Verbal Diorama - Episode 191 - Perfect Blue - Verbal Diorama

Episode 191

Perfect Blue

Satoshi Kon's debut feature-length animated movie is often cited as not just as masterpiece of animation, but a masterpiece of cinema full stop.

Darren Aronofsky, in particular, has not only credited Perfect Blue as inspiration for a scene in Requiem for a Dream, there are also striking similarities between Perfect Blue and his Oscar-winning psychological horror Black Swan. Mima and Nina, anyone?

Controversies aside, Perfect Blue was made on the cusp of the home internet revolution, and horrifically depicts a young woman being judged, stalked and harassed online. Kon wanted to highlight concerns over otaku, the groups of fans becoming obsessed with certain media, but as genius as Satoshi Kon was, even he couldn't have predicted how serious online toxic fan culture would become.

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are book ended by my cat, Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.