Justice, and the enforcement of it, has changed.
In the 22nd century, Japan enforces the 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.
My Interpretation of the Synopsis
In the 22nd century, justice has changed. Most definitely.
Newly minted Inspector, Akane, works with a rogue force of "criminals" who use special guns to track and catch... criminals.
Catch a criminal with a criminal. Only the guns are computers connected to an internet of things called Sibyl. Okay, first Sibyl? Really? That can't be bad. Let's look at the definition of Sibyl. A woman in ancient times supposed to utter the oracles and prophecies of a god. In reality, Sibyl is a freaking crazy person. Compacted with the fact that few knew what the hell she was talking about in the first place.
We get it. Sibyl. Okay, moving on.
So Sibyl is judge, jury and executioner. Sibyl holds peoples lives in its calculation of whether you are a good or bad person. How? Fuck if I know. The main character points a gun at people and Sibyl gives a rating then pulls the trigger.
Sometimes Sibyl pulls the trigger on a person and hell if I know why, thus unreliable judgement. Or maybe Sibyl wants to get rid of people who know the truth.
But there is one person whose found a way to jack the system and he's out to open people's eyes--how? Terrorism.
There are other supporting characters but... I found them fill-ins for the story. You get to know them and their background in the first few episodes but while interesting, doesn't move the plot forward. I found it fluff for the main plot.
Themes I caught in this series:
This police procedural, dystopian, futureistic crime mystery has beautiful artwork, good music and a descent story. It reminds me of Ghost in the Shell and has twists in the same vein. I understood the message it portrayed and would happily write a one-off fan-fic for Pshyco-Pass.
Word of warning... it is gory. Exploding men, bodies everywhere. Blood. Guts. Torture. It's sub-genre is horror. Really, this is a dystopian, futuristic, sci-fi, police procedural, mystery, horror fiction anime.
The thought experiment of this anime is what really gripped me. Don't let the meandering beginning episodes lead you astray. It's worth it.
In other words, if you're looking for a beautifully penned anime with future/dystopian setting a thought experiment and cops, this is the one for you!
I would Recommend this to Fans of:
cop procedural's in the future
characters who love old books
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