Anime Club: Psycho-Pass 2

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club, we watch the second series for Psycho-Pass, Psycho-Pass 2. You can check out our review of the first series here Psycho-Pass.

PSYCHO-PASS 2

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CREATED BY: Naoyoshi Shiotani, Kiyotaka Suzuki

GENRE: Crime, Cyberpunk, Dystopian

NO. OF EPISODES: 11

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Japan

In season two, Akane, now the leader of a restored Unit One including rookie inspector Mika Shimotsuki, Ginoza, who is demoted to an enforcer, Yayoi and two new enforcers, Sakuya Togane and Sho Hinakawa, face a new threat in the form of Kirito Kamui, another criminal mastermind who, just like Shogo, intends to bring down the Sybil System by exploiting its flaws instead of just wreaking havoc. Skilled in avoiding all forms of detection and capable of helping his supporters to keep their Crime Coefficients low, only a very few believe that he actually exists, including Akane.

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First off, I have to say that as one of Funimation first attempts at simulcast in English and Japanese, they did one hell of a job. The voice acting cast was superb just like in the first series, as well as crisp animation. Nothing too derivative other than that from the original series, as the creators obviously wanted to make it clear this was a second series. The majority of the characters were still phenomenal, with Ginoza being moved to an enforcer. This gives an interesting character who has been on both sides of the law.psycho-pass-enforcers

Believe it or not, I actually didn’t think that Psycho-Pass was going to receive a second series. It was definitely not what I expected. I felt that this go around was way too similar to the latter half of the first series, as the last four episodes lost the mysterious aspect that the entire first season of Psycho-Pass 1 had. While I liked the main antagonist Kirito Kumei, I thought they could have done so much better with him. Especially since the antagonist behind the strings is even worse.

PROS:

  • English simulcast.
  • Crisp animation.
  • Superb voice acting.
  • Enforcer Ginoza.

CONS:

  • Way too similar to second half of first series.
  • Villain behind the scenes.
  • New characters are boring.

SCORE: 7.8 / 10

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