Anime Review – Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass-cover-cover-image-borderStep into the future and there you sit on a public bench (looking hot of course). You flick your hair in the wind like you’re the star of a shampoo commercial as a robot scans you like santa to find out if you’re naughty or nice. Luckily you’re nice. But you’re sitting next to someone who the robot deems to merely ‘have the potential’ to be naughty. And unlike santa and his coal-giving ways, judgement from this robot leaves the offender in a more dire state – dead.

It’s this concept of over regulation that drives Psycho-Pass. Is this dystopia or utopia? You decide. But don’t fret my friend. No matter what your opinionated soul feels you’ll be in for a great ride. Psycho-Pass hosts an incredibly storyline, some kick-ass characters, heart-pumping action and is heavily wrapped in emotional undertones. So put your feet up, get comfortable, and don’t forget a tissue box – you may shed a tear.

But don’t get too emotional – for you have a mystery to uncover. Psycho-Pass hosts a storyline that deepens and grows, yet doesn’t darken. Because let’s be real. It’s a rather dark plot from the get go. Much darker and you’re looking to be on par with the midnight zone in the ocean…where angler fish live (no thanks). But alas it stays at a good level, drawing you in, holding you in suspense and involving you in an engaging, evolving plot with enough twists and turns to win you over.

If that doesn't scream malice then I don't know what does. Source: Production I.G
If that doesn’t scream malice then I don’t know what does.   Source: Production I.G

And it doesn’t stop at an incredible plot. The characters are remarkably realistic. They have real strengths and flaws and even those that receive less air time seem distinctive. One of the main characters, Akane also has some of the best character development i’ve seen. It’s both substantial and methodical. And while we’re on the topic. Yes. She does kinda have the female bowl cut going. Yes, it’s a pretty awful haircut. And no, her haircut didn’t progress like her characterisation – it remained bad.

Think of your typical crime T.V shows with a futuristic spin. Source: Production I.G
Think of your typical crime T.V shows with a futuristic spin.   Source: Production I.G

Note that this anime is at times as painfully confronting as getting hit by a car. Many deaths are gruesome and distressing. And while the anime does lend itself to a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ side. It isn’t a black and white conflict like most anime’s. I should assert that it’s definitely grey (not pink or bright blue). This is one of the great dimensions to Psycho-Pass, as it serves to keep you thinking what is truly right and wrong, forcing you to cast a judgement and take a viewing stance based on your own ideologies.

This dark and distressing anime is fitted with suitably gloomy lighting and art. It’s a little colourless but it assists in heightening the overall feel the anime looks to convey. Likewise the animation is great. It’s flexible and flows well – working to show off some great scenes of action and suspense.

Not going to lie. If I was part of this skyscraper standoff I would probably lose due to being sucked in by the amazing view. Source: Production I.G.
Not going to lie. If I was part of this skyscraper standoff I would probably lose due to being sucked in by the amazing view.   Source: Production I.G.

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.

Thank you for reading my review!

Rating 9.5/10

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