True story my therapist told me it is 100% natural and healthy to have attachments to fictional characters, especially strong hero types because they may have flaws but in the end they always save the day and some people just need that constant positive force in their life.
wow those lok spoilers are really… heart aching shock. put aside the fact of well made final, their death is freaking hardcore. It’s too harsh for me who still recovering from final of Psycho-Pass.
WARNING: If you have not watched Psycho Pass, I DON’T GIVE YOU PERMISSION to continue reading this review unless you have watched it. Nope. No exceptions. Go watch it. Now. That is an order.
Okay, for those of you who have watched it (and for those who want to get shot), let’s take a moment to recap season 1. Akane Tsunemori (who, according to Carter, is who I remind him of) is a new Inspector assigned to Division 1 of the MWPSB (the police basically). This is not your normal cop/detective show because it’s not long until Akane is dragged into some serious business. For those of you who (as stated earlier) want to get shot, let me ease your confusion.
The storyline takes place in the future where technology has advanced beyond imagination and the likelihood of someone committing a crime can now be detected by the Sybil System. This assumption is measured through stress levels and other biological and psychological results from the brain. Those who have a “healthy” Psycho Pass have a hue colour of pure white - other lighter colours. The higher the crime coefficient becomes, the darker the colours get until they become dark and cloudy.
The Dominator (a weapon used to stop these criminals) adjusts itself and takes action based on the target.
- Below 100 The target is not seen as a threat and the trigger on the Dominator will be locked.
- 100-300 The target is seen as a latent criminal. The Dominator will be set to Non-lethal Paralyzer mode and can knock out the target.
- Above 300 The target is a serious threat to society and the Dominator will be set to Lethal Eliminator mode. When hit, the target will bloat and then explode.
But now everyone can get their hands on the Dominator. Note that the Dominator not only adjusts itself to take proper action against the target but will also allow authorization to individuals who are basically allowed to use it.
- Enforcers Latent criminals who help take out other latent criminals such as themselves.
- Inspectors Individuals who make sure the enforcers don’t act out of line.
- Let’s not forget the beautiful lab assistant who helps Division 1, Shion Karanomori.
So throughout the season, Division 1 cooperates to solve solve crimes but realizing that there is one masterind behind all these small crimes and he threatens to destroy the Sybil System. DUN DUN DUN..
Things I did not particularly like
- CONFUSION Okay, to be honest with you, the whole “truth” about the Sybil System is confusing to me. Not just how they tried to explain it but what it actually is. This is what I understand: there are brains with wires enclosed in cases and Akane is shocked to see them. Maybe it’s just me but I would like a simplified version, please. It also took a while to fully understand the whole crime coefficient, psycho pass thing but no worries, it’s not as confusing as it seems.
Things I did particularly like
- THE CONCEPT Overthrowing the government is such a big theme (let’s not get any ideas) in many fictional stories, including this one. It’s interesting to see how EASILY the citizens of a nation get fooled and how everything can drastically change after finding out the truth.
- THE TEAM The characters seriously make this anime one of the best I have ever seen. SPOILER You first fall in love with Kogami as that mysterious character and then all of a sudden, just like that, he’s gone. I was so heartbroken when neither Akane nor Ginoza knew about his whereabouts. The death of Masaoka was also very upsetting, seeing how his son has resented him a lot of times in the show but his true feelings and intentions towards his father was revealed in his last few moments on Earth. And don’t tell me I’m the only one upset about Kagari. I seriously didn’t think he was dead. I thought he was just paralyzed and knocked out in that basement but nope, apparently he’s dead. Even minor characters’s deaths, such as Yuki’s was significant and a nail-biter to watch.
- EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Before something happens in the anime, I always think “Oh, this is going to happen” but in actual reality, the opposite takes place. It’s insane, you think that Kogami’s going to spare Makishima’s life (hopefully Akane rubbed off on him) but nope, he’s dead. And you know what that means: If Makishima is not taken back alive, Sybil doesn’t guarantee Kogami’s life.
- THE ANIMATION The animation was well done. The action scenes made me hang off the edge of my seat. You never know who’s going to win the fight because of how close the results may seem. Also, the details of future Japan with the lights, the buildings, the holograms.. WELL DONE.
- THE MUSIC Here comes the music junkie. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the opening themes and ending themes. Music really moves you and tells you how to feel at specific moments (I’ve said this before) and boy, I felt everything within 22 episodes.
In conclusion, Psycho Pass is a definite MUST. It’s a new, fresh anime that really hits you in places you never knew you could feel things (like your elbow). If you are into Criminal Minds and Death Note, Psycho Pass will NOT disappoint.
Overall rating: 4.8/5
I have not given an anime such a high rating but typing out the flaws, I couldn’t think of any. Maybe because I’m brainwashed or maybe because I’m biased, who knows.