Psycho Pass kept me glued to a screen for six hours (excluding breaks for lunch and please, how do you skip Anime Openings?).
It was riveting, with a strong absence of fan service (there was an episode where a man felled a woman in the middle of the street and beat the life out of her and I opened my mouth but words couldn’t come out) and seriously digs some questions I having even formed answers to.
And excellent quotes too (This is why I like when the good guy and the misunderstood good guy are heavy into books. So much cosign abeg).
The dystopian thriller introduces a world where the Sybil System assigns a number, a criminal coefficient, a Psycho pass, that determines the likelihood of a person to commit a crime. Of course it is not a perfect system (this was glaringly written into the first episode of the anime) and after the first half of the first season, I was sure that I would ‘Makishima’ my way through such a world.
What is ‘Makishima’?
Shogo Makishima is the antagonist (misunderstood good guy that is) of the series who sought to destroy the Sybil system (but failed simply because he did not enlist the help of the protagonist. I’m kidding!). He has to be among one of my favorite ‘misunderstood good guys’ (he has that Hannibal Lecter culture). It has been a long time I watched a series in which the protagonists felt like they were just there to antagonize the antagonist. In fact the absence of Shogo made the rest of the Psycho Pass franchise look like lesser works (but you should see them, though I had hoped the movie would give me more exposition than action).
While Shogo was the star of the show, it is easy to overlook Akane Tsunemori who despite all that happened had a psycho pass that did not cloud or heighten when she was the one that actually had the most reason to be a latent criminal. At some point, I actually expected the Sybil system to offer her a job but then, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In the end, I can’t properly appreciate Psycho Pass without a rewatch.
(cues Episode 1)