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Dramatic long form: Psycho-Pass

I'm writing to recommend the anime Psycho-Pass (season 1) by Production I.G for Best Dramatic Presentation (long form).

Set in a futuristic Japan where the Sibyl System checks people's "hues" for signs of latent criminality, Psycho-Pass is a stylishly animated police procedural with a touch of Phillip K. Dick.

Akane Tsunemori is a new recruit in the MWSPB, which is the enforcement bureau of the system. As a detective, she's in charge of enforcers--latent criminals who agreed to work as hunting dogs for the Bureau. Her team investigates a series of crimes, which appear unrelated until Enforcer Shinya Kogami connects one of them to a man he investigated several years before, for a crime which resulted in the death of one of his teammates.

The writers portray the world as creepily dystopian as it deserves, even referring outright to Dick in episode 15 (season 2).

The animation, especially the lush backgrounds, is excellent, as you'd expect from a team like Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, Library War).

You can watch it free online at Funimation.

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You neglected to mention that it's written by the same guy who wrote Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which is a huge selling point in my book!
I haven't actually watched Madoka! I hear it's depressing and has lots of feels.

(I like happier deconstructed magical girl shows that have lesbians (Utena) or ballet...)
It does have lots of feels, but it's actually not depressing. Mostly. Here's my review.
Doesn't it get pretty grimdark though? (Not like that horrible show where the 7th grade kids pilot robots or something and they all die, uh, Bokurano, apparently, I blocked everything about that out of my head.)

Apropos contracts (and somewhat tangentially), have you seen Darker than Black?

(Also why don't I have any Princess Tutu icons, this must be rectified.)
Doesn't it get pretty grimdark though? (Not like that horrible show where the 7th grade kids pilot robots or something and they all die, uh, Bokurano, apparently, I blocked everything about that out of my head.)
That sounds...delightful. Characters do die, but I don't really think of it as grimdark. Or maybe I have a high tolerance. It actually has a happier ending than you'd expect.

I have not heard of Darker Than Black.
I have a moderate tolerance for main character death, but not very high. Even though my favorite characters are pretty much always marked for death *grump*

Ooh. Darker Than Black came out a few years ago. A strange thing called Hell's Gate appeared over Tokyo and blotted out the stars. At the same time, people started developing superpowers, but using them had a price, depending on the contract. One super athletic guy has to smoke a pack of cigarettes. Another guy has to eat pages from a book. The protagonists work for the mob as spies and assassins. The second series' protagonist's secret power is to pull a giant sniper rifle from her chest, like Utena pulling the sword from the Rose Bride, except it's her own chest.

It's by Bones and Aniplex, and apparently Funimation still has it online.
I've been watching the show since you posted this, and now it's on my ballot. Great recommendation, great show.
I'm glad you're liking it! I just watched episode 20 the other day, and OMFGOHGODHLHCOUSYSH keysmash. (I didn't intentionally type ohgod in there, but I like it and will leave it.)

THIS SHOW. I can't.

Edited at 2013-03-06 01:48 am (UTC)
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