While Psycho-Pass: The Movie is a continuation of the story from Psycho-Pass Seasons 1 and 2, it changes a lot of the things from the show: the setting is different, and while Kogami is brought back again, many of the characters are new. These changes may be fine for some fans, but disappointing for many others. What results is still a great standalone movie, but may alienate many fans because it doesn't entirely "feel" like Psycho-Pass.
Undoubtedly the high point of the movie. The painstakingly-animated cityscapes and landscapes simply made my jaw drop. And the fight scenes - oh my god, the fight scenes. I
don't think I've ever seen fight scenes as well animated and choreographed in an anime as in this movie. The animation budget was probably very high for this film, and it shows - the animation is better than it was in the show. It may not be "Spirited Away" or "Ghost in the Shell" awesome, but certainly up there as one of the most well animated movies ever.
One thing to note about the art though: there's a bit more violence in this movie than in the show. When people are shot with guns or Dominators, the blood splatters and body explosions are animated in detail and often focused on, and internal organs and body bits can be seen. If guts and gore turn you off, you may want to avoid the movie.
The music and sounds do their job very well. The soundtrack mostly consists of the traditional orchestra and chorus you've come to expect, and adds tension to the story when needed. The OP and ED are both energetic rock songs, and get you pumped before and after the film. However, there's nothing outstanding about them. The music isn't something I'd listen to over and over again on my iPod, but it definitely contributed to the enjoyment of the film. The sound effects are also very well done. The voice actors do a great job as usual.
One complaint I have about the sound though, is the excessive use of ENGRISH. Some people won't mind the terrible pronunciations, but because entire dialogues in the film are in Engrish, it will be at best a bit distracting, and at worst make some parts hard to get through.
The story is one of the weaker points about the movie, especially since we've all come to expect a strong story from the show. You know those anime films that seem epic at the start, but by the end nothing really changed about the overall plot or characters and you could go right on to the next season without watching the movie and not have missed a single thing? This is one of those movies.
Unlike the previous 2 seasons of the show, this movie does not take place in Japan, but in another Asian country where the military regime is trying to implement a Sibyl-like system in an effort to keep the populace under control. Guerilla rebel forces resist the corrupt government, but thanks to Sibyl's system marking all opposition as criminals, the government is able to firmly control its people with brutal oppression. So where do our heroes fit into all of this? Well, it turns out Kogami is discovered to be aiding the rebels, and Akane is sent to investigate both his actions and the country's use of the Sibyl system.
In essence, the movie is an exploration of what happens when Sibyl falls into the wrong hands. Questions about the political and social implications, such as persecution and segregation, are raised by the movie. The problem though, is that the movie is never given enough time to actually probe into these questions, instead choosing to focus more on the actions scenes than on answering all the thoughtful, philosophical questions it raises.
Furthermore, the movie seems to have switched the genre of the series. Whereas the show was clearly a Sci-Fi Thriller with some action sprinkled in, the movie feels more like an Action Spy flick with some Sci-Fi elements mixed in, a change which may turn some fans off. One final problem with the story was the somewhat unsatisfactory ending. I won't spoil it, but I will say that I was a little disappointed with it.
While fan-favorite character Kogami is back and better than ever, new characters that the audience are never given time to get to know or get invested in are also introduced. There is some character development: it's a joy getting to see the new Akane interact with a somewhat changed Kogami. Ginoza's reunion with Kogami is also interesting.
Unfortunately, the side characters don't get that much screen time, so apologies to fans of any team member other than Akane and Kogami. Anyone hoping for Ginoza or one of the other team members to play a major role will be sorely disappointed. As I said, the film's main focus were definitely Kogami and Akane, at the expense of all the other characters. The film's villains do their job, but none of them is nearly as memorable as Makishima from Season 1 (who makes a short cameo appearance, BTW). So if you're only in it for Kogami and Akane, then you're in luck. Otherwise, the rest of the characters do their job - nothing more, nothing less.
Despite all the flaws in the story and characters that I pointed out, the film was by no means bad. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and wholeheartedly recommend it to both fans and to anyone who is interested in Sci Fi or action. Throughout the movie my attention was held, and the 2 hour running time flew by. The movie didn't feel like a drag at all, which is a testament to its entertainment value. It's not as deep as the show, but sit back, relax, and you'll enjoy it.
- Absolutely breathtaking animation and fight scenes
- Everyone's favorite badass Kogami is back and kicking ass
- Good music
- A story that's not given much time to develop
- Setting change may unsettle some fans
- Mediocre villains
- New and side characters barely get any screen time
- Disappointing ending that didn't seem to impact the bigger general plotline
Don't let the cons I listed stop you from watching the film, however - with absolutely gorgeous animation, a beautiful soundtrack, and the best fight scenes in anime I've seen in recent years, I still wholeheartedly recommend this movie. Just don't go in expecting it to be the "good old Psycho-Pass adventure" with all the characters you love and you'll have a good time with it.
This review contains minor spoilers, but really now, if you've watched the previous seasons you already know the plot to this one.
Psycho-Pass was one of those shows that was good on premise, but in execution was handled quite poorly, with the subtlety and writing of an angsty teen who thinks it's cool to see guts and explosions and who thinks it's good writing when a character randomly references old works of literature. Still, it was a fun and enjoyable show with some funny moments (Brains, Hyper-Oats, Spooky-Boogie etc). Psycho-Pass 2 on the other hand felt like an unnecessary cash-in that didn't bring anything new
in terms of plot (and in fact recycled many of the plot points that kept the first one so interesting in the first place). Back then, I chalked it up to them not having the original writers onboard, perhaps the newer writers played it safe and didn't want to innovate and that since the movie brought back the old writers, surely they'd learn their lessons and bring something new to the table right? Or so I thought.
Boy howdy how wrong I was. If you've already watched the second half of Psycho Pass 1, you've pretty much already seen this one. It's pretty much the same premise, with the same plot twists and revelations only in Cambodia as opposed to Japan. And impressively, it manages to have even worse writing than the first anime.
Akane, once again, proves to the viewer that she's still a naive nutcase who thinks the system can change for the better (it doesn't) and is strangely easy to trust otherwise an obviously evil Colonel. When Mika of all people calls you out on your nativity, you seriously should consider retiring from the position of Main Protagonist. Kougami on the other hand is still the same old Kougami you've remembered from the first season, only cranked up in terms of OPness. This guy could take down an entire military with a sniper rifle without breaking a sweat. Because of that, most action scenes lose their sense of tension when your character is piratically invincible thanks to plot armor.
The other characters from previous seasons hardly make an appearance (understandable) apart from a terribly shoe-in cameo near the end (not understandable). As for the villains, we have Araragi Ko- I mean Colonel Wong who looks like he took a break from his usual harem anime shenanigans to try his luck at the Psycho-Pass-verse. At least that's what I remembered him doing. The other villains suffer from the strange syndrome of "looking cool but ultimately useless". I mean, you have a chick who can make wires grow out of her arms, how incompetent can you be to undersell this cool character? Of course nothing ends well for them, they also suffer from Bond Villain Stupidity so much you won't be the least bit surprised when Akane's friends show up at the precise moment to save them. Makishima wasn't the best villain in anime ever (face it, reciting quotes from random works of literature a good villain you don't make), but he was at least interesting and he had goals. Sybil System is less interesting now the viewer is aware of their true nature, and Araragi has no motive at all.
Really, that's pretty much the major things wrong with the film. I could go on about the other minor flaws plaguing the film (Engrish, Minor Inconsistencies, Plot Conveniences), but watching the film really wore me down, and nitpicking on minor issues would require me spoiling the whole film scene by scene.
I like Psycho-pass. It's an interesting franchise that doesn't have any kind of moe and doesn't involve high school teenagers with supernatural powers. It's a really good thriller-mystery show with some really deep characters and good philosophical themes. I really enjoyed the first season and I loved the second one (though I was probably the only one). Yet I didn't like this movie as much as the predecessors. At first let's start with the story. The thing that i liked about this film was the fact that it expanded the already interesting world of Psycho pass. The biggest part of the movie doesn't take place
in the futuristic Japan like the two previous anime series but in another country were things didn't develop as good as with Japan. That way we have a really interesting place to get the story started. The plot itself was good enough even though in some moments I was starting to loose interest. Generally speaking the movie is kinda big in length (almost two hours) as a lot of things open up and need to be closed with the ending.Also the philosophical aspect of the two first seasons is almost gone as this movie targets mostly in the action and a little bit in the political thriller genre. The animation is really good but for Production IG the best animation studio in Japan for me there were some flaws. Basically the animation was kind off awkward in some hand to hand combats. But overall it was really amazing. Now for the sound. Let the rant begins. I am not one of those people who have complex about locations. If an anime is taking place in England for example, I don't mind if the characters are speaking Japanese. But when an anime is trying to add English dialogues in it's script is always welcome with the requirement of course that the English are at least GOOD. I'm not asking to speak fluent English (hell I can't even write fluent English XD) but in this movie were a major part of the dialogue was in English this thing was unbearable as most of the voice actors couldn't speak English at all. And ok I could excuse the fact that Kogami's couldn't speak good English because he is a main character in the franchise and they couldn't change his voice actor. But for the characters that appeared for the first time like Nicolas or the mercenary team they could at least take some voice actors that could speak better English than the abortion that I was hearing from them.Maybe I would forgive it if the film was made by another studio but Production IG has a history of shows with really good English dialogues like ''Higashi no Eden'' and ''Blood the last vampire'' so this was unforgivable for me. Just make them speak Japanese for God's sake!!! Apart from that the voice actors were generally really good and the same goes for the OSTs too. The film starts with song of people's now favorite band Ling Toshite Shigure which was good but not their best in my opinion and ends with the awesome song by Egoist ''namae no nai kaibutsu''. But for the horrible ''engrish'' I put a 6 in the sound section. Hell some sideshows were speaking way better English than the main characters!!!
And lastly we reach the character section. I'm not a fun of Kogami (yes he appears it was obvious from the trailer so it's not a spoiler). I find him too perfect for the fucked up word that Psycho pass is displaying. But it was nice to see the other characters like Akane, Gino and a special someone near the end who makes a brief but memorable appearance that I believe all of us we were expecting. The other movie-exclusive characters were good enough but I was disappointed with the mercenary team who were all really interesting characters but apart from their leader none of them is being discovered at all.
Overall ''Psycho Pass the Movie'' was an enjoyable entry in this franchise. I don't believe it will be the last especially after seeing the last scene after the credits. It's good if you want to see 2 hours of action with a little bit of political thriller on it but don't expect to see any philosophies like the two previous seasons. I would recommend this movie to the fans of the franchise but don't go with high expectations. But I guess I shouldn't be the one to talk. I was somebody who loved the second season after all XD.
The movie is enjoyable in reliving the strengths of our favourite characters and shows their capabilities in adapting based on Sibyl system continuous progression for evolution. The story allows the viewer to get a glimpse of the characters' improvements and strengths that speak volumes of their years of experience.
However, the storyline played an unfamiliar tune.
Psycho-Pass season 1 and 2 focused on individuals that brought forward an opposition against the system. By exploring a world where we are introduced to the different types of people accepted or denied by the society, we are treated with a myriad of perspectives and social psychological warfare. It was
a show that focused mental strength and intelligence.
The movie, on the other hand, heavily focused at bringing out the "Brains" counterpart: raw muscle strength; the fighting force of an army, the individual and the people. Because of this, the storyline of the movie was simplistic and a "lazy" attempt at uplifting what the show was supposed to explore. It was a simple goal, a simple manipulation and eventually, a simple solution handed on a silver platter at solving the crisis. There were no individuals or groups that were forward-looking and thought-provoking like Makishima or Kamui; in this sense, no solid antagonist to bring out the potential of a thriller.
One could argue that this was because the two antagonist from the series were accustomed to the system and knew how to play by the rules to cunningly twist around with it, while the movie was set in a world who was very new to Sibyl System, therefore their aims fall short to the visions presented in the series.
Overall, as a fan of the series and its characters, I really enjoyed watching the movie testing out new waters (literally) and its expansion to the possible potential progress it can bring forth. Personally, as a tribute to the series, I would have preferred a direction which focused more on the essence/discussion/consequences of Caged Reality vs Freedom rather than have implications of a one-sided argument (in this case: Caged Reality). 8/10
"All the rules in the world were made by someone no smarter than you. So make your own."
Darwin taught us "Survival of the Fittest". In Gen Urobuchi's fantastical creation only the strongest survive, and those who cannot adapt are thrown in a ditch. This movie is intellectually stimulating like no other, with references to smart writers like Marcel Proust. This is the first time I've heard someone mention Proust in an anime.
This time the villain does not carry around 1984 like Makishima Shougo, which I've heard is a very good book. Nay, this time the theme is post-colonialism, which is clearly evidenced by a
book the mercenary villain reads and then proceeds to quote from.
The movie doesn't as much ask questions as straight out say that a caged reality is better than freedom. This is very novel and instead of being preachy, it made me feel very enlightened, transcendent even.
Among the characters of Psycho Pass the Movie is Mika Shimotsuki, Akane's junior partner. Mika deeply dislikes Akane on a professional level. This is simply because Mika implicitly trusts the system. If the system tells her someone is a criminal and should be exploded in a mass of blood and gore, she does it and feels no guilt. Along the same lines, she largely treats the enforcers under her command as expendable tools that must be kept on a tight leash.
Akane, on the other hand, simply sees everyone as a person. To her, killing is the absolute last resort in any situation, criminal or no. She would rather put herself in harm’s way and attempt to talk a person down than to take the safe and easy shot. To Mika, this is quite literally unthinkable.
Kougami, a returning fan-favourite, the morally grey ex-cop. His quoting skills are on a whole 'nother level. He skillfully weaves quotes into the dialogue, and helpfully states the source to the audience and what the quote really means, which makes him even more intelligent. He understand so much!
The three characters are opposites to each other: the average citizen in PP's world, a person who has similar values to us (Akane) and the morally grey man. This is done with such intelligence and wit that I am baffled Urobuchi came up with it, smart as he is. Not even Christopher Nolan can beat him in terms of smart writing.
I'll end this review with one of my favourite quotes, and I hope that you will be as enlightened as me come the credits.
"To be intellectually stimulated is to grasp the understanding of our universe: nowhere but in anime can we find the knowledge to deduce the human condition"
Off the bat this is a simple review for people who are fans of the series. This is a return to form for the psycho-pass franchise. It has great visuals, sound and a solid plot. If you enjoyed the first season this is for you. If you hated season 2 then you can forget about it. After watching the movie, in my mind, season two no longer exists.
Overall I loved this movie and can't wait to add it top my collection beside season 1 (season 2 doesn't exist).
Gen Urobuchi is sort of like the Production I.G. of visual novel writers: better than the pack in that he has a lot more on his mind than padding things out with lame, unfunny, and dull setup before quickly rushing into a story that’s not worth it half the time, but still nothing to get too excited about because being different doesn’t necessarily translate to being good. The guy doesn’t seem to understand that just because you take out the lame and the unfunny doesn’t change the fact that your dialogue and idea-throwing can still qualify as dull setup, you dullard. Not that the directors
helped things - especially not in regards to Fate/Zero - but between shows that most people consider to be revolutionary but me to be gimmicky along with a movie that was about as engaging and thought-provoking as being lectured on thermodynamics whilst riding a very slow-moving horse, I’m really failing to understand why he has so much appeal. I mean I like a good amount of David S. Goyer movies, but it’s going to be a long f*cking time before I forget the existence of Jumper, y’know?
But Psycho-Pass was the one anime of Urobuchi’s I actually liked. It was as hit and miss in its execution as the writer and studio, but the story was generally strong and the concepts, whilst not exactly original, were always interesting even when they weren’t introduced in the most clever of ways. I even liked that maligned sequel, although that was mostly because it kept making me laugh in how stupidly forced it was, along with having a bad guy who might as well have been Kirito from Sword Art Online by way of Jim Phelps from the first Mission Impossible movie. Couple that with the fact that we rarely get good anime movies and I was looking forward to seeing what kind of sequel Psycho-Pass would be with Urobuchi back on the writing staff, how it’d fit in canon, and whether there would be a bunch of people exploding as is usual for this franchise.
Well for those who hated the sequel season, prepare to be disappointed that the movie not only acknowledges its existence, but that that bitch you guys all hate so much is just as obnoxious as ever. Which one am I talking about, you may ask? Eh, it doesn’t matter anyways, as aside from Akane and Kougami, the characters from the previous iterations are barely in the thing. In fact, Psycho-Pass: The Movie - and yes, that’s its actual official name without any boring attempt at a subtitle whatsoever - is about as much of a franchise sequel as Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood was to Assassin’s Creed II (and the entire Assassin’s Creed series in general). It doesn’t really shake up the franchise’s core so much as add more to it, which I knew beforehand because every single discussion I read whilst trying to discover when the DVD release date for this was kept bringing that point up.
Me: Hm, fine. What exactly does it add, Mr. Urobuchi?
Gen Urobuchi: Why, the same exact stuff as the first season, except in a foreign country.
Me: ...so I can pretty much skip this movie if they ever made more of this in the future?
Gen Urobuchi: Well yes. But it has Akane meeting Kougami again, so anyone concerned about the fact that he didn’t get any closure will be pleased to know that he’s now become a wanted terrorist.
Me: But you clarified that he was wanted at the end of your first season and it was pretty obvious he wouldn’t be running a charity organization after that.
Gen Urobuchi: It has people exploding. Will that make you happy?
Me: ...you’re still a fucking hack, y’know.
Gen Urobuchi: Pepsi is better than Coke.
Me: Oh screw you, dude!
Investment in the series is kind of necessary to enjoy this thing, as they don’t do too much to reacquaint you with the returning cast and the new characters they introduce are pretty much there so that a plot can actually exist. They’re not as lame as the new people introduced in the Tiger and Bunny sequel film, but the only way the governor of the South East Asian Union could have made his intentions more obvious is if he had a caption hovering over his head saying “I am the bad guy, yo”. And the only other antagonist who stands out in this thing does so because he’s black - and looks like Jax from Mortal Kombat for some reason. I remember a woman being introduced, but I think she got killed off real quickly, and the fact that I can’t recall for sure says all you need to know about her.
You know one other thing I’ve continued to notice about Gen Urobuchi over time is how much he really wants to be Christopher Nolan. I made the comparison before that Expelled from Paradise’s style reminding me of Interstellar’s if it wasn’t executed nearly as well, and Psycho-Pass: The Movie’s (and arguably Psycho-Pass’s in general) style kept bringing Inception to my mind. They have different stories obviously, but they both try to accomplish combining thought-provoking ideas with big budget action and the former doesn’t even come close to achieving the level of intelligence it wants to because it’s mostly just saying stuff we’ve seen before. And it kind of stands out in the movie’s case, since we have seen it before in all sense of the phrase. The idea of applying a different form of the Sybil System to a different country has potential, but when you get down to it, it’s mostly the same thing all over again except with an active terrorist force opposing it this go-around.
So how about that action then? It’s still pretty damn good even though you knew as soon as this movie was announced that Kougami would be doing all the dirty work and Akane would just be elbowing a thug or two. Actually, she does put down a terrorist in the opening act when he refuses to cooperate, so her hands aren’t just mildly untainted this go-around. I did like how a good chunk of the movie takes away the Dominators, forcing our characters to rely on good old-fashioned guns and bombs, and making it so that when the characters do use them it’s all the more impactful. And the setting change from a city to a jungle has that sort of Rambo feel to it, if you made the main character the cop chasing Stallone and moe. It’s not all perfect though. There’s this one action scene in the middle that has a fucking horrible frame rate and felt like I was watching (reading?) well-choreographed flip books whilst on a speeding train.
One thing Urobuchi seems to have improved on over his last few works is the pacing. I actually feel like I’m watching a real movie with this thing rather than something that’s 80% setup, 10% action climax, and 10% dragged-out ending. The movie seamlessly switches back and forth between dialogue and explosions the same way your mom switches from sweet to stern (not that I’d know for sure), and aside from conversation with her friend before jumping into a hellhole, Akane never catches a break and the discussions are on-point with the surroundings, so the momentum never really stops. It never felt like I was waiting for a story that never came unless you think random cryptic dialogue in an unspecific timeline counts as a story, and I know I’m going to sound mean and maybe sexist for saying this, but watching Akane get screwed again and again puts a smile on my face. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I like seeing that sort of torture when it happens to characters who have determination without coming across as creepy and stalkerish. You know, like a certain person in that other anime conceived by Urobuchi. Fuck you guys. Inaho was better, if only because I found him kinda hilarious in the few episodes I watched of that show.
Okay, I’m going to have to state at the end of the day that Psycho-Pass is still fun to watch in an “it’s the same good, but why fix what ain’t broke” sort of sense, but the series reached its prime long before the first season ended, and as much as I like Akane, I think I’m more comfortable with leaving her future to the imagination whilst staying away from the crappy fanfics. Best to move on from this thing now before it ends up like the inevitable Madoka sequel when Homura reunites with Madoka in order to fight in an Earthrealm tournament against Shang Tsung and his out-of-place Joker transformations.
Just to clarify: I am a huge fan of Psycho Pass. That is, the original series, written by Gen Urobuchi. Season 2 was a bit of a letdown but overall still enjoyable. But this? No. No excuses. This was just plain bad. Minor spoilers. Tl;dr at the bottom:
This was just a huge cluster of cheesy sci-fi-esque "plot twists" which you find out at the end of the film mean absolutely nothing. The so called "plot twists" themselves were about as predictable as a sunrise. The film starts out promising with an interesting hook of a terrorist plot in Tokyo which you soon find out involves
another country in an experimental phase of integrating the Sybl system. But...that's it. Beyond the first 20 minutes is nothing but boring, bland and tasteless "plot" designed to try and make the entire situation seem a lot more complicated than it actually is, in a vain attempt to try and give the film the same depth that the original series had.
It's pretty. Nothing else really to say: the futuristic technology still looks as pretty as it did back in the original series.
Again, nothing much to say, besides the fact that a few of the adrenaline pumping OSTs reappear in places. Aside from that, the OP was brand new, however done by the same artist who did the first two OPs, and the ED was a reused one, however one of my personal favourites.
Ugh. They messed up two of my favourite characters. The first half of this film tries to establish how strong our main heroine is, and to show just how much she's grown to when she first became an inspector. But around halfway through, she essentially becomes completely useless, serving no purpose but to convey the plot to the audience (which the audience already knows by this point, might I add). Kogami makes a reappearance and plays quite a key role in this movie. And by key role, I mean he was on the screen for a while. As for what he contributed to the film...pretty much nothing aside from a bit of fanservice and action.
Oh my lord what happened?! I've made PowerPoint presentations with better animation than this! As a whole, the general animation was about average quality, however during particular scenes (such as a fight scene around 3/4 of the way through, or even a general talking scene around halfway through) the animation becomes extremely rough. Heck, there isn't even any animation. It's a slideshow with sound. Did they run out of money while making this?
+pretty art style with cool, sci-fi backgrounds and technology present everywhere.
-sloppily written plot
-virtually no character development past the opening 20 minutes
-incredibly low animation quality
If you're a fan of Psycho Pass, I'd definitely say steer clear: it will only make you start to dislike what was such an amazing series.
Personally, I try to avoid movies based on pre-existing series. Usually they come off as fanservice and do not further the main series in any way. And when said movie has tied into the main series, it is often very rushed and poorly structured(I’m looking at you Gundam 00). Sadly, the Psycho Pass movie is no exception. .
First off, this is a stand alone side story. It says that it’s a sequel to Psycho Pass 2, but that is pretty much a lie. The is basically zero connection the second season and most of the movie takes place outside of Japan. None of the characters
other than Akane and Kogami makes a meaningful appearance in the movie. I guess the movie wants to stay away from the nonsense in the god awful Psycho Pass 2. The bad thing though, is that this basically makes the movie filler. Now, I wouldn’t actually mind this that much if the movie was good. But alas, it was not.
First and foremost, the thing rushed as all hell. The movie has approximately enough content to cover an entire season, but all of it is crammed into less than two hours. Everything goes by so fast that it becomes hard to care about anything that's happened. Characters come and go at a blink of an eye, ideas are dropped at a tip of a hat, and there is no theme that last long enough to matter. However, I don’t necessarily think the movie would be any better with a longer run time since the plot is contrive as the US tax system.
The plot for the Psycho Pass Movie is completely illogical and downright stupid. The entire point this movie trying to push the point that the Sybil system is actually a good system. This seems really obtuse and stupid, especially considering this is consider this movie technically take place after season two, where Sybil kills people for no reason. In this movie, Sybil killed thousands of innocent people, allows an army of megalomaniacs to oppress millions, replaces politicians with robots, and still expects the viewer to believe it is all done for the good of humanity. What a fucking joke. And they even throw in the dictatorial government in Cambodia to simply make Sybil look good in comparison. Gen, a slight smaller piece shit is still a piece of shit. And for the love of god, Akane somehow still believe that she can change the system from the inside. Really Akane? That is like trying to passing a bill through Congress, it will never happen.
None of the characters ever matter in this movie. All the villains suffer from “James Bond Syndrome” where they let the main characters live for no reason, explain their plan to them, and then finally proceed to kill them. As for the villains, they are just there for the sake of being cool. None of the villains ever come off interesting of meaningful. The army dudes are are just a bunch of one dimensional psychopaths and all the mercenaries that appear later in the film are just there to either look cool or to throw out pseudo intellectual quotes as if this was GITS Innocence.
Even the main characters don’t do much. Akane and Kougami are just passive observers who are just dragged along a series of events that they have no control over. And the part that pisses me off the most is that no one learn anything at the end. All the characters remain the same as if nothing ever happened. Akane is still a stoic observer, Kougami is still a bishonen rebel, and Sybil is still a bunch of hypocritical jerks. Everything remain at the status quo as if nothing ever happened.
If you want an action movie, I think this would satisfy you. It is very well polished and technically proficient and there is an abundant amount of big, blockbuster action scenes. However, if you want anything more that a dumb, action bust them up, you won’t find it here. All this movie really amounts to is an over the top gore fest that have no idea what it's doing.
Psycho-Pass returns after what many considered a dismal 2nd season, myself included. With the creators of S1 working on this movie, I had high expectations. Reality can be harsh sometimes.
The buzz surrounding the movie was the return of Kougami Shinya. As Psycho-Pass fans say, Psycho-Pass isn't Psycho-Pass without Kougami. As much as I fan-girled over seeing him back in action, he just didn't have the finesse of season 1. My assumption is that Makishima added that extra bit of 'umph' to his character. Kougami had a goal and clear motives in S1 but in the movie he seemed like a lost puppy. Although his
combat skills say otherwise. Our other protagonist going by the name of Akane however, once again proved her competent skills as she uncovered the events occurring beind-the-scenes in SEA.
This brings me to the plot. It was dull. We are introduced to a random nation in South East Asia undergoing a civil war. This was a brilliant way to demonstrate the Sybil System's superiority over other judicial systems. Chaos and war is portrayed as common in many countries, with Japan being the only country living in peace and prosperity. However there was nothing more the story and it had no substance.
Shootouts, explosions and witty dialogue mixed in between the action scenes are not what made Psycho-Pass S1 the best work in the franchise. A large portion of the movie was dedicated towards showing off the ongoing havoc which disrupted the flow of the progression. It's obvious to see from the visuals and effects the high production values and the effort put into making the fight scenes look gorgeous. Due to this, less attention was paid to what I consider the more important aspects of the plot. How has SEA come to this catastrophe? How is the area designated to the Sybil System's management coping? We get brief statements about these plot points but showing the viewers instead of telling is much more effective. The story also concludes poorly. We weren't shown the after-effects of Akane exposing Sybil's intentions.
The remaining cast of characters were a mix of good and bad. Shimotsuki seemed more competent at her job than she did in S2 but the mercenaries had no personalities to speak of. Ginoza was given little screen time but this was used effectively. The 2 on 1 with him Kougami tag-teaming demonstrated his combat prowess, something we never got to see before. We also witnessed him having a soft spot for his former colleague by not arresting him. Nice touch to his character.
I doubt the heights of S1 will ever be reached again, as this movie proves Gen and his fellow colleagues seemed to be struggling to add something new to the series. I was pleased with seeing what Kougami was up to and the extra bit of world building in this sci-fi world.
Just finished Psycho Pass: The Movie and without taking any time to collect my thoughts just decided to begin writing my opinion. To start off, no this isn't nearly as good as season 1, but it is still much better than season 2 (though really that's like saying a High school track star is better at the 400 meter dash than the top special Olympics competitor, so not exactly a fair comparison). The story line was quite intriguing to say the least and had a nice, but not entirely unexpected plot twist that any fan of the series should see coming a mile away. The
animation was top notch, but what else would you expect; and the music managed to set a nice tone for the action. Some characters came back, even if they were mirages, and made this movie hearken back to the first season of the show, which after the intense average-ness of season 2 is quite nice. Overall a solid film that slipped up in some places, but hell, it was a herculean task to stand up to season 1, and this movie made an effort so props to it. Overall 7/10.
tl;dr: Tsunemori is bad at her job, Sybil is a dick, and I want to lick whipped cream off of Kougami's body.
I just want to write short review about this movie.
The story begin with more complexity about sybil system. it start to expanding, so the background is another branch of sybil system. it give new great sensation and more sense. because at these floating island, there some intern war and some new killer machine type appeared. you can see some great action from the war. the story is more than good, but it make me remember psycho pass 2 because there sort of sybil system for the reason of war.
for the art, i don't have any complain because the art is good even for the details
of the machine and the ruin. you can feel great sensation of war because the background art so epic. you can see more and more action animation here if you miss it at psycho pass 2. Kougami will show you how to defeat his enemy with epic battle scene.
For the character, it will be focused at Inspector Tsunemori and Kougami. you can see the great improvement of Inspector Tsunemore because She will serve some great action and use his skill to solve the problem. for Kougami, he will appeared as the leader and use his talent to winning the war. The enemy is different like two season before, If Makishima look like Kougami or Kirito with his great Technology and Planning skill, For the enemy here is great with his assassin skill and Kougami will face him. You should know what happen for next scene.
In my opinion, i really enjoy this Movie. it serves so many epic action scene and it has so many complexity for the problem. and the main part is how to solve this big problem with enemy at everywhere.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Even the show is epic, i still miss enemy like Makishima Shogo i hope there some new epic crew like Kagari or Masaoka.
Summary: I'm a huge fan of Psycho-Pass as a franchise, and believe that it embodies what it means to be a great anime. So it comes as no surprise that I not only watched this movie, but also enjoyed it quite a bit. However, I also strongly believe that Psycho-Pass' strength lies in not its beautiful art nor its amazing soundtracks (both of which are fantastic), but rather on its philosophical explorations and thoughtful plot/character development. As a result, even though I did greatly enjoy this movie, as a fan and honest critic I have to give it a less-than-stellar rating. Now in more depth:
Art: As mentioned in other reviews, the art is nothing short of fantastic. From the initial guerrilla scenes to the final showdown (to avoid spoilers), little can be said to detract from the artwork and animation.
- Sound: The music and OST for the movie are both excellent, and the ending is a thrill for old Psycho-Pass fans. Again, nothing much to criticize here, but nothing much to gush over either.
- Character: This was one of the low points of the movie, particularly in comparison to standard set by the other Psycho-Pass seasons. Unlike in the other two seasons, Akane doesn't really develop at all in the movie, and the denouement where she inevitably has a "showdown" with the Sybil System (no Psycho-Pass story would be complete without one) is disappointing, if only because it shows how shallow the whole theme behind the movie was. (More on this in the Story section.) The only upside in the character department is that Ginoza finally gets some closure, which was great to watch, but otherwise nothing is resolved. Makishima is provided a 10-second appearance just for the fangirl screams, and our protagonists (by whom I mean Akane and Kogami) end the movie at about the same point they started it. As a side note: why the !#$% does Shimotsuki still exist? I haven't been this pissed off at an anime character since the infamous Nina of Code Geass.
- Story: Ah, the story. I'll discuss both the plot and the whole premise of the movie here, since in Psycho-Pass they're often one and the same. In short, it was a pretty awful execution of a potentially interesting idea. The Sybil System, with some improvements and elbow-twisting from Akane, has been functioning more or less well in almighty Nippon, so inevitably we have the question of what happened to the rest of the world. This movie starts to answer that: well, the rest of the world was kind of destroyed. At least, the world as we know it today. Lawlessness and war are the fixtures of the day, and humans have reverted to living in a sort of tribal society.
So what is the benevolent Sybil System to do but to export itself to save the rest of the world? (Hint: white man's burden, Washington Consensus) We see the System exported to southeast Asia, and the consequences that follow; how they go about dealing with the "aboriginals" and imposing law on such a society. Some of the ideas, as with others in Psycho-Pass, are quite interesting (i.e. the collars), and the premise itself is quite interesting. But unfortunately, this is about as much praise I can give, for the rest of the movie's execution is sub-par.
What could have been a fascinating exploration of how the Sybil System deals with the challenges of assimilating a "rabid" population and of the process of building a society from essentially scratch is instead turned into a typical military coup d'etat in which (*spoilers ahead*) the ultimate bad guy turns out to be (surprise!) a criminally asymptomatic puppet of the Sybil System. Hey, it's not like we've seen that as the climax of pretty much every season right? And Akane (surprise!) uses talk-no-jutsu with increasingly strained logic to get the Sybil System to back down. A job well done!
All in all, this movie is, of course, something of a must-watch for Psycho-Pass fans; I mean, if you were raving as hard as I was about the TV seasons, then you probably didn't even read this review before watching it. But simply as a piece of the art form that is anime, and more so as a successor of the Psycho-Pass franchise, this movie was something of a disappointment.
Psycho pass the movie, as just a frame of reference, was better than the entire second season of Psycho pass. The movie flowed well, had a good plot & furthermore, and actually more importantly, is a good segway to lead into a season 3 of Psycho pass, which, if done like this movie, can probably rival the first season.
I will skip any synopsis as MAL already did that.
PSycho pass the movie does a pretty decent job of keeping a good flow. The plot is original as it can be & the action scenes, which are frequent, are brilliantly done and amazing. Regardless of
what you think of the plot, you will never be bored with this movie as each frame is an integral one and there is no wasted dialogue nor scenes.
However, the story suffers in two major ways: The first is that despite it being original(as you would expect) it's not terribly unique or fascinating. It's pretty much easy to follow and you can almost sense what the ending will be like. It's certainly not entirely predictable but's not challenging in any way, which leads me to the second part: It's not a movie meant to challenge your mind in anyway. Psycho pass the first season was very psychological and even in the second season, there existed these questions of right and wrong, law & order, justice, etc, albeit less interesting than the first season and less intriguing. The movie does nothing of the sort, at least, nothing that hasn't already been made clear. Which again, leads to the first negative aspect of the story. It's not unique. No unique story, no unique elements. Try and think of this movie as something similar to a fast & furious movie or a seth rogan movie. Entertaining, but not entirely bright or especially good.
Art: 10/10 would bang
The art in the movie is incredible. INCREDIBLE. incredible(one more time for shits & giggles). The budget must have been more than whatever Donald trump spends to keep his fake hair on his head each month because there is not a dull frame. In fact, sometimes, the background is even better animated than the characters! Obviously, each character is animated perfectly but most surprisingly, so is every frame as i mentioned. The art in the back, from the cityscapes to the ruins are incredibly well done, near as perfect that you could want. The action scenes are amazingly well done as well & probably the most impressive about the art. Things you will notice for sure is the background, the way the character's hair sways in the wind, and the fight scenes.
I gave it an 8. Could be a 7 honestly. I'll tell you why. English. English, english, english. Never thought I'd hate hearing my own language so much. Terrible pronunciation throughout, and entirely unneeded. It's not like the country in question is America or Australia. It's fucking south east asia. Obviously English is more common than Thai or Vietnamese and maybe even easier to learn but it's unneeded and bad & there's heavy dialogue in english, even from people such as Kogami & Akane. For that, it gets a 7.
However: I give it an 8 because any movie that does that, is really trying. That is something new and I appreciate that. To me, it reminds me of watching a film with subtitles, aka, a foriegn film, which despite me having to read and listen to Danish or something, The movie is so good. Or if a movie hires actors who can speak another language or have them learn it. But most big budget films don't & instead, I'm reminded of movies such as the boy in the striped pajamas where no one speaks german & instead has English accents which is confusing as fuck. So kudos to them for at least incorporating some culture.
As for subs, Voice actors do a great job as usual & the music is as expected, especially that one, and you know it when you hear it, when the fight is about to happen or shit just got real in the story. Background music, which includes aforementioned "shit hits the fan sound/song", is good and ranges from memorable to ok but it never does the show injustice once. Great job all around.
I gave it a 7. I've heard people say that this movie tried hard to have more villains like Makashima. There is literally no one like him. In fact the only person like Makashima is Makashima, who makes a cameo(I'll get to that in a bit). The villains introduced serve one purpose: To die. You can tell it from the beginning. It's a movie. Not a season. There are not memorable and pretty dull and are there only to antagonize the story and give it a conflict. There is no point mentioning names, and again, each is pretty standard and boring. Though, that being said, the mercenaries are cool, as like fighters and stuff but the leader is given unnecessary dialogue to make him seem smart. When he's clearly expendable as fuck.
Here, let me explain about reoccurring characters. For one, the supporting characters play no role, except for Ginoza, who for some reason does not wear glasses anymore and has a different hairstyle, so at first I didn't even know it was him. He got a lot better looking. Anyway, some of them, like that red Haired guy from season two(sho) & the sadistic black haired guy(Togane) don't even have dialogue at all. Maybe Togane has 1 line & even Kunizuka(the kind of lesbian enforcer from season 1 & 2), has like 3 lines. In fact, the most important person, as far as dialogue, and actually, at all as a supporting character, is karanomori. Saiga says a few things that aren't really important, other than to fill screen time for Akane to mull over his words. And finally, that stupid bitch partner of Akane's is back too, being a bitch and pretty much disagreeing with everything Akane says and does even though she doesn't know shit that stupid whore piece of...
Sorry. Anyway, as for main characters.
Akane is actually more likable. Wow. First season I hated her stupid black & white ideals and her happy go luckly bullshit. Season two she dulled down but she was still too happy and her ideals still kind of black & white. Now, though her ideals haven't changed, she seems to directly oppose the sibyl system now, especially by the ending and pretty much dictates what the sibyl system should and can do. She also seems more closed off personally and serious, which I like more, and her character has developed well from s1. She has even taken up fighting. So kudos to the staff at Psycho pass for making her more likable.
Kogami: Yes he is back. Finally. And as you can imagine, he's still a bad ass motherfucker who doesn't take any names. He hasn't changed much but it's cool to see him play a role outside of his enforcer one back in s1 & therefore is integral to the story. His sense of justice is still strong and unwavering and the new thoughts & feelings we learn from him are great because 1, they help his character develop and 2. he becomes more likable. Which is pretty hard.
I'm going to address the cameo of Makashima. He is so unneeded. I dislike psycho pass 2 & this movie using him so many times as references. All because he was so great and every other villain sucks & every problem has to come back to him. They talk about him way too much. Just leave him alone. The cameo actually pisses me off because, one, he's a fucking hallucination of Kougami's, who for no reason is hallucinating him so it's not even believable for him to be there & two, because Psycho pass will do anything to talk about him & this time they just had the balls to draw him & animate him. The dialogue he has between Kougami isn't even important & considering it's a figment of his mind, doesn't even matter because it's already shit Kogami knows. It's not new information. Psycho pass will never be able to recreate a character like Makashima because Makashima is arguably one the greatest villains of all time.
None of the problems or concerns mention took any precedence over enjoying this movie. Though it takes 45 minutes for Kougami to even speak, it is a great movie worth two hours of your day. It sets up as a perfect transition to season 3, though is most certainly a stand alone movie, and in no way leaves a cliff hanger.
For those that found that too long, i will give a quick recap of pros & cons.
-Great animation, as perfect as can be, including characters & backgrouns & fight scenes.
- Fight scenes. That is all.
-Solid, easy to follow plot.
-Character development from Akane & Kogami.
-Not a very unique or challenging plot.
-Supporting characters pretty much useless and left with no dialogue.
-Villains forgettable and bland.
As you can see, pros outweigh cons, go & watch it.
As shia Labueff would say, JUST DO IT
When I heard about the Psycho Pass movie was out I was so excited. But now that I watched it, I have a different opinion. The story was very good but not great. I loved the recurring themes of free will and human nature. That humans are not meant to be ruled in a way that interferes with their free will and that each person should fulfill their desires. The corruption of government was very good too and can be compared to real life. The artwork was quite good and it was a lot better than the artwork from season two. Probably because it was
animated by the same production studio from season one. Akane's character was very good. In comparison from season one and the movie, you can tell she has grown and changed in a way but her sense of justice is still the same and she still has her humanity. Kougami's character was very good too, and he did have some traits that Shogo Makishima had. But the biggest difference in both of them was that Shogo would use his power in a way that was evil and Kougami wouldn't and that's what l liked about his character development. I really did enjoy the movie but the ending did not feel like an ending. I do think that they kept it that way so that one day they may make a season 3 or a movie sequel. The sybil system is not just and one day it will be defied by something equal to it.
After an agonizing eight months after its debut in Japanese theaters, the Blu-Rays and subs for Psycho-Pass: The Movie are finally released and I can move pass that abomination of that second season. I'm very happy to say that the movie has met my expectations and is a fantastic addition to the franchise.
Picking up after six months of the conclusion of the Psycho-Pass 2, a group of foreigners invade Japan with the intentions of committing an terrorist attack against the Sybil System. From that point on, Akane is sent off to a war-ravaged country, where the Sybil system is trialed, in order to find Kougami,
who has some sort of connection to them. As this is a movie with a limited running time, the amount of action has been greatly increased to compensate the few new ideas that the movie brings to the table. This is where the second season has its greatest connection to the movie as the assault dominator and the bipedal mini-gun trotting killer robots are used to light up the screen with tons of bullets. Fights that go beyond the scale of the two seasons frequently occur with grandiose explosions and it makes up for whatever philosophical depth the movie may have lost in transition to the big screen.
Building off of the themes from the two previous seasons, the movie expands its horizons by exporting the Sybil System into a country that is already embroiled in a civil war and violence is very much a way of life. The first season focused on judging the individual while the second season was about some nonsensical thing about collective identity and the Sybil system having to judge itself which then leads on into current situation within the movie.
Gen Urobuchi, as the primary writer, does a good job in keeping its focus on the new ways that the Sybil system is adapting itself to an outside world and its various implications. I really did like the message that movie gave off in the end as it is up to actual people, not systems, to decides whether to have freedom or security. Although the conclusion was a bit abrupt and had little impact on the primary cast as the all the important characters basically return back to the status quo, I felt that the cat was out of the box and was an appropriate setup for some major conflicts in future continuation of the Psycho-Pass series. Having a Sybil System that casts its net across the globe is something that is truly frightening to comprehend.
When it comes to characters, Psycho-Pass: The Movie has its sights on who made the series great by focusing squarely on Akane, Kougami and the Sybil System. Akane, having come so far from being a greenhorn inspector with native ideas about justice, continues to be the star of the series. Sporting a bulletproof vest and even carrying a 9mm pistol, she is takes a page from Kougami playbook in building herself up to be deadly without resorting to the technical marvel of the dominator. Far away from hyper-advanced Tokyo metropolis, it was immensely satisfying to see Akane be outside of her element and dealing with the brutal reality that most of the world faces.
Kougami remains the badass that he always is so it is like meeting up with an old friend that you haven't seen in a while and having both him and Akane together again is living up to a large part of what Psycho-Pass is. Ignoring Kamui of the second season, Makishima Shougo is back once again even though his physical body has a bullet hole in the middle of his head. A figment of Kougami's psyche, he is relentless in arguing his point that he and Kougami are of the same nature and that both of them will arrive at the same point.
Sadly, the real antagonists are little more than two-bit thugs armed with some serious firepower and are even weaker than Kamui in the previous season. They do have some fancy toys in their procession like giant-walking spider tanks, jetpacks and armored bio-suits but I don't think the movie could have crammed developmental time for the villains especially when there is so much awesomeness going with the main cast and gunfire tearing up the landscape . As a result, the supporting characters don't receive a lot of screen time and they don't show for the majority of the movie. Interestingly enough, Mika Shimotsuki is far more tolerable as a character even though there are more than enough hints of growing tension between the her and Akane. Knowing the full truth behind the Sybil System, she is far more ruthless and ideological harden than her former self, who was fumbled around in the dark while annoying the audience. For future installments, I can see this rivalry exploding when the stakes become even higher in a world that craves the promises of the Sybil System.
Production I.G. is in charged with once again with animating the entire movie and they do not disappoint. Unlike the work of Tatsunoko Productions, which clearly was not a first-rate studio and had some serious production issues throughout the second season, everything is skillfully animated and looks gorgeous. My only gripe with the visuals is the rather bland textures on some of the 3DCGI models like the Honda CRV in Akane's opening scene.
Ling Tosite Sigure gives a wonderful opening titled "Who What Who What" that feels like a natural continuation of the second season opening and there is a spiffier version of the Psycho-Pass main theme.
There was one thing that really irks me during the movie and that was amount of Engrish being thrown around. The occasional mangled English phrase or sentence spoken by native Japanese voice actors is something that can usually be overlooked but hearing entire blocks of philosophical statements being spoken like that is more than cringe-worthy. Overall, the audio aspects are what you expect of a high budget anime movie but the Engrish is a black mark against an polished entertainment product.
Psycho-Pass is one of my favorite series in all of anime with its distinct lack of moe, cyberpunk sci-fi setting, thought-provoking mature subject matter and some really great characters, both protagonists and antagonists. The movie only affirms my love for the series with its lovely visual, bold new setting and some unsettling plans that Sybil System has as it go beyond its native Japanese borders. If you are a fan of Psycho-Pass, then there is absolutely no excuse in not watching this movie and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this show for those who are old or new fans of anime.
So yeah, Psycho-Pass 2 wasn’t exactly the biggest of hits. But not all hope was lost, oh no. Around the same time the second season was announced, a movie got announced as well and Urobuchi and Production IG would be involved as well. Also, to shut all the Kougami fanboys up for him not appearing in Season 2 (Even though he had no freaking reason to appear and his few cameos were already more than enough) he would indeed reappear in this movie and play a major role. So how did this movie, simply named Psycho-Pass Movie (Seriously? That’s the best they could’ve come up
with?), turn out? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss.
The movie certainly warrants being a movie, as this does legitimately seem like something that you wouldn’t normally see in the show. The whole setting has changed, gone is Japan and now we come into a new country, specifically one that’s somehow even shittier. The whole place is like a warzone bar one place, and it certainly gives off a feeling of dread. The movie is also well paced, nothing ever flew by too fast, but nothing was too slow either.
I also love the sorta espionage vibe the film has at times. As you would expect from this series, there is a big government conspiracy going on, so it’s up to Akane to find out what’s exactly the issue. It’s a bit on the predictable side of things (Especially with the obvious villain) but I’ll give them some effort for actually trying something new instead of making this movie just a longer episode of the show; that’s what OVAs are for.
Not that this movie is perfect either. For one thing, nothing really happens when you get down to it. Okay, let me rephrase that, stuff does happen, but most of it is in the grand scheme of things. In terms of our characters themselves, they’re back to where they started at the beginning of the movie. Also, due to its length, the film can’t really explore one of its main themes, i.e., what happens when you give an already overly controlling system to the wrong hands. It’s a shame as the concept is an interesting one, but it doesn’t get much time to explore it.
Overall the cast is fine. Kougami and Akane are fully in the spotlight here, and I hope you like them as they are the only ones that do much of anything. It’s definitely nice to see them bounce off each other, with their relationship having evolved from superior and underling to two people who consider themselves equals. It’s quite nice, especially seeing the two react to the other’s new circumstances.
The rest of the cast sadly doesn’t do much. Shion (Whom I somehow completely forgot to talk about in my previous reviews) does get a few good scenes and Ginoza does at least get to participate in the final fight, but everyone else? Yeah, bar the cold opening, they’re only there for the sake of being there, as they don’t really do much else. Oh and Shimotzuki somehow still manages to be an annoying bitch even though she only has, like, three scenes in the whole movie.
As for the villains, I honestly can’t remember much about them. One of them I only remember because of his overly flamboyant design, and the other for being kinda badass, but otherwise they’re kinda dull. Say whatever you want about Togane and Kamui, at least they had something going for them. These two? Not so much.
To say this movie blows both of the previous Seasons out of the water in this regard would be an understatement. This movie looks fan-freaking –tastic. The whole movie is very smooth looking, and the few bits of CGI were not that notable in the grand scheme of things. Also, massive props to whoever did the backgrounds for this movie, they really sell what a country in the middle of a war looks like.
More of the same. Moving on!
The cast is pretty good, bar the expected comebacks like Seki Tomokazu, Hanazawa Kana and so on, many new guys came along and did a great job, those including Moroboshi Sumire, Kamiya Hiroshi, Sakuya Shunsuke and the Late Great Ishizuka Unsho. That said; there is ONE big issue almost every actor in this movie suffers from: THE ENGRISH! GOOD LORD THE ENGRISH! While most of it is dramatically correct, the actual pronunciation is not. Hanazawa and Seki at least tried, but by contrast Kamiya and Ishizuka’s are the worst of the lot. Oh and did I mention there’s a ton of it? As in, enough to put Detective Conan to shame? Because yeah, there is a lot.
The Psycho-Pass Movie isn’t perfect, but overall I did enjoy it. It was fun; it’s just that they were a tad too ambitious for the runtime. There are three other movies, but I’m gonna have to wait a while to review all of those, as they haven’t even been released in home media yet. But you know what? I’ll happily wait, as for now, I am satisfied.
Nice eye candy, but NOT as good as the original series! Not even close.
I know that movies can never be quite as deep as shows due to the time constraints, but the Psycho-Pass movie was a big step down from the original series and I'm still trying to determine whether it damaged the series as a whole in my eyes.
Let's start with the most important aspect -- story. There were two things that I really enjoyed here. One was the initial few minutes of the story, with foreign terrorists attacking Sybil-controlled Japan which I thought was just really cool. The second main thing was
the idea of Sybil attempting to expand outside of Japan, and the setting of the movie outside of Japan. I thought it added a new angle to the whole Sybil thing that wasn't explored in the original, which was a nice touch.
As for the bad, well, I'd say most of the issues were in the latter half of the movie. Possibly the worst part was the ending, where Akane discusses morality with the Sibyl body-double version of Chairman Hang. It was a repeat of the ending of season 1, but less novel and somehow infinitely less interesting: Akane convinces the soulless Sibyl system (yes, again) to alter its way of thinking through a few generic arguments you'd hear in an Ethics 101 class. This whole theme of Akane being such a pure and righteous waifu that Sibyl itself has to change itself to meet her standards is/was kind of interesting in the first run, but left a bad taste in my mouth in the movie not just because of the deja vu but because of the nature of the argument itself:
Sibyl: We had to start taking over this country because people are in a civil war, so we kinda installed a puppet government through this fake dictator body thing.
Akane: People want to decide stuff for themselves!
Sibyl: Oh, we never heard that one before even though we're made up of thousands of human brains... let's change the plan.
While the original series struck a more careful balance to evaluate the pros/cons of Sibyl, this movie focused much more heavily on the cons making it less realistic and more... generic I suppose. The philosophy just wasn't there this time.
The movie also dropped the ball when it came to characters. It wasn't so much the members of the original Unit 1 that were the problem, as they pretty much stayed the same. It was the lack of decent villains, most noticeably the lack of Makishima Shougo (except for the hallucination scene) that really made me realize how important he was to the original Psycho Pass. And if Sibyl itself can be considered a character (I personally think so), I think the aforementioned issue I had with the ending subtracted a lot of brownie points from this score as well.
Having criticized the movie enough, I want to give a round a applause to Yoshikazu Iwanami for an excellent job at the soundtrack. And to the animators at Production IG, some scenes looked amazing and you drew Akane really well (And I'm not just saying that because of the two -- yes, two! -- prolonged scenes of her in the bathroom) but there were definitely some choppy moments that were noticeable. And yes, I know it's not their fault, it's obvious that the team was rushed near the end of this movie.
Enjoyment? 6. Despite being an action movie, I always felt that Psycho Pass shined the most with its philosophy and ability to explore interesting dilemmas that aren't available in other shows. As a result, I feel like we got style over substance.
I felt bad about giving the movie a 5 after giving the original show a 9, but it had to be done. Psycho pass season 1 was THAT much better, even accounting for its significantly longer runtime. Maybe they should have kept the setting in Japan, as the scope of this movie was probably too big for its length and it resulted in a sloppy story and ending.
Note: This review contains spoilers from the first two seasons.
The Psycho-Pass movie takes place a couple of years after the ending of the second season. Once again it follows Akane as she takes her incorruptible hue and immovable morality outside of Japan to hunt S1 favorite Kougami in SEAUn (South East Asian Union).
After Akane stops a well organized terrorist group in Japan, she learns of Kougami's connection to them and goes off by herself (with the blessing of the Sibyl System) to SEAUn to investigate. The continent itself acts a representation of two things, one, what life is like in countries outside of Japan
(without the SS) and also how its used and affects the lives of those where the system is recently implemented (to an extent.)
An issue is that the SEAUn is all we have of the world outside of Japan. It's a place where violence is common and the area is not only under constant risk of terrorist attack, but has just had a civil war. We hear that "Every place is like this outside of Japan." The problem is that we have no way to really verify this claim.
Of course we get to view both sides of the coin here, how the city is viewing things with the newly implemented Sibyl System making things peaceful, and the Rebels who understand the dangers of the system, probably thanks to Kougami (although it's not explicitly stated except for a single line of dialogue). But it's all really what we knew or expected overall. No real major revelations.
The movie does have some minor world things tossed in like how people who are latent criminals where collars in order to enter the city, but are often shunned by others, and how the city generally accepts the lack of freedom because of Sybil because the lack of freedom without it was greater, but those are really fleeting afterthoughts.
The story really wants to go everywhere and touch a lot of points that fans have been asking since the end of season 1. The problem is that it does not have enough time to fully explore any of it or the story put restrictions where we don't get accurate depictions. It's pieced together well, but only at the seams and seems pretty shallow overall. I suppose it did a good job for the time frame. If it feels like I dislikes the story, I didn't I actually thought it was decent, but they should have focused more tightly on a couple of things instead of simply trying to answer every question.
Akane has always been the constant of the show and she has true main character status here. But as much as I like her as a character because the story gets in the way of her and in some cases just screw her over. It almost seems like they go out of their way to establish how badass she's become only to completely erase it later on, and then reestablish how she's able to almost easily force her views onto the Sybil System at the end. There are parts made to make Akane contemplate her decisions with the Sybil and her actions, but he moral and personal beliefs are so strong that the time the movie dedicates to this is nowhere near enough to have an effect. What worse is that if this was a full season instead a movie I fully believe that Akane would have subverted these "story" elements that hamper her character in the movie.
Much more interesting is Kougami. It's not even as his character really develops a lot throughout the movie, it's more where his character is now since we last saw him. He's in essence the leader of the resistance against the Sibyl System and has taken on several traits of S1s antagonist, Shougo Makishima. But his hows and whys are fundamentally different. Which raises an interesting point, if his ends justify the means and the audience agrees with him (as I expect a lot of us do), are we being unfair to the Sybil System because in almost every case life for those under it are better?
The villains are pretty lame and kind of obvious what they are doing. Not much else to say about them except that the Sybil System is involved somehow. There is an interesting part where the villains basically offer Kougami to step over the line and become a Makishima, and not without obvious benefits.
That leaves the other characters and not a lot of them really do anything of significant note. I suppose I should mention Ginoza, who has since forgiven Kougami and now even seems to respect his actions despite not agreeing with them. The other is Mika Shimotsuki who pretty much represents a faithful dog to the system. If Kougami represents Destruction (The system must be destroye), and Akane represents Change (The system is needed but so are humans), she represents Order (The system is perfect) to a point where she has an extreme view of the ends justify the means and it shows a couple of times within the film.
I do need to address her interaction with Akane. It's no secret to those within the anime that their approaches and viewpoints deviate significantly and it often results in arguments (more like Mika yelling at Akane) as it's not in Akane's character to really argue her points in the heat of a moment. But when she does it here it just seems like it was tossed in only to make sure we know this girl has an opposing viewpoint. The problem is that her credibility ended at a very low point in S2 and we don't see any of her development since then so her word hold little meaning against Akane who has single handily changed more than anyone else in the series. I understand they want her to have a foil, but Mika is not compelling.
The art and animation in the film are generally very high quality. The action sequences are very well animated and some of them even have this weight to them where you almost feel the characters movements and the impacts. It also has some Akane fanservice tossed in. But at times it does feel more like an action show rather than the more drama based stint that the series really is, although I suppose that is to be expected with a movie.
Overall the Psycho Pass movie is like a surface view of the benefits and downfalls of the Sybil System and the viewpoints of some of the key players within the anime. It's not really any mind blowing twists or sudden character revelations but a solid frame work that was built from the previous two seasons that hold this movie together. Even so, it does raise enough questions and adds enough elements into the mix to hold its own.
Aaa, Psycho-Pass... Once a great doesn't mean it can get a legacy.
After a whole week of pondering whether to see Psycho-Pass movie, I finally gave in the urge and actually enjoyed the first half of it. While it may have been driven by my bias since I like the prospect of the original protagonist returning in the spotlight, soon, in the latter half, it was crushed by an anticlimactic conclusion.
Given Psycho-Pass already embracing their fallen grace, from the great season one to the poorly-written sequel, I was foolish to think that the movie would serve as a holy gargle to wash out the bad taste
of the season 2. And yeah, like aforementioned I did enjoyed the first half and literally got bored on the latter parts.
So I'll start the points to my review in my usual format.
The story wasn't bad nor it was any good either. Though a "mediocre" term is simply an insult as well. Frankly, the story had given the movie a good drive.
Enters Shamballa, a newly-made cage for those who had just adapted the Sybil System. With its inferior function compared to the original, misfits and the rule of the systeml itself wasn't stabilized in the said country.
Then comes Kougami, in his recurring main role. This is why I'm always telling my friends that without Kougami, Psycho-Pass can never be such a bad-ass title. He now staged a guerilla faction opposing the Sybil as always. With his drive for his self-defined justice, he opted to act on his proven instincts to help the minority live another day.
Finally, Akane. The notion of having Kougami and Akane in one movie was mouthwatering, but unfortunately, their reunion was bland and as far as I'm concerned, really unconvincing. With hopes of arresting her admired model, Akane sets off to Shamballa to start of her investigation but it seems like the ever-calculated Sybil System had already seen through her intentions from the very start and purposely let go of her so that she won't pose a dent to their plans.
Thus, the fateful reunion emerges and Kougami showed her the real situation of the country and so on and so on...
Now we point on the focal minus of the movie and that is the villains.
By now, we all know that Sybil System is a mass of Zero crime-coeffiecient brains, so the movie took a slightly different approach to their previous portrait of bad guys. Coming on this movie is a bunch of foreign mercenaries, which were totally honed as veterans on the warfields only to turn like idiots in the last part of the film. Aside from the big gorilla boss, who posed lethal threat to Kougami's hand-to-hand combat, the bunch who were pretty much intensified from their initial appearance were reduced to mincemeat without even resisting in the end and it was such a major turn-off.
Another was this Colonel who initially appeared like an obedient dog turned out he is the mastermind of all. He was a waste of character development as he never acted like a real villain. The textbooked aspect of his has never left an impression and like any of the other villains, he was simply shot in the end, splattered his insides and that's it.
The only villain worth mentioning is the ever-charismatic Makishima Shougo who appeared as Kougami's delusion. In the midst of their discourse, Makishima has indeed labelled Kougami as a bloodhound, only driven by his own view of justice. That itself served as a salvation for the majority of the bad dialogues and it was enough for me to tolerate the rest of the show.
In the end, it was Akane's "Talk-no-jutsu" that finished the squabble. It was good at the least I think, one of the few worth mentioning. After all, Akane was written as the type to adhere the law and maintain it as fair as it can be.
Ending this review, while the movie has indeed showed glimpses of greatness, it was all because Kougami was included in the cast. Imagine the movie without him and it will certainly, turn into one of the most forgettable films ever made.
Still, with Kougami's tenacity towards finding his peace or perhaps, his resting place remains unsolved, there's still so much to expect from his character. With him still lurking outside the cage, I think it's safe to expect a third season years from now. Whether we see Akane finally arresting him, or he becomes the biggest villain the System has ever face yet faced, I'm still hoping that Psycho-Pass can redeem themselves into one of the greats.