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The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue 

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Updated March 21, 2019 99 votes 42 voters 1.8k views 28 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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Kite is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Kite
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Neon Genesis Evangelion ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was ...more
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Paranoia Agent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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 ...more
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Monster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Monster is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. The manga was adapted by Madhouse into a 74-episode anime TV series, which aired April 2004 to September 2005. The ...more
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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that ...more
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Serial Experiments Lain ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for ...more
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Akira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more
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Chaos;Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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 ...more
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Millennium Actress is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Millennium Actress is a 2001 Japanese anime film by director Satoshi Kon and animated by the Studio Madhouse. It tells the story of a documentary filmmaker investigating the life of an elderly ...more
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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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: The Wolf Brigad... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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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Umineko no Naku Koro ni ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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Boogiepop Phantom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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 ...more
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Higurashi When They Cry ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Higurashi When They Cry
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Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina ...more
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Gantz 2nd Stage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Gantz 2nd Stage
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Memories is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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: ...more
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Mind Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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 ...more
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Royal Space Force: The W... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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 ...more
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The End of Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
The End of Evangelion is a 1997 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Hideaki Anno, released as a finale for the mecha-based television series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Serving as an ...more
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Revolutionary Girl Utena... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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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The Garden of Sinners – ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
The Garden of Sinners – Chapter 5: Paradox Spiral
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Denpa teki na Kanojo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Denpa teki na Kanojo
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Urban Square: Kouhaku no... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
Urban Square: Kouhaku no Tsuigeki
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Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Like Perfect Blue
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