Perfect Blue Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Monday April 29, Anime Limited will release its Ultimate Edition of the Satoshi Kon psycho-thriller film Perfect Blue. At this time, the product will be exclusive to the AllTheAnime.com site and Zavvi.
The new extras will include three video lectures given by Satoshi Kon on Perfect Blue; the soundtrack to the film on CD: a 384-page A4-sized hardback book including Kon's storyboards for the film; and a 48-page A4-sized softcover book including artwork, layouts, rough sketches and character designs. The extras from previous editions of the film will also be included, including interviews with Satoshi Kon (Director) and members of the Japanese and English voice casts.
The 1997 feature film was the directorial debut for Kon, who went to make Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika before his death in 2010. Set in contemporary Tokyo, the story concerns a pop singer, Mima, who tries to develop an acting career, only to experience threats and traumas as her mind breaks down and she is tormented by a ghostly version of her singer self.
Anime Limited describes the story as follows:
"Mima Kirigoe is ready to leave her career as a pop idol behind and forge ahead towards a bright new future as an actress. However, casting aside her former image proves to be far more difficult than she imagined, and the murky world of show business threatens to drag her into the depths of despair.
"As the strains of her new career path take their toll, and a menacing presence from her pop star past lurks in the background, is Mima able to keep a firm grasp on the things that define her? And as delusions, fiction and reality blend together in her mind, just what is it that defines her anyway?"
Aniplex of America described the story of the film:
“IF I BECAME A BAD PERSON, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO FORGIVE ME?”
The boy wished to protect the girl. That was his thought. 10 years after the Holy Grail War—a battle waged by Masters and Servants over the wish-granting container, the Holy Grail—another war breaks out in Fuyuki City. Shirou Emiya—the adopted son of Kiritsugu Emiya, a participant of the previous Holy Grail War—resolves to fight, carrying out Kiritsugu's dying wish.
There's a young girl by Shirou's side who's in love with him—Sakura Matou.Every morning, she goes to Shirou's house to make breakfast and dinner for him, bringing kindness into the life of a boy utterly alone in the world. But once the Holy Grail War starts, there's a change in the air in Fuyuki City. Murders abound across the city, and the atmosphere grows ominous. Shirou decides to shelter Sakura in his home.
Along with Saber, the Servant he summons, Shirou allies himself with the magus Rin Tohsaka and takes part in the Holy Grail War. But the battle starts to go awry as secret maneuvers by unseen forces are put into play.
"Heaven's Feel" is a route from the original Fate/stay night visual novel. Tomonori Sudou (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero animation director) directed the films, and ufotable animated the work. Yuki Kajiura (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero) composed the music. Takahiro Miura provided the storyboards. Aimer performed the film's theme song.
In modern Japan, where history has strangely overlapped with reality. There, seven "Kings" with great superpowers existed. Along with their clansman to whom they shared their own power with, the kings each formed clans. Order bound by blue, red flames that cause chaos, irregularities that shine in white, and reforms branched off into green. The Kings, each with their own abilities, now...
The Blue King Reisi Munakata, the leader of the Blue Clan "Scepter 4," held great responsibilities on his back. The tower that Gold King Daikaku Kokujōji supervised called the Dresden Slate was still on his mind, and he felt a great burden by killing the previous Red King, Mikoto Suoh.
On the other hand, the former Red Clan "Homra" clansman Anna Kushina experienced the attacks from the Green Clan "jungle" and awakened as the next Red King. By doing this, she bound her comrades through a strong bond once again.
Finally, White Clan members Neko and Kuroh believe that the White King Yashiro is still alive, and seek his whereabouts. However, it was not just them searching for the White King. The Green King Nagare Hisui once again...
With "jungle" once again jumping back into action, the fates of the various Kings are brought together.
Shingo Suzuki served as the director and character designer for the new season at studio GoHands. Suzuki previously directed the first season and the K: Missing Kings sequel film. Yui Horie performed "Asymmetry" as the anime's opening theme, and CustomiZ performed "Kai" (Solution) as the ending theme.