Fall 2014: Psycho-Pass 2

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Here is the anime that I was probably looking forward to the most. That’s how good the first season of Psycho-Pass was. Of course I will be hoping to see more of the same this fall, and this episode should be proof of that.

OP: It feels like I’ve been hearing Ling Tosite Sigure (TK in particular) a lot recently. In reality, it’s only their third anime song. First it was Psycho-Pass 1, then Tokyo Ghoul, now Psycho-Pass 2. And no matter how much I try, I just can’t imagine anything else except Tokyo Ghoul when hearing it. Nevertheless, I like the unique voices of the singers. As long as they won’t be everywhere, I’ll continue liking them. I couldn’t really understand the meaning of repetitions in the opening. On three occasions the same movement was repeated 5-7 times. What else did I see? Despair. This season certainly won’t be about the happy life of inspector Tsunemori.

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ED: Finally, more EGOIST! My favourite band in the anime industry ever since Guilty Crown. Although the song isn’t really that good compared to some of the previous ones, it’s still EGOIST, and I don’t get to enjoy new stuff from them that often. I’ll gladly accept this. For some reason a part of the ending song reminds me of Zankyou no Terror opening, but that’s not bad either. The animation… it’s just Akane sitting in a self-propelled car with a sad facial expression, and an occasional view on the Public Safety Bureau. Don’t know if that was specific to this episode or not.

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Voice acting and sound: Ayane Sakura sounds great as the new inspector, Mika Shimotsuki. Her voice sounded so familiar, and yet there are only a few series where I’ve heard her. Tokyo Ravens (Shizuka) and Seikoku no Dragonar (Silvia) for example. As last season, Kana Hanazawa is back with her serious voice. The two new enforcers are voiced by male voice actors with so any roles that I would get tired of naming them all. They are Takahiro Sakurai and Keiji Fujiwara. Overall, they all sound comfortable in their roles. As always, Psycho-Pass has great soundtracks and sound effects. It probably has a huge budget, even with a studio change.

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Visuals: The visuals are very good, although there seems to be more CGI this time. It didn’t bother me, but I still noticed it. Animation is smooth. Characters are as detailed as everything else in Psycho-Pass 2, and their designs are likeable. Especially the eyes. First episode took place at night, and hopefully the rest of the anime won’t be as dark – I would love to see some daytime too. Besides, we already know that city lights look gorgeous in Psycho Pass!

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Characters: There are quite a few additions to the character list in the new season of Psycho-Pass. For example, there are two new enforcers: Sakuya Tougane and Shou Hinakawa. Tougane seems to be smart and trusting towards Akane. He understands her intentions and doesn’t argue. At the same time, he gives off a shady feeling as if he knows more than he shows. Hinakawa is still a mystery – even though his smile was shown to be rather creepy, he didn’t get to do much. Looked like a coward. He reminds me a lot of Kagari from previous season. The third addition to the team is Mika Shimotsuki, who has now been an inspector for 1.5 years. She is Akane’s partner, but instead of trusting her senior, she often disagrees and voices her opinions and discontent. Finally, there is a mysterious man who replaces Shougo as the main villain. There’s nothing known about him so far.

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Story: One and half years have passed. Akane is still an inspector, and is partnered with Mika. Together they manage four enforcers: Tougane, Hinakawa, Yayoi and Ginoza, who is also an enforcer now. Ginoza has become more positive and trusting towards Akane. He has also accepted his father. The season starts with another crime. Several bombs explode in the city, and the perpetrator’s hue doesn’t get clouded while making the bombs. After being discovered, he runs with a hostage and many more bombs set into place. His intention is to kill as many workers of the Public Safety Bureau. Finally, he is cornered with a crime coefficient slightly over 300, meaning he is a target for elimination. Akane bets on the chance that the number will fall to 299 and after talking to him, it does. He can now be paralyzed instead of killed. The female hostage he let go along the way with bombs was believed to be a hologram, but turns out to be a man in a holographic disguise. The inspector and enforcer chasing him finally catch up, just to be killed with the inspector’s Dominator. He is then announced to be the new main villain by Akane as the narrator.

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Conclusion: Psycho-Pass 2 is a great anime so far, no doubt. However, I did not get that “something” that I was hoping for. It did not exceed my expectations, and I must have thought it would be either as good or even better than the original. As we know, that rarely happens. The visuals did not become more pleasant, and the story doesn’t seem amazing so far. For an 11-episode anime, it should have done more during the first episode. Don’t let that discourage you, though, because everything else is very good about Psycho Pass 2: characters, sound, setting. Even the things I mentioned are still better than in the average anime.

Score: 8.5/10

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Posted on October 9, 2014, in Anime, First impressions, TV and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I agree it didn’t pack the same punch, but the set up is there. I’m just glad that it’s back.

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