Anime Review: Psycho-Pass

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Psycho-Pass is set in a dystopian future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person’s mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed on each citizen’s body called the Psycho-Pass. It follows members of the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division and the crimes they investigate. The protagonist, Akane Tsunemori is a rookie inspector who just joined the Division. The protagonist is in-charge of solving the cases and keeping an eye on the Enforcers, who are latent criminals working under her. Veteran Inspector Nobuchika Ginoza, and enforcers Shinya Kogami, Tomomi Masaoka, Shusei Kagari, and Yayoi Kunizuka accompany her.

The story is well written and keeps the audience glued to their seats till the very end of an episode. Though just being a 22 Episode series, the anime is filled with action, drama and well-represented animation. Production I.G. does a very good job of bringing the manga to life with its brilliant animations and the OST’s are just fabulous. The story follows Akane and her relationships with her team members. The antagonist in the anime is Shogo Makishima who is somewhat like the Moriarty, from BBC’s Sherlock, but more sinister.

Being a sci-fi mystery anime, one would think that the anime contains only grim and dark scenes but it is not like that. The anime has its fair share of jokes which are short but might make you chuckle at times. Voice-overs are a crucial part of an anime; good voice over actor can make a bad anime worthwhile whereas a bad voice over actor can make a good anime sound like shit. But thankfully, Psycho-Pass is of the former type. The voice-overs are so amazing they pull you in from the first episode. The atmosphere is so well developed that you cannot leave the anime hanging in midway. Even the backstories are fleshed out, giving it a realistic feel. The side characters are also well developed, and also leave an impact on the overall plot of the story.

In short, in today’s anime world of Shounen series like Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Psycho-Pass is something new and refreshing to watch. People who are craving to watch something unorthodox would really enjoy this anime, as it is a brilliant piece of work that might go unnoticed due to the dominance of shounen anime.

Also, Psycho-Pass will be getting a second season in October 2014, and rumors of an upcoming movie have also surfaced.

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Author: Sir Extremis

An occassional blogger who dabbles in anime and sometimes other stuff!

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