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Do You Need To Watch Psycho-Pass 2 Before the Movie? And also: Impressions of Psycho-Pass the Movie

I’m going to give you the shortest possible answer: no.
Absolutely not. God no. Nobody should watch Psycho-Pass 2.

Psycho-Pass 2 and clouded my hue judgement of the show so badly that I thought all of Psycho-Pass was dumb and bad. But you know what? Upon my third watch of the first season, I realized it’s one of my favourite anime and I actually love it. I could easily go for a fourth viewing in a few months or hell even in a few weeks. I, uh, just won’t watch S2 again. Twice was enough. Never again, thanks.

If you want to skip what is quite possibly the worst sequel to anything ever (and really, who could blame you?) but still kind of want to know what happens, highlight below for the major events that happen in 2. But I assure you, other than a new face or two popping up, none of this is too terribly important to the movie.

  • Shimotsuki, the girl who survived the Rikako case in S1 and appears at the end as a new inspector, is Akane’s partner that serves as a foil to Akane’s unwilling acceptance of the Sibyl System. Akane resists and fights in her own way, by serving but not without stopping to question or to try and dish out her own justice. Not Shimotsuki though. Shimotsuki absolutely follows the rule book to a tee and HATES Akane doing things her own way. She also finds out about Sibyl and does not take it very well (her role is to show reflect how society might accept Sibyl because they sure as heck won’t be like Akane) but eventually becomes another tool for Sibyl. She’s also unflinghingly a huge bitch and seriously does anybody fucking like Shimotsuki? Like god, you were supposed to be Akane’s cool new partner not awful in every sense of the word. Goddamn. Even if you just watch the movie, she’s still an awful person in that so you’ll get The Full Shimotsuki Experience regardless.
  • There are three new enforcers. One doesn’t show up in the movie because he was clearly a vampire super evil and was actually a child of one of the brains in Sibyl. They tried to make an symptomatic person (like Makishima) and guess what they made the most evil puppy killing machine ever (he’s some how even less nuanced as the villain is in Erased after the revea,). Has dumb hair. He dies. Easily worst part of S2, imo. 
  • Other new inspector, Hinakawa, is a cutie-pie who is shy and good at holos. He doesn’t do much in the movie though. Other is Sugo who does some stuff and accidentally kills an inspector and whatever. He also doesn’t do much in the movie.
  • Bad guy in S2 is a guy named Kamui Kirito who MIGHT have been interesting if he didn’t have to compete with Douchey McVampire and they had an additional 12 episodes. As much as I hate Makishima, at least he had good schemes. Kirito kind of just does things the directors thought would be cool and then justify later. He gets some people blown up (there’s a new Dominator gun in S2 but just a new mode in the movie) and does Bad Gatchaman Crowds. He isn’t mentioned at all in the movie if I remember correctly.
  • Akane’s grandma dies and evil vampire conviently forgets that the best scene of s1 was Akane watching someone she loved die already. He isn’t good at having motivations for killing people (much like the writers for S2, heyooo) and I blame it on the puppies.
  • Even though he shows up repeatedly in the opening (I seriously wrote two posts analysing the opening alright) , Kogami isn’t in S2 other than hallucinations had by Akane in times of crisis. Akane doesn’t smoke but she lights cigarettes so that she can have the scent of him with her and that’s hella adorable though.

Shimotsuki

Akane needs to mess this face up

So there you go. No need to watch S2. There’s one good scene. Here, I’ll even link it for you. It’s the ear scene. Something called the ear scene is the best part of Psycho-Pass 2. Don’t waste your time on this season.

NOW my thoughts on the movie itself. If you’ve gotten this far and you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading so you can go enjoy it in all of it’s beautiful glory.

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UN-GO Final Impressions

Man why does everything have impressions in the title lately? I used to blog other things. What the hell.

I didn’t watch this when it was airing because it screamed yaoibait and airing after No. 6 in noitaminA didn’t really help that. It could be that I’m not very open minded when it comes to things where the main characters are two dudes.

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Something, something 2011

I always mean to write something like this and since I finished my Secret Santa rec so quickly, I devoted the rest of December to writing this. Didn’t actually finish until the last week though because I am lazy.

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Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai Final Impressions

That post I wrote on AnoHana from before where I gush about the first seemed like a kick in the face after I continued watching. Because I hated AnoHana after the first episode. I hate, hate, hated it. The strange thing is I rarely (in my tirades of RAGE and hate on twitter) had to defend my position on why I hated it. And why did I hate it so much? Thinking about it, I’m unsure and also completely sure why.

I wanted to write something about why I disliked it or how about I was annoyed they almost villainized the only sympathetic and understandable character or about the things it actually did right but I think it would be a waste of time.

Jintan and Menma were two characters I just couldn’t like. Menma because she had the maturity of a ball of yarn (ok so what if she was a kid if she died, it doesn’t make that not annoying), Jintan because he annoyed me beyond all believe. There was a brief moment where I thought for sure they were going to go the  “guess I’ve got brain problems” route and then they immediately smashed that plan to pieces and revealed Menma to the rest of the group. Which infuriated me further because Menma had SOOO many chances earlier to flip a barbecue or rip some curtains down and prove she was there. But since Jintan and Menma barely had half a brain between the two of them, it took half the series to do so. And that is where my hate stemmed from.

I have to say I DID like the last episode though at parts it was very melodramatic and over the top. Despite hating it so much I ALMOST teared up and that is only because Tsuruko is the best character in the show. I had hoped they would have the rest of the group be able to see Menma by some point and they really did pick the best moment to do so. I wish the epilogue would have shown a little farther ahead in the future so we could see how they all dealt with everything in the long run, to see if they were all still talking to each other and possibly if Menma had ever gotten reincarnated. If I have any major complaints for the last episode it is that. (although there were a bit of continuity errors that can be ignored, I suppose)

I think if I had been in a better mood when I continued watching AnoHana (and also not dealing with major issues irl that made the angst of fictional teenagers seem petty and moronic) I would have really liked it. It was flawed and the earlier episodes were especially annoying but I do think it had it’s moments where I… where I DID enjoy it.

I mean it’s not like it was as bad as Fractale.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai First Impressions

I had been a little disappointed at the beginning of the season despite knowing well enough there were still a lot of shows to wait for. This was one such show. I had been waiting for [C] most eagerly because it was noitaminA, original script, School Food Punishment was doing the ED, Iwasaki Taku is doing the OST and for good measure, the guy behind the scripts for Baccano and Durarara is behind the script for this one. SO things were looking pretty good. Now I expected things to go horribly awry. Something with such awesome components would surely end up terrible. And I was more afraid after the disaster that was Fractale. The first episode was pretty impressive (even if the main character wears the DOUCHIEST combination of cropped pants and pink (?) runners with no socks) but I am just glad I watched it before the first episode of Ano Hana.

Holy hell. Blown away. Just… just geez I don’t even know what to say. It isn’t that the plot is STELLAR AND REVOLUTIONIZING but the way it was handled and presented had me wanting to learn more about the other characters and their histories. Furthermore, once the ED started playing it just pulled on my heart, ripped it out and beat it against my desk without any mercy. I haven’t even had time to get emotionally invested in these characters and it already me want to bawww. It is also made me understand what people mean when they don’t like watching anime as it airs. I am dying for the second episode and now the wait will be killer. Excited for Madoka finale next week? More like excited for Ano Hana episode 2!! (okay I am still really excite about Madoka)

(Another thing that pleased me? Not dancing around Menma’s existence. I mean my theory was that it was going to be Kanon ’11 and she would be in a coma but NOPE I guess not.)

So we have two originally scripted noitaminA shows (one of which will probably be phenomenally better. SPOILER: it’s the one that looks like Toradora) so that will make this season interesting for me. Surprisingly, I’m really into Nichijou too. I watched it because of DAT OP and DOSE HIPS but so far it’s actually made me laugh a lot so I will probably hang on to this because watching it is so easy and energyless. Steins;Gate on the other hand… well that might require more ‘ambition’. Ano Hana is exactly what I need in that it looks cute, is fluid and still has a decent plot. While Steins;Gate isn’t terrible to look at, its going to move a lot slower and take forever to get where it’s going. Perhaps it would have made a better movie than a series? No, I think everything would make a better movie than a series.