Psycho-Pass (Fall 2012) – The Minority Report

“Psycho-Pass” takes us in a near future where technology controlled humans. They controlled everything such as your feelings, daily activities, crimes, historical records, and others. At first, does this sound similar? Of course, because this show takes a lot of inspiration to Philip K. Dick especially “The Minority Report”. When an individual has a high Sybil System, they will be hunted. Either because they commit a crime or because they were gray. They are hunted by police officers known as the Inspectors and the Enforcers, a high criminal intent. In this case, the Sybil System controlled their mission as well. It depends on how the opportunity of their case would complete. Welcome to the Utopian society precisely in the FBI-like of the Public Safety Bureau’s criminal investigation.

Tsunemori Akane has such a complex characterization that at first, she seems innocent, ideal, yet naive. Apart from her backstory, she tried to find out behind this mastermind of the Sybil System. Regardless of how she gets a lot of hate from the audience, I don’t really understand why. After all, this isn’t your majority of shows compared to the seasoned anime in general. There is no moe or anything. On top of that, she is a good girl rather than being a whiny and annoying person. Complaints are stated from how the show went too. I watch a lot of slow anime than this. Compared to all that or even “Ergo Proxy“, this show is very easy to enter its world.

The settings in “Psycho-Pass” are set in a more contemporary cyberpunk city. It feels more like a contemporary city combination of “Black Mirror” especially “White Christmas” and Ridley Scott’sBlade Runner“. The story focuses on character and relationship between the world in this anime. Meanwhile, this anime has many similarities from Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report”. Both media have the same rules and satire of the philosophical about free will. But, this show is more complex than ever when it reveals what “Psycho-Pass” really was. It takes a normal concept of what justice was or how badly humans are controlled by technology.

“Psycho-Pass”, precisely when I first watched this show, was a difficult show or maybe for some people. People really missing the point and even missing the show. They couldn’t see how interesting this anime was from an entertainment perspective. This is not a show for everyone because there is so much violence, disturbing scenes, bloodshed, and philosophical things. Especially if you hate anime with a dark but heavy theme, this is not for you. Gen Urobuchi often writes stories with dark concepts, a horror twist, and about morality and pride in individuals. He has participated a lot in “Fate/Zero”, “Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom”, and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”.

In this show, Urobuchi created a dark story full of twist, questions, and compelling. I’ll never forget the physical battles, mind games, and philosophical nerdy things between Shinya Kougami and Shougo Makishima. By the way, Makishima probably is the best anti-hero and villain ever. I’ll never forget the true motivation and personal view of a Ginoza Nobuchika in contrast to Shinya’s ideology. Urobuchi prefers to play more human-looking than to strengthen this or weaken this. Feelings when you feel controlled, you can’t do anything. Your life depends more on how bleak your “Psycho-Pass” is until finally, no one wins. Both the antagonist and protagonist remind me of “No Country for Old Men”. Both of them portrayed how much of a consequence the characters received.

To say, at least this is a science fiction crime psychological mystery genre, actually, not that easy. Writing this anime as an essay or even analysis is endless. The real essence of society is, law and order, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or who really is right. Indeed, all it makes this show so minimalistic but actually rich in it. Production I.G is, especially at this point, makes one of the best choreography fighting scenes ever. Reminds me a lot to “Cowboy Bebop”. The background is set in a dark yet creepy look but actually very colorful. Precisely, the selection of colors is black and gray.

The soundtrack is perfect for every scene. The futuristic score is yet a dark tone, all the opening and ending themes are memorable and good. Ling Tosite Sigure is actually the most underrated Japanese rock band regardless of the singer is TK. Nothing’s Carved in Stone brings you anything you can come with a rock song. But, I’ll never forget when I first heard “Namae no nai Kaibutsu” and “All Alone With You” by EGOIST. So beautiful and terrifying. Kana Hanazawa as Tsunemori is really good as the most innocent and most developed of all characters. Tomokazu Seki and Takahiro Sakurai really have amazing jobs.

Probably, “Psycho-Pass” is a hard show yet provoking through anything such as dialogue, plot, tension, and settings. Watching this anime takes a moment and a thought rather than trying to turn off your brain. It’s overwhelming but not too much experience to come across these complex characters. This show delivers science fiction with minimal and rich action.

4.5 out of 5 stars.