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Psycho-Pass The Movie – Review

Psycho-Pass The Movie hit theatres across Japan in the January of 2015 to what can only be described as a resoundingly positive reception. Fans of the original series flooded the cinemas in droves to catch the film that was hyped to be the series’ resurrection, especially after the mythos-crushing events of the Anime’s second season. Gen Urobuchi, once again, returns as this film’s head writer to reclaim the series that many critics consider to be his best and, without giving too much away…I think he’s done exactly that. Funimation Entertainment acquired the wholehearted rights to the film some time ago but, due to mostly mysterious reasons, it was delayed for quite some time…though now it’s here, and it is solid proof that, sometimes, things truly are better experienced late than never at all. A special “Thank You“, as always, must be extended to Madman Entertainment for allowing us the opportunity to review one of modern day Anime’s most anticipated feature films. Psycho-Pass The Movie is set in a futuristic Japan. The Sibyl System is charged with …

Psycho-Pass II: Complete Season Two – Review

Perhaps one of the most beloved science-fiction stories of our generation, Gen Urobuchi’s Psycho-Pass devastated audiences with it’s bleak vision of a technologically-flooded future ruled by a system that can determine the possibility of individuals committing crimes by reading their invisible brain waves. These individuals, be they criminally-minded or otherwise, are impartially judged by the Sibyl System, not focusing on age, race, background, or any of the issues we have found in modern times to sway the assessment of law enforcers in regard to individuals in their respective communities. It is a story, much like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, that revolves around the issues which arise when a system of this kind is placed in a position to monitor masses of people on an individual basis. With realistic character development, and a mass of story layers to keep audiences interested, Psycho-Pass has been deemed an “instant classic“, being placed upon the same metaphorical shelf as films like Akira, and Anime series’ like Cowboy Bebop, and Fullmetal Alchemist as gateways into the medium. Unfortunately, for anything as …

The Original Was Better: Anime That Didn’t Need a Reboot or Sequel

Snap Discussion is the weekly round table discussion on a topic relating to Japanese pop culture as selected by the almighty Snapodile. Each week the SnapThirty team will weigh in with their thoughts on that week’s topic all with the hopes of providing some interesting and perhaps even conflicting view points on the matter at hand. This week’s topic is The Original Was Better: Anime That Didn’t Need a Reboot or Sequel. For this topic we each looked at series that were better off ‘one and done’ rather than being remade or given the sequel treatment. After all, you don’t always strike gold twice and these are some times where anime should’ve known better.   Luke Halliday: There are a lot of cases where a fantastic anime series evolved into a ‘franchise’ when it probably shouldn’t have, but one that sits very fresh in my mind is none of than Eureka Seven, which holds a place in my heart as one of the all time best. Now if you have ever watched Eureka Seven you’d …

Psycho Pass (Xbox One) Confirmed for English Localisation

  After much speculation and wishful thinking it’s now official: the Psycho Pass video game adaptation will be getting an English localisation. Based on the anime of the same name, Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness is an Xbox One exclusive visual novel adventure, and is part of Microsoft Japan’s initiative to make the console cool among Japanese gamers. The Xbox brand has never enjoyed much success in Japan, and in fact its commercial performance has only declined with time. Still, the recent shake up of the Xbox division in Japan is pointing towards some positive changes, and the English localisation of Mandatory Happiness is indicative of the start of a beautiful new trend. The Xbox platform is no stranger to visual novels, but these have been strictly tied to Japan with no attempts at translating to other languages. Steins;Gate, which is now readily available in English, was actually an Xbox 360 exclusive for the longest time if you can believe. Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness will be receiving an Asian edition, which will contain Chinese and English …

Japanese Release Date Announced For “Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness”

“Psycho-Pass” is a fantastically huge series that, over time, has built up one hell of a following. Despite the second season of the Anime being developed by a brand-new team and despite how little people the world over have been enjoying it, it’s still one of the more highly-revered dark science-fiction stories of more recent times. With a movie on the way written by the man who made the first series as good as it was, Gen Urobuchi, and a constant stream of merchandise being developed and released month after month, it’s only natural that this series would eventually spawn a video game. “Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness” is the name of that particular video game and it is, in fact, the first ever home console video game based on the series to be developed. What’s strange about this game is that it’s coming out exclusively on the Xbox One; a system that is well-known for being…less than sought after in Japan. “Mandatory Happiness” is being developed by the Visual Novel juggernaut 5pb. which is known for title like …

Psycho-Pass 2 simulcasting now on AnimeLab

Finally! Psycho-Pass 2 has now officially begun simulcasting through Madman’s AnimeLab streaming service. The show has been airing for the past 5 weeks in Japan and many fans had lost hope of a simulcast for the series down under. Thankfully Madman have made it a reality with the first 5 episodes of Psycho-Pass 2 available on AnimeLab in original Japanese with English subtitles. The original Psycho-Pass series is currently available in its entirety on AnimeLab which makes it easier to catch up if you are new to the series. You can check out Psycho-Pass 2 on AnimeLab here. Madman haven’t confirmed whether they have acquired the second series for home video release but given their history of releasing streamed series physically it can be assumed that a DVD and Blu-Ray release are somewhere own the pipeline. -30-

FUNimation To Stream Psycho-Pass 2 English Dub

FUNimation have today announced that they will be streaming the new sequel series “Psycho-Pass 2” online for their premium members in high quality and…in full English dub. That’s twice as exciting! Not only will you be able to watch the series legally but you’ll also be able to watch it in English. As you may know, FUNimation did this previously with the Shinichiro Watanabe series “Space Dandy” and it went swimmingly. My thoughts are that it can only work the same for “Psycho-Pass 2”. Starting on Saturday at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT, this series will be accompanied by a little competition set up by FUNimation just to see how good you are at picking voice actors and actresses. Basically you’re to listen to the dub and guess who voices who, you’ll then submit your answers to FUNimation through their Twitter ( For full info: Click Here) and you may just win yourself a HUGE “Psycho-Pass 2” poster. Tune in and prepare for a wild ride with the FUNimation dub of “Psycho-Pass 2”. -30-  

Psycho-Pass Complete Series Review

If justice had a psycho-pass it would only be in shades of grey. Such is the alchemy of a series such as Psycho-Pass, set within a future society ruled by an absolute authoritarian governing technology known as the Sybil System, it becomes quickly apparent that there are no real rights and wrongs, only the shades of grey that lie between. The series follows Akane Tsunemori, a young detective assigned to the Public Safety Bureau with the task of commanding a team of Enforcers (latent criminals forced to work for the PSB as ‘hunting dogs’) in order to deal with situations regarding civilians whose psycho-pass assessment reads in the negative. The titular psycho-pass is a instantaneous scan of a person’s crime coefficient, or in laymen terms, their likelihood to commit a crime. Yes, you read that right, the detectives are tracking down and detaining or in some cases executing suspects that have not even committed a crime yet. That is the very nature of the Sybil System, it parades as a black and white justice system but …

Mardock Scramble author joins Psycho-Pass 2 as script director

The Butcher has left the building people. That’s right, Gen Urobuchi will not be handling the scripts for the second season of Psycho-Pass, in his stead Tow Ubukata, author of Mardock Scramble, will be taking over Urobuchi’s role as script director. As part of this role Ubukata will be overseeing the story composition and script direction for Psycho-Pass 2. Fans of Gen Urobuchi shouldn’t worry to much however as Urobuchi is still providing the scenario for the series. Psycho-Pass 2 will slam down with a release in October 2014. It will chronicle the continued story of a world of under control of the Sybil System, an omnipotent governing technology that has a twisted sense of justice. Civilians are constantly monitored through their ‘psycho-pass’ a measurement of their criminal potential. Ubukata has a history of writing science fiction stories and seems to be a perfect fit for Psycho-Pass 2. As we head towards the premiere of the series keep and eye out for more details on Psycho-Pass 2, with or without the murder loving Gen Urobuchi. …