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?
Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Perfect Blue are both psychological anime in that they effectively depict the descent into madness and paranoia of their main characters.
If this aspect of one was of interest to you then the other would be well worth watching.
Both Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Perfect Blue tell us what happens when the thin line between reality and fantasy fades away, when fear and paranoia start to kick in. They leave you guessing till the end and if you liked one, you'll probably like the other.
Even though these two animes do not seem particularly similar upon first sight, I belive that people who like one will be able to enjoy the other as well. They both explore the instability of the human mind and the fine line beween sane and insane. They are both absolutly fantastic.
What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.
Both Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress 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.
Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?
Perfect Blue and Chaos;Head are both psychological thrillers that start out in a sane world with not-so-normal main characters. The further the show goes, the more messed up everything surrounding the main character gets. While Chaos;Head focusses more on action in the later episodes, they are both psychological thrillers in which you'll find yourself questioning what belongs to reality and what does not.
When reality mixes with fantasy out comes Perfect Blue and Chaos;Head. Each series intensely looks into the world of the main character and follows them into a mix of fantasy confused with what was really going on. These psychological thrillers will keep you guessing until the very end.
Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.
Both films are very plot heavy and can be violent at times. Watching them makes you feel as if you are watching something different from anything you've seen before. If you feel like watching something with much more substance than most anime, then these films are for you.
When an odd string of suicides begins to occur at a local high rise building, most of the townsfolk treat it as an unfortunate series of events. One girl, however, senses something more sinister at work - especially when a close friend of hers falls mysteriously ill. After witnessing one of the deaths for herself, Shiki begins to realize that a strange connection exists between each of the girls, and predicts a total of eight will die. With seven dead and the accuracy of her prediction unclear, she sets out to put an end to the killings. Yet, as she nears the truth, she finds herself closer and closer to the brink of death; will Shiki become the town's savior, or the next victim?
Both anime (particularly the 2nd of Kara no Kyoukai) share very similar and relevant themes relating to their main heroines. They also both display their respective narratives in chronologically convoluted ways which make them both very interesting to watch.
Both of these anime's have a lot of very dark and mature themes involved in them... they both are endeavor to watch for those who have a weak stomach for realistic tragedies such as rape and murder. However they also bring together a sense of overcoming those tragedies to move forward...
Perfect Blue is a movie with one plot and Kara no Kyoukai - The Garden of Sinners is an OVA with several story arcs involved in it, yet the similarities of the two tragic and mysterious Anime's are great, therefore, I would strongly recommend that if you liked one of these, you will like the other..