64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
Over shadowed by series like Sword Art Online & Attack on Titan, Psycho-Pass released under the radar to many (myself included), however this series is not one you'll want to miss. Set in a future where law & order is maintained by a surveillance system that monitors everyone's actions and intents, this standout anime is set up rather uniquely and executed near flawlessly. Easily one of, if not my, favorite anime series of the past couple years. To top it off a second season has already been announced in the works.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
A futuristic world where people are governed by the fear of keeping stability of their psyche or risk imprisonment at minimum. Rather then take chances with humanities emotional chaos a new system dictates a rigid new order that if broken causes the psyche criminal to be hunted by a special department specially created to handle the situation by using the very people it has deemed incorrigible and criminal by its own standards.
The series story is nicely done and will cause the viewer to question which way is actually the correct way humanity should go in the future. The series is bloody for half the episodes and can be pretty dark with some hardcore scenes though it barely keeps itself from going to any hentai scenes. Think a mix of Ghost In The Shell with Death Note and you'll get the picture a little.
The animation is very well done and the soundtrack fits the sci-fi techno beat pretty well. The voice cast for the Japanese cast did a terrific job and for the most part so did the English dub cast though maybe one or two seemed misplaced with their roles.
So for fans of the darker anime series or sci-fi series or just those looking for a good series a new one has been released for the anime buyers to add to their anime collection.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
Definitely adult in the manner of CSI, Blade Runner, Minority Report
Excellent character design
Superb animation and backgrounds
Seamless CG integration, especially the tech (love that Dominator)
Concise, intelligent, well-paced plot with good turns
Well rounded characters
Gory when required
Unique production style
Strong music and soundtrack
Pays homage to prior, classic sci-fi while carving out it's own niche
Only one season
Episodes seem a tad short as credits sometimes roll while story is still unfolding - watch credits to the end to make sure you don't miss anything in some episodes
Hard-baked English subs during titles
Possible hard subs in Japanese track (I watched only English)
Watch immediately, if you enjoy strong science fiction action with no high school silliness, fanservice or jetting nasal blood geysers. Psycho-Pass is my new favorite police Sci-Fi, depicting a utopian Japan with a deep dark secret at it's core. Suspenseful, gory and incredibly well written, Psycho-pass passes with flying colors! I can't wait for the movie. For English dialog fans, Funimation's ADR is perfect. I highly recommend this anime and hope many more like it come out on blu-ray.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2014
This is definitely an underrated series (for now), and I wish more people would see it. If you liked Ghost in a Shell and those criminal investigation shows like NCIS, CSI etc... There's a chance you will like Psycho-Pass. Most of the characters are well developed, and the animation is great! Plot and story are also great, with (in my opinion) a really good dub. Part 1 comes with episodes 1 to 11, but it doesn't really have a lot of extras... The extras it does have are Commentaries, Textless opening and ending, trailers, and Psycho Pass at Sakura-Con Part 1. Overall, I'm satisfied with this purchase, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes anime!
I uploaded some pics, incase you are interested, they should be on the customer images, section... :)
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
Well I just finished the series and first let me say that this is an anime for adults, meaning that it contains content unsuitable for children (i.e. graphic violence, gore) mainly due to the context of said content. Also, this is what I would call a "deep thinker" which seems to be somewhat difficult to find these days.
If you want to understand the main premise of this show without me spoiling it for you then just imagine a world where a brain scanning technology of some sort has been perfected to the point where a persons overall moral integrity can be measured and assigned a numerical value in relation to their overall mental stability. Now imagine how difficult it would be to keep something so ideally practical out of our justice system. Its somewhat scary, isnt it? Its definatly a type of surveilance that I never imagined before watching this show.
At first when i read about it online the plot of the show seemed stupid to me. I thought they just took concepts from Minority Report (which I didnt really care for) and Ghost in the Shell and made them into a confused, tryhard lovechild, but I was wrong. This show is nothing like Ghost in the Shell, and the concept of the justice system (called SIBYL I think) is much more believable than the quantum inference thingy they had going on in Minority Report. The only similarities I see to GITS is the fact that this show is intelligent and the time setting seems to be in the same ballpark, but in that regard I only mean advanced technology and cityscapes of superstructures glowing with lights. The psychological and philisophical aspects of this show remind me more of Batman since alot of the deep stuff comes from the bad guys. Indeed, the criminals in this show are extremely well done and actually had a purpose to the random acts of violence they performed (which differs from more recent series ive watched, like AOT) so it doesnt just make me feel like they put blood and gore and killing in this show just so people can be like "ooooh violence this is a good anime." Its also very well animated with some really good CG stuff, and they didnt rely on CG to animate the characters as much as other shows (I cant stand that, makes me feel like im watching a Wii game.) The dark and gritty setting is really well done and works well with the plot to "thrill" you. Also, very fluid action sequences which has thankfully become a standard of good anime these days.
This first part is really good, particularly towards the ending, and was perfectly paced. It introduces you to the world of Inspectors and Enforcers (just watch the show) and how they work together, and successfully justifies their purpose as well. The dub is really good, I particularly liked the lead male characters. The opening them is okay but i really liked the drum and bass closing theme, and the second part of this show has one of the best opening themes ever, and as an added bonus its fully translated AND well translated. The characters themselves are amazingly fleshed out. Even the couple characters I didnt like at the beginning totally went 180 on me and I grew to love their personal aspects. All of the personality traits blend together so well that you wont even notice it. The series starts out with a glimpse into the future, but dont worry, this isnt the ending of the show (far from it in fact) and when this part eventually does come you will be not be dissapointed. Every single case investigated in this show is just amazing, but i have to say there were scenes where my mouth was agape either from shock or bewilderment. It seemed that there was an overall theme here and the best way to describe it is "when you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."
I watch alot of anime of all kinds, old and new, and I have to say this is the best out of all the new shows ive watched (Attack on Titan, K, Accel World, SAO, C-Control). Im sure all the AOT fans out there just cant bear to hear that AOT isnt the best show in the world, but it isnt (just my opinion really, if you havent seen that show you should get on it!) and the fact that stuff like that and SAO are more popular than shows like this just disturbs me. Dont get me wrong that stuff is really good, but in the end this show made me feel like I gained something from watching it.
Im gonna go ahead and review part 2, because what you see in part 1 is just the tip of the iceberg, this anime gets MUCH more serious. Also there is going to be a Season 2 and a movie, but dont worry this show wraps things up very nicely at the end of this season.
Please give it a chance, you wont be dissapointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
Premise... In the year 2113 Japan is overseen by the Sibyl system which actively measures the mental state, personality and probability to commit crimes of its populace these assessments are known as a psycho pass. If a psycho pass is abnormal the individual is told to seek counseling, but if it's too high the individual is immediately pursued and apprehended unless lethal force is necessary. Enforcing the will of the Sibyl system is the public safety bureau's criminal investigation division comprised of inspectors and enforcers. Members of the bureau are issued a high tech handgun known as a dominator that maintains a constant connection with the Sibyl system which regulates the gun's lethality based on the suspect's current crime coefficient level.
Story... Akane is a new inspector of unit one of the public safety bureau's criminal
investigation division her job is to apprehend people with high psycho passes and investigate crimes while also overseeing latent criminals known as enforcers. Each investigation will bring her one step closer to transitioning from an inexperienced rookie to a hardened veteran while continuing to raise the question does the Sibyl system create an idealistic utopia or a repressive totalitarian dystopia.
The animation is gorgeous, the characters are compelling, the story is intriguing and the English dub is excellent making this series a must own for any anime fan and one of my favorite science fiction animes!
Be warned this anime contains graphic violence and gore so it may not be suitable for children!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2015
I wrote this review to bring some attention to a great anime that did a terrible job of promoting itself. It's a series full of surprises and rich with themes set in a unique vision of society's future, yet all of this is hidden behind an uninspiring name and seemingly bland character design (don't get me wrong, the artistic direction itself is excellent).
It didn't help that the first two episodes gave me the impression that I was going to be watching a cliched romcom about an archetypal-submissive-anime girl and her rookie cop antics. After the first two "kiddie" episodes, I almost quit and never looked back, but I am glad that I gave the series a closer look. The story suddenly veers in a different direction entirely, becoming darker and darker at a gripping pace. The result is a sense of growing anxiety as we realize that the disconnected murders are much more sinister in their implications. Imagine the world of Minority Report (Tom Cruise) with the tone of Se7en (Brad Pitt). By the sixth episode, I was hooked on this "sociological thriller."
More than anything, the characters and philosophical themes make this series. There are unexpected subtleties here, too. The heroine, at every instance in which we think she will react in a stereotypical melodramatic fashion, surprises us by maintaining the steady poise befitting a detective with an exceptional psycho-pass (a term used that indicates a person's mental health as monitored by omnipresent government systems). Who we thought to be a minor character, a handsome and brooding male Enforcer, turns out to be a worthy lead with complex motivations and principles. The character designs themselves were so generic that I never expected distinct characterization, but the players become fleshed out expertly, with every officer acting in ways that are believable and consistent. The more the story developed, the more I found that I liked these people, even the irritable commanding officer--even the "bad guys" whose motivations I found sympathetic but whose methods I could never stomach.
The themes work because the writers never shove ideas down my throat in place of the story. Aside from the more obvious question of whether we are all willingly going down the route towards an Internet police state, I found more interesting the themes regarding deviance. If criminals knowingly break the law, and artists strive to be different from the norm, then don't these people share the same tendencies? In simply observing the system, don't we change the system?
Considering its many strengths, does Psycho-Pass also have some rough edges? Yes, in addition to the ill-fitting opening episodes, a few story arcs contained glaring plot holes. And inexplicably, some scenes force long expositions upon the viewer when action is obviously called for. At other times, the writing goes overboard in its artistic zeal--quotations from poetry, Max Weber, and Jonathan Swift were welcome, but a sprinkle would have gotten the point across. Nevertheless, I found these flaws to be minor compared to the consistently skillful directing.
I watched this first season of Psycho-Pass subtitled, in the "extended edition" cut, which pairs off the 22 episodes to make a set of 11 long episodes. Initially thought to be yet another idiosyncratic approach by the creators, I realized that this arrangement tightened the story's pace and created more satisfying conclusions. Although explicit violence and cyberpunk jargon may not be for everyone, I recommend taking a chance on this surprising gem.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2014
It's Minority Report meets Silence of the Lambs by way of The X-Files in this stylish sci-fi crime thriller that, while drawing heavily from many different existing works and genres, still manages to keep you guessing - and wanting more!
Set in a dystopian near-future where "justice" is dictated by a computer surveillance system (NSA, anyone?) and meted out by government agents and expendable would-be criminals, called "enforcers," with their slick-as-hell handguns of doom, Psycho-Pass tells the story of a new agent straight from the academy who teams up with a motley crew of fellow agents and enforcers at exactly the wrong time. One of the enforcers' past comes back to haunt them as a series of grisly murders rock the city, and shake the new agent's own idealistic worldview to its core.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far, the first half of which builds to a devastating climax in episode 11. The production is outstanding, the visuals are stunning, the sound is fantastic - even the J-pop/rock soundtrack is catchy. But the real kudos here go to the writers and directors who pull off some pretty heavy-duty reflection on a number of serious themes (the relationship of human beings with technology, the nature of human freedom and morality, the relationship of the individual and society, just to name a few) all while entertaining us with intense action and emotional drama. Yes, at times it slows down and gets mired in lengthy dialogue that sounds a bit too much like a freshman philosophy class at your local community college, but that is forgivable, considering the heavy subject matter. And the action really is good, though, as others have said, it can get gory at times, if that kind of thing upsets you (but seriously, people, it's a cartoon, and the gore isn't even really that bad, so relax!). It also has fleeting nudity, so I would give it a solid PG-13 rating as it is not appropriate for youngsters.
All that said, I would enthusiastically recommend this to any fans of serious, reflective sci-fi action and crime thrillers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2014
Most anime appears to be geared toward children and young adults; still enjoyable but not necessarily the best choice for a mature person. However, there are exceptions, and this is one of them. It's got a story, intriguing characters and a concept that would probably do well as the basis for a near-future, sci-fi oriented, live action film.
What if an AI (artificial intelligence) could identify people with criminal intent, or even criminal personality traits? What if said AI could then met out whatever punishment it determined was appropriate, including execution? What if society was reliant upon this system to maintain law, order and public safety? Have I piqued your interest?
So with that out of the way, let me say that this might well be my favorite anime. It's top notch in every respect. I'm not an anime expert nor a movie critic. I write the occasional product review when I've found an exceptional product. I don't presume to know what others may like and it is possible you may not appreciate Psycho-Pass as much as I. But I've just started Part Two and it's even better. So my advise (which is why you are reading this) is to give this one a try. It's that good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2014
Loved this one! Great premise (a central computer has replaced police officers with Inspectors and Enforcers who arrest you when your potential for crime exceeds a set threshold). Add a rookie inspector and an enforcer obsessed with chasing a serial killer and it's very compelling.
The interactions between the characters are complex, there are great little touches in the background (loved the decorate-what-you-want virtual homes), and it has a thoroughly satisfying ending. It was a watch twice and then buy it for me.