Sorry for not engaging thus far, I've been exceptionally busy. I should be more active going forward.
Mr Sausage wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 05, 2023 9:45 am
The episode itself is a standard cop show set up: a random crime occurs, and the main characters solve it while showing their personalities and narrating their world to us in expository dialogue. The show leans too heavily on the trope of the newbie-as-audience-surrogate who needs everything explained to her. It's improbable that a recent cadet would need absolutely everything explained to them. Some things, sure, but she seems to know as much about her world as we do. Also, another anime where the lead female looks and acts like a school girl. What is this fascination in Japanese media with very young, immature girls?
Yeah, there is a good amount of exposition in the first episode, but they get through it quickly enough. Thankfully, the character dynamics are set up less directly, so it balances out somewhat.
I think so many anime and manga protagonists are young due to age demographics: high schoolers like watching shows with high schoolers in them. Psycho-Pass' audience goes a bit older than that, so that isn't quite the reason for her appearance, but it's a common one. I believe Akane is 20 as of the first episode.
knives wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:05 pm
I’m not sure if I’ll go through the whole season of this as the first episode felt like a fairly generic anime procedural like Stand Alone Complex or Witch Hunter Robin where eventually the system becomes the enemy and the hero must go on the run etc etc. if any fans of the show could say an encouraging word for it I’d greatly appreciate that.
It's been a few years since I've watched Psycho-Pass, so diving into specifics is difficult, but I recommend you stick with it.
(These aren't major spoilers, but I recommend only you read them...)
The show has a few of these mini-arcs before going into a more overarching narrative. And I don't want to spoil anything, but I disagree with your (very understandable) Stand Alone Complex and Witch Hunter Robin comparisons. (Admittedly, I only know of them -- I have not yet watched them.)
Mr Sausage wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 06, 2023 9:13 am
Boy, I hated the second episode. It kept repeating and repeating exposition on things it had already made abundantly clear, like it thought its audience were slow, and then culminated with a scene of such cheesy melodrama I could barely stand it. This does not bode well.
I don't remember any other episodes being like the second one. It's definitely important in many aspects, but I suspect the writers thought going from the first to the third episode would have been too great a jump -- and maybe they had to retread ground to fill the runtime.
Michael Kerpan wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 06, 2023 3:47 pm
It probably is unfair to watch this show on the heels of Kaiba. It appears to be a much more "normal" sort of anime than Kaiba (and Lain). I suspect it is not the sort of thing I'm likely to ever class as a "master work" of any sort (but who knows). I'm willing to cut it some slack at this point -- and see if it rises higher as it progresses.
It's quite a change! I almost picked Bakemonogatari, but there was already interest in Psycho-Pass and I thought members here would have insights about the more philosophical parts of the show. It doesn't reach masterwork status for me -- though I do find it very interesting and enjoyable.