What is Justice? What is the criteria that divides Good and Evil? Are the existing laws and a single entity of law capable of judging criminals born due to the system's own failure?
Are the protectors of law doing the right thing protecting this system? Is it worth it? Sibyl System and it's eyes, The Public Safety Bureau will take us on a journey of good and evil and what's worth protecting.
"I think the only time people really have value is when they act according to their own will" - Makishima Shogo
#PsychoPass is set in a futuristic era in Japan where the Sibyl System, a powerful network of psychometric scanners, actively measures the biometrics of its citizens' minds and mentalities using a "cymatic scan" of the brain. The resulting assessment is called a Psycho-Pass . When the calculated likelihood of an individual committing a crime, measured by the Crime Coefficient index, exceeds an accepted threshold (100), he or she is pursued, apprehended, and either arrested or decomposed by the field officers of the Crime Investigation Department (#CID) of the Public Safety Bureau (#PSB).
Elite officers known as #Inspectors, they research and evaluate crime scenes and potential criminals with the assistance of #Enforcers, who are themselves latent criminals; latent criminals are people who have already been cut off from the society because of their high crime coefficient. Both are equipped with personally activated, hand-held weapons called "#Dominators" that only fire when aimed at suspects with higher-than-acceptable Crime Coefficients and then, only with the Sibyl System's choice of action. Inspectors and Enforcers work as a team, though Inspectors have jurisdiction to fire their Dominators on the Enforcers should they pose a danger to the public.
Psycho-Pass explores societal and psychological themes, such as the price of living without stress or fear of crime. Indeed, the Sibyl System targets individuals who are considered to be performing actions that might cause stress to others. This raises the question of whether it is morally and socially acceptable to charge individuals with crimes they have not yet committed. We are all capable of doing bad things at times should we be punished because we thought of hurting someone before we act on it? Or because we were victims?
Relying on the Sibyl System paradoxically creates a society which fears no crime as a whole, but individuals who personally fear the consequences of the Sibyl System's verdicts. the series' central thematic ideas is "fear." Shogo Makishima's actions stem from feeling out of place because the Sibyl System cannot accept him as he is, labeling him a deviant within the structure of society itself.
Emotional repression is another theme explored in Psycho-Pass. The identification of latent criminals is partially based on the emotions judged by society to be negative, such as sadness or anger, being scanned by the Sibyl System. Because of these scans, Psycho-Pass shows an interesting future where 'mental beauty' is as sought after as physical beauty. Many of the main characters feel nostalgia throughout the series. The many references to older literature, philosophy, music and theater create a "nostalgic world building for a time before psycho-passes".
Psycho Pass is a #mustwatch anime in my opinion. You can find the season reviews of Psycho Pass in my write-ups.