I had no idea that PSYCHO-PASS 2 was only going to be 11 episodes long. This last episode could’ve easily been made into two but I guess the holiday season is upon us and with the New Year, will come a new season. There was a lot of information here that I felt could’ve been expanded on or given time to sink in. Akane’s realization that her grandmother was killed by Tougane; Tougane’s descent into madness; or even Mika’s confrontation with Tougane, all these scenes could’ve easily left a greater impact if there was just one more episode. However, I won’t complain because dragging out any scenes with Mika could drive more harm than good.
Not to say that I didn’t enjoy the finale – because contrary to how PSYCHO-PASS 2 has progressed throughout the weeks, I still think it was a worthwhile watch. As a fan of the original series, I don’t think the sequel measured up to the hype and expectations that I had, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t try to create something new for itself. While there were some similarities between Kamui and Makishima, I like how unique of a villain Kamui still is. He took a different spin to try and destroy Sybil and while he died in the process, he still accomplished his mission. He changed the system and now it recognizes collective individuals with a single reading and that’s a huge turning point for Sybil. It can technically scan itself now which I think may be used against it in the future. This was one revelation that I couldn’t guess until now (or last few episodes) but also it’s an area that was never explored in the PSYCHO-PASS 2 universe. I can’t say for certain that I liked this take on Sybil’s flaws or Kamui’s ultimate goals, but it’s an expansion of what we already knew from PSYCHO-PASS. At least it wasn’t the same repetitive type of issues that kept coming up which was what worried me the most at first.
I don’t want to get too in depth into the endings of each of the character, so besides expressing more hate for Mika or love for Akane, I think I’m going to discuss a bit about Tougane. This episode was definitely one that highlighted just how crazy and obsessed he was. It also answered all the questions that I had relating to how he went from criminally asymptomatic to being the highest CC individual out there. I still think his character went from being rather complicated and red-herring-like to being straight up evil. He was almost too straightforward in his motives for me and I thought it was waste of potential there. The way he manipulated everyone around him was interesting and even in the end, Mika never revealed to anyone who helped Tougane kill Aoi. I will say it again (because I never get tired of it), Mika is one character that simply needs to disappear.
Anyway, there’s a ton of other things I could discuss in this post, but without it being too long, I’d like to know how everyone else liked the turn of events. Personally – I thought it could’ve been better but in no way was it unbearable. I appreciate how PSYCHO-PASS was given a sequel at all and I will take what I can get since I love the returning cast. It leads us to an interesting development that will probably be used in the Movie coming up soon and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: So #PsychoPass2 was alright. Admittedly, the first season is better but the second season tried its best to tell a different story too. Still think Mika is a bitch and Akane is awesome, but I’m curious how the #PP_anime movie will be approached. Have to wait and see now…
I never thought that PSYCHO-PASS needed a sequel when it initially aired 2 years ago. When I finally heard the announcement that it was official, I was skeptical that with all the staff changes, it could compare to the original. Unfortunately, I was right to an extent and I do not think PSYCHO-PASS 2 is as well written and told as its predecessor. However, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a good follow-up to the original and it does reach out to expand on new issues, characters and developments. PSYCHO-PASS 2 takes advantage of all the setup that it built in its first season and uses the same characters that everyone loves (or hates) to bring you the aftermath. I like that aspect of the story and it’s probably what drove a lot of my curiosity in the beginning because I kept wanting to hear more about what happened to Akane, Kougami and the rest of Unit One.
PSYCHO-PASS 2 is not without its faults though and it does have its fair share. I think it spends a lot of time developing and building up Kamui as a villain so that his motive and secrets are revealed… it’s just a bombardment of information that the viewer may or may not expect. It leads to more questions than answers and in some cases, people might say there are plot holes. The series is also only 11 episodes long and crams a lot in the back-half to keep progressing the story along. Personally, I think the anime does a fine job at keeping the plot linear after the halfway point and the key is not to think too much into it because the explanations are coming. The ending will not shock or blow your mind, but it’s very fitting for the direction of PSYCHO-PASS 2 and sets it up nicely for the upcoming movie.