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Perfect Blue original novel out in English for first time

Many of us know and adore Satoshi Kon’s anime adaptation of Perfect Blue, a devastating story of self-doubt, self-loathing and fractured fandom. However, the light novel which inspired Kon’s tragic vision always evaded us English readers. That is, until Seven Seas Entertainment came along to rectify that glaring fault.

For the first time ever in English, Seven Seas present Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, the original by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. Aptly also a writer of fan guides such as The History of Toho Special Effects Movies, his light novel was published in 1991, in those heady days of the early internet.

While the book will be available in the US from February 2nd this year, the UK will be able to log into Mima’s Room from March 13th. If you’re not already familiar with the fall of Mima the idol, Seven Seas describe the plot in their listings as follows:

Kirigoe Mima is in the third year of her career as a pure and innocent pop idol. Feeling like something big needs to change, she plans to give her image a major update. When the new Mima is revealed–complete with a sexy outfit and a risqué photo book–one of her most obsessive fans refuses to accept her transformation. To restore Mima to the innocent girl of her debut, he puts a terrifying plan to action that throws her life into chaos and mortal peril.

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