I haven’t watched the original Psycho-Pass version and I wouldn’t be able to compare the two versions.
At the beginning, we see Akane Tsunemori, a new recruit of the CID, become part of a team hunting down a criminal. They are police and are called the MWPSB or the Public Safety Bureau.
A system called Sibyl made the jobs of these people extremely easy. It is possible to calculate the Psycho Pass of people. Psycho Pass is sort of the mental health of the individual and based on that, the crime coefficients of people can be calculated. It is the probability that a person might commit a crime. If the crime coefficient is high, the person will be locked or killed. All the inspectors like Akane have a team of people called Enforcers working under them. Enforcers are people that Sibyl decided are too harmful for the society and the only time they can go out is when they are investigating a crime. It must be convenient, leaving all the dirty work to the Enforcers.
I’ve seen enough Psycho-Pass images to know that Kogami is a protagonist but he didn’t get enough screen time in this episode. I didn’t expect him to be an Enforcer though. I wonder how crime coefficients are actually calculated? There isn’t enough explanation about that in the anime. Maybe Sibyl calculates the crime coefficient based on the person’s heartbeat, his stress levels, his history etc. I wonder if they are enough to say that a person is ‘bad’. There hasn’t been enough talk about how Sibyl works but I already dislike the system quite a bit. It makes the detectives arrest or kill people who have done nothing wrong just because there is a probability that they might do something wrong. Now do you see something wrong with this logic? We all have moments when we get really mad and think of punching or hurting someone but it doesn’t mean that we will go ahead and do it. Sibyl will consider people like that dangerous because they’ve thought of using violence.
Dominators are said to be the eyes of Sibyl. They can calculate the crime coefficients and use a laser beam to paralyse or kill the criminals. They are extremely powerful and leave a bloody mess behind. If the dominators tell them to shoot, they shoot. The detectives job look extremely simple doesn’t it?
Akane and her team had to hunt down a guy who ran away become the system detected that his Psycho Pass is clouded. He took a girl hostage. Kogami successfully killed the culprit but the girl’s psycho pass got clouded and that is understandable. She was living a peaceful and normal life until a guy took her hostage, raped her and abused her. She might have felt powerless, confused and angry. She might have thought about hurting the guy who did that to her. Sibyl decided that this girl is dangerous because she felt such strong emotions and the dominator’s mode in Kogami’s hand changed to the lethal eliminator mode, the mode used to kill people.
Interestingly enough, Kogami was going to shoot her, before Akane shot him with the paralyser mode. Akane later talked to the girl and managed to lower her crime coefficient and save her. It isn’t like Kogami was a cold hearted guy. He got used to shooting people using the dominator so much that at some point he stopped thinking about what he was doing. He shot when the Sibyl told him to shoot. That is all. There is also one more interesting person in the anime.
His name was not mentioned but it is clear that he is the antagonist of this anime. He looks like the kind of person who does ‘bad’ things just because they are interesting. Antagonists like him are more interesting to watch than the antagonists who want to rule the world, or who do bad things because they are evil. Imagine a guy walking up to Aizen or Orochimaru and pointing a gun at them. They won’t be scared or angry, they’ll probably just give the guy an amused smile and see what the guy is going to do next. They won’t run or hide and that is precisely why they are interesting. I don’t know how the antagonist of this anime really is. Maybe I am just placing too many hopes on him because he looked interesting. I hope he won’t disappoint me though. I am more interested in Kogami’s and this guy’s characters more than I am interested in Akane’s character. She doesn’t look that promising. We’ve seen tons of characters who play the good protectors of justice part.
The music is normal and most of time you don’t even notice it. The animation is very good and the backgrounds are detailed. Take a look at the images below.
Try watching this anime if you find time. I highly recommend this anime to all the anime fans who like psychological anime. I don’t recommend this to people who hate blood, violence and brutality though.
See you next time ^^/