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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