Perfect Blue

CW: rape, misogyny, mental illness, trans/gender, anti-neurodiversity

Haunted by a past self, haunted by patriarchal violence, haunted by their objectifications and wrongly applied assertions of mental illness*, haunted by a parallel life that can't be yours, Mima resonates strongly to this trans woman. I just wish they'd've treated the mental illness angle with a little more sensitivity. On the grand relative scale, this seems to portray rape with more complexity and thought than most. The fact that it's (a) a simulated rape within the context of the story--in this case, she is an actress doing a rape scene--and (b) still traumatic for her suggests such a profound sympathy for those who experience sexual assault that it seems to retroactively emphasize how shallow and hurtful most portrayals are. (Forgive me if I am off-base here.) The story is set up such that she is shown consenting to the scene, and the scene's impact is shown (doubly shown, in a way). It treats this in part as a mystery, weaving it into the plot, but it feels to my uneducated mind to be an empathetic manner--because the mystery is in part "why did this happen?" i.e. why are these characters affected this way, it presents their pain as something to be understood (and therefore accepted). While the eventual reveal could be taken to be anti-neurodiversity (and I assert that it's a problematic portrayal), it can also be taken to indicate the shared trauma of the characters, referencing the ways in which even simulations can be triggering.

Also, I think Paprika and Millennium Actress were so much prettier than this.

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