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Psycho-Pass

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Psycho-Pass (which is known as Saiko Pasu in Japan) is an anime series developed by Production I.G.

Psycho-Pass is set in the near future, in a world where a person's mental state, personality, and probability to commit a crime can be instantaneously measured. Not only that, but if you're caught even thinking about a crime, you can be found guilty. These mental measurements are accomplished through technology called the Dominator, which is shown in the series as being a type of gun that is pointed at a target. The results can only be heard by the person wielding the Dominator gun.

The detectives who use the Dominator guns work in pairs; one is an Enforcer, and the other is an Inspector. Enforcers are the ones who deliver justice, while the Inspectors make sure the Enforcers don't take things too far. Many of the Enforcers are actually latent criminals, who have been allowed to not face justice themselves so they can help investigate the more dangerous criminals. The main focus of the series is an Enforcer named Shinya Kogami.

The animation in this series is rather dark, which helps to reinforce the type of world that these characters inhabit. Not only is the animation dark, but it also has a bit of a "sleek" look, especially when it's used for the cityscapes that appear at the beginning of the first episode. These animation styles definitely capture the dystopian feel that the series is trying to depict.

When it comes to story content, there was a rape scene that took place in the first episode; however, the actual act itself takes place off-screen, and only the sound effects tell the viewer that this is going on. Near the end of the first episode, there is also some blood shown onscreen.

I thought that Psycho-Pass had a very interesting concept going for it, and the first episode clearly establishes the premise and feel of the series. After watching the first episode, I would definitely be interested in watching more of this series to see how the story progresses.

But Psycho-Pass is definitely not an anime series being aimed at a young audience. Personally, I would recommend this series to anime viewers who are 17 or 18 years of age and older.


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Psycho-Pass222012-2013Naoyoshi ShiotaniProduction I.GFUNimation Entertainment
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