Psycho Pass Review

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Psycho Pass | サイコパス
Production I.G.. Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro 

Imagine fighting crime in a world where the Sibyl System measures your mental health, talents…. and even your criminal intent. Sibyl System dictates every move–even the execution of criminals. However, the Sibyl System has its dark secrets.

This is the world of Akane. Her Psycho Pass mood is insanely stable and her talents allowed her to work anywhere she wanted. She decides to work for the police department, which consists of supervisors and enforcers. She works as the supervisor for Shinya, an ex-criminal now working as enforcer. They are armed with The Dominator: a gun capable of reading Psycho-Passes and “Crime Coefficient” . Based on this rating, the gun will either unlock stun mode or execution mode. The latter is a rather gross way to go.

It is expected that an anime with this kind of setting will discuss questions of morality. To an extent my expectations were met, but the plot is filled with action sequences and twists, so there is less time for actual verbal discussion. Instead, morality is discussed in deeds and emotions.

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The calm Akane serves as a strong neutral position while Shinya and his nemesis Shougo fight as two opposites. It’s a bit of a cliché, but it serves its purpose. Shinya and Shougo are the two opposite ends of the Sibyl System. Shinya is condemned by the Sybil System. He is ruthless with a high probability to commit crime, but he is the “good guy” of the narrative. He is the anti-hero. Shougo is the Sibyl System’s flaw and has the lowest Crime Rating. The Sibyl System would never unlock The Dominator when pointed at him. However, Shougo is the criminal mastermind of the plot. He is behind most of the crimes in the city.

The narrative revolves around these three characters. However, the side characters are quite amazing as well. Though, I must admit that they are rather stereotypical in their own way. They are nice additions to the story and I’m not annoyed by their flaws or flatness.

The plot itself is kind of basic in the sense that it’s good guys against bad guys and the utopia is not the utopia it seems. However, the plot twist is one I definitely did not expect and I’m not sure if I was disappointed or amazed. I don’t mean to say that this story is no good, because it’s definitely worth a watch and it keeps your attention.

The episodes are well written and don’t have an awkward pacing. The episodes don’t seem rushed or dragging along. Some episodes have this “building-up” kind of feeling without anything happening until the last episode. This anime doesn’t suffer from that. Every episode is interesting in its own way, revealing character background, filled with action or suspense. Events occur naturally without feeling forced by the plot.

To wrap things up, I would definitely recommend this anime. It’s great anime with suspense, action, good pacing, interesting dialogue, and satisfying episodes.

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