Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2012 to Mar 22, 2013
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.521 (scored by 53439 users)
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Mar 24, 2013
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.
Jun 16, 2013
I will not bother writing a plot summary, you can read the essentials a little further above. I will, however, try to rate the plot. Psycho Pass will sometimes be referred to as PP.
The series is most of all a police-sci-fi set in near future. This sounds rather cliché put Psycho Pass manages to mix in a variety of genres in a non-confusing way. The near-future/sci-fi is at all time present, whereas the police-element is sometimes very prominent, making the series almost a crimi/detectives series, and at other times more in the background, the series then focusing on either characters or the way the PP world functions. Likewise is it with the action, coming more in small bumps rather than being all-time present. The series offer only a limited amount of humour as well as a discreet hint of romance, but you can find these things in the series. However, if you're searching for romantic comedy PP is not it. Drama is often quite intense, sometimes even heartbreaking, this making it easier to both relate to the characters and understand the more complicated parts of the story.
The plot of PP consists of smaller arcs focused around the same villain. All of these arcs are quite flawlessly done and come together in the end in an almost perfect way. PP is a series with a masterful plot (imo nearly as good and well-written as Death Note). In PP things seem to happen for a reason, not just randomly. A few times it might get boring, but generally PP has a good mixture of genres in the right amount. PP is also a series where you, when watching, will have to focus. The story is definitely complicated and does, as every other really good series, leave you thinking. I sat all the time thinking 'would I want society to be like this?'. Your definition of justice is also something you might reconsider after watching PP.
All in all amazing plot, one boring ep. draws down, making it 9.5/10 for me.
Art is something I have a really hard time rating. For the character design itself is a matter of opinion, not fact. Therefore an anime's art must mainly be rated on scenery and the flow of the animation.
The scenery in PP is very beautiful. Buildings, parks, light, everything is done really great. The visuals will often leave you stunned. But even if it's very good, I have seen better (but not often in a series with such a good plot as well), therefore the scenery can only get somewhere between 8 and 9 from me.
The animation flow, on the other hand, is quite simply outstanding. Maybe I've not seen the right animes but never before have I seen as good 3D-look-a-like animation as in PP. Square objects are animated in a way that almost make them look 3D, coming out of the screen. Also the way it's sometimes insignificant everyday objects that are animated flawlessly, is both peculiar and perfect. Honestly, I found the animation breathtaking.
Another thing I noted, watching PP a second time, was the light reflection. Oh, it was beautiful. Often in the ending we see light hitting water, looking almost like a blazing sea. But it was not this that had me spellbound. It was the way the light reflected in the Characters' eyes. The light sometimes even changed he eye colour, giving the animation a very realistic touch.
Really, PP has some dazzling art if you look at the details.
Now on to the sound (what a huge review I'm making xD): 9.5/10
With openings and endings can be said the same as with character design, value is based on personal opinion, and therefore OP/END cannot be rated. I can, however, rate the lyrics and fitingness of the music, which I'll try to do.
Whether you like the songs or not, the openings and endings can objectively be said as to fitting perfectly with the series. Especially the first OP and END which I think is the most well-fitting pair of songs I've ever seen/heard in an anime. The lyrics were probably made for this series. I mean, seriously, they're just too well-fitting. In the first op the question of society, which is also asked throughout the whole series, is brought up. In the ending we get a song most well fitting for one of the characters.The fast pace these two songs also fits the action of the series, building up even more tension.
The next set of songs are good as well, but take on a more quiet, romantic turn, which I do not find fitting for the series.
Next up is the background-music. Generally the tracks are both good and well-fitting. There's one which is a bit out of place, and this definitely draws down on my sound-score.
Last is the voice-actor cast. Actually I don't really feel skilled enough to rate this, so I'll just say, that I was generally satisfied. I think most voice-actors delivered a great performance and the voices fit the characters. I will say, with my limited skill, that Makshimas' actor did a greeeat job. His voice was a perfect fit.
A last remark on sound is another bonus: something rarely seen, the ending-video not being the same each time, but not only that - different parts of the song were chosen to make the most perfect fit - and also - talking in-between two parts of the ending song. What I'm trying to say; the video and song was each time composed to fit the plot flawlessly. That also means: Watch the ending EVERY time, there might be important plot in the middle of it.
Last up is characters: 9/10:
The protagonist of this series is the young female inspector, Akane Tsunemori. Akane seems to be the standard cry-baby, full-of-justice, irrational, emotional, very annoying character. But I can tell you, she's not. Akane is a human, who acts very human. Who, for instance, is affected by stressed situations, and, who sometimes lets emotion cloud her judgement. Akane is bright, and has a strong believe of what is justice. She's a genuinely good person, who believes in this world, and for that, I don't think she should be punished. She is a newbie, who has to learn, and she does. The development of her character is different from what I usually see - and different from what I'd expected. She is not flawless, and yes, she's (as a character) a little cliché, but she's not stupid and her development is rather original.
The male hero of the story is probably Shinya Kougami, a subordinate of Akane and a latent criminal. Even if the story focuses on Akane, the real plot unfolds around Kougami; thus making him almost more of a main character than Akane. Kougami is on first sight, our typical strong, badass, grumpy male-hero. But like Akane, Kougami surprises. I will not say there's much development to his character, it's just us getting to know him. Kougami quickly turns out to be quite the genius, who is certainly skilled at his work but his life is solely focused on his own agenda. Kougami is hard to understand, and even harder to declare as good or bad. His decisions will leave you wondering about the very nature of his character. Even after watching PP twice, I'm still not sure whether I should call him villain or hero. But certainly, for most people, he is a very likeable character.
And then to the villain, Makishima:
I cannot say much about him without spoiling all of the plot. What I can and will say is that he fights for his own sense of justice, and therefore - as with Kougami - it becomes hard to declare him good or bad. He and Kougami are in some ways very a like. Makishima is a bright, interesting and also annoyingly likeable villain - he can maybe be compared a bit to Light ( of Death Note).
The rest of the characters are supports, and I will not write about them individually. As a whole the supports are, as usually, very different of personality. Therefore there is a character for almost anyone to like - and also the characters supplement each other nicely. Kagari, for instance, creates the bit of humour PP has got. I also think there is an appropriate amount of supports, enough to make the story coherent and few enough to not make the story confusing.
The characters have a few seen-before elements, but are all in all both likeable, sensible and make the story move forward = 9/10.
I will not put enjoyment as part of my rating, but I will say that I enjoyed the series a lot. Psycho Pass has become one of my fave series and is definitely worth a watch.
Thank you if you took the time to read this abnormally large review :), I apologize for any clerical/grammatical errors, I am not english XDD. read more
Nov 11, 2013
Psycho-Pass is essentially a psychological-action anime with a sci-fi based setting driving the story line.
The Story: 9/10
Psycho-Pass is set in the future where you are able to easily see the mental state of one's mind. This is given a number, a number relating to one's contingency of creating a crime, called the 'Crime Coefficient' if it is over the normal rate. These persons are apprehended, if not disposed of if reached too high. Inspector Akane Tsunemori and Shinya Kougami are both part of the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division, which is in charge of maintaining order with the use of the Sibyl System. Sibyl connects with the Dominators Enforcers and Inspectors use to hunt for the latent criminals. On her first day Akane Tsunemori meets with Inspector Nobou Okura and the two, with the Enforcers are labelled to take down the cause of the Area Stress level. Nobuchika Ginoza, Shinya Kōgami, Shūsei Kagari and Tomomi Masaoka are introduced as the first Enforcers seen in the story.
In the first episode, you will feel slightly information-dumped with the expectation that you will remember each person’s name. After getting into this series a bit more, you will conveniently find that this is not the case. The producers have made it very clear and easy who’s communicating to whom. The rules or what you can and cannot do with the Dominators are shown over time in the series and the motives characters are very well defined in the story. There are small side stories within the anime, but they all intertwine at a point within the series in some way or another. The links between each case is put together very astutely. Execution of this concept is what made the story very interesting in such a way different to other anime with a mystery and crime genre. There are a couple of episodes slightly not as fulfilling, maybe only two. But don't let these ones deter you away from the anime, they're just very dialogue driven and provide more insight into the characters.
The Art: 9/10
The animation here was very well done. Background effects brought a dark feel to the even darker plot. It enhanced the experience of the story in such a way that it felt very real. Either foreground of background the designs of objects, characters and material were very well done. Character designs in the anime were all very different. None of the characters art looks like it had its shape copy/pasted and put different things on. This includes the supporting characters- of which there are many. Dark color shading to every object will undoubtedly annoy some people to not see a change in texture, but because of this the theme of Psycho-Pass is reinforced.
The Sound: 8/10
The sound here seemed to have high audio quality. EGOIST and ryo are great choices for creating the composition for Psycho-Pass. The visuals to make the OP for Psycho-Pass must have, undoubtedly taken quite a bit of time. The meaning behind the lyrics is very deep; it accompanies the art used to make the opening and ending scenes substantially high in quality. But, despite this it isn’t as addicting to listen to after finishing the actual anime. To get a clearer picture, you really must have the visual aid of the music segment while listening to enjoy it to its full extent. The voice acting was favourable, despite the voice mostly being in a serious tone. Understandably, because Psycho-Pass has a dark theme, there wouldn’t be any times when main characters were lively. In turn the voice actors could not express their skill fully in the anime.
The Characters: 10/10
All of the main characters have their stories straightened out in Psycho-Pass. There is none, or, at the least very little times that you would question the past of one of the main characters. Shinya Kougami. He's the main male Enforcer in the story where there are 5 other Enforcers and 2 Inspectors working with him. He's enemies with Makishima, actually the villain of the story because of his connection with the Specimen Case. He tries to guide Akane onto the route of being a good Inspector while also looking after her- even saving her at times while trying to hunt for Makishima. He’s not much of a diverse character. Once he has made his mind of doing something he sticks with it. Akane is a bit of a tricky one. At times it seems like she has ‘feelings’ for Shinya and other times not as much. Her past is clearly defined in Psycho-Pass. She's a good strong one, who just needed a kick start to developing into a versatile character. One thats progress throughout the story can be seen very clearly. Makishima Shogo is the main villain in the story. He’s a sadist to the extreme degree, while maintaining his twisted views on the world where they would stay at the same point. His choices are well characterized and his logic and thoughtfulness put into each of these is very intriguing. The side characters are all entertaining and likable in some form. Each of the members in Unit One contributes greatly to the story line and helps to push it forward, while also relaxing tension in between scenes.
The Enjoyment: 10/10
Others who enjoy a morbid feel in anime will most likely enjoy this. Personally, watching this was something new to me as I had not explored this genre before. I’m surprised how amazing and tense it can make you feel. I’ve only watched this series once through, and a couple of sections while writing this review. To me, it feels like a one-time-only anime. Unless you like to re-watch things, re-watching this won’t bring anymore enjoyment or chilly feelings as much as going through it the first time through. It would be a lot staler in its mystery and plot twists, as well as those climatic moments. After watching this quite a while ago, I can safely say that it’s actually not that memorable. After the first few days, for sure it will be in your mind after watching. But this thought will soon go away.
Overall with the solid ending and neat epilogue it makes this anime very worthwhile. As this anime has a very unique setting and plot, it’s recommended for those who can bear the heaviness this anime has.
Apr 29, 2013
By now I have watched many anime shows that covered almost every theme you could possibly think of, almost. Yeah, I say almost because once in a while an anime show in particular rises above them all. A show that introduces an idea in a new way. A show that diverges from the other dozens of shows that air along side it. But what makes an anime stand head and shoulder above the others? Could it be the story, characters, or (if you are like me) even the soundtrack that makes an anime outstanding? What if there was an anime that incorporates all of the above? Now that is an anime worth anybody's time.
And that anime would be Psycho-Pass.
Set in a futuristic Cyberpunk setting we dive into a high-tech and self-sustaining Japan where law and order are maintained by an all-powerful supercomputer dubbed "The Sibyl System." By this system all people of Japan must obey and follow its every command and judgement, whether you consider it fair or not. However, all governing bodies aren't perfect. Everything has its flaws and imperfections, but when the very people who uphold this system's "justice" start to find out about these imperfections what would happen?
Psycho-Pass starts off by introducing Tsunemorie Akane, a new Inspector for the Public Safety Bureau which upholds the laws set by the Sibyl System. The system that runs the country by judging every human mind individually, evaluating its talents, weaknesses, and even its potential to commit crimes. Through this system life is practically dictated to the civilians of Japan creating a Utopian society devoid of criminals and even potential criminals. But when Tsunemorie and Unit 1 stumble across a case that blatantly defies that very system they swore to protect all hell breaks loose as the very foundation of society is shaken by one man.
The story of Psycho-Pass is the meat of the entire show. The common theme of what's right and wrong is tossed around quite a bit. Even with that common theme being the backbone of Psycho-Pass it still found an entirely new way to present this overused theme. If society accepts or allows certain things does it make that certain thing right? Good? The Sibyl System just sounds too perfect...
If we all followed something unquestionably than wouldn't that make you no better than a pet? An animal that simply listens to what it is told? When man loses his will and ability to decide for himself can he truly be called a human? All these themes and questions ring loud and clear in Psycho-Pass. It was a true joy to see these old themes dressed and presented in new and compelling ways . Ways that would make me bite my nails and rock my chair back and forth until the next episode.
Being a show with such a deep, dark, an mature story we are given a cast that really showcased just how much potential the show really had. Shinya Kougami was that classic old-school protagonist that you just couldn't help but admire. He just screamed Spike Spiegel to me (which is a really good thing). An old-school classic character is always welcomed, but I always wanted to watch a show that had an antagonist that was cool, level-headed, dark, sinister, but yet a man an audience can sympathize with.
Enter Shougo Makishima.
Now I know plenty of you guys went through that, "Hey! They totally stole my idea!" Moment at least once when you watched a movie or show, well when I saw Shougo in his full glory in episode 11 I couldn't help but scream that out at the end of the episode. I finally found another show that diverged from those cookie-cutter antagonists that were always evil and had no sense or reason. Shougo had his reasons, and they were pretty damn good reasons too.
But we can't forget the mighty Akane Tsunemori. Though she played a small role for the first half of the show she finally had her due spotlight at the closing of the show which I greatly appreciated. She was a good breath of fresh air from all those other female protagonists out there (Yes! I am looking at you Inori). But I know half of my love for Akane comes through her God-like seiyuu, Hanazawa-chan.......I am a softy for cute and soothing voices, which are very much welcome in such a show as dark and gloomy as Psycho-Pass.
Along with the other inspectors and enforcers the cast was a big reason for this shows incredible story. (Give a shout out to that Yuri love with Shion and Yayoi!.....Sorry, I just couldn't let that go unsaid)
Music and Animation
If you haven't guessed already I tend to put a lot of value into animation and soundtracks. What makes those climax scenes, transitions, fight scenes, and even scenes with characters randomly staring up in the sky even more epic? Get Yoshikazu-sama to be your Sound Director! Come on people, this is the guy who had his hand in Baccano! The Main theme for Psycho-Pass is played through out the show on a piano, violin, and synthesizer. Each version played with their respective scenes flawlessly. The soundtrack gave so much life and definition to the anime that it just couldn't be ignored. Animation goes hand in hand with the music and Psycho-Pass hit it right on the nail. Though the art got choppy in later episodes (for understandable reasons), both were produced to masterful levels of brilliance. When the I saw the Dominator in action I couldn't help but desire one for my own personal use. Along with those artful explosions of blood and guts, we tend to see the insides of many people. This is rated R for a reason people, so try not to watch Psycho-Pass during your lunch break because you just might get Dominated! AHAHAHA, classic...Ahem, in any case, Bravo Production I.G.
When an anime presents us a strong and emotional story line complimented by intricate and complex characters backed up by an art and music style that resounds with epic simplicity but yet amazing profoundness we find ourselves with a jaw-dropping anime: Psycho-Pass. The story and characters flesh out what makes a man a man. Conforming or reforming, mature themes that are tough to swallow. With a story that has so many things going on we can't really see the line of good and evil. That's were the beauty of Psycho-Pass lays hidden. This isn't a show that tells you what is right and wrong, this is a show that makes you decide. Decide for your own life, don't blindly follow things or people without reason. It is a good reminder to not get lost in today's world with so many conflicting views and accepted norms. What makes you human? Your Psycho-Pass? Or what YOU make of YOURSELF? But then again
"The SIByL Still Continues..."
A sequel that has the possibility of retaining or even surpassing it's predecessor? Sure as hell hope so.
*This being my first review I thank you for reading it. Feedback and friendly criticism is welcomed! Once again, thank you.*
Sep 26, 2013
The principal theme that the show explored was the question of what is justice. We tend to believe that it's difficult or impossible to define "justice", but this show seems to want to give you a clear answer of what it really is. Of course the creators acknowledge that it isn't that simple, because on one hand there are people like Shougo Makishima who challenge the society through violence, and on the other hand there are people like Shinya Kougami who push their ideals through selfish reasons like vengeance, which leads to more crime. On the surface, their action seems more or less to be driven by justice. Justice isn't always fair and kind, so people seem to learn to live with it and sometimes don't realize how much they become manipulated by it. With that kind of imperfect justice predominating over the world, no wonder it would seem impossible to create a future devoid of war and crime. In the world of Psycho-Pass, the Sibyl system sought to correct those very difficult issues simply by rooting out all injustice before it emerges in public, the very act of which ironically led to its own corruption. In the end, there is something to be learned:
"Laws aren't just made to protect the people, but they're also made to be protected. People always detested evil and sought out a righteous way of living. Their feelings… The accumulation of those people’s feelings are the law."
Read more: http://animequotes.net/psycho-pass-quotes#ixzz2g3zgRDEl
I noticed that some scenes were getting really sloppy in showing the characters' facial expressions. Sometimes these glitches were so major that the facial features looked different on every cut.
The animators had some really great ideas about how to best show the futuristic setting (cyborgs, handle-less cars etc.) and it made me feel as if the world could really turn into the same mess in 100 years.
As great as people thought the opening themes were, I didn't feel much from the lyrics. They sounded as if the lyricist had strung up some words that were borderline-relevant to the theme of the show. I suppose that they were borderline relevant, but I don't see very much deep logic in what the songs wanted to convey.
On the other hand, the ED themes were very satisfying (despite the amazing fact that they were both written primarily as a continuation of a story from another show and that their relevance to psycho-pass was only secondary). The 1st ED captures the feeling of latent criminals, while the 2nd ED shifts to the opposite perspective of those whose mission is to protect the latent criminals (e.g., akane, yayoi, etc.). The two songs were very strong in message, so they add more impact to the show.
I have no complaints about the bgms and sound effects since the industry is good at this these days.
I remember that during the very first episode Akane and Masaoka were having this conversation about how impractical it would be for Akane to maintain the theories and logics that she'd gained during her early training due to the "unlogical" nature of their job. That conversation ended with Akane answering, "But I..." She was stopped mid-sentence, but I always wondered what she was going to say after that if she hadn't been stopped because already at that point it showed the strength of her character.
I think that scene alone gave me a pretty good idea about what kind of person that she was and was going to be. This anime is just really good at developing the characters through those subtle scenes and conversations.
For me the greatest enjoyment came from the feeling of doubt emerging bit by bit as I continued with the show. For some reason at first the Sibyl system just seemed to be too good to be true and little by little I found out why it was so. I think that the creators wanted you to doubt the events within the story so that you could be a participant to the unveiling of mystery.
I think it would be fun to compare this show with some other series of Urobuchi, because there are themes other than the depressing mood that make it a typical Urobuchi show. Whether or not a fan of Urobuchi, you will probably enjoy the show if you are willing to give a few minutes on each episode to think about the issue of crime and justice and how it all connects to our society
Feb 16, 2013
Psycho-Pass is an action, sci-fi anime that takes place in the near future where every living individual’s value and potential contribution to society is already predetermined and watched over by an entity known as the Sibyl System. With the presence of the system throughout society, everyone out in public is constantly monitored and has their emotions, personality, and mental capacity (all those qualities representing the term “Psycho-Pass”) measured daily in order to discover and prevent harmful people from causing trouble. With this system, it is assumed to be the blueprint of the start to creating a perfect society.
The story is mainly centered on two main characters, Akane Tsunemori and Shinya Kougami, who work for an investigation unit known as the Public Safety Bureau, which is under the jurisdiction of the Sibyl System. The unit is composed of Investigators (working detectives) and Enforcers (latent criminals, who are chosen to work as detectives because they have the unique skill set of identifying and apprehending other criminals themselves). Here, the Investigators and Enforcers work alongside with each other to capture or execute criminals that are judged solely by the system.
From the beginning of the series, we are introduced to a rookie investigator, Akane Tsunemori. She is sufficiently portrayed as an intelligent character with a confident personality and an excellent mental stability that seems suited for her career. Though, when she is tasked into solving criminal cases and working with Enforcers, she realizes that her skill set as a detective is nowhere close to fully handling actual cases. However, her quick adaptability to situations and mental strength make her a strong, unique, and capable main female lead of the series. Also, we are introduced to Shinya Kougami, a somewhat dark character with a shady past who serves as the main Enforcer. Due to the way he is portrayed with great detective skills, combat, and smarts, his actions throughout the anime and capability of piecing together clues make him an entertaining and valuable character deserving of the male lead role. Also, his serious demeanor serves as a good check to teaching and making sure Tsunemori does not try to get herself into cases that she cannot handle as a rookie. As the series progresses, both characters start to solve many different cases together and the way Tsunemori begins to figure out what her true capabilities and mental capabilities are of being a detective is well constructed. However, they then start to realize that the different crime scenes they work on are more related to each other and suspicious than it may seem.
Also, very early on in the series, we are also introduced to a great supporting cast of other investigators and enforcers who regularly work with the two main characters on a frequent basis. These other members of the Bureau mesh well within the story with each having their own niche within the group and are not annoying characters to the viewer as well. What’s intriguing about these other characters is that as they continue to appear on screen on a regular basis, there are many interesting developments of who those characters “really are” and the past that is connected with each individual.
In addition, another aspect what makes Psycho-Pass a great anime is the philosophical themes and action sequences throughout the storyline. Is being placed and judged by an all-knowing system really the best thing for society? Can something really measure who does or does not have criminal motives and choose to confine them from ever seeing the light of day again? With these interesting themes combined with many mysterious dark sequences and scenes, this is one aspect where Psycho-Pass excels in its storytelling and in constructing the criminals’ true motives. Also, the many action combat and shooting sequences throughout the anime are entertaining as well and its depiction of scenes regarding blood combined with a few amount of horror elements and gore make it so the anime is not too disturbing for overly squeamish people who dislike those kinds of stuff.
Overall, Psycho-Pass is a great action, sci-fi, crime thriller with many twists, interesting developments and great themes throughout the series. Even though the soundtracks, voice-overs, and art is not the best thing that I’ve heard or seen, it’s also extremely well done for the most part and should not be a deciding factor on passing up on whether to watch this anime. Lastly, if you’re a fan of action, sci-fi, or crime shows, Psycho-Pass is surely not going to disappoint and is entertaining right from the get go until the end.
Oct 12, 2013
Warning: it also may contain some spoilers.
Psycho pass is, on my point of view, one of the best show which was airing during 2012(~2013).
I was first really, really excited about this anime as it's Akira Amano (well-known for her Katekyo Hitman Reborn!) who made the original character design, which is absolutely beautiful. Throughout these 22 episodes, you can tell how deep this show became.
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● Story: 9.5/10
This story is by far the best scien-fi story I've ever watched.
Psycho pass takes place in the near future, in a world run by the "Sybil system". Dealing with the theme of "justice" and "crime", we got the main character, Tsunemori Akane and Enforcement officers. In this future, is it possible to measure one's person emotions, desires using the "dominator", a handgun carried by enlisted Inspection and Enforcement officers. So it is also possible to judge criminals.
With this kind of system, there wouldn't be any criminals, it's like a utopian world, right? Not on everyone's point of view. You have got Makishima Shougo, the main vilain who is fighting againt this world, wants to make everyone free of this System.
So, what is justice?
Psycho pass is a complicated story, you have got few arcs all focused around the main vilain. It's almost a detective story, so if you are looking for something dark, dealing with crime and society problems, Psycho pass is for you.
● Art: 9/10
As I said, the original character is by Akira Amano, I was first botherded because the animation did not respected her art tho. (I know it's difficult to manage to respect the original character design). But the more you watch, the more you get used to it. Not only the characters are well drawn, but also the sceneries. You can see how the city is detailed. The openings and endings clips are awesome as well.
I'm giving a 9 because if you watch cleary, you must have noticed that some episodes are getting sloppy. But in overall, the art is really beautiful and enjoyable.
The few battles we got are also amazing.
● Sound (OP/ED + OST + voice cast): 9/10
I think the sound totally fits the atmosphere of the anime. Talking about openings, they are "strong" (I can't find other word to describ it, erf.) and then, you got a calm, relaxing ending after 20 minutes of show sang by Egoist, well known for Guilty crown's music (which I really love).
I think everyone knows well the "cause i feeel, i can always show my everything to youuuuu". First I didn't like the second opening, but then, as the animation, I got used to it, and now it's stuck in my head.
Soundtracks are also suiting every scenes of Psycho Pass.
Now, let's talk about the voice cast. I really enjoyed their voices, they all fit perfectly. Makishima Shougo, voiced by Sakurai Takahiro, I think it's one of the best choice. Makishima, despite the fact that he is someone with a very cold heart, his expression almost always betrayed his true feelings and Sakurai Takahiro's voice manage to show this perfectly. (Sorry it it doesn't make sense..)
But I'm not qualified enough to judge seiyuu, I just really enjoyed every voices and none bothered me.
● Characters: 9/10
So this part will be the longest. I planned to write a review especially for this part, so it's gonna be kinda long.
First, we got the protagonist, Tsunemori Akane, which here is a female, even though Psycho pass is a mystery/scien-fi anime. Used to Amano Akira's annoying, cry-baby females characters, I thought Akane'd be the same. (I KNOW, it's not Akira Amano who choose their personality.) I didn't like Akane at first, she was the cliché heroine, always wanting to help people, whether they are bad or good. But at the end, I really, really did not expect that evolution. She managed to do things by herself, having her own point of view. Even without Kougami, she leads perfectly and choose good decisions, well she became a perfect Inspector.
The second main protagonist, Kougami Shinya, having only his revenge on mind, is also a character I really liked. Kougami is the kind of strong and sexy male-protagonist, also very clever. We don't know much about him exept the fact that he was first an inspector, and had stong bond with his Enforcer. This strong bond made Kougami feel saddened and angered over his partner's death, causing him to develop the character he is today. As the series go on, Kougami's thoughts about the Sybil sytem started to change and he chose his own path.
And then, you got the vilain, but I won't say he is the typical vilain, in some people's point of view, he may be the true "hero". I can't say much about him, or else I'll spoil the story too much. So, I also really liked Makishima, he had unique thoughts. I was really surprised when I saw him fighting, he is the skinny guy, always reading a book so I was quite surprised. (He even manage to face Kougami in a battle.) His sense of justice is really sharp and as you go in the serie, you'll understand why is he doing this, and that.
Then you got the support characters, Ginoza, Kagari, Yayoi, Shion and the Pop. I gave a 9 because I was disappointed by their developments. They all had few minutes about their pasts but we still don't know much about them. I'm especially upset about Kagari, I won't spoil but.. It was too fast. I really wanted to know more about them, why did they get here as Enforcer. (We know Yayoi's and the Pop and Ginoza's past a bit more tho.)
Also, the vilains supports characters, I could call them "little boss", they weren't that bad.
Knowing how Urobochi, no, "Urobutcher" works, I was really, reallyyy worried about the last ep. But I guess this kind of end it's perfect for Psycho pass, because it developed other characters.
Overall, it's a serie with good characters and some good development, but also not enough of it.
They are all very likeable, you may find your favorite because they all have differents personalities.
● Enjoyment: 9.5/10
Some episodes were sometimes boring, but I can say that I really enjoyed watching this anime, everything was well-built and it is really worth watching.
● Overall: 9/10 (Tbh, it's more a 9.5!)
This anime is one of the "you will never forget it". It was really hard to wait every week for a new episode. I also recommend pp to some of my friends who usually don't really watch a lot of animes and they really liked it.
Even though you like romance or comedy, you still can give it a try!
Also, thank you for reading this review. read more
Dec 4, 2013
Our story takes place in a futuristic Japan where everything is run by the Sybil system. The system can check the career you're best suited for and scan your brain to determine how likely you are to commit crimes. This has resulted in a society in which “latent” criminals are caught and separated from society before they commit crimes when possible. However, that isn't always a possibility. So a special enforcement division works to solve crimes and bring criminals in or slay them according to Sibyl's judgment. The story of Psycho Pass follows this division as of the moment young Tsunemori Akane joins as the newest inspector. The story goes through several incidents, some of which are connected in ways that aren't readily apparent, before moving to the main plot. The hunt for the enigmatic Makishima Shougo who has some responsibility for multiple criminal acts including one that's haunted one of Division 1's enforcers, Kougami Shinya. No, that isn't a spoiler. They give that much away pretty quickly. I actually have nothing negative to say about the plot. Shocking, I know. The story is well-paced. It's interesting. It has some excellent twists. The morality is questionable and forces you to really think. The ending is strong. The major themes of the “isolating age,” “emotional repression,” and the time motif are all well handled. The story is also highly engaging, challenging the viewer not only with the morality, but with various mysteries and motifs. Nothing that happens is irrelevant. It all serves a purpose either thematically or as a factor in the main narrative. Actually, most do both. The world itself is very interesting and well constructed.
The characters aren't quite as strong as the story. Most of them are complex and well developed. I particularly liked the fact that the story managed to make both the protagonists and major antagonists competent. It's all too common to see a crime narrative make the protagonists act like idiots so that the antagonist will look stronger until the very end when they manage to find their brains. In Psycho Pass, they all come across as intelligent and any mistakes that either side makes are understandable under the circumstances. It makes the dramatic tension and narrative all the stronger. The more minor characters still have verisimilitude and feel developed, even with the limited screen time they get. My only criticism in this area is that the antagonists lacked developed motivations. You get a basic sense of why they're doing what they're doing, but it is somewhat weak.
The art is really well done and nicely detailed. That being said, there is some very violent and dark content. So the series certainly isn't for everyone. The futuristic tech looks interesting, I especially liked their depiction of futuristic chat rooms, and the action sequences really flow well. The character designs are nicely varied and well done.
The sound in this is really excellent. The ambient sounds and background music are both effective at building atmosphere. All the actors give good performances. The overall best were probably Nojima Kenji, Hanazawa Kana and Sakurai Takahiro. Even though there aren't any weak performances, those three are excellent.
The ho-yay factor is a 4/10. Yayoi and Shion are romantically involved, although you don't see much of their relationship. There's some in Yayoi's backstory and there's a case where they go to a girl's school which has some.
That was Psycho Pass. How does it compare to Urobuchi's other works? Well, it isn't quite as strong as Madoka, but it's stronger than Fate/Zero. It's a very interesting piece with a lot of depth, strong characters, a developed world and it ranks among the best dystopian works. My final rating for it is an excellent 9/10. I would recommend seeing it under the caveat that it does have quite a bit of violence, some of which is sexual. If that's going to be triggering or a general problem for you, you should not watch it. That isn't to say that it's handled badly, it's not. It's well-handled and respectful. Still, you don't want to expose yourself to that if you can't handle it. Next week, Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Waru... I'm just going to call it Watamote. read more
Apr 1, 2013
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
Apr 14, 2013
A world that keeps people under control breeds monsters, in order to keep an equilibrium. Psycho-Pass could have been just another action anime with a cute main girl and attractive bishonen cast, fortunately, that wasn't the case. I would describe this anime as having an unique approach on a detective/ futuristic setting, borrowing a variety of concepts from various medias and forming its own world.
In a world dependent on technology, which seems so guarded and secure, the human psyche has never been more endangered. This world is marked by the existence of the “Sybil System” (that is unquestioned by the avearge citizen, thus making you doubt the fairness of the system) which was a system created to improve the human society, by sorting out those who have a "clouded Psycho-Pass", (which means they have criminal tendecies) from the "good sheep". “Mental contamination” is presenting itself as a big issue, coordinating the future of its inhabitants. The degree of how "contaminted" is your psychic health, is being measured by the "Psycho-Pass" device, hence the name of the show. This is a world where humans chose comodity over personal freedom, which is only a very well camouflaged illusion.
The screen play was written by Gen Urobuchi (Nitroplus), the one and only creator of the thought-provoking Madoka Magica, he's the reason for the popular themes that attracts the masses while still delivering intriguing and imaginative themes. The first episode opens with the newly appointed young inspector Akane Tsunemori that has as her first case the dangerous mission of catching a criminal. As her "assistants" she receives in her care a few "enforcers" who are described as latent criminals who are allowed into the outside world with the sole purpose of flushing out criminals just like themselves : "They are hunting dogs. They're beasts used to hunt other beasts." At first, Akane is intimidated by them, but soon finds out they are victims of the society they live in. They are seen using cool-looking weapons, called “Dominator" that adapt to the owner's psychological data, which in my opinion is an ingenious concept.
I should add that action-driven, detective-oriented animes aren't my cup of tea, but in Psycho-Pass' case it is more than that, I was compelled by the waving of the plot and the philosophical aspects. They are smartly integrated in the plot, such as the existence of a dystopian future, how far can we grasp the mysteries of the human psyche, the thin line between right or wrong, the purpose of justice and law, the human need for comodity, which empties the human potential etc. Another strong point of the series is its social commentaries, using themes such as inequality in the society, fear of confronting reality by immersing yourself in the internet world, the existence of numbness and insensitivity of humans to stimulations since their reason of living had died out, as well as the opposite, people who want to outlive others by resolving to turn into androids. There are concepts borrowed from all over the place, from the science fiction novel " Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick (which is also mentioned by Makishima Shougo,the literature-loving killer), to George Orwell's famous "Nineteen Eighty-Four" to William Gibson's cyber-punk universe.
There is a particular scene that I think is very relevant to understanding the degree of how the existence of the Sibyl System and Psycho-Pass affected the society: A man walks in a crowded street and randomly chooses to attack a woman, cowering in fear of the consequence of having their psycho-pass be clouded, the audience watches apathetically as the woman is being hit numerous times with a hammer/ gavel while being undressed. As if it weren't enough, the spectators even film the scene, seeming to enjoy it tremendously. Approaching her, comes a robot that advises her to go see a doctor, since her psycho-pass is clouded (due to the beating). This scene shows the irony of the society they live in, on the surface the government pretends that they guard the citizens, but when something like this occurs, no one interferes A character commented:“They said they couldn't understand what was going on. Someone being killed right in front of you,the idea wouldn't even occur to you. All these people lived up until today without even considering that something like this could happen”.
There are flaws with the plot which is pretentious and it does have an intellectual approach, however, it does not always succeed. The anime has good flow until episode 11, after that it begins to be unfocused and starts prolonging unnecessarry story lines (however in the final episodes it returns to the original formula). It is ironic that the best part of the story was the beginning which didn't had so much plot, but managed to maintain its good points, the episodic villains not slowing the plot but preparing it for the climax.
If you watched series such as Ergo Proxy and Ghost in the shell you may not find the story so innovative. However, if you haven't watched these great show you'll be able to enjoy the story more than I did.
I have to say, the first thing I noticed looking on this anime's Mal page, was the design of the characters, I was like :"Are you sure Amano Akira-sensei that did Katekyo Hitman Reborn didn't drew the characters?" And I was right, you can't believe how happy I was since her drawing style is one of my favorites in manga. The art is very good, the designs for the characters are appealing and eye-pleasing, the scenaries are beautifully drawn and give the feeling the staff put a lot of effort and care into them, as well as in the technological devices. The animation is smooth and it flows naturally, giving a feeling of realism, while still keeping an anime feel to it.
The sound is great, it has catchy rhythms and lyrics as well as atmospheric backgroud music.I remember a certain lyric from the ending song "God....Where did you go?", which I think suits this society.
The characters are likeable, even the main antagonist. At first, I thought Shinya Kougami was a suicidal maniac, that seeked redemption by being killed. However, that's far from the truth, the audience discovering that he actually wants to live in order to avenge his murdered colleague. I find Shinya's character easy to empathise with (which is always a good thing), he is also interesting as a character, possesing superior observational skills which remind me of Will Graham from Red Dragon, who tries to enter the minds of criminals (at one point we see him reading a book called "Heart of Darkness", which presents the exact same situation he finds himself in, a conflict between the "lower", un-advanced humans and superior, technology-users ones).
Akane's physical appearance makes her seem younger than she is, but her personality is far more reserved and mature. She is at one time regarded as “mental beauty” because of the degree of her self-control. One character stated about her that: “She accepts things as they are. She forgives society, acknowledges it, and accepts it. On top of that, she doesn't mind taking risks, so it's not like she's just going with the flow”. However, her relationship with Shinya is almost non-existent even after 20 episodes, which really annoys the hell out of me.
Now, time for the most interesting character in this series, and the reason why this anime is so higly regarded, Makishima Shougo. In a world that humans aren't actually “alive”, as their lives are dictated by the Sybil System, Shougo wants to live life to the fullest. When people are given free hand to commit atrocious murders, they don't hesitate and grasp the chance. This is what Makishima really is in my opinion, a trigger that determines other people to go against the norms of society, fulfilling their destructive desires. He uses his natural leader skills to manipulate other criminals, being like a flame that attracts moths, ending up burning them, him being the only one left standing. His superior talents make him search for his equal, someone he can measure up against without ever getting bored. He represents the ultimate contradiction, his consciousness being crystal-clear and pure while committing heinous acts. He thinks of himself more of an artist than anything, a conductor that orchestrates the destruction of the world he lives in. There is beauty where there is suffering and chaos, only that way humans realise the importance of being alive. The exchange of words he has with Shinya adds to my enjoyment, as I can clearly see the chemistry between the two characters, each being the reflection of the other, the only thing that separtes them is the side of the coin they are on.
Nobuchika Ginoza is one of these characters you either love or hate. It is interesting to see his inner conflicts, having to choose between obeying the system or aiding his friends. I find intriguing the fact that he strives to be the perfect inspector, since his own father failed as an inspector and became a latent criminal, disgracing his family. His fear of not wanting to became a latent criminal like his father is smartly crafted, though I would have enjoyed to see more of their relationship. There is also the tensionate realationship with Shinya, his former collegue and friend, who betrayed him like his father did, becoming a latent criminal, and for that, Ginoza never forgives him.
However there are flaws with the characters as well. Even if Akane is the main character I would have liked to see more of her, the amount of information we receive about her is unsatisfactory. That doesn't only happen with her, but with Shinya as well, since we don't know anything about his background other than that he was an inspector.
This anime is worth watching, it does deserve some of the praise it gets, even if it had its flaws. It is however one of the most well-made anime in the winter-spring season of 2013. I will end quoting Makishima, 'cause I liked it a lot: " Just like God? That might be pleasurable in its own way, but unfortunately I'm not into umpire or referee, as I can't genuinely enjoy the game if I were one”.
Overall: 8.4 read more
Nov 9, 2013
Psycho-Pass explores many social and psychological themes. The concept of punishing someone because they have the potential to do wrong is explored regularly. Should someone be punished because someone has the thoughts but never act upon them? How does having a different state of mind effect one's Psycho-Pass? Emotions are repressed to not be able to feel negative emotions, as the majority of the criminals are emotionally unstable. The job of the police force becomes restricted; if they attempt to think like the criminals , it only increases their chances of becoming a criminal. Because of these limitations in life, living becomes restricted.
The primary male protagonist, Shinya Kougami is an enforcer who is obsessed with Makishima, and cannot move on without setting things right. An Enforcer is a rank in the police force, whose job is to be the 'dog' and sniff out the criminal. Kougami's character development is practically non-existent. This is because Kougami has his sight set to the end of the road, shown by his justified and unwavering personality. Thus he is already established into someone who knows what he is doing from the get go. He is intelligent, rational, logical and is a capable fighter, which doesn't leave much room for development. Instead Psycho-Pass relies on the development of Akane, and to some extent, the secondary cast.
The female lead, Tsunemori Akane goes through moments that change her perspectives on society as she tries to find her purpose of life. Her main influence is from Kougami as she shows admiration for his resolve and detective skills. Akane's own ideals are not as clear nor well developed enough to understand the choices made by some characters. Her lack of understanding the situation clouded her judgement. Shown her conflict for the Sibyl system, it brings harmony but restricts freedom, and becomes confused. However, once she does find her resolve, she has an interesting and drastic change in character; making her as capable as Kougami and Makishima.
The antagonist, Shougo Makishima is political criminal who takes advantage of the faults that lie in civilization, structured by the Sibyl System. Similarly to Kougami, his character is already developed and takes on his own ethics of freedom. But to obtain his view of 'freedom' he must go against the law and order of the Sibyl system. His actions are purely brutal, but he sees no wrong in his own actions as they are 'normal' to him. Kougami's and Makishima's thought patterns are constantly compared since 'great minds think alike’. They become natural oppositions, but have different viewpoints of justice.
The growth of a single individual is not enough for almost any 26 episode series and thus Psycho-Pass turn its attention towards the secondary characters. Majority of the secondary cast have a back story, which differs in length. But these characters serve as a backdrop to more smaller and personal issues, and have a minimal role in the bigger picture. It does a good job of creating affinity to specific figures who excel from the rest of the secondary cast, but they still don't compare with the main cast.
There are some negatives with Psycho-Pass, such as the slow start. It takes time for it to build up and create development and the latter half of the series is better. The first half is broken into detective cases which some feeling dragged out and have uninteresting antagonists. The cases really exist to demonstrate how formidable Makishima is, and thus the lesser antagonists are squandered. The message is the same throughout the 22 episodes and some episodes are made specifically to enhance the idea of freedom versus the Sibyl system. Psycho-Pass never leaves this concept, but instead expands it into fine detail. While it is an interesting idea, it could have explored other areas of human nature for at least some of the 22 episodes.
The art style goes well with the dark tone of Psycho-Pass. Close up shots have a bigger effect on tension, while long range shots influence the atmosphere. The medium shots aren't anything special and the character models, at times, are lacking in quality. The soundtrack is good, and offers a lot. There are pieces which contrast to the moment and others which captivate and enhance the situation. The 'openings' and 'endings' look and sound brilliant.
Psycho-Pass is definitely worth watching and purposely didn't reveal all its cards for the chance of a second season. It does have its flaws but it is still a unique anime which explores the mental state of human beings.
"The law doesn't protect people, people protect the law." -Akane read more
May 23, 2013
Obviously, the justice system today, has it's flaws. It's not uncommon to see innocent men and women being framed for crimes they commit - our judgment is not perfect.
But what if we could determine instantly, the criminals of the future, predetermining criminals before they commit their crime? Would such a system be deemed as "perfect"?
Such a question is something that I absolutely love when posed by an anime - a question or idea that challenges the foundations of our society itself, and challenges it's viewers to ponder upon the question it beholds before them.
Psycho-Pass, essentially bestows such a question upon it's viewers - it poses them with an impossible society - one that possesses instant judgement of criminals prior to their crime, and then explores that system's flaws, asking the viewer to think for themselves what is best. The system itself, is referred to as the Sibyl System, a judgement system capable of placing a number on an individual's criminality, or as the anime calls it, their "crime coefficient". People are then punished not based on their crime, or their motifs, but rather, on their crime coefficient. Such a system is quite efficient - "judgment" comes in the form of a gun aptly named the "Dominator", and based on their coefficient, an individual can be instantly eliminated, or alternatively, paralyzed and dealt with later. This, is the center of Psycho-Pass's setting - a futuristic, dystopian cyberpunk Japan, where everything, including job aptitude, is determined through the Sibyl System.
This, is the setting for the anime - a dystopian Japan in which criminals are instantly judged and prosecuted, and from this, comes the amazing storyline that I found myself so indulged in. I absolutely love the idea of a non-white and black storyline - it makes for such a more interesting story, and allows for viewers to be varied in their position regarding the storyline. At an extreme extent, Psycho-Pass really doesn't have protagonists, nor does it really have antagonists, at least in the general sense. Rather, it has what I'd call "perspectives", different views upon a centralized topic, with both sides possessing conflicting views. Like I said, this is really what makes the story shine - a story that is in fact, not black and white.
Personally, however, what made the storyline so stunning for me was it's implementation of sociology. Like I said, it doesn't just place a black and white situation and portray it through multiple battle scenes, or random storyline elements that don't really make sense, it really asks the viewer a question, one that they can not only apply to the series itself, but to their own lives, and our own so treasured society. Like Serial Experiments Lain, it really challenges our beliefs in our society, and for me, strengthens my ideas of the flaws in our current general justice system. Ironically enough, Psycho-Pass's implementation is done mostly by what could be seen as the antagonist, further adding to my point that Psycho-Pass is not white and black at all. A lot of Psycho-Pass's references to sociology also recognize various authors who have written about society - George Orwell and his 1984, a novel which contained a society with many parallels with the society represented in Psycho-Pass, is referenced a few times, as are the works of Marcel Proust, Phillip K Dick (I'm sure the entire series was based on his short story The Minority Report, actually), and Jonathan Swift and his Gulliver's Travels. This, like Serial Experiments Lain, is a series in which it is possible to write an academic paper on. Psycho-Pass itself is almost like an academic paper, it poses a question, a thesis, and arguments to support it.
Of course, a storyline is nothing without it's characters, and this is another place where Psycho-Pass does relatively well. At first, it seemed like Akane wasn't quite fit to be a protagonist of the story, but I know that for myself, I was very satisfied with the role that she played and the development that went into her character. She was very well realized. Actually, come to think of it, every single character was very well realized, there wasn't a useless half-assed character in sight. Naturally, Psycho-Pass does have characters that play a minor role, but come on, which anime doesn't? Obviously, the minor characters are not really the ones I'm trying to praise here, it's the main roles that really shine in Psycho-Pass. There is a cohesiveness in the relationships between characters in Psycho-Pass that simply gives value and meaning to every single character - the storyline benefits from this, as the majority of characters not only add depth to the storyline, but also meaning, and gives the viewers something to attach and relate themselves to. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that Psycho-Pass makes really good use of it's cast, and proves to be able to utilize them to develop it's already-excellent plot. One thing that struck out to me was that it wasn't only the protagonists that I agonized over. I agonized over every single character, they were all so well played out that I didn't find myself disliking any of the characters.
As with any anime, Psycho-Pass suffers from at least some form of minimal flaw, and in this case, it's the animation. It was good, yes, but this is one area where Psycho-Pass could be much better. I know that to some people, this would seem really picky of me to dissect and criticize Psycho-Pass to such an extent, however, I'm sure that I'm not alone. What I'm speaking of here is quite literally the animation. There were some instances where the animation was slightly choppy, and not quite as fluid as I would have liked. Granted, such a flaw is definitely acceptable, because right now, we've only got the aired TV release, I'm sure the animation will improve greatly once the Blu-Ray release comes out. Even if a BD release doesn't come out, the occasionally choppy and slightly derpy animation doesn't really deduct from the anime at all. The characters are still pretty well drawn, and stylistically, the animation gives a nice feel to the anime that really matches both it's setting and plot.
One thing that I truly found enjoyable for myself, was the opening and ending themes. Not only were the songs chosen very fitting stylistically, they were also very fitting in meaning. If you read the lyrics to the first opening, I'm sure you'll see some parallels between the meaning of the song, and the anime itself. Personally, if I were to dissect any aspect of Psycho-Pass's choice of music, it would have to be the final ending. I know I found myself enjoying the final ending theme, however, I also know that it's a fact that the song is definitely a "love it or hate it" kind of thing. Some would argue that it's not very fitting for the anime, and I'd agree with them, stylistically, it doesn't really fit. It's not like it's a bad song, it just doesn't fit like the rest of the OST does. On the other hand, it's a pretty good song, and even if it doesn't fit, I don't think I ever found myself skipping the ending theme.
The actual sound, as in background noises, I suppose, was also pretty good. All the background sounds felt in place, and had a sense of realism to it. Never once during the anime did I find myself noticing either a serious lacking in the background sound's realism and presence. It seemed to be pretty well thought out. The BGM at some points also proved to be very fitting to the scene itself - a lot of the more epic scenes are augmented by their respective BGM's. It gives a bigger feel of suspense.
I know for a fact that this anime was well-received. I also know that sometimes, animes that bask in the light of critical acclaim, aren't really deserving of such acclaim. Psycho-Pass, is not one of these animes. I for one, truly believe that Psycho-Pass has earned it's right to it's critical acclaim - it really was a great anime. And I'm sure I'm not alone in believing so.
~ Note ~
If you, the reader, ever find anything in my review that you would like to revoke, or anything that you either just don't agree with, or maybe just have another opinion on something I said, please, by all means, drop me a comment or a message, criticism is definitely welcome, and if you just want to have a chat, by all means, that's very welcome too. If you're going to deem this review "Not helpful", it would be really helpful, for me, if you told me why, so that I may be more helpful the next time around. Otherwise you're basically thumbing down my review just 'cause. read more
May 30, 2013
Please don’t break out the pitchforks for not giving it a 10 and calling it the best thing since sliced bread either.
Set approximately a century in the future, Tsunemori Akane is a rookie inspector for the MWPSB, the equivalent of Japan’s police force. Governed under a mysterious entity called the Sibyl System, which essentially quantifies your quality as a person, the world is set up using a seemingly typical dystopian model. Based on the background information given, it is implied that the Sibyl System is only present within Japan. The series does a rather good job explaining several nuances of the system, whether by showing through example or explaining through technobabble that, although seems ridiculous, is essential to any science fiction story (I will abbreviate SF for science fiction from now on). Most of the story focuses on Akane’s unit solving various cases that eventually begin to connect to one culprit, Makishima Shougo.
Now onto the fun part.
Like any respectable SF work, Psycho-Pass focuses on certain themes throughout the series. I believe scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi pinpointed his focus on one central theme: morality. What convinces me that this topic is the central focus is because our main character, Akane, is a walking goody two-shoes who blabs and argues about morals more than Tanabe Ai in Planetes. Although at face value, the show focuses on many other broad topics like governance, the value of life, and the dangers of future technology, each topic eventually boils down to the question: Is *insert topic here* right or wrong? The good part of Psycho-Pass’ story is that the series initially does a wonderful job of building a diverse and intriguing world, with the Sibyl System as its cornerstone; however, as the series progresses, the world becomes uninteresting as the initially complexly constructed Sibyl System takes a backseat to a melodramatic police drama that turns out to be much less interesting than the actual world itself. To top that off, the show also falls short in delivering another aspect that many people hail it for.
This aspect, of course, is the social commentary.
From time to time, Psycho-Pass brings up some questions that might raise a few eyebrows; however, other than getting you thinking for the five-or-so minutes after the episode is over, the show doesn’t do much to develop these ideas. In fact, the manners in which said ideas are presented are not much more than references to other works of literature in the past. It would be acceptable if Urobuchi threw in a reference every now or then to help develop an idea, but instead he uses these obvious references to previous works as the only form to convey his messages. What results from this is a loss of identity. Because of these references, the show will probably not be remembered in the future as Psycho-Pass, but as “that show that tried too hard to be ‘deep’ (I kind of hate that word) by referencing obscure 17th century Japanese philosophy.” It’s this sort of referencing that suckers people into actually believing that Psycho-Pass is much more than it actually is. Moreover, since the show is essentially a police drama, the ongoing melodramatic development of the overall story hazes the impact of the supposed social commentary.
Overall, the story of Psycho-Pass suffered from too many inconsistencies along with a lack of an actual identity to be considered to be the “amazing, thought-provoking, and mature” story that many people tout it to be. Instead, the story ends up being disappointingly typical, and it leaves a feeling that it could have been so much more.
One worry I always have with the art style of any SF anime is the setting. The portrayal of a futuristic world is a feat that is very difficult in both anime and other mediums. Anyways, with Psycho-Pass, I was surprised to see how much detail Production IG took in building the world visually. From details as minute as the fact that the cars can drive themselves to something as important as the functionality of the dominator, the world is fleshed out very well thanks to the many episodes given to establish the setting. In other words, the society not only looks futuristic, but feels futuristic.
We are exposed to a variety of different locales from night clubs to government buildings, and the little nuances included in these scenes were very important in building a visually believable world. The animation was fluid and detailed, and lighting was done to give the show the dark ambiance that is characteristic of all Gen Urobuchi stories. My main gripe about the art style was the character designs. Some characters look plain awkward, and overall, they just don’t fit the setting. Although the cartoony design approach has worked in other shows like Monster, the character designs of Psycho-Pass were a bit over-the-top.
The OST of Psycho-Pass is strong. There is a wide variety of different tracks that express a vast array of emotions. From calmer piano ballads to adrenaline-pumping techno tunes, the viewer can tell that the soundtrack was constructed very well. Although I think soundtrack placement could have been better at parts of the series, the overall OST was very solid. Voice acting too was excellent. Even though the only standout performance I can point out to is Hanazawa Kana’s voice as Tsunemori Akane, the rest of the cast performed amiably with no performances I can really say were bad.
As a supercell fan, I was delighted to hear that Chelly would be performing both endings, Namae no Nai Kaibutsu and All Alone with You. The first ending was definitely among my favorites; not only did it fit the series well, but it was one of the catchiest songs I have ever listened to. In contrast, All Alone with You, although a very solid song, was definitely weaker than the first ending and did not fit well with the show at all. The same pattern can be found for the opening sequences. The first opening, Abnormalize by Ling Tosite Sugire, is an excellent and fitting opening. Unfortunately, the second opening, Out of Control by Nothing’s Carved in Stone, feels both generic and uninspiring.
Overall, the sound set of Psycho-Pass, much like the art/animation, is excellent all around. Although there are still some flaws in certain subcategories, it is still very well done.
The main problem with SF works is that the creator often focuses so much on the actual setting of the show, that the characters ultimately fall flat. Like many other shows of the same genre, Psycho Pass is unable to break this predisposition to mediocrity; however, there is some hope.
Most of the cast is pretty plain and I have long forgotten many of their names. Some are given minor development, while others end up being filler and are ultimately unnecessary to the show. There are three members of the cast worth mentioning, so I will give a brief and general rundown of each.
Tsunemori Akane: Without a doubt the best character in the show, Akane is a moralistic goody two-shoes whose ideals parallel that of the Sibyl system. A model citizen who graduated the top of her class, Akane’s development as a character from the nervous rookie to what she becomes in the end was a pleasant surprise, and the crowning achievement of Psycho Pass as an anime.
Kougami Shinya: What makes Kougami a decent character is the fact that he is basically the polar opposite of Akane. Skilled and deadly at his profession, Kougami is an enforcement officer of the MWPSB whose main flaw is in his strength. Seemingly invincible at times, his badass-ery is the very reason why so many people love him and others hate him. While it is definitely nice to have such a character for the sake of action, the very fact that he is basically unbeatable takes away from the tension of many key moments. Plot armor can only go so far before it becomes absurd.
Makishima Shougo: It’s a shame that Makishima turned out the way he did. Initially portrayed as a very mysterious and intelligent antagonist who had an unhealthy affinity for Kougami, what his character eventually turned into was Gen Urobuchi’s walking quote machine. With that said, there’s nothing much else to comment about his character. Since his role is doomed to be one without an actual identity, there is really no way to salvage his character.
Overall, the cast of Psycho-Pass is relatively plain, but by no means terrible. Highlighted by an excellently fleshed out character, Tsunemori Akane, the cast of Psycho-Pass, like many others of the genre, just fail to stand out.
What irks me the most when I hear people talk about Psycho-Pass is that they hail it as this sort of thought-provokingly mature show that only intelligent people can understand. If you take in Psycho-Pass like that, not only will you be disappointed, but you will probably miss the actual point of the show. In the end, Psycho-Pass is a police drama. These types of shows tend to focus on providing tense, adrenaline-pumping suspense. Psycho-Pass is a very entertaining show if you take it in like that. Although the show does attempt to convince the viewer to believe that there is something more to what is initially presented, messy execution dampens the realization of these messages. Let’s just say if you go into this show expecting something like Serial Experiments Lain, you will be vehemently disappointed.
Overall: aka TL/DR version of the review
Overall, when it comes to describing Psycho-Pass, all I can say is that it bit off more than it could chew. Although the messages the show attempts to convey may get the viewer thinking, the impact of delivery is done in an overly pretentious and obvious manner. As a result, the social messages will stir up some thoughts, but they won't leave a lasting impact. To rub salt on the wound, most of the cast is flat and get little to no development. However, the animation is fluid and small nuances of the world are cleverly incorporated, although the character designs are rather unbecoming. The music is very high quality and fitting, and the voice acting is generally great. Although some tracks do get repetitive, the overall sound set is excellent. All in all, I would definitely recommend Psycho-Pass to someone who wants to enjoy a darker, “action-y” show with a twist; however, it is far from a proper social commentary that other shows of the same genre have delivered.
Average score: 8.2/10
Weighted score: 6/10 “Fine”
(if the rating confuses you, take a glimpse at my rating system on my profile for clarifications)
Nov 29, 2013
Psycho-Pass is a splendid piece of entertainment. It is a detective cyberpunk, and just-that is executed beautifully. Do not look for something light if you give these series a try, since the darker atmosphere, as well as the whole strength of the story, brings the show quite some heaviness, resulting in leaving the one watching with a big impression, for the better or worse.
The story is set-up and presented almost flawlessly. We are shown how people live their everyday lives with this perfect system controlling them, and see just how much does it effect the overall lifestyle of every individual. As a detective-focused series, we especially focus on the characters whose job is direct law enforcement, possibly even judgment on the spot.
The perfect system pretty much reads one person's inner thoughts (Hue), and by all the reputation and power it has gained within the country, it also heavily decides what the future of one individual will be like. If the inner thoughts and desires reach a crucial limit and can be seen as dangerous to the population, the system notifies the Public Safety Bureau, which must act in order to prevent possible damage by the one who was found hostile.
Here is where we are presented to our protagonists. The Enforcers, which handle the "dirty work" are given Dominators, weapons which intensify the more dangerous one person is found to be. The power-up ranges from Paralyze, to Lethal Vaporization. They are supervised and commanded by the Inspectors. The Enforcers are basically people who were found dangerous by the system, but were given freedom in return to help enforce the law directly. They are often referred to as the "Inspector's dogs", reasons behind that being pretty obvious.
We are shown how their everyday life runs around, until we are presented to the issue and main point of the story. What if the system is actually not that perfect? What if the system does not apply 100% of the time, and has no effect at some extremely rare occasions? What if someone abuses such an occasion to overcome the system that began ruling the whole country? Here is where the series truly begin, and where the suspense intensifies.
If the story is what makes the show, then the characters are the ones that deliver it. As we are presented to all the harshness and coldness our protagonists must go through in their everyday lives, we get to sympathize with them, and hope to see them kick ass before they get their own kicked by others.
The art and sound are beautiful. The whole darker presentations gives the series even a stronger core, and makes the whole effect on the watcher that much bigger as well. The characters' designs might seem a bit defected from time to time for some, but that happens only occasionally. What left a special impression on me was how white the skin of some law enforcers was, especially those who were usually lively and energetic. With this, the animation just topped the feeling of the coldness the job brings.
Psycho-Pass's ED1, Namae No Nai Kaibutsu by Egoist is something I simply must point out. We were first delivered some Egoist's work at Guilty Crown, which was the main reason for the project to start up. With Namae No Nai Kaibutsu, they did not let down one bit, and although I usually skip the EDs of various series around, I listened to this one every single time, it is that beautiful.
All in all, I extremely enjoyed Psycho-Pass, since I decided to watch it with a correct mind-set. These series are dark, and on times a bit cruel as well. However, they emphasize just-that greatly and on a correct way, executing the whole thing amazingly well. If you're a fan of cyberpunk in general, then I would say that Psycho-Pass is a must watch. It is fully recommended to others as well, what do you know, you might just find out that there is actually more to this genre then you might have thought. read more
Sep 14, 2013
I'm not going to go into the synopsis, as I trust that most of you reading this review would have done some prior research on the plot and also would have gotten an idea from wikipedia or other reviews or whatever. So let me just give you my honest, detailed review on this anime covering all the factors. So let us begin shall we?
Now when I mentioned originality earlier, I was expecting exactly what psycho pass is giving. Set in the future in a dark world, where gadgets called psycho passes can actually judge your mind and classify you as a criminal or an innocent member of society or even a new classification called a latent criminal( a person who has a high probability to become a criminal). Your mind will be clouded with questions with what you would think is right or wrong after seeing the events unfolding before your eyes on your screen. There are alot of dark moments so im going to say that it is not for the weak minded. But a few comedic moments , in between lighten the tension and also give you time to catch your breath. But all in all, the drama is intense. All you sci-fi fans, you will really appreciate( if not admire) the concepts that this anime enforces. I will let you watch the anime to find out for yourselves what i mean. No heavy romantic moments but alot of action scenes, so harem , romantic comedy and/or romantic drama lovers..stay away, this anime aint for you!
There are unfortunately a few( VERY FEW) boring scenes in this anime so i would fairly deduct a point but please don't judge this anime because of that because like i said, very few anime can actually grab your attention as well as psycho pass can.
Personally, I'm not a huge judge on art but if you like the newer styles of animation enforced by the animation industry, you'll like psycho pass. But I like the character and outdoor/indoor setting designs are very good in my opinion as well as the visual effects during the high-intense action and contemplation scenes.
I always say a good OST can make even a shitty anime into respectable one. Not to say psycho pass is shitty, but if psycho pass is highly rated already, it would be even even more highly rated because of it's soundtrack. The two intro's really give that that bad-ass cop story intro that psycho pass truly deserves. And let me tell you each episode(well most of them) ends with a drastic dramatic ending that is simply shocking. Add to that the two ending songs, it simply equals you being left in awe contemplating what you just saw. So, in the end two points deducted for the ost played in middle of the episodes during the scenes. (I'm not saying it's bad by itself, but with the scenes it may sound out of sync).
All the characters here are unique, have different histories and different ideals about the justice system they live by. It's these clash of ideals that make you respect each of them and how they manage to work in the same team to catch the antagonist. Though all the characters deserve honorable mention I'm going topraise three characters the most:
1. The protagonist Kougami Shinya, he is the definition of the cool, bad-ass cop with the typical "f**k this shit, I'm going to catch him my own way" type of thinking that we all respect and which also excites us. But what impresses me the most is the way he understands his enemy, and using his experience as well as deductive skills tpo trace him and seek him out. This sort of reminds me of the L and Light relationship of one guy always somehow managing to be one step ahead of the other when one is about to get caught. So, this guy amazes me with new tricks up his sleeve.
2. Next is Tsunemori Akane, the female protagonist. What amazes me about her, is that, despite being subjected to hard life and torture of a policewoman, who had to experience a whole bunch of trauma as the newbie, is still able to keep a clear head and hold on to her will and morals as a law enforcement officer, despite all that, is truly admirable( and a big deal if you live in that sort of world...you'll understand what I mean when you see it). Overall, she strikes as mettlesome and devoted to do her duty even if she has to do it the hard way. She is one who develops drastically as the anime progresses.
3.Now finally the antagonist, Makishima, Shougo. This guy is probably as cool as any cucumber can ever be. But as lethal as a dose of the most toxic of toxins out there in the world. He reminds me of the joker(from the dark night) in a way that he believes he's helping society by letting them express their true selves in order to rebel against the limitations of the current justice system. But belive me, in scary, terrible ways can he emerge from from that innocent nice guy shell into a wasp that can only nfict pain. He also has qualities that would draw curosity towards him. For example he cannot be judged by the system(why?..i'll let you find that out by yourselves). So, this guy who guy is someone whom you can both admire and fear, a certain character which could explain why this anime is just THAT popular.
I'm going to club both my overall rating and my enjoyment rating together. Despite a few flaws I just cannot and will not deny that I just loved this anime, from it's character situations, to the myseries and action sequences and the sci-fi ideas used and twists in the plot, all I want to say is this: bravo Shiotani, Naoyoshi , bravo Production I.G and bravo everybody else who is a part of this animes development, you have done well. So I am going to say that despite giving lower ratings to other factors individually, I'm going to give this anime a perfect score for this sole reason: It entertained me very well!!
PS: This my first anime review, despite watching a variety of anime for over a year now, and I'm glad to say that I believe I have done quite satisfactorily. But for yo major critics out there, all I can say is to please spare me this time and I will try to learn the trades of writing the "ideal" review given some time. Cheers yall!!!
Mar 27, 2013
And I can say that, Psycho-Pass is the most humane story of Urobuchi Gen.
Taking place in a not far future, a dystopian place, Psycho-Pass is a great criticism to human nature itself, both as individuals and community. It is interesting to see that these matters were not put in a subtle way, but a more direct way. It's so unlike Urobuchi Gen, but that is one of the few reasons to make it his most humane story.
Solitude... Being part of a community... Allegedly given freedom... A future that is sealed even before the act takes place. Everything is decided for you and yet you still live a life that is yours. However, what will happen when the walls that are protecting you fall part? And maybe worst? It makes you to question. Were they made to keep the danger outside, or were they made to keep you inside? What will be the side you'll be taking when those walls fade?
Characters of Psycho-Pass touches almost everyone's life. Almost everyone can find something related to themselves in them. Obsession, parenthood, patriotism, humanism, idealism, solitude, search, a lesser evil, a greater good, an impossible choice, incomprehensible and unacceptable yet still undeniable facts... Nothing is up to you to decide, yet you have to make a choice. It is the very essence of Psycho-pass, desperation.
Every single character in this story suffers from it, and takes shape with it. It will be up to you to decide the good and evil... again.
Science fiction, action, detective... These may be the genres to describe Psycho-Pass, and it may look like it only speaks for a very specific part of viewers, but not only it fills those genres quite well, but also it speaks for other viewers too. If you are looking for something that makes sense, that you'll both enjoy and question paradigms while watching, Psycho-Pass is something you should never miss. read more
Jun 4, 2013
Story : 10/10
The story is the main selling point of this anime. Set in the future, the opening episode immediately grabs the audience and drags them into the world of Psycho Pass where the Sibyl System is there. Chances are - if you didn't like the opening episode, it would be a good time to say that this anime is not for you. The opening episodes serve as a gateway to familiarize the audience with the Sibyl System and the modern world, where we follow the Public Safety Bureau in investigating case after case. However, soon as the individual cases become more and more engrossing, they plot will start to unfold itself and soon you will realize that everything is part of a bigger picture, and there is where the story really starts to kick off, as well as getting you to think. Would society be better off with something like the Sibyl System which lets us know exactly what we should do in the future? Or does it limit our freedom of choice and puts us in a virtual prison where we have no control over anything we do? Such themes and questions will be presented towards us in this anime and it serves to be very thought provoking.
The atmosphere of this anime is dark overall, with a few lighter episodes here and there which is perfect for us to take a breather once in a while. You HAVE to expect certain episodes to be just talking all the way - If you're the type who gets bored because you are more interested in action than plot, this anime is again NOT for you. The talking episodes however, are presented such that it always comes after action-packed episodes, or before action-packed episodes. Therefore, it strikes a great balance, such that we do not have 3 episodes consecutively solely about talking and theory-crafting. The action is not amazing - but it is the psychological aspect of the battles and action that captures me every single time. The psychological battle is even more appealing than the action itself.
Art/Animation - 6/10
My overall score is a perfect 10, as I do not take art into account for rating an anime. However, I would say that animation for this has a solid seven. The animation style fits the dark mood of the series, and it also serves to define each character as their own, each of them having a distinct personality based on their outlook. However, I only gave it a six because of the huge animation drop in several episodes which is blatantly obvious, and even made me burst out laughing once. Also, I do not really like or maybe appreciate the art style compared to traditional anime art. Nevertheless, I cannot imagine Psycho-Pass with traditional art.
Sound/Music - 9/10
The opening and the ending songs fit the mood of the series a lot. I disliked the second opening song initially as I thought it ruined the set up of the episode compared to the first episode, but eventually I soon realized that it actually fits the faster pace in the second half as opposed to the episodic nature of the first half of the anime. The soundtrack is amazing, and I really like most of the songs to play. Even Beethoven's Ode to Joy while seemingly used in an almost bizzare situation begins to fit naturally on the second round. I have no complaints whatsoever about the soundtrack - it's that great.
Characters - 9/10
I said that the story is the main selling point of the anime, but what is a story without good characters? Well, the characters are the selling point of this anime as well. There is very good character development throughout the series for the two main characters, as well as a few side characters. Our heroine Inspector Tsunemori Akane might initially seem like a naive girl, but it doesn't take long before she shows that she can really take her stand and even speak up for what she believes is right, making her a very strong, likable character. Her development from a new inspector to an outstanding inspector is not her only development, as many other aspects of her personality and character is also developed throughout the whole series, to the point where when you look back on the series you wouldn't believe that the initial Akane was Akane any longer. Same goes for the main male lead Kogami Shinya - he initially seems like the mysterious, cool hero. However, as the series unlocks his past and his motivations, we begin to see him in a new light. His new resolutions throughout the series, whether for the better or the worse highlights the development in his character. I just wish that we had more background information rather than the bits we had throughout the series.
For the side characters, the relationship and personalities of a few of them are developed so well to the point where they become as memorable as the main leads of the story. The only complaint that I might have is the presence of a promising backstory of a side character that was eventually never resolved. However, if I look at it as icing on the cake of a side character, I see no reason why this would serve as a blemish in this area, as this character in concern is not a main character after all.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I was never bored for a single second in this series. Throughout the talking episodes, philosophies, action and psychological warfare - I was hooked every single second as I got intrigued by the story and the characters, with each episode leaving me wanting for more. There are few series that could get me hooked as much as Psycho-Pass.
Overall - 10/10
This is without a doubt one of the strongest anime that actually made me reflect upon society as a whole. Nevertheless, I would like to stress again that this masterpiece is not for just anyone - the dark atmosphere and story with heavy dialogue might not be your cup of tea. However, if it is - be prepared for an amazing ride.
Jan 26, 2013
In a world where a persons mental state means everything, every action you make could mean a life in prison, or life as a slave to the new systems police force, If, you have talent for thinking like a criminal and solving murders.
This anime is fantastic, and for the first time in a long while the main threat is a perfect character. I am 15 episodes in and somehow this anime is still getting better and better.
Crime, action, intelligence and mental stability are all equally important in this story, and the plot is continuous and really showing a lot of growth in the main characters and direction of the story.
All ready there have been back stories and even episodes solely dedicated to showing us how the characters are were they are.
Kougami is going to be a favourite of mine, and I am sure there will be others who will think the same,
Do you want to be emerged in a great plot with great characters in a world that is on the brink of falling into anarchy?
Where only a few can stop it?
Add in horror, action , mystery and crime and you have Psycho pass.
Must watch IMO. read more
Sep 19, 2013
This is an intelligent anime, it focuses on examining the the nature of people specifically regarding the issue of free will and why the characters do the things they do. It pays tribute to artists and writers whose works the plot is centered around, and As a fan of sci-fi and psychology this was a real treat.
In regards to the plot, Pyscho Pass is set in a futuristic Japan which has been transformed into a Utopian/Dystopian society (depending how you view it). The hue (mental state) and crime coefficient (likeliness of committing a serious crime) are constantly monitored. Anyone displaying dangerous signs are removed from society. In essence there is peace but this conflicts with exercising free will, this is the premise for the villain to cause instability in hopes of collapsing the system in order for people to be free.
The art and voice acting in this anime along with the action scenes are great and the main characters do have depth. However this show does begin to lose steam towards the end when it becomes more of a detective show, and the end just fades away. Whether it was to accommodate a second season or not i'm not sure. Overall i found this anime to be amazing and would definitely recommend it.
Also i really want those guns they use... read more
Aug 25, 2013
In early 22nd century Japan, it has become possible to analyze a human mind with a startling degree of accuracy using a network of scanners and an incredibly powerful supercomputer known as the SIByL System. To this end, the judicial system is no longer required for law enforcement. Police use the SIByL System’s abilities to judge a person’s mental state and depending on the situation, either arrest them so that they can undergo therapy, or carry out executions on the spot. Into this world is thrust the brilliant but inexperienced Inspector Tsunemori Akane. We follow the inspector and the rest of the Public Safety Bureau as they investigate the tenacious shadow of crime that haunts Japan, and learn more about the truth behind their “paradise.”
One thing that caught me off guard, which viewers should be aware of is that despite being an anime about police detectives, it is most definitely NOT a mystery. The pawns and masterminds of crime are made known to the audience quickly (read: in the intro). This is a fast-paced action anime much more than it is a mystery. An action anime that is quite dark and violent at times. Although Psycho-Pass does not thrive on gratuitous gore for shock value, it’s definitely way too much for younger audiences or those with a weak stomach.
The first thing you will notice about Psycho-Pass is that the story is served up on a silver platter of fluid animation and solid, yet disquieting music. Psycho-Pass’s presentation of the future transitions between sleek and gritty, but never boring. Be it the character designs or some high-tech contraption, there is always something pretty to look at. It’s no secret that Production I.G has a lot of money, and they obviously dropped big bucks to make this title look good. Unfortunately, Production I.G has acquired a nasty habit in recent times: making some parts of anime dazzling (especially the beginning) and hiding some less-than-outstanding work throughout the series as it goes on. This creates the perception that an anime is gorgeous, and once people have that impression in their minds the studio is free to be a little lazier when nobody’s looking. You can see this habit at work in other anime like Suisei no Gargantia and Shingeki no Kyojin. I noticed several conspicuously still backgrounds and simple designs especially in the middle-late part of the anime. These are the sorts of things I would consider run-of-the-mill in a typical anime, but it is precisely because Psycho-Pass is such an attractive anime that these lapses are so irritating.
But the substance behind the style is what really makes, and breaks, this anime. The setting of this anime is particularly excellent. The society we see at the beginning is safe, happy and free. But as Psycho-Pass continues, we learn that the pillars holding these values are actually rather fragile. Social problems, isolationism, unreliable technology and oppression lurk in the unilluminated shadows. This dystopia is definitely authoritarian, to the point of dictating possible jobs to people based on their abilities. But there are several examples of how it is not an Orwellian “Big Brother” society. The citizens are happy, without being brainwashed, quite reminiscent of Philip K. Dick.
Therein lies the problem, Psycho-Pass is the world of Philip K. Dick, if they didn’t flat-out admit it in the anime they might almost be accused of plagiarism. Psycho-Pass is brazenly derivative of several other works, even anime. More than once I had to ask myself if I wasn’t watching Ghost in the Shell or reading Gulliver’s Travels. Psycho-Pass doesn’t even care if you know, in fact it wants you to know; it’s positively stolid.
The setting may be a little stale, but Urobuchi makes it work, the real point is what goes on in that setting. The Public Security Bureau may be the sword-arm of SIByL, but they do their job because they care about protecting people. As they are faced with a string of brutal crimes, it gradually becomes as obvious to them as it is to the audience that there is a connection. The focus of Psycho-Pass is not so much what is behind these crimes, but why. At first, it seems the only motivation is the sadism and insanity of distasteful malcontents, but the more complex picture is gradually revealed. In this sense, the story is very well put-together. Forced storytelling is nowhere in sight; I was fully expecting one of the detectives to produce a totally rectally-derived solution to an investigation, but to my delight, it never happened. There are no plot holes and the elements of the story come together strongly as nobody is “right” or “wrong.”
The characters are flawed and very compelling, compounded by excellent voice acting across the cast. Even side characters have believable thoughts and motivations. The three main characters are all superb. Tsunemori’s development can be a little jerky and opaque at times, but she shows tremendous, yet believable, strength of character. She is presented with several difficult decisions and her reactions are all reasonable, earning her praise and scorn from others. Kougami struggles with his ideals against his feelings and past, which is satisfactorily explored without being too excessive. He has little faith in the society that shuns him, but embittered though he is, he tries to do the right thing.
Makishima is a spectacular villain. At first it seems he is merely an evil psychopath, which he most definitely is. However, his motivations and methods reveal an intricate character, almost noble in some ways. Some viewers may even root for him at some points, and not just those who support the bad guy to be edgy.
One of the biggest problems with Psycho-Pass is the sometimes incomprehensible rationale behind it. The science (often pseudoscience) of the show is extremely confusing at times. The technology is especially baffling, particularly the Dominator weapon system. I will refrain from spoilers, only I think that it must be designed expressly with storytelling potential in mind, with any practical concerns neatly cast away. There are also a few times when the characters are equally obtuse. I recall a small squad of police bursting in on an injured and unarmed criminal and shooting him without hesitation. One character promptly wonders aloud who the criminal was talking to and whether he was working alone. Apparently it never once occurred to him that he might get that information from the man himself. This infuriating quirk only gets worse as the anime goes on.
Psycho-Pass is very pretentious at times. It asks some moderately philosophical questions, but like the setting, nothing even approaches originality. It wants to provide dumbed-down action without sacrificing its air of deepness. Psycho-Pass isn’t a “bad” anime by any stretch of the word, in fact it is quite entertaining. But it isn’t nearly as intelligent as it thinks it is. read more