Living in a crime-free world where the only crime that you can commit is to become a ‘latent criminal’- a person who has unpleasant (bad) thoughts about life, often unwilling to accept the reality around the person- when your ‘Crime Coefficient’ is over a certain value determined by the ‘Sibyl System’. This is the world that Akane is born into.
The dystopian future that Akane (main character, mostly not contributing to the plot, which also depicted the by-stander role that most people play in the society) lives in depicted the effects of an over-controlling system (government) that prioritises and forces ‘mandatory’ happiness to the people. In the anime, the system repeatedly cited about the importance in taking care of your Psycho-Pass’ Hue which in other words not having any negative or opposing thoughts for life. If the Hue gets ‘cloudy’, then you are prone to getting your Crime Coefficients up, and subsequently you need to receive a therapy session to ‘cure’. However, most of the people who had undergone therapy in that world did not even recover from the cloudy status of the Hue, some even died from the overdose of the therapy’s drugs, the others were ‘addicted’ in taking those drugs.
Another part in providing the people with a ‘happy’ future is that the Sibyl System will choose your career path for you, it will eliminate the choices that you are not suitable by accessing you with an ‘aptitude test’ which uses big data to maximise the ‘happiness’ that you will be experiencing for the rest of your life. Therefore, if you score badly on that test, you are locked away from the career for you and you are not even allowed to try out that career in the future. Some of the children born were not even given the chance to do the things that they wanted, they were ‘deemed unqualified’ by Sibyl, thus they did not even question the system and went along with the system’s choices.
This anime also discusses other crucial topics regarding ‘free will’, the thin line between the good and the bad, and the sense of belonging in humans. The antagonist Makishima attempted to fight the system by unleashing the free will of humans to go against it, and the anime portrayed it in a genius manner. The Sibyl system was made not on the basis of the good and the bad as it is not quantifiable, it was made up of hundreds of ‘special’ human’s brains collectively in order to judge the people living under the Sibyl system. The dystopian society showed how blinded people can be when they felt belonged in a society.
7.5/10, overall a good anime, not the best, but above average. It did catch me off-guard for the second half of the story (especially for the last 5 episodes, really good twist), I did not know where the story was heading, it was all up to the anime to tell me. If you have around 9 hours to spare, do watch the anime, it will make you reflect upon the society that we are building towards.