Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2012 to Mar 22, 2013
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 8.571 (scored by 162017 users)
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SynopsisThe series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person's state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term "Psycho-Pass" refers to a standard used to measure an individual's being. The story centers around the "enforcement officer" Shinya Kougami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world.
In the future, it is possible to quantitatively measure a person's emotions, desires, and every inclination. In this way, it is also possible to measure a person's criminal tendency factor, which is used to judge criminals.
This is the story of a team of policemen dedicated to maintaining public order. Some of them work in the Enforcement Division, responsible for the apprehension of criminals, while others belong to the Supervisory Division which oversees their colleagues in Enforcement.
(Source: translated and adapted from official site by Cranston)
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I feel so sorry for anybody who missed out on this anime this year because it was absolutely brilliant. Likewise, I also feel sorry for anybody who didn’t, because Urobuchi Gen ripped their hearts out.
The series is set in the near future in which it is possible to instantaneously quantify a person’s state of mind, personality, and probability of committing a crime, all recorded on an individual’s “Psycho-Pass”. When their “Crime Coefficient” index becomes too high, they are pursued and apprehended by police officers known as Inspectors, and their ‘hunting dogs’ the Enforcers; in this way, order is maintained. Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau’s division of criminal investigation, navigate the system to uphold justice in their seemingly Utopian society.
Before anything else, let’s address some reasons the show received heavy criticism early on, and was subsequently written off because of it.
Inspector Tsunemori Akane: As a frequenter of tumblr, I saw so many people dismiss the protagonist of the series immediately after episode 1, and to that I say shame on you. She got a lot of flack for being naive and idealistic, but that was the whole point of her character development. Even more egregious was how much hate she got because of her design, and again, shame on you. Both the director and the writer explicitly stated that “moe” would be completely omitted from Psycho-Pass; there’s a lot of back and forth between whether Akane is or isn’t moe (though the pink jellyfish comes close), but you don’t hate on a character because of their haircut. And personally, I think she’s cute.
Too slow: I understand, the series does take it’s time in the beginning. Psycho-Pass doesn’t really reach the heart of its story until about episode 10. However, everything before this is time spent establishing the cyberpunk setting, the relationships between the characters, and setting up for an unbelievable payoff later. Every reveal in the series speaks to something that was established earlier (yes, even the HyperOats) because the writer is a master at foreshadowing and bringing his stories full circle. It is well worth wading through the cases in the beginning to reach the core of the story later.
Psycho-Pass is a ripoff of Minority Report: a 2002 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise based off a short story of the same name written by legendary science fiction author, Philip K. Dick. And honestly, to this I have to say… so what? Having only seen the trailer, I could just as easily say that Pacific Rim is a rip off of Evangelion, but that doesn’t say anything about its merit on any level. So even if the series is derivative (and what material isn’t these days?), the two focus on different themes and tell totally separate stories; Minority Report is a commentary on human free will and choice where Psycho-Pass is a revenge story at its core and an examination of justice, taking place in the same kind of setting.
And the joke is on you, because Philip K. Dick’s work is actually mentioned in the series. It’s obvious, to the point of near literary pretentiousness, how the series pays homage to the themes and philosophies found in great written works. I can see how consistently name dropping George Orwell or Jonathan Swift might be annoying, but as a total classic literature nerd, it made me excited to pick up what they were alluding to in the books I have read, and inspired to hunt down the rest so I could understand the series even better (hard copies— because e-books lack character). Besides, an image of Heart of Darkness conveys just as much as a long-winded discourse about the descent into darkness and the true nature of humanity would. It isn’t always subtle, but it is challenging and elevates the show to more than just another crime thriller anime.
Before I continue lauding it, let me clarify: Psycho-Pass is bloody, violent, and disturbing, and not for the weak-hearted. This anime has cruel scenes, both physically and mentally, and the director joked that he wanted the kids in the audience to sustain trauma for life after watching. O_O But that is not why your heart will be ripped out.
Your heart will be ripped out because Urobuchi Gen helmed this.
Urobuchi-san (Fate/Zero & Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is known for writing dark, nihilistic themes and tragic plot twists into his stories, earning him the affectionate nickname “The Uro-BUTCHER”. Back when I wrote my original Madoka review, I had no idea who this man was or what he would do to my emotions. Lobotomizing yourself with a spoon would be less painful. If only I had known then…
The reason Urobuchi-san is capable of writing compelling stories is not because he’s heavy handed with the nihilism or because he shies away from current trends in the anime industry. There are two very good reasons.
1. He knows how to write people— realistic, human characters with attributes and flaws and personal motivations and incredible development (see: Ginoza Nobuchika). The audience doesn’t suffer because tragic events happen, but because they happen to these characters, whom you have grown to know and love and sympathize with (see: Ginoza Nobuchika).
2. He never writes standard black and white conflicts. The system in place which monitors people’s mental states for the sake of safety arguably takes way their free will, but without it the society plunges into chaos. The Enforcer seeks to bring down the main antagonist for personal revenge, not for the sake of justice; and yet if the anarchist wins, in theory, people’s wills are restored as long as they survive the crumbling of the system. As you watch his series, you might not know who you want to win, or whether they should, and it makes for deeply thought provoking entertainment. (The “Psycho-Scan” aspect of the series alone is provocative when you put it into the context of how mental health is approached in Japan.)
There’s a lot of commentary on human nature, the natures of societies, law and governance, good and evil. There’s tons of brain-candy to chew on here; Psycho-Pass is not a series to watch if you travel into anime to escape or like to keep your mind turned off. Although it shares similar themes and story telling elements as something like Madoka Magica, the complexity, the science fiction crime mystery genre, and integration of philosophy and literature makes it less universal in appeal, but all the more appealing for someone like me.
Knowing Urobuchi’s previous work had me worried. Hearing that the entire staff cried over the final episode had me very worried. But even with his bloody reputation preceding him, Psycho-Pass has proved that Urobuchi-san is master storyteller capable of being twisted and incredibly emotional, as well as demonstrating diversity and restraint. His name is one I’m sure to be following from now on.
Oh, and it also looked great. And sounded great. Production I.G.’s work here is wonderful, and they’re generally a top notch studio. Production knew when to hold back, so they could really deliver where it mattered later (the dog hunting scene was very dark and difficult to see, but “The Gates of Judgement”? that three something minute fight scene was unbelievable). The backgrounds were incredibly detailed and the series has a great look, managing to be extremely colorful and yet very dark. The integration of CG was also very impressive, and I’m glad to see they pulled it off so successfully since technology is a major motif in this 22nd century world. I might just be drawn to the style, but all of Amano Akira’s character designs look great (yes, even Akane-chan’s).
*jumps onto the soapbox* Episode 18, “Promises Written in Water”, came out totally derpy-looking because of scheduling issues. Even the director apologized, saying that in order to get the episode out on time, it would air incomplete. This is not just an acceptable drop in animation quality like we typically see from Gainax or Gonzo, just an honest to goodness time issue. Production on the episode will be finished in time for the home media releases and it will be just as quality as the rest of the series. *hops off the soapbox*
The score was varied, very synthy and they played around with different types of sounds to add in, but fitting with the futuristic setting and dark tone of the anime. There are some standout pieces on the OST, I’m rather fond of the main theme and a very pretty and somber piano piece reserved for the quieter moments. Psycho-Pass is guilty of playing Bach, stealing a leaf out of Evangelion’s book, but at least the high-brow pretentiousness makes more sense here. All the OPs and EDs were similarly successful, sporting beautiful animation (and a bit of foreshadowing), not to mention that many of the songs were written for the specific characters. “abnormalize” speaks to Kogami’s character, where “Namae no nai Kaibutsu” should be listened to with Makishima in mind. Also, I don’t think the fanbase will ever get tired of “cause I feeeeeeeellll” or “your never walk alonee” and neither will I.
In general, I struggle watching shows week to week because I prefer marathoning my anime and when I really get into it, I am incapable of doing anything else while waiting in between episodes (should have seen me after Ep. 19, it was baad). And I haven’t done this with any other anime of 2012, so it speaks to how stellar Psycho-Pass really was when I say it was the highlight of my week, every week, until the end. I’m going to go out and buy Proust right now. What an incredible ride.
Psycho Pass Review
Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite movies of all time. It builds such an immersive world and story and its roots can be found in any sci fi anime . You could find traces of it in any movie afterwards. You could imagine why I was initially excited for Psycho Pass since they are extremely similar. So did this anime reach the levels of GITS? Not really, but it is still a solid cyberpunk anime.
One thing to note about Psycho Pass is its first few episodes. I sucks you into it the action and the big plot point: the Dominators. They bring up the question, should we let machines decide who is good or bad even though they aren't alive. Well sadly, this question was never really explored. None of the character never stop to ponder about this question. The show only bring up the question and move on without exploring it. The characters are far more focus on finding the bad guys instead of looking at the bigger picture. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it won't stick out from the other scifi shows.
One good thing about Psycho Pass is the world it build. It build an immersive world and introduce a lot of different aspects. However, the major problem I have with Psycho Pass world is that it isn't seems to be non-dynamic and little seems to change about it.
The story for Psycho Pass is solid but fails to stick out. It would been so much better if Psycho Pass actually went out of its way to explore its themes.
The characters are all around good. They all have different personalities and backdrops. They do stick out and aren't too forgettable.
Though, my major problem is that the story is very black and white with basically no grey area between.The show build up our hatred of the villains, then try to convince us that they are doing the right thing. I feel that this show try to have us pick which side to back up. However the villains are too generically evil to be given any sympathy.
Another major problem I have with this show is the main protagonist Akame. She lacks presence and comes off as more as an observer than an actual character. I would prefer if the protagonist was Kougami, who seems to be more dynamic and alive.
The side cast is pretty good and unlike AOT and Aldnoah, they aren't simply cannon fodder or background noise. They actually play a role in the plot and are very well founded.
The animation and artwork is the best aspect of this show. Psycho Pass was animated by Production IG who worked on the likes of Ghost in the Shell, Broken Blade, Usagi Drop, and the Blood franchise. They normally have pretty high production values and Psycho Pass is no exception.
There are a lot of good, detailed backgrounds. The animation is very fluid and detailed a hell. Very bleak and unique artstyle with very well integrated CGI. The character designs were made by the maker of Hitman Reborn so expect a lot of bishonens and cool factor. There are a few hiccups like the Akame eyes being too big for her face and such. But over all the animation was fantastic and was the strong point of this show.
The soundtrack was composed by Yugo Kanno who name sounds like Yoko Kanno but not nearly as good as her. The soundtrack composed of a lot of orchestral and computer generated music. The soundtrack is pretty passable with some decent tracks.
Psycho Pass is a solid action cyberpunk anime though it is rather disappointing since it lack thematic depth. Now for the scores:
Story: 5 ( rather mediocre and done much better many older titles)
Character 7 ( well founded but not very complex)
Artwork and Animation: 9 ( very cool looking and well animated)
Sound: 7 ( good but not very memorable)
Enjoyment: 8 ( some what didn't meet my expectations but overall quite entertaining)
Overall Score: 7/10
Ghost in the Shell ( all the movies and TV series), Jin Roh, Ergo Proxy, Appleseed, and SE Lain
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Crime is a constant in human civilization. Theft, murder, and countless other atrocities have been committed by people in every civilization throughout history; try as we might, humans have always had trouble preventing crimes from happening, let lone eliminating them completely. However, what if advancement in technology eventually provided a system that could accurately assess a person's capacity to commit a crime? That is the question posed in Production I.G.'s dystopian sci-fi crime thriller Psycho-Pass: a searing, violent, and ambitious exploration of crime, justice, and the system that judges which is right in a society. Filled with interesting concepts, it is unfortunate that the show ultimately falls short of its great ambition.
Some have dubbed Psycho-Pass as the 'Minority Report' of anime, a very justifiable accusation. The basic premise of a system that can judge if someone might commit a crime before they commit it is something that Psycho-Pass shares with that Tom Cruz Sci-Fi flick (which itself is based off a short story by Philip K. Dick), but the systems in the two are quite different. Minority Report has psychic 'Precogs' that have prophesies of the future. Psycho-Pass has the Sibyl System, a grand sprawling technological network that monitors everything in Psycho-Pass's futuristic Japan through scanners and patrol drones. The Sibyl System scans and determines what are the 'best' courses for the lives of the citizens that live under it. In addition to that, the Sibyl System also scans peoples' mental health, tendencies, etc. to measure their probability of committing crimes; called their "Psycho-Pass". This is a complex, well detailed set-up that harkens back to classic dystopian sci-fi. At the same time, given how much control the Sibyl System has over this futuristic society, it could be argued that it is also too self-aware of a set-up. Despite so many of the characters saying how the current peace would be impossible without the system, it reeks of oppressiveness from the first episode.
The MWPSB is the law enforcement in this futuristic version of Japan; composed of latent criminals called 'Enforcers' and high ranking Inspectors that keep the Enforcers in check. The story centers around a new Inspector, Akane Tsunemori, and one of the Enforcers under her command, Shinya Kougami. While at first Akane seems rather uninteresting as the milquetoast rookie, she develops greatly as the show progresses. She starts off as wide-eyed, naive, idealistic but unsure of herself; surrounded by characters that look like they will outshine her throughout the show. However, as she becomes more acquainted with the uglier side of humanity through her work in the MWPSB, she begins to see that the system of justice she serves under is far from flawless, yet sees its necessity and can't find it in herself to outright betray it. She also struggles with the relationship between Inspector and Enforcer, as she learns from and values Kougami's input even as those around her advise her against it. Kougami's development is less remarkable. While he is certainly one of the more interesting characters in the show, being a resourceful and very capable former detective with a dangerous mystery to him, his development is limited to his growing obsession with the show's antagonist, Shougo Makishima.
Majority of the characters suffer from the same lack of complex development. Not to say they don't get any development, in fact many of the Inspectors and Enforcers of the MWPSB get plenty of scenes and in some cases complete episodes dedicated to developing them. However, just as with Kougami, most of their development is too narrow in scope. To be honest, many of the characters are given too little to do, making any development they do get feel kind of extraneous or irrelevant. The silver tongued antagonist Shougo Makishima is an exception. He is well read, charismatic, and completely ruthless; in love with the ugliest facets of human nature. Makishima justifies his actions with a twisted rhetoric that the Sibyl System forces people to deny their inner desires and so those who live under it are not truly living; a somewhat convincing argument given how much control Sibyl has over society. Even still, he brings out the worst in people, convincing them to do the most horrifying of crimes.
Writer Gen Urobuchi pens the series with the sadistic shocks and twists he has become known for. With an intricate dystopian setting to serve as his playground, 'Urobucher' concocts many twisted scenarios; from a case that involves a disturbed 'artist' who makes her works from the bodies of her victims, to a demented game of survival in a subterranean maze. He then goes to grander mayhem of civil unrest and armed uprising, while simultaneously delving into sinister coverups involving the Sibyl System's true nature. It's unpleasant and discomforting in the best way; it is hard to turn away from the violent atrocities taking place before your eyes. However, Urobuchi's treatment of the show's themes is very heavy-handed. As mentioned earlier, the premise itself already makes the Sibyl System an oppressive force; Urobuchi pounds this in unnecessarily. When people are so brainwashed that they wouldn't recognize an act of violence before their eyes without help from the Sibyl System stretches believability of the situation. It doesn't help when the show (mostly Makishima) starts quoting classic books and poetry without giving a clear context to them. Some of the conversations between characters can at times also be a little convoluted, sounding less like natural dialogue and more like the writer trying to make a point of the conversation. This isn't to say the show's ideas are poorly handled, Akane's predicament and actions after she finds out the truth of the Sybil system proves the contrary, however it could have been handled with far more nuance.
Psycho-Pass is solid on the technical side of things. Production I.G. is known for well produced shows, particularly well produced sci-fi shows, and Psycho-Pass follows in that tradition for the most part. The character designs by Hitman Reborn mangaka Akira Amano are attractive, though heavy on the bishounen look. The high tech metropolis looks impressive as one might expect, filled with technological marvels and innumerable people. An early scene of Akane getting ready to start the day in her apartment showcases how advanced and integral technology has become in this future society, as well as being a pretty flashy scene on its own right. The visuals also often feel fittingly oppressive, with mechanical observers keeping an eye on the subservient populous. When the story calls for it, the visuals can be shockingly violent, depicting beatings and murders with visceral detail. There are a few production hiccups, most notably an episode which the show's production staff actually apologized for, but overall it is a really good effort visually. The music is mostly intense orchestrations with a few classical pieces (notably Beethoven's Ode to Joy), which serves the show's atmosphere very well. Though, there are times the music becomes overenthusiastic, blaring out and over-dramatizing a few scenes. The ending themes by Egotist are nice on the ears and are usually transitioned well at the end of an episode, but the two openings are more notable for their visuals than the songs they feature.
Psycho-Pass is a fine example of high concept sci-fi. While the futuristic setting has a decidedly dystopian feel, it is still very interesting and provides some nice food for thought. The show's attempt to explore the concepts of crime and justice through the overlord like Sibyl System is an admirable one, and through its central character Akane it draws some fascinating conclusions. Which makes it a shame the show can too often be needlessly heavy-handed, leaving the feeling that the show could have handled its themes with more grace and would have been better for it. The underwhelming development for characters other than Akane is also a bit of a detriment, especially since some of these characters get a good amount of screen time. Even still, Psycho-Pass is certainly worth the watch as a bleak, visceral, wickedly entertaining thriller. read more
To me, Psycho-Pass was great largely because of its world. The basic premise is "What if we could tell criminal minds apart from normal ones?", and in the show, the conclusion of this is that the governmental Sibyl System aggressively monitors your mental state, so that they can arrest or execute you provided you are sufficiently criminal.
Using the same scanning techniques, the state is able to assess your aptitude for different types of work and employ you accordingly. This is all nice on paper, but quickly leads into murky waters - is it really fair to deny someone the opportunity to try their hand at (say) forming a band because you know they wouldn't be any good at it? If this makes them unhappy and eventually criminal, is punishing them really completely fair?
To its credit, Psycho-Pass does raise some of these questions. However, they are usually avoided because most of the show's criminals are portrayed as complete monsters for the sake of narrative convenience. When the show raises the question of whether we can equate the Sibyl System with justice, it is somewhat hard to take it seriously, because virtually all the criminals we have seen at that point are completely without redeeming qualities. I feel like the show could really have used a few down-to-earth criminals with relatable motives.
My second main problem with the show is its main story, and specifically the ending. Obviously I can hardly go into it without causing spoilers, but put shortly I was really disappointed by how some of the final reveals were resolved. Also, I really didn't care much for the main antagonist. Despite occasional flashes of brilliance, he struck me as a worn-out mix of standard anime tropes.
Though I guess I have been mostly harsh on the show, I overall quite liked it. The world itself is immensely interesting, and my main problem is that I hoped the show would do more with it. Even though it doesn't, though, it still manages to pull off 22 very entertaining episodes with virtually no downtime or filler, and it makes for a very satisfying mix of action and horror. Provided you aren't looking for a hugely cerebral show, I would definitely recommend Psycho-Pass. read more
In essence, both are about flawed systems and their consequences. The *major* differences being in the anime's execution (cyber punk/advanced technology vs folklore/village life), style and flow. Heck, the main female characters are very similar as well.
future utopian/dystopian setting where the question is whether the sacrifices made to personal freedom are really worth the peaceful lifestyle, plus the main character must decide how to deal with the cracks in the system
Psychological horror type anime set in a seemingly utopian future. However, that "utopia" turns out to be tragically flawed, and the unusually collected heroine is caught in the middle of everything wrong with her society.
Perfect society has finally been created. Or so it seems. Is everything really as perfect as it is made to seem?
These animes are miles apart in terms of universe and atmosphere, but they share similar themes comon to stories set in dystopian speculative futures. Also, they both feature a female lead valued for her exceptional resilience.
We are presented a seemingly utopian society in which everyday hardships seem to be a thing of the past. Clearly, this society is far from perfect and holds some dark secrets. As the mystery unravels, the pitfalls of the supposedly perfect society are explored in frightening detail. Dystopian fiction at its finest.
Unsettling psychological stories set in the future. The female lead is a discontented participant in her society, but she accepts it, rather than try to change it. Their governments/leaders keep a terrible secret, and monitor and tightly control citizens' behavior in an attempt to create a utopia. Deviants are eliminated.
The similarities aren't immediately apparent due to the differences in delivery, and I certainly didn't see them at first. After all, one is a cyberpunk crime show, and the other is a coming-of-age story set in a countryside village. However, as the plots unravel, the similarities become more and more apparent. Both are dystopian tales about flawed systems; both deal with the theme of removing threats before they exist, and both delve heavily into human nature and society. The main female leads are also incredibly similar due to their strength and resilience. Both are prime examples of psychological anime, and if you like one, then you're sure to like the other!
A world that at first sight might seem an utopia, but turns out to be built at such a cost that it is questionable whether it is actually worth it. I would recommend both to anyone interested in dystopian stories.
The main difference between the stories (apart from the world they're in) is the pacing. While Psycho Pass drops you off in the middle of the story Shinsekai Yori slowly eases you into the story and lets you grow accustomed to the world first.
Shows that present dystopian societies in the future, where moral values are suppressed in favor of maintaining peace and order within the society. The line between right and wrong is very ambiguous. Viewers may strongly sympathize with the antagonists, who may have legitimate reasons to revolt against the authority.
Both refer to an ideal for human society, demonstrating how humans always strive to find a world that they believe best for them. The values aren't agreed upon by everyone though, and a group of protagonists' thinking break outside of the box they're being enclosed in. Very thought-provoking.
Both of these anime are modern representations of classic 20th-century dystopian satires: Psycho-Pass is comparable to the 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell, and Shinsekai yori is comparable to the 1932 novel "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. As such, these stories caution humanity of the consequences of extreme and unchecked advances in science and technology. They show how the unrestricted indulgence of and reliance on the futuristic systems can negatively impact society, and even humanity itself. This includes the subsequent suffering of the individuals who desperately try to oppose/conform to said systems.
-the responsible female protagonist has to come to terms with and enforce the Utopia/Dystopia that she resides in, in the process shaping her morales and becoming very strong and capable.
-strict observation of psychological health of citizens
-allusions to psychological works and conditions
-lots of death and dying, and obviously tragedy as well.
-and the questioning of the morality of death punishment
-there was a team of five--and more similarities but I don't want to make this a spoiler.
-homosexual relationships in the team
Of course, one has a brilliant twisted villain, the other has [i wont spoil it].
One is tron-like, the other is traditional/villagey.
The team dynamics in each are completely different.
Both deal with the protagonist finding out the hidden nature of their 'perfect world'. This causes them to go through many near death experiences. On the way some friends die, as result of the sybil system or the ethics committee covering up evidence. In the end both have to learn to deal with the fact that is how society is currently but hope for change in the future.
Psycho pass is set in a somewhat more futuristic world than today.
Shin sekai yori, although 1000 or so into the future, do not rely on technology and have no 'concrete buildings'.
In Psycho pass, the Denominators give them power.
In Shin sekai yori, human have psycho kinesis (something along those lines)
Both shows settings are in a futuristic utopia where people get killed for having the potential to do harm even if they've done nothing wrong. Psycho-pass is more of law enforcement type thriller where as shinsekai yori has more of a darker mood than that. Two of my favorite shows for sure!
They're both about future controlled societies whose maintainers have great fear that they could be destroyed by any one person. Hence, they zealously dispose of people who have any chance of causing trouble. The main character in each is thrown into a crisis, despite being inexperienced.
Both anime are about dystopian societies that base their legal system on the risk of committing a crime and extensive information control with the intention of preventing people from learning things that could risk the order of society. In both anime, the government is shown to have reason to act the way they do, but it never really is fully justified. Finally, the weaknesses of both societies are exploited to great harm to the population.
Both animes try to explain how the world could be with other conditions and show us how dark could be our own mind to reach the peace in society. Saki and Tsunemori (main characters) are so similar.
*sorry for my bad English*
Dystopian societies where moral is neglected by the system to protect an inhuman peace. Both stories are almost prophetic - one in Evolution and one in Cyberization. Main female leads have identical state of mind, potential, and development. Similar endings. Brilliant stories that can make you pant in shock and excitement while at the same time promoting critical thinking with credible arguments from all sides involved.
Both anime events take place at the future, while in Shinsekai Yori it is more distant future and it has more mystery, but in Psycho-Pass it is a lot more of semi-perfect technology. Akane and Saki discover some not nice secrets about the system and learning the flaws they are making a choice if they should support the system or not. These two have very common feeling and the atmosphere.
Both present detailed futuristic dystopian societies, where although perfect on the surface we find out there's more to it that meets the eye. Both have really well developed villains, which make compelling arguments about the flaws of the worlds they live in. Both anime make you question the possibility of a perfect society, and as I've seen in many book and movies, a perfect society is nothing but an unfathomable idea. The main difference is that the settings of the anime are different: one is idyllic village and the other in a futuristic cyberpunk Tokyo.
Both anime are about perfect societies that were formed based on chaos formed by humanity, but it seems as if the perfect society that is so highly praised has dark secrets and isn't as perfect as it seems.....
Both series is set in the near future where their societies are corrupt. Both series have psychological genres that make you think and question the human race.
Both are procedural crime shows and set in a future version of Japan. Both shows are very focused on sci fi and each has their own interesting gallery of gadgets and systems. Both follow the attempts of a law enforcement agencies attempts to capture an enigmatic criminal who's always several steps ahead. Ghost in the Shell is more episodic and the underlying plot is visited in standalone episodes throughout the season. Psycho Pass is more focused on the main plot. I've heard Psycho Pass get called at best inspired by and at worst a rip off of GitS but I think it's its own show and I'll recommend it as such. If you like detective stories, Sci-fi, and character driven drama you'll like this
Not only the futuristic sci-fi crime investigation team premises (heavy on characterisation) but also the series' structure and execution mirror each other. Ghost in the Shell was one of the many works Psycho Pass' creators were open about having influenced them; one even going so far as to say they wanted to surpass GitS. Even the animation studios (Production IG) are the same.
The setting of both is 'a future not far away from our reality'. This means our real world logic is applied to series where full-body cybernisation is possible and artificial intelligence can think for itself. To better connect the viewer, both GitS: Stand Alone Complex and Psycho introduce rookie characters that are left somewhat alienated to those around them. GitS: SAC has Togusa be the human element: all of his teammates having undergone some level of cyberisation, while he refuses and relies only on his wits and revolver. Psycho has Akane play a very similar role where she is left aghast over how calm her superior and subordinates are over killing people, just because a number is high and their 'A.I.' controlled guns tell them to shoot.
In terms of the plots, aside from the eventual unraveling of CONSPIRACIES, it's the basic structure that links them. Both shows have main plot threads - The Laughing Man in GitS: SAC and Makishima in Psycho - that are briefly touch upon in earlier, episodic content before they become the main focus as the series' draw towards their climatic conclusions. Along the way, the main characters are explored via 'case of the week' stories.
The key difference between the two is that Psycho is about a controlled society, reliant on A.I. to do their thinking for them, where latent criminals are used to catch other criminals. GitS: SAC has a team of (mostly) ex-military badarses investigate terrorism, among other things--Japanese society not being very different from how it is in reality.
Both take place in a similar futuristic setting, where the lines between technology and humanity are blurred. Both are from the point-of-view of law enforcement, showing society through the eyes of those who see the worst of it.
Both are set in a plausible futuristic setting focused on some police authority. Action scenes litter throughout both series, and when done, they're brilliantly choreographed. Like any two great sci-fi, both looks critically into the social implications of technology, the ethical considerations, and any significant impact of change in lifestyle. Easily two of the best sci-fi anime has to offer, utmost care was put into both in developing a world that feels real and the characters themselves behave accordingly to the circumstances given.
Both are crime-solving anime in a similar futuristic setting. Both get very serious and give a commentary on the human condition.
First of all in both cases we have the police as the main characters. Secondly we could say the time period is not too distant cyberpunk style future.
Psycho - pass seems to have some interesting philosophical views on this kind of future... It's the kind of anime which actually needs you to think when watching it.
Ghost in the shell has multiple story arcs, while Psycho Pass has a single arc which connects it all together.
Both are set in a futuristic society and both talk about psychology and philosophy extensively.
Both of these story lines fall deep into the future with technology that can better mankind but also still have the same amount of crime. Characters are a bit different than ghost in a shell however you will learn about the characters in this anime at different episodes just like ghost in a shell.
Both series shares similar themes involving dealing with criminals in a world with powerful technology. In fact, these traces of technology can be traced with cyperpunk themes. Thus, both series has a similar feeling.
Both series' characters works with a superior organization to deal with the criminals using their skills.
Production I.G. is also involved with both series hence similar animation artwork and visuals.
Both series has action, drama, police, and great dialogue usage in many scenes.
Both anime have a similar feel to their story telling as well as both being worlds in a not too distant future. Both can also be classified as science fiction and each follow a form of law enforcement.
Both were Crime shows set in Futuristic setting.
Characters in Ghost in the Shell SAC were Robots with Human Personality because they look so intelligent, this anime panders to Elitist.
Characters in Psycho-Pass were Walking Books in Human form that quotes something on the book because they look so Pretentious, this anime panders to Casuals.
Both animes feature an advanced technological society that despite the cutting edge technology suffers from both existential and criminal issues. Both animes feature cybercrime and a lot of action. Both animes focus on police and investigations.
The atmosphere is very similar, with mature and complex characters, in these two series there is room for both, action and philosophy.
Both are in the future, have to deal in a sci-fi genre and deal with aspects of philosophy. Specifically, they deal with the philosophy of current life and future life. Both also have great, almost similar artwork (minus characters).
They're both set in futuristic/cyberpunk type worlds (although PP seems a few decades behind GITS technology-wise) and focus on law enforcement, while also delving into themes like grey morality. The main difference is in the main theme; where GITS focuses on the idea of individualism in an increasingly connected world, PP chooses to explore the idea of freedom vs security. If you liked one it's a high chance you'll like the other.
Both of these anime are set in the future and deal with law enforcement. Ghost in the Shell revolves more around how we are losing our grip on humanity compared to how horrifying humanity is in the future with Psycho Pass. Both of these anime also have underlying meanings that really strike a chord when they are finally understood.
Both are about police investigation. They both set up in a sci-fi world. They both have a strong squad that each member have his speciality.
Great world building for future crime fighting, integrating future technologies into society. This creates a utopia/dystopia in both worlds. Questions arise about how technologies should be used and how society should be governed to regulate such abuse or misuse. (more pronounced in Psycho Pass)
Both have strong female MCs (GITS a little stronger) and an interactive unit/team to introduce interesting characters and dialogue/ideology. (PP is stronger in character development, GITS in dialogue)
There are some major parallels to draw between the two shows. Both feature a team of police detectives in a near future world, hunting down criminals, often of a cyber nature. They do this using futuristic technology, which feels pretty similar between the two shows. The action scenes in both shows also manages to feel pretty similar.
There's two major differences between the shows. First, the story setup is different. Psyco-Pass being focused around measuring a person's criminal tendencies, while GitS: S.A.C is focused around equal rights for androids, and explores if androids are able to have souls and feel emotions.
The second big difference would be the art style, which ends up being more realistic in GitS, and slightly more stylized in Psycho-Pass.
If You liked one, then you will definitely like the other. Both these anime's take place in a future society that have advanced technological marvels that can satisfy the most hard core of sci-fi fans. Both anime's are suited for a more mature audience and depict police procedurals in a similar fashion.
Ghost in the shell is more action packed or at least the action is on a different scale, while Psycho-pass is more philosophical about society, not that SAC doesn't do the same in it's own way.
Bottom line is both of these anime's give off a very similar vibe and they they were intact made by the same company, but only about a decade apart.
They are both made by Production IG.
They are both cyberpunk police shows
The main character is female in both series (Tsunemori Akane for Psycho-Pass and Kusanagi for GITS)
They are both very philosofical and psychological
The series have the same showcase of "Law versus Crime", the only difference is the themes. In terms of characters Death Note revolves around two Genius students with different personality and the anti-hero holding a handy-dandy Reaper Notebook while Psycho-Pass revolves between Cops using Advance Techno weapon that has full duplex psychological inspection that switches the gear from a Neurological paralyze r to Anti-matter shooting bullet and Masterminds that have odd different assassination fetish.
Both anime are dark, deal with crime, and have detectives attempting to catch the criminals committing them.
* Both have action and criminal scenes.
* Both have genius enemies.
* Both have characters how fight to change the state of the world.
* Both are unpredictable as the next chapters.
* Both have a character how rejects the state of the society.
Light = Shinya Kougami
L = Shougo Makishima
nothing is black or white...everything is grey
psycho pass is in a futuristic world where the nation is maintained by a system which is trying to create a utopia but it has a dark side to it
the system has a dark side to it
and what is right and wrong is questioned...
Similar gritty tone with several shared themes. Psycho-Pass places a heavier emphasis on action but, much like Death Note, does not rely on action to progress the story.
Another anime that features the opposition of two geniuses. But these time both, unlike Light and L, the main hero and the main villain BOTH have criminal psychology which essentially makes them similar rather than different.
The feel of these two shows is eerily familiar, and especially till the end. They are both thinking animes with lots of complex themes and dramatic moments that take place within a nail-biting struggle between two highly compelling and highly intelligent sides as they wage a war where ideologies may be similar, but ends aren't.
Both have a genius criminal with arguably just ends but who use horrible(and brutally efficient) methods to achieve it. Both antagonists are maniacs who want to rid the society of an evil that the viewer identifies and is familiar with, so their cause can often be identified with, and so choosing the villain or protagonist is not so easy.
Both also have a side of detectives fighting to preserve order and condemning the criminal's methods for his better world, even if they agree to hate the evil he is indirectly fighitng to destroy. Both have a bit of corruption and internal turmoil among the side of the detectives.
Both anime play very lightly with the lives of characters, and the deaths are almost always the result of a long and elaborate game of wits, which involves a lot of nail-biting possibilities, and apprehension. They deaths are very visceral in both and leave an impression on both you and the characters.
What makes these two anime's linked is their story, and how society works in regards to crime. Death Note takes place in modern times, while Psycho-Pass is in the future, but both have the same core themes. In the end, it's about corruption and judgement. Who is fit to judge society, and how do we determine such judgement? If you enjoy such themes, and strong story lines, then you'll enjoy this anime.
There is a villain who constantly gives detectives the runaround. Both villains are stuck with the belief that their murderous actions were acts of justice. Unlike in Death Note, detectives are fully aware of the villain's identity in Psycho-Pass.
Both anime pose the same theme: re: how do you judge the good and the evil? The villain in Psycho-Pass is just as smart and twisted as Light in Death Note.
Psycho pass may not be as good as death note but I do recommend any
death note fans to check this anime out. Both anime have the similar feel to them. Both have the main characters who have differing views as to what is 'right' or 'wrong' in terms of justice. Similar art, similar atmosphere, both are crime, both have action,l and both do have a thriller aspect to some extent.
Mainly, both are very psychological, death note is more 'genius'-like analyzing people's feelings & thoughts type of anime whereas psycho pass doesn't have main characters with as much smartness but the actions & thoughts of the characters really make you think.
Psycho-Pass is pretty much a mixture of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It is a futuristic game of cat and mouse between two highly intelligent individuals. One being law enforcement equivalent and the other a villain who believes his efforts help society.
-A lot of death, though in comparison to Psycho Pass, Death Note's isn't very direct
-Centered around crime and investigators
-The main character in Death Note is similar to the antagonist in Psycho Pass
-Based around morality -Is killing okay in certain situations? Etc
-Both make you think and is more for people with mature mind sets (people who know that things aren't just black and white)
I think that if you liked one, you would like the other.
Both of them are great cat and mouse games where the protagonists want to change the way the society is governed. Both make you think about ethical responsibilities and rally around an "all or nothing" approach.
Both shows focus on the police point of view to stop crime. Features clever characters, outsmarting the enemy, and an overall dark atmosphere.
Both involve crimes with genius culprits and a very in-depth interesting journey of the investigators catching the culprit.
The protagonist and antagonist of these series share similar traits by being driven by one another philosophies. Light & Koguami are both geniuses that work for the law. They both wish to rid their world of corruption, by delivering their own form of justice. But,along the way they both become corrupted. Eventually, they both become obsessed with defeating their biggest opponents. (Light v.s L) & (Koguami v.s Makishima). If you like stories about witty heroes who struggle to do what is right without caving into doing what is wrong. You'll enjoy both these series.
A lot of people die in gruesome ways and in both shows there are psychological themes.
The main character in Death Note is very similar to the antagonist in Psycho Pass.
Both are centred around crime and the idea of morality and what is right.
They both have intelligent, likable main characters and villains and amazing story. Though I like Death Note more, Psycho pass is also really good.
Both make you question what is morally right from wrong and both will have you speculate what life is truly about after your finished.
CYBER punk world ruled by advanced technology (the population's over-reliance on tech tools borders on unhealthy). Humans playing gods in a vain attempt to superfically suppress social malaises, ala Orwell's 1984. Dystopian narratives with elements borrowed heavily from loads of thought-provoking literature and philosophy.
Protagonists' increasing sense of self-awareness causes psychological alienation from blissfully unaware masses, leading them to be caught in truly tense, nail-biting Catch-22 situations and often tosses them between following their ingrained values and (eventually) questioning the system.
Antagonists are hard to hate anti-heroes who, unlike the former, have clear albeit destructive purposes in sight. They are often resolutely unwavering in the pursuit of their Machiavellian goals and will stoop to anything to get things done, i.e., murders, but they are usually well-justified in the grand scheme of things. Rationale being: What's a few human sacrifices, amidst the ensuing anarchy, compared to fulfilling a "noble" cause... which is revolting against a firmly-placed and unquestioned system?
Great dark art styles and BGM. Catchy titles.
Ergo Proxy is easily my favorite out of the two but I have spent years trying to find a substitute worthy of its greatness and I have to say, PP meets the criteria but throws in more action and gore/violence (not a big fan but yeah).
Both are cyberpunk/post-cyberpunk anime highly influenced by Hollywood sci-fi movies like Blade Runner.
The main characters in both anime exercise the police power to keep the order in their ideal worlds:
- Ergo Proxy is set in an utopia (going wrong), while Psycho-Pass is set in a dystopia.
Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass share a dystopian setting combined with a heavy philosophical backdrop, with beautiful animation, dark cinematography, and a cold, dominating, yet enjoyable score backing them up.
The philosophies covered in Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass tackle different topics, but Proust ideals are brought up in both shows. While Ergo Proxy tries to tackle too many philosophical ideas, Psycho-Pass has only a few core ideas it explores from a variety of angles, using themes present in Phillip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" (among others) to illustrate its themes.
If you have viewed and enjoyed Ergo Proxy, then hopping into Psycho-Pass should fit like a glove.
It can be argued, but I have an opinion that Ergo Proxy is similar to Psycho-pass.
When i was watching Ergo Proxy i found this anime with very grim environment, which i liked a lot. And now I'm watching Psycho-Pass with the almost the same feeling of situation. So, according to this, perception of these 2 anime is hard and complicated. Also what is most important is that Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass are present in the future and stories tell us about how "afterworld" affect on our characters and what happens with people's initiative, that can be the main highlight of these anime by genre - SCI-FI. Withal, such kind of anime always supported by "FUNimation Entertainment". In addition, both anime are full of action and involving descriptions what make both of them surprisingly interesting.
I'm pretty sure that those who liked Ergo Proxy without any doubts will like Psycho-Pass not less.
I found these two series a bit similar given their settings, themes, and backgrounds.
Both series takes place in a setting beyond our present times with advanced technology. They have a sort of dystopia like feeling to them. As such, both series employs the usage of science fiction featured throughout each episode.
Both series main protagonists are cold, independent, and have skills that makes them who they are. As such, they use those skills throughout the series to deal with issues and problems going on in their worlds.
Both series features action, drama, and gives off a general serious tone. Murders and crimes are also expected in both perspective series.
Both series have dystopia as settings. They both have intense action scenes while these are not the main focus of the anime. Both of these animes have fascinating plot starting with fascinating backgrounds, and I would strongly recommend watching both series. While Psycho-Pass is straightforward for the most part, Ergo Proxy may be frustrating at times for some.
Ergo Proxy and Pscho-Pass are cyber punk shows that set in dark, dystopian society.
The main characters are in charge of policing the public. As they investigate various strange occurrences, audience are presented with various evidence in which the society fail to function well.
The two anime share a 'dark' art style. They are both very much psychological, intellectual anime, emphasising on the characters and the plot.
These anime are definitely not action based, but are more story-driven with exciting occasional action a developed sinister plot!
Both are of the science fiction genre, and both take place in the future. Both also deal with members of public enforcement; some variation of the police we have in the current society. Both also deal with the errors of future society, and uncovering the secrets that are hidden from what is supposed to be an ideal society. The art styles are both beautiful, and terrifying. Ergo Proxy is a bit more on the 'fantasy' style, but not enough so that they aren't similar.
Psycho-Pass and Ergo Proxy are both cyber-punk anime with philosophical messages within.
Similar themes. Futuristic setting with a society run by technology.
Both are dark, noir-esque serious shows set in a future pseudo-dystopia. Given their setting, both have a degree of social and/or political commentary on the state of society, government control, and the blurred line that helps us distinguish between beneficial technology or technology made to control the common people. Ergo Proxy focuses a little bit more on the philosophy of life and sentient awareness, with a lot of religious and historical connotations. Psycho-Pass is more a deconstruction of social states and the arguable ideals offered by authoritarian figures. Both anime are thoroughly engaging, and hell entertaining.
The art and genre between these two anime are really similar. The story line is slightly relative due to it's about solving crimes and preventing major incidents.
Taking on a detective-like story, Psycho Pass and Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Tokyo) explores the concept of crime and terrorism. The main protagonists from both series often gets into conflicts that puts their mortal lives in danger. The antagonists from both series also treats certain situations as games where losing will have disastrous consequences. Building on a story with thriller antics, I recommend both series to anyone interested in crime fiction.
Terrorism, Police, Right & Wrong, Secrets that can make Humankind go crazy. Also artwork and design look pretty similar, both have deep plots and history
Both shows involve cat-and-mouse game between the police and terrorists. The "terrorists" also lean on the side of being anti-heroes, since they have somewhat justified reason of doing what they do.
They both have an eerie, mysterious feel; in the end, the protagonists end up discovering dark secrets about programs/systems that people in their respective societies have been ignorant about. Both shows are crime-based and really thrilling to watch, and raise really interesting points that are worth thinking about afterwards!
Both have mysterious plot and drives you crazy to complete the series...
I am suggesting this because I literally just finished watching Psycho-Pass the same day I started and finished it along with Zankyou no Terror (literally just now). And I just feel that there is a sort of quality both shows have with animation as well as plot. Both are making the viewer think about who is the real evil and what is actually the right thing in that time and setting. Both have an element of science and both have left me feeling mostly bitter in a bittersweet way. I have very much enjoyed both so, yeah.
Based off first 3 episodes.
Both deal with:
- issues of terrorism
- the discrepancies of right and wrong
- antagonists that are more like antiheroes
- game of cat-and-mouse between detective and criminals
- detective and criminals with above par intellect
- characters closed off from society or wronged by the state
Overall atmosphere is similar, as is the artwork and character design. The setting is also similar despite the time and technological differences.
Deep plots with likeable characters. Both don't follow any typical anime formula either; they both do their own thing and have a tinge of dark to them.
Both of these anime deal with a kind of psychological warefare, however there are a few differences. Psycho Pass focuses more on the nature of people, while Zankyou no Terror is more of something like a game of terrorism (Literally). Also, Zankyou no Terror focuses more on the Anti-Heroes rather than the classic protagonist in Psycho Pass.
Both take place in future.
The same idea, that people with 'anomalies' work for organization against people having the same kind of 'anomalies'.
The same mood.
Both main characters are something like garbage.
Similar vibe, color scheme, and detective/hitman tones in both
If you enjoyed the sci-fi and crime aspects of Darker than Black, Psycho-Pass is a great show following that similar mix of topics.
Both of these animes are set in a Japan different than the one that exists today, and both heavily involve characters who are investigators, Psycho-Pass more so than Darker Than Black. The fast paced crime solving and back and forth between the "good" guys and "bad" guys (quotes because the audience is eventually led through a deconstructive lens) are factors of both of these shows that remind me of (and are just as good as) Deathnote. If you find that your heart misses the characters the most, you'll be able to find similar characters in Psycho-Pass and Darker than Black.
Both are based upon detectives trying to think like the enemy with mysterious occurrences.
Both series happend in the future, yet in Psycho Pass the society is more advanced than in DTB. Both series have male protagonists that are fighting themselves and against the society because their ideals are in conflict. In this series the evaluation of the good and bad concepts is recurrent, and this situation makes the characters struggle between what they want and what is consider the best to do.
Both have similar themes and a similar feel. Kirihara and Tsunemori have a lot in common, and Hei and Kogami are practically the same character, to say nothing of the similarities between Huang and Masaoka. My point is, though they are on different sides of the law, the main casts of both shows are similar, the shady organizations they work for have the same secretive, questionable feel. Moreover, both series have very well done villains and no one is evil for the sake of being evil.
These two anime both have systems that in some way segregate two sets of people. These anime aren't about a hero bringing one of these classes to glory, rather the separate classes just create a reason for why our heroes are doing what they do as jobs. As such, you get to see a story related to our heroes that ultimately has meaning more-so to them, not their society.
Darker than Black is more supernatural while Psycho-Pass is on the futuristic side so, the imagination definitely gets to play while watching either. Psycho-Pass however, has a more straight-forward plot.
It's mostly the mood; very dark, very bleak worlds where people who work on the fringes have to deal with daily moral ambiguities. You keep watching both of them for similar reasons. You wan to find out about the pasts of the characters, as well as your questions about who is good and who is bad in the story. In that way they also have similar themes so I think you would likely enjoy them in the same way even though the premises are somewhat different.
Opening Theme#1: "abnormalize" by Ling Tosite Sigure (凛として時雨) (eps 1-11)
#2: "Out of Control" by Nothing's Carved in Stone (eps 12-22)
Ending Theme#1: "Namae no nai Kaibutsu (名前のない怪物)" by EGOIST (eps 1-11)
#2: "All Alone With You" by EGOIST (eps 12-22)
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