See, here are two of the major reasons I like this show so much in comparison to similar anime...
For one, the villains’ dialog about science fiction authors makes it clear that Urobuchi actually knows the genre he’s working in and where his vision of the future fits in the pantheon of ideas offered up over the years. (I got such a real kick out of how he even acknowledges that this utopia isn’t that oppressive in comparison to other hypothetical ones).
Then, there’s the masked thugs’ bitter rant in the lecture hall about how they’re getting payback on a society that’s basically assigned them to failure since birth. They could be referring to Sibil System, of course; but they could just as easily be referring to Japan’s infamous entrance exams. As in, the ideas of this show are actually, you know, applicable to experiences real people have in real life. They’re not vaporous conjecture piled upon vaporous conjecture like the long-winded, big-headed treatises on, say… “the nature of man and machine” that you’d find in something like GHOST IN THE SHELL.
There’s actually some teeth to this satire, and also a healthier bit of understated humor. I love how we find out that the entire police force in this mega-city is comprised of about only 20 individuals. Earlier on, I said the show could benefit from having more DEMOLITION MAN-style snark and, in addition to metropolitan population being utterly befuddled by the mere notions of riots, there’s also some profoundly amusing about the cops having about the same headcount as an after-school club.
I’m officially caught up with the series, now, and I’m not sure what to do. I’m digging the show tremendously, of course, but I’ll tell you - - it’s tough to keep up with the pace of day-and-date write-ups from week to week.
Well, stay tuned to see what happens. And keep your hues clear!