Well, given all the enthusiasm I’ve expressed in my first write-up and the last Vice Pit, I’d really hate to eat my words about this show. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that we’re still in a lower gear here, and the show better learn how to parcel out its world-building exposition into smaller and more natural-sounding increments soon.
I feel like a show that’s all about people trying to suppress their baser instincts wouldn’t have characters so eager to open up so plainly about their motivations to new co-workers… but maybe that’s just anime for you?
I keep looking for any sort of threads connecting this to MADOKA MAGICA (in consideration of the common scriptwriter) and I do remember a large chunk of that series’ second episode centered on the cast just kind-of sitting around for a long teatime chat about the nature of Magical Girls, witches, grief seeds and everything else in that world. So perhaps there’s hope that PSYCHO PASS will shake this off by the next episode?
Even if it doesn’t, I feel like I’m going to stick with the show anyway and, in the spirit of the subject matter, I’m becoming a little more self-aware about why I’m giving this show a pass for the same offenses that I’ve so sharply flagged ponderous cyberpunk like TEXHNOLYZE and GHOST IN THE SHELL (the movie) for. Perhaps it simply comes down to the topics being pondered upon?
As I mentioned last time, I have something of a personal connection to the premise here, so I’m more willing to listen to long discussions about vocation choices, role assignments and the various angles of the enduring wrestling matches between nature and nurture. That stuff has a firmer basis in real human experience, by my estimation; while the various conjectures about the nature of identity, vis a vis "man vs. machine," always seemed like abstractions piled upon abstractions.
Maybe the fact that I’m even playing such thoughts out here and having a hearty discussion (with myself, anyway) makes up for anything lacking PSYCHO-PASS?