Psycho-Pass

WARNING

THIS POST CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE ANIME PSYCHO-PASS. DO NOT READ IF YOU WANT TO WATCH IT FOR YOURSELF.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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I don’t watch a lot of shows on Hulu, but in college I had watched the first season of Psycho-Pass, and now Hulu is offering (or starting to offer) the second season! I had started watching it but decided to go back and re-watch the first season because it had been so long. Although Hulu didn’t have all of the first season, Netflix did, which I am extremely grateful for.

Honestly, I forgot how awesome this show was. I love the dynamic between the characters, their banter and thought processes. I am thoroughly entertained by it’s cyclical plot. Ginoza-san falls right into the pattern of behavior and situation both his partner, Kogami-san, and his father Masaoka-san, did that all three of them tried to prevent Ginoza-san falling into. I love how the second season is Tsunemori-san’s test, to see if she will continue the cycle of obsession and eventually falling to the rank of Enforcer, or if she is strong enough to eventually let everything go. Historically, her Psycho-Pass doesn’t cloud easily and her Crime Coefficient is almost unusually stable; that’s part of what makes her so good at her job. She also understands the Sybil System better than anyone alive, due to the instances of the first season, which allows her to do her job better and not rule out various possibilities, regardless of the System’s decision in that moment. She adds the human element in detective work in a technological age. At the same time, it could be that human element that leads her to her downfall. Somehow, I doubt the Sybil System will let that happen completely, because it/they values her too much as an asset.

I love how the series started with Tsunemori-san running in the rain her first night to her first crime scene, Ginoza-san’s speech etc. and how the season ended with Tsunemori-san essentially doing the same thing to new inspector Shimotsuki-san (whom, I just learned from Wikipedia, that she was actually seen earlier in season 1 as a student at Ouryo Academy…I just never made the connection). The scene entertained me as much the second time as it did the first time.

The crux of the second season is, that because she understands the Sybil System, she knows there are people who are criminally asymptomatic, even if their few and far between. If new enemy, Kamui-san, is indeed criminally asymptomatic, we encounter the same issues regarding the Sybil System’s stability and flaws as we did before. But if he’s not, does his Psycho-Pass stay clear because he doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong? He think he’s setting everyone free, that he’s doing good, regardless of anyone else’s opinion of him. Therefore, his Psycho-Pass would stay clear as long as he doesn’t worry about what others think of him, wouldn’t it? But this is all operating under the pretense that he can even be sensed/identified by Sybil System. Is he genetically formed differently so that Sybil can’t identify him, or recognize that someone is there, even if they don’t need enforcement? Is he a foreigner, and can’t be identified in the system because of that? Or is it something completely different? I can’t wait to see how it’s explored in the rest of season 2.

I’m glad the professor was brought back in season 2 too, as his insight is incredible.

I hope Kogami-san returns somehow in this second season (or in later seasons in general). I don’t know how, because he is a wanted criminal after all, but his character was so epic in a human sense that it’s a shame to lose him. At the same time, he can’t become a crutch for Tsunemori-san (or Ginoza-san truthfully). And although part of me wishes for romance between the two of them, I’m glad there isn’t, but the tension is there, which makes their relationship phenomenal.

Man I forgot how I loved this show, and damn I’m glad it’s back.

Plus EGOIST does all the ending music, which I love almost as much as the show itself. I’m wicked happy they producers stuck with EGOIST for both season, those songs are damn perfect for the show.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t wait for more episodes!

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