Anime Review: Psycho Pass Season 1

Episodes: 22
Genre: psychological, mystery
Related Words: detective, mystery, good, evil, systems
Rating: 5/5

Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed. In the 22nd century, Japan enforces thepp 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.


Review (No Spoilers)

Setting place in the deep future, society is now controlled by a system called the Sybil, which judges people based on their psycho-passes. The psycho-passes turned into certain colours depending on one’s mental state. Certain numbers also judge one’s mentality, where the lower the number is better and the higher the number becomes a threat to society. If one is found with undesirable traits for either, they will be executed or jailed, their life permanently tainted as a result.

CHARACTERS 5/5: The first character we have is Akane, who is one of the main focuses of this story. She is a new detective in the beginning, recently joined, and new to how the police force works. She has a certain innocence towards herself and the world, but has a strong morality. This allows her to be challenged by the flaws of the Sybil system as she tries to figure out what is good or evil.

The next main character is Kogami, an enforcer or latent criminal who works for the detectives to solve cases. He is quite the mystery at the beginning and faces challenges of his past. Other characters also include Masaoka, Shuusei, Yayoi, and Shion, who are all enforcers and Ginoza, who has been an inspector for a while.

Each of the characters have different backgrounds and traits that add to the story. Though the anime mainly focuses on Akane and Kogami, the side characters each contribute to the mood of the anime and emphasize the flaws of the Sybil system and questions what is good and what is evil.

PLOT 5/5: The beginning starts out as a little introductory before it goes to the actual plot, but everything that happens ties together at the end, which makes it very satisfying. There is a lot of information to soak in with each episode, but it becomes this puzzle that you have to solve with the characters in the anime.

ANIMATION & SOUND 5/5: The animation was great. It’s a bit darker than most anime, but it really set the theme and the mood, which was very effective.




6 thoughts on “Anime Review: Psycho Pass Season 1

  1. Adam says:

    I loved Psycho Pass Season 1. There was such a wonderful variety of tones and styles to the episodes, and such a plethora of interesting ideas. Like Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex, this series really touched upon a lot of things, and engaged them all with gusto.
    Not to mention that the main antagonist had that brilliant, calm, charismatic style to them. In many ways their ideas had merit, but the lengths they were willing to go in order to propone those ideas was horrifying.
    Definitely one of my favorites, and a story I frequently like to revisit just for the fun of it.

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