus on how similar these are as far as the feeling, and you'll enjoy it. Plus, both are fantastic anyways!
Dieter

Both series are about pop-idols and as a result, you'd never expect either one to be incredibly twisted, violent, and dark. If you liked the unexpected delight of a sick and twisted show that seems all butterflies and rainbows based on the plot synopsis, check out the other one.

PotatoWave

Both Key and Perfect Blue explore the dark side of fame, and the way that stars (especially female stars) are exploited by their producers. But each anime portrays fans differently. In Key, idols share a spiritual bond with their fans. In Perfect Blue, the fans are just as creepy and smothering as the producers. Both portrayals are two sides of the same coin.

Kite

Kite
  • Movie (1 ep x 60 min)
  • 1998

As a young girl, Sawa is orphaned when both her parents are brutally murdered and is taken in by a police detective named Akai, who trains her to be a professional killer. He turns Sawa and Oburi, a young boy, into his puppets and makes them kill to fulfill his own sense of justice against child molesters and other harassing members of society.

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sothis
Something about Kite reminds me of Perfect Blue, and I'm not sure why. The animation style is similar, but more than that... they both have the same gritty dark feel to them, and are equally as engaging. Check it out.
edgeofthesea

I don't know what it is about Kite and Perfect Blue that fits so well together, but I know they do. I guess they're both in the "grim and gritty" category for me. You should definitely check them out.

freakzilla

Because both have a twisted plot and some extreme violence, a dark and gloomy atmosphere prevails in both Perfect Blue and Kite. Both give us a realistic and scary view on harsh topics.

JunkieCosmonaut

Though the storylines are different, they both include the same elements that make them so much alike. Murder, gore, suspense, disturbing/graphic scenes, and unexpected plot twists. You're sure to like them both.

Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers
  • Movie (1 ep x 92 min)
  • 2003

On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...

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bshegg

Both Perfect Blue and Tokyo Godfathers are directed by Satoshi Kon, fit into similar anime realism genres which are rich in Satoshi Kon's social commentaries, and have intellectually stimulating themes.

freakzilla

While Tokyo Godfathers is more relaxing than Perfect Blue's murderous plot, both touch upon very realistic and sad parts of our world. Both play up feelings very well, but not the same feelings. Nonetheless, if you like how you are drawn into the story in one you might like the other too!

cassiesheepgirl

Aside from the fact that both of these are films by Satoshi Kon, both of these films have a similar sort of rawness about them. While the plots of both films are rather different, both portray a darker side of society. If you enjoyed that aspect of one, then definately try out the other as tehy both have very engaging plotlines that don't sugar-coat anything.

KittyEmperor

Both series tend to focus a lot more on the darker side of society.  Though Tokyo Godfather will tend to at times become rather humorous while Perfect Blue tends to have a much more murderous plot to it they both are very realistic and gives insight to parts of society that the viewer may not have been aware of.  As a final point both are made by Satoshi Kon so that's a major plus.

Akira

Akira
  • Movie (1 ep x 125 min)
  • 1988

Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.

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APDS
both very dark and grisly though akira is more action oriented
Foop

You may think that Perfect Blue and Akira have absolutely nothing in common, but that is definitely not true. Both of them have a lot of violence, and they both are about someone in trouble. If you like one, you will find the other to be very similar and entertaining.

Kari5

Both these animes begin normally enough. However, over the course of the show/movie events start getting more intense and confusing. Events and people become more frantic and less sane, building up to where the main characters all seem to lose their minds.

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Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell
  • Movie (1 ep x 83 min)
  • 1995

A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?

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MaximusThrax
The plots and settings would indicate that these two are an unlikely pair, but Perfect Blue and Ghost both feature dark psychological drama and depth underneath the surface plot. They should both appeal to psycho thriller fans.
hurin

While Perfect Blue is very different from Ghost in the Shell, the main character of 'Ghost in the Shell', like the main character of Perfect Blue, also finds herself being stalked and has to question her identity and sanity.

Mladen

Both GITS and Perfect Blue question the notion of the self and identity, and feature a haunting hybrid of traditional and electronic music.