Posted by psgels on 6 February 2013 with categories: Psycho Pass

It’s getting more and more clear what the creators wanted to show with the setting of Psycho Pass. It’s not just that they wanted to show that a society based on the Sybil System would work. That was just a method to get to what it really wanted to show: a society that has not known crime for a for a long time. And what if those people were suddenly handed the means to get away with crimes?

This once again was a very good episode. The animation for example had some very interesting shots, in which you could actually see the depth of the character-designs. This is quite hard to do in HD, but this episode was full of those scenes here.

I also really like Makishima’s long dialogues as he explores the flaws of the Sybil system and talks with others about it. On top of recommending a few good books (quite good to see so many interesting references here to compare this setting with), I like his conviction to see what lies at the center of the Sybil system, and I can understand why people want to follow him. I don’t often have that with nameless goons from an evil organization (yeah, the main villain may be a psychopath for wanting to destroy the world, but who in their right mind is going to follow them?).

What surprises me: how little police there is in this city. I mean, the engineers behind the Sybil System made a number of really big mistakes. Security through obscurity is another one: it is the belief that as long as you don’t tell anyone what your system looks like. That works fine, until someone actually finds this out. The police has been decimated, to the point where the people in charge believed that they weren’t necessary except for the extreme cases.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Ronny says:

    I’m really enjoying your analyses of this series. I agree it is quite rare for the anatagonist to have reasons to cause havoc that the audience can sympathise with. Even though the core of the technology is iffy (for lack of a better word) I would say that this show is science fiction. I say so in the sense that it really is about how society lives with this ruling technology. I went off anime for a while but this series has brought me back.

    • Gavrilo says:

      We still don’t know how the Sybil system actually works, though, but that hacker’s speculations were pretty interesting. Why would you build a single central node for a complex, critical system such as Sybil, and how does it handle so much processing? I guess we’re in for some even more mind-twisting revelations behind this setting…

      • Ronny says:

        ‘Iffy’ was used in the context of whether something like the Sybil System is achievable in the future, whether or not you can actually measure a person’s susceptibility to commit crime. In saying that I was trying to separate the show from the science fantasy genre. Anyway, you bring up really interesting questions – I agree on the whole. Interestingly, the show reminds me of Philip K. Dick’s ‘Minority Report’- the short story version where all crimes and not just murders are dealt with before they occur. The pre-cogs (only three mutants) are responsible for producing data that predicts the crimes. I can’t wait to own the box-set for this.

    • DangerMouse says:

      I totally agree, and I can see why this might have been something to bring you back after a bit away, it’s pretty unique especially these days.

      On that note, it seems like it’s really been a while since we’ve gotten anything even close to this kind of science fiction and themes, probably not since the two seasons of GITS: SAC even despite the obvious differences between them (also thanks to Production I.G’s great “and distinctively theirs” scifi audio/visuals and the “character” that adds to the setting just like they pulled off with GITS).

  2. EggsWithCheese says:

    At the end of the episode, this was my response:

    “You’re gonna end it there? Please. Like I don’t already know it’s a human being floating in a tank or something.”

    I could be wrong of course, but it seems to fit all the facts. After all, why else would you need a central “server”?

  3. kero says:

    Good episode, esp like all the name checks since I’ve read Gibson, Dick, and I like that it highlights that there is a difference between Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, although, it’s been a while since I’ve read the books, so wasn’t sure what ‘difference’ he was referring to that related to Pyscho Pass

    Also interesting to see that they raised the issue about e-books and paper books, and how the turning of the page, and the tactile feel of it plays importance in our… learning?

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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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