Psycho Pass: The Movie (2015) Anime Review

The third entry in the “Psycho Pass” franchise is an anime film, which actually amounts to a 113-minute episode.

This time, Akane Tsunemori is sent alone to the Southeast Asia Union, a confederation incorporating a number of former countries of the region, which is about to implement the Sibyl System, after an incident occurring in Japan, which involved terrorists from the Union. Tsunemori, however, has another agenda, as through a memory scoop on one of the terrorists, it is revealed that Shinya Kogami is also in the country, assisting the Resistance. Colonel Nicholas Wong, who seems to be in charge of the military, receives Tsunemori, who is advised not to travel outside Shambala Float, the part of the city that is protected by the Sibyl System. Tsunemori ignores the advice and ends up on a mission with Wong, where she realizes that not everything seem to go as well as he and Chairman Han, the leader of the Union suggest. The first proof of the fact is that latent criminals are fitted with a collar that delivers a lethal dose of poison if their Crime Coefficients elevates, since Dominators are not yet implemented.

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Evidently, since this is not a 24-episode or a 12-episode series, for that matter, the plot is much less complex, in order to fit the medium’s duration. The politics, plots, and twists are here once more, but are more obvious and less intricate, and the film’s duration is split among the plot and the action scenes, in contrast to the series, which focuses more on the former. The only worthy additions to the story of the franchise are the reappearance of Kogami, and the fact the Tsunemori is presented, for the first time, as something more than an Inspector. In terms of the former, his relationship with Tsunemori does not move forward much, apart from the fact that he realizes how much she has grown as a person and as an Inspector. In terms of the latter, Tsunemori is presented as a regular person, as we witness her wearing actual clothes and not a uniform, socializing, and even having a bath for a brief nude scene. Lastly, in a vastly wrong tactic, the creators of the film have made many of the characters to speak in English, in a tactic that goes as wrong as usual in Japanese productions.

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The technical aspect of the film, however, is definitely on a higher level than the already elaborate series, with astonishing drawing, utter attention to detail, great movement and overall, masterful animation. The artistry is even evident in the stills, which are quite impressive, and as for the attention to detail, the various characters’ collarbones speak for themselves. Furthermore, the action sequences are also impressive, including actual guns instead of Dominators, and impressive martial arts sequences.

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“Psycho Pass: The Movie,” may not offer much in terms of the franchise’s story, but remains a worthy addition, particularly due to its technical aspect.

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