Following the incident in the Southeast Asia Union (SEAUn) in 2116, Shinya Kogami resumes his vagrant journey. In a small South Asian nation, Kogami rescues a bus of refugees under attack by armed guerrilla forces. Among the refugees is a young lady by the name of Tenzin, who begs Kogami to teach her how to retaliate against the enemy. Just what do the girl who wishes for revenge and the man who has exacted revenge see as they gaze upon the edge of a world from which there is no escape?
Psycho-Pass(S1) is often regarded as one of the great shows to come out in this decade. There were two major factors behind it's success. First it's interesting portrayal of a future where AI's have the ability to monitor a person's emotion creating the Sibyl System which controls the humanity(in Japan ofcourse) and the interesting characters notably 3 major ones; Makishima Shouko , Kougami Shinya and Tsunemori Akane. While Makishima Shouko was the Fan-favorite and Tsunemori Akane was the series' main focus, Kougami Shinya's Character wasn't as acclaimed as the two because of his "generic" personality and the motivation of revenge. His Character arc ended at
the end of S1 when he finally got his revenge but did it really gave him his salvation? Psycho-Pass Movie firstly showed him after the events of S1 where we found the answer : no.
And this movie serves as his character progression arc where he, someone who's just wandering off without any destination cause he already got his revenge(his purpose in life), finds a new goal.
THE ACTUAL REVIEW: (With Minor Spoilers)
Story : 8/10.
This movie can be considered as a stand-alone movie as despite being a Psycho-Pass movie, neither the Sibyl system nor any major characters from S2 and previous Psycho-Pass SS movies are present, aside from Hanashiro Frederica who was introduced as a shady character in the previous movie.
This story expands the world of Psycho-Pass, a post-apocalyptic world where no form of long-term-peace has been achieved for decades showing us viewers the importance of Sibyl system in this world.
Following Kougami's aimless journey this story is more of a aim-provider for the character who has already completed his goal(revenge). A revenge-story thread is introduced between two characters that Kougami meets in his journey where his character not only teaches the consequences of revenge while he also learns that there's more to life than just a singular goal of revenge.
Art : 6/10.
The art was good with unique character designs and depiction of mountainous region of himalayas but animation wasn't as impressive for a Psycho-Pass movie.
Sound : 7/10.
Good sound tracks, not hampering the experience of the movie.
Character : 9/10.
Kougami is already a good character and him finding a way past revenge is the best part in the movie.
Hanashiro Frederica while being shown as a "good" person still retained a sense of mystery throughout the movie.
Tenjin is a lovable girl and the character aside from Kougami to have a major development. She's a sad character who has witnessed the horrifying nature of humans as a child and served not only as a student of Kougami but was the reason behind his character progression.
Garcia, the main antagonist of this movie is a simple character. He creates a fire then extinguishes it as a fire fighter. He's a peace-seeker. He knows the importance of peace and would take any measures to achieve peace. Thus his conflict with Tenjin is created due to a fire. And he does complete his goal making him the sole evil in the society who has to be removed.
Enjoyment : 10/10
I enjoyed every part of the movie. Kougami and (imaginary)Makishima Shouko's conversation were the best parts along with the character of Selim,the kindest man in the story.
FINAL VERDICT: 8/10
Being a Psycho-Pass and Kougami Shinya's fan this movie was my cup of tea and boy isn't it a delicious one. This movie is just below 70 min. so, expecting a compex story isn't a wise thought, just enjoy the character of Kougami and the story of Tenjin and get hyped for Psycho-Pass S3.
Classical story of fallen hero that redeems himself by taking care of a child. You´ve seen it countless times in different mediums. And when done correctly it can work pretty well.
But Case 3 does not do it very well. The characters are all extremely one-dimensional. Even Kougami, who is a very interesting character in the first and second seasons, gets here reduced to just "revenge is bad so I won´t kill anyone anymore". And he takes that motto to ridiculous lengths.
One also wonders why someone who is renouncing violence travels to the hottest warzone in Asia. It really makes no sense.
This story would work much better if he was running AWAY from violence, and violence found him anyway. But instead he´s travelling from warzone to warzone! Retarded.
Then you have villains whose plan reminds me of the South Park gnomes business plan:
1 - Collect underpants
2 - ???
3 - Profit
I´m still scratching my head trying to understand what was the villain plan and how doing what he does is supposed to make him rich.
While Case 2 could have greatly benefited from additional 30-40min or running time, here in Case 3 I was glad the nonsense was over quickly.
The final action scene is cool, so I guess there´s that.
I'm not a Kogami fanboy, despite the fact that he is probably the most/the 2nd most representative character of the whole PP. Having this in mind, what raised my curiosity and interest for this movie was the great enjoyment I had watching the first 2 movies from the Crime and Punishment series and how the last movie might relate to S3.
I consider this one the worst out of the 3, but it still remains an interesting movie, worth of recommending. As a PP movie, I think it deserves something close to 8. Why?
I will start off with the consistent fact that all 3 movies have
shared: music/soundtrack. I'm not quite sure why, but this movie felt a bit more silent than the first 2 movies (my guess is that dialogues were not as much complemented by music as in the first 2).
Most viewers could probably agree that a decent part of this movie's music is relatable. This is because it's a modified mix of S1 and S2 soundtracks (ex: main theme is at a slower tempo in the last fight). Some of it also remained untouched (ex: Makashima's theme). All in all, they're supposed to link the present to the past and show the periodicity of events, in which case it does a great job. There are also a few new additions (ex: villain's theme, or the the music background of the council 42:33) that end up completing the picture of the war theater setup in SE Asia at that time.
All in all, the soundtrack is amazing, but not as compelling as in the first movie, as some tracks failed to synchronize with the pace of the corresponding scene (ex: final fight).
The animation is decent when CGI is not applied (sounds obvious isn't it?). I don't know the reason why, but this movie's CGI is the worst one in the Crime and Punishment series. Not only does it sometimes feel out of place (ex: 40:30->the military transport vehicles in the background and Tenjin's run), but it is also more noticeably worse (ex: 16:42->shooting scenes). It's not the worse I've seen and thankfully it's not even applied to the facial expressions of the characters, which is a plus considering the type of movie here.
The rest of the animation is on par with the rest of PP series (except the choreography of the final fight which wasn't as significant as other fights in PP), and the artstyle is just probably more commendable here than it was in the first 2 movies. The palette of colors is more vivid with every scene (ex: the execution scene's red color of rage and hatred) and the contrast between them is also calibrated with the scene's locations and characters (ex: dialogue in the night between Frederica and Kogami takes place in the darker, but warm color tones of the night which complements the actual dialogue pretty well).
The movie itself offers us a change of scenery from urban Tokyo, the a "modernised" countryside in SE Asia, that doesn't feel out of place thanks to all the small background elements included.
When it comes to the plot, I have a hard time deducing what is it actually about and more importantly why did they want to make this movie in the first place. To introduce Frederica? To convey the reason behind the potential return of Kogami in S3? Maybe someone can help me here.
Nevertheless, the plot takes us through the changes behind Kogami and his resolve against the "system". He finds a new reason in Tenjin to abandon his mercenary lifestyle and think with his own mind what he can do to help her. This is the same "burning desire" to abandon the hunting dog and become a detective (a human thinking and living by his own judgement) that was lit by Akane in S1. This is Kogami's tragedy from the very beginning and hopefully not to the bitter end, as it might seem.
Realm Beyond also continues the endless question of the whole series that Akane itself, along with every character tries to answer: What is the cost of peace? (Can I find an alternative to the system?). Evidently, there is much more that this movie is trying to convey (the philosophy of the mercenary, loyalty to a true master, etc.) and so much more, but it would take too much time to discuss it here.
However, what I'm unsatisfied here is Frederica's unkown reason in the plot (i know they explain in the end why she was there, but it's not satisfying enough; her appearance is probably an introduction in S3).
I can't really say much about returning characters, other than the fact that they live up to their expectations. The only 2 are Kogami and "Makashima" (or rather his irreplaceable soul which is part of Kogami). S1's apparent villain makes his brief return with a very important and compelling moral to both Kogami and all viewers.
She is kind, but also crafty and experienced in combat. Although Frederica's intervention was definitely important to Kogami and the whole movie, the fact that she barely had any screen time up until now makes you wonder if there was actually a more suitable character for this role.
There are 2 more characters I want to discuss about: the non-remarkable villain whose name I have forgotten, and whose only role is to be the vessel for the "stereotypic mercenary who fights for his freedom and beliefs" and Tenjin. Given how disappointed I am in the villain, I'll skip him. The only noteworthy and enjoyable fact for the viewer is the act they kept the custom ,in all 3 movies, to "hide the villain" and present him right from the start.
I'll continue by commending the writers because they've made the resemblance between Tenjin and Akane quite subtile...a resemblance which proves to be instrumental in Kogami's growth and the cycle of the PP's tragedy.
There are a lot of aspects behind this move that didn't catch my eye, but even so, I can still recommend ii with pleasure. n the end, it is often good to remind that "the most dangerous prison is the one you don't see".