Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the Sibyl System, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors’ dirty work.
Into this world steps Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with an honest desire to uphold justice. However, as she works alongside veteran Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she soon learns that the Sibyl System’s judgments are not as perfect as her fellow Inspectors assume. With everything she has known turned on its head, Akane wrestles with the question of what justice truly is, and whether it can be upheld through the use of a system that may already be corrupt.
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No matter what aspect of the show I talk about, I have so many positive things to say. I can’t express enough how much I appreciated the characters, the story, the setting, everything! Psycho-Pass provides social commentary on issues relevant to today’s society. Security and CCTV monitoring have been portrayed in several ways, and I feel like this show has done a commendable job in its depiction of these themes. Even without a meaningful message, the underlying plot that is present right from the beginning makes this show worthwhile. However, the moments where I was left to ponder what a truly “perfect” society was, the definition of “criminal”, and the risks of isolation only increased my overall enjoyment. Out of everything I’ve seen I’d probably most liken it to something along the lines of Darker Than Black, but even still, Psycho-Pass stands on its own as one of the great anime series from this generation.
PSYCHO-PASS features a variety of cast members, each bringing their own personalities and experiences to the table, and their conflicts — especially the distrust and resentment that law-abiding Inspectors hold towards the automatically-guilty Enforcers — leads to many challenges in an already challenging string of events. The art style and animation are a feast for the eyes, and I often wonder how much of their budget was invested into the design of the Dominator. The music used is very fitting and addicting to listen to. They really weren’t pulling any punches with the effort that was put into this series.
Psycho-Pass has a solid plot, straight forward and series. I loved how the story didn’t trail off not even once. There’s a meaning behind everything you see. The characters were awesome, and the weapons were great. The amount of bloody scenes there is just correct and uncensored for once! =D
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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.
While not for the weak hearted, Psycho-Pass is a gripping crime anime clouded in deep secrets and intense emotions (kind of like Harry Potter but less magical and arguably darker). Prepare for a shock but similarly prepare to be mesmerised if you embark on watching this 22 episode masterpiece.
Psycho-Pass explores the very depths of the human psyche and doesn’t much like what it sees. But through that exploration we get a highly engaging sci-fi thriller the likes which hasn’t been seen in anime in quite some time. Psycho-Pass will make you think, but more importantly than that, Psycho-Pass will make you feel.
Psycho-Pass is entertaining and interesting. Psycho-Pass has very thought-provoking themes that were easily relatable: an advanced utopian in which humans rely on technology to a fault is an easy concept to grasp. The series is bloody, violent, and can disturbing; but I cannot think of the last time I’ve enjoyed an anime this much. I can without a doubt say I was never bored for a single second in this series and each episode left me wanting for more. This anime experience a pretty amazing one and I would recommend that you watch it, if you already haven’t. Luckily this is not the end of the series, as Psycho-Pass 2 will air in October.
If you’re looking for something to dust the proverbial cobwebs of your mind then Psycho-Pass is the one. It has interesting characters, great plots of a pretty dark nature, cool animation style and is an overall very entertaining story. And like I said, if you’re really into it (like I obviously am) then you have an extended edition, a 2nd season and a movie that you can watch which picks up after the events of the first season and gives you a sense of continuation which is nice. It may not be light-hearted and it isn’t for kids, but don’t hesitate to take a trip to Japan in the year 2113 where the future is not quite as bright as it seems…
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All of these elements come together brilliantly to tell an excellent noir influenced murder mystery with a definitive sci-fi spectrum that bleeds into a fully realized world. Psycho-pass may have been slightly buried under the incredible release of Attack on Titan here, but it too is another key release from Madman Entertainment and a must-own on Blu-ray.
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Without giving too much of the plot away, what makes Psycho-Pass so addictive is the questions it poses. What makes a criminal? How much do we depend on machines? Does keeping order mean stripping people of free will? And – my personal favourite – is a world where we allow machines to decide our entire future so impossible? PsychoPass-5_9-Kagari-ShuuseiI’ve heard Psycho-Pass being referred to the anime version of Minority Report, which isn’t a totally unfair comparison, although it’s infinitely better.
The art, music, voice acting, and all that jazz are fairly high quality. A majority of the show is in sunless buildings, at night, in automated vehicles, or in rusty abandoned buildings. These people don’t exactly live high energy lives, and most of the skin tones are off-white. There are frequent instances of rainbow artistic gradients in the background, but not so much so that it becomes overpowering. There’s an adequate amount of protagonist versus nemesis monologues and discussion of, “is this the best way for society to live,” and, “what is a human, and “what is free will,” etc. I didn’t find it preachy, as some stories of this genre tend to sound. I feel the message is more cautionary and inevitable.
If you’re a fan of the Psychological genre, Psycho-Pass is a staple you cannot miss. It has an incredibly intriguing, and well-explained concept that develops seamlessly as the story progresses; only overshadowed by its strong cast of characters and touching developments. Even for those who aren’t in it for the story, it is jammed packed with action and tension enough to keep anyone on the edge of their seats. Even if you don’t watch S2 and the movie after this, you have to watch this first season.
It was not a series I’d suggest lightly, but it is something I thought was well-crafted. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to watch it again.
Psycho Pass explores its unique sci-fi setting really well with thought-provoking dialogue, characters and a great plot, and mostly keeps true to its promise that there would be no moe included.
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Psycho-Pass is the type of series that fans of sci-fi, cyberpunk, Gen Urobuchi, and crime mystery thrillers will surely enjoy. If you like any of these things, you should give Psycho-Pass a watch, although, be warned that it can be very dark and mature at times.
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In general, I struggle watching shows week to week because I prefer marathoning my anime and when I really get into it, I am incapable of doing anything else while waiting in between episodes (should have seen me after Ep. 19, it was baad). And I haven’t done this with any other anime of 2012, so it speaks to how stellar Psycho-Pass really was when I say it was the highlight of my week, every week, until the end. I’m going to go out and buy Proust right now. What an incredible ride.
Psycho-Pass is a juicy sophisticated anime that will appeal to many mystery/sci-fi fans. It is animated craftsmanship and definitely worth the watch.
Even though I was disappointed with the dramatic posturing I also found the series interesting because of the concepts behind the story. As a true lover of Sci Fi I can say that I enjoyed the first season of Psycho-Pass for what it could be, not for what it is. The animation style is perfect for the story and Production I. G. came across with their usual high production values and understanding for the subject. A dystopia world with a visual look similar to Blade Runner is very appropriate and with the introduction of true cybernetics and life extension also stands out as a commentary on who just might be the first to use the technology. Humanity’s dark side has a way of rising to the top just to prove that maybe our progress isn’t progress.
Overall, I would highly recommend this series to anyone who is interested in shows involving crime, and even science fiction. As I mentioned above, Psycho-Pass season 1 kept me wanting more, to find out what would become of the CID inspectors and what exactly Sibyl is. I can’t wait to watch season 2 (and the upcoming movie!) to learn what the next year of Inspector Tsunemori’s service will bring.
Darker science fiction shows are rare in anime these days; however, Psycho-Pass makes good use of its opportunity to show how the medium can offer insights into our own society by presenting a world where certain elements are pushed to the extreme. The budget is not where it needs to be to make everything feel top class, but the overall vision is well realized. Watch this show if you’re in a mood to think about the dynamics of a society that must constantly compromise between the needs of the individual and the many, and can accept that there may be no real answers.
A good, solid series but too lacking in anime magic to get four stars from me.
In all, it is a nice time-spender that may even make you think of a few things but it plays out in a very superficial way compared to older works like SE Lain or Ergo Proxy. Not bad but far from great. Uroboshi is good at creating interesting concepts and manipulating your emotions but he is otherwise a hax. Good concept, shitty presentation, the idiots will love it, the smart ones will forget it in a week.
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I feel like I was slightly cheated by this anime. It had promise in the beginning, but because GEN UROBUCHI MUST BE GEN UROBUCHI I feel like the anime did not reach its full potential due to amateurish writing, bland dialogue and exposition, a pretentious plot, and uninteresting characters. I give Psycho-Pass a 2 out of 5, and a recommendation to skip it unless you’re a fan of lengthy dialogue or a die-hard Urobuchi fan. But, like always, it is up to you to decide your own opinions.