Stress, Anxiety, and the Sibyl System

300px-PsychoPasscastOne of the weirdest things I have experienced as an anime fan is when you start to watch a show and then hit a stalemate where you just cannot find the urge to continue it. It even happens sometimes when you like the show you are watching. This happened to me not once but twice while watching the first season of Psycho Pass. I have thought long and hard about just what it was that caused it, but ultimately, I could not pinpoint exactly what it was. Nevertheless, after two attempts in 2017, I was finally able to get through the first season of Psycho Pass earlier this year. Which means today we are going to talk about Psycho Pass for Day 9 of 12 Days of Anime.

Back during my late 2017 attempt to finish Psycho Pass, I mentioned in a post about Places in Anime I am Thankful I don’t live (which you can check out here) that I would hate to live in that world. As someone who suffers from a lot of stress and anxiety, it would probably have gone bad for me real fast. Most of the people that live there though seem to be doing okay.

I really enjoyed the first season of Psycho Pass because despite not wanting to be there, the setting and story were very interesting. It is a futuristic world where life can pretty well be decided for you and technology plays an even bigger part in life than it does now. In order to keep crime down, they have implemented a system that should allow them to see if your crime coefficient is too high. In its own way, the show does a good way to discuss what certain events in your life can do to your mental health, and I think that is very interesting. However, that is also the aspect of the show that can be very infuriating. One bad event in your life, whether you were responsible for it or not, can mess you up forever. It can totally mess up your life in a way you cannot come back from.

As far as season one goes, the main characters were all pretty likable and I thought that they worked really well together. Now, that does not mean they got along. That in itself is a good discussion about how you place in society can cause others to have preconceived notions as well as being just plain rude. For the audience though, the main cast is very likable. The serious Ginoza keeps in line and doing their job, Akane is the rookie just trying to figure out her job, and all of the enforcers seem more like real people since they are not as weighed down by the constant supervision of the Sibyl System.

MV5BODNlOTczNDItYWRkNS00OWMwLTllYWQtZWRiODRkZjZhYWQyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzU1NzE3NTg@._V1_CR045480270_AL_UX477_CR00477268_AL_It is also a good complement to that story when the main antagonist is someone that contradicts the very purpose of the system that runs the world. While not the most original concept, it is still the best route they had to go with the story and was very interesting, nonetheless. I also really enjoy when the big villain ended up being behind nearly all of the other events. An orchestrating villain like that who does not just show up at the end out of no one is the one that I enjoy seeing the most. They also keep him prevalent to the show because Kogami is obsessed with finding Makashima and bringing him to justice. The very first episode starts where we end up later in the season which shows us that Kogami is in this hunt for the long run. Sure that means we know where we will end up, but we do not know the journey it will take us to get there. That is great for a person like me who when they get bored with something will immediately jump to the end to find out how it ends. It became an awfully bad habit, especially when reading books because I would always read the last paragraph before I even started the book.

Part of the reason Psycho Pass intrigued me was that it was about officers of the law hunting down bad guys. AKA a crime show. As a huge fan of crime shows, which is something I will dive deeper into tomorrow, I was intrigued to see how they would handle it. While I ended up being interested it kind of hurt that Psycho Pass’ world is very different from ours. The level of technology sent it as a very different world already, and the laws and normal everyday values are different from our own as well. There are definitely similarities in how people handle others deemed less than them and the discussion of mental health that can easily be translated to today’s world, but the aspect of realism is not there because the technology is so advanced it makes the world different. Now that is not a bad thing, it just ended up not being the crime show that I had been expecting.

MV5BZGU2OTc3YTAtZmQzYy00ODViLTg5MDktYTg3ODcyNDcyMWU5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTIwMzg4NzA@._V1_Overall I enjoyed Psycho Pass. As someone who can lean towards more comedic shows when choosing an anime, it was not the show you turned too for a good laugh. It was, however, a good show that knew how to throw me for a loop and one that sometimes left me with my fist clenched in worry about what was going to happen next. I was invested in its story and characters that after one particular episode I ended up crying so hard my mom who was sitting across from me asked if I was okay. I will let you guess in the comments what episode you thought it was. The best thing about Psycho Pass to me was that it made me do a lot of thinking, and left me always wondering what was going to happen next or trying to figure out just what exactly was happening.

I have started watching the second season now, and cannot say much because, well, I just started it. But I have heard from some people that it was not as good as the second season. Hopefully, it does not take me three tries to get through, but after writing this I feel more motivated to finish it and see what everyone is talking about. And watch the movie…and the new movies of OVAs or whatever is coming out in 2019.

Let me know what you guys think though! Have you seen the show? What are your thoughts about it? Did any episode make you cry? Which one do you think made me cry? What are your opinions on the second season? Let me know down below!

See you tomorrow!


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3 thoughts on “Stress, Anxiety, and the Sibyl System

  1. Karandi December 22, 2018 / 1:54 PM

    I’ve only seen the first season of Psycho Pass because the concept and reviews of the second season kind of made me think I’d be happier just settling for the first season (I’ll eventually watch season two I’m just in no rush). I really loved season one. The cast are fantastic as is the world building and it is just a really interesting story.

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    • Ka-chan December 22, 2018 / 3:27 PM

      I feel the same way about season two. I liked season one a lot but am in no hurry to start season two because of all of teh things I have heard about it. I worry it won’t be teh same as season one

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