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The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue

Updated March 21, 2019 314 votes 100 voters 4.9k views28 items

If one decision in your life drastically changed everything you knew, how would you handle it? For Mima Kirigoe, she knows all too well what can happen when you leave the only thing you've ever known. After leaving her J-pop idol group, CHAM!, she discovers that her new acting role in a crime drama series has become more than she originally planned. Things get even worse when it looks like CHAM! is doing better without her and a stalker begins obsessing over Mima's choices. When all eyes are on her, there's very little she feels she can do. 

A dramatic and dark movie, Perfect Blue is an older classic that we'd highly recommend watching. Of course, if you already did, we still have plenty more to add to your watch list! Movies like Ghost in the Shell or Ergo Proxy are both stories revolving around drastic changes, mystery and characters being pushed to the absolute edge. Thrillers to compare to Perfect Blue, these films are sure to have you on the edge of your seat when you watch them! If you're looking for something with more of a creepy edge, we highly recommend taking a page out of our book. 

Let us know which series or movie you ended up watching and vote up your favorite anime recommendation like Perfect Blue

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    Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and produced by Madhouse about a social phenomenon in Musashino, Tokyo caused by a juvenile serial assailant named...  more
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    Higurashi When They Cry

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    The End of Evangelion

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    Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by Masamune Shirow. The film was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by...  more
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    Jin-Roh, also known as Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade in its American release, is a 1999 Japanese animated feature film directed by Hiroyuki Okiura. The film is the third adaptation of Mamoru Oshii's...  more
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    Psycho-Pass (Production I.G, 2012) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System, but when she faces a criminal mastermind...  more
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    Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, which premiered across Japan on February 25, 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network. It is directed by Shukō...  more
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    Memories is an anime anthology film produced in 1995 by artist/director Katsuhiro Otomo which were based on three of his manga short stories. The film is composed of three episodes: "Magnetic Rose",...  more
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    Mind Game is a 2004 Japanese animated feature film based on Robin Nishi's Japanese comic of the same name. It was planned, produced and primarily animated by Studio 4°C and adapted and directed by...  more
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    We Without Wings, taglined Under the innocent sky., is the fifth visual novel developed by Navel. Before the game's release, a prequel game named Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa nai ~Prelude~ containing bonus...  more
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    Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise is a 1987 Japanese animated science fiction film and the first film produced by Gainax and Bandai Visual. It was directed and written by Hiroyuki Yamaga....  more
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    Chaos;Head, stylized as ChäoS;HEAd, is a Japanese visual novel developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus that was released on April 25, 2008 for the PC. A port of the game, named Chaos;Head Noah, for the Xbox...  more
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    Boogiepop Phantom

    Boogiepop Phantom is a twelve-episode anime television series produced by Madhouse Studios, based on the Boogiepop light novel series by Kouhei Kadono, particularly that of Boogiepop and Others and...  more
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    Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is an original video animation produced by Aniplex and animated by Daume. It spanned 3 episode OVA series and ran in 2004. It was licensed for North American...  more
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    Revolutionary Girl Utena is a manga by Chiho Saito and an anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The anime and manga were created simultaneously, but, despite some similarities, they progressed in...  more
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    Gantz 2nd Stage

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    The Garden of Sinners – Chapter 5: Paradox Spiral