YMMV: Psycho-Pass

YMMV for the TV series

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: You may feel sorry for Mika, who turned out to have good investigative skills, but her jealousy towards Akane clouded her own judgment which resulted to being cornered by Togane and the Sibyl System for looking into things she's not supposed to. It have gotten much worse where she accepts the truth behind the system without any complaints. What's worse is, she's not deluded, or brainwashed or anything like that. Mika is fully aware of the consequences of her actions. She's also fully aware that she herself is directly responsible for some of them. Why is this worse? Because, having learned what Sibyl is, how powerful it is, et cetera, she sees clearly that she's stuck in a corner and she can't get out. She can only sit back, watch, and try to delude herself just to avoid seeing what she can perceive clearly.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Kougami's actions in Episode 1. Was he really going to blow up the victim with the Dominator or was he trying to test Akane's resolve? On one hand, he was clearly about to pull the trigger before Akane paralyzed him. On the other, he mouthed something to Akane before he did (presumably "shoot me") and showed no signs of being angry with her the following episode, so it could go either way.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Base Breaker:
    • Akane was seen as one right from the first episode, due to her character design being considered ugly and/or odd-looking compared to the other characters, and being seen as naive and incompetent. The first episode's Info Dump makes it seem like she signed up for a job she has no clue about (in fact, the episode makes a point of this; the cynical Enforcers claim that the academy's training is entirely useless).
    • Ginoza in Season 1 is a polarizing character at first. His By-the-Book Cop and Jerkass attitude towards Enforcers and being highly critical to Akane's decisions earned him several detractors. On the other hand, there are fans who felt that he made a point of criticizing Akane because he wants to make sure that she does not fall into the same path where Shinya and his father are currently are and that his attitude is a case of being a Jerkass Woobie. After his father sacrificed his life to save which resulted to his demotion to an Enforcer, the fanbase began to like him by the time he returns in Season 2.
    • History Repeats with the second season's beginning, with viewers hating Mika Shimotsuki for her abrasive, dismissive attitude toward the Enforcers and acting like a Know-Nothing Know-It-All in front of Akane. Some fans started warming up towards her after her Alas, Poor Scrappy moment, while others were satisfied by her situation.
    • Season 2's Big Bad, Kirito Kamui, is considered by several viewers as boring regardless that he pulled a Xanatos Gambit in the first half. Unlike Shogo Makishima who has a very interesting characterization which made him a Draco in Leather Pants, Kamui doesn't seem to earn his yet. When his Dark and Troubled Past is revealed, it's still considered to be ridiculous and convoluted by many because it is a combination of MST3K Mantra and Artistic License – Medicine.
  • Broken Base:
    • Akane's actions in Episode 11. Half of the fan base sympathizes with Akane. Saying that her breakdown and inability to rescue Yuki from Makishima's clutches was completely justified. Having the system that you had so much faith in let you down cannot be a good experience after all. (On top of having to go through that experience, killing Makishima would violate her deeply-engrained Thou Shalt Not Kill philosophy, so on top of the system that forms the foundation of the society she grew up in failing, she was going through a brutal test of a deeply held belief.). The other half of the fan base gives her A LOT of flak for it, saying that Akane had every reason to kill Makishima and could've easily saved Yuki (Makishima even tossed a loaded gun at her so she could do so), but couldn't because she was so dependent on the Sibyl system.
    • The anime's intentionally ambiguous ending left many to argue whether it was a Downer Ending, a Bittersweet Ending or a Esoteric Happy Ending. On the other hand, the novels make it more of a Downer Ending while the audio drama makes it look like Bittersweet Ending. The confirmation of a second season & a movie seems to have reunited the base for the moment.
    • The show's first opening song "abnormalize" seems to be something of a Love It or Hate It phenomenon, mostly due to the singer's overblown falsetto.
    • Tow Ubukuta, who is writing the series composition of Season 2 instead of Gen Urobuchi (who would be supervising the script), made some viewers worried on that the style of the story would be different particularly when Urobuchi amusingly quipped that "if people die in Psycho-Pass 2, that's Ubukata's doing"! Some people noticed that Season 2 has more action than Season 1 and less social commentary related to the show. And in the end, a lot of viewers wonder how this season will affect the movie given that there wasn't much impact except for the revelation that being criminally asymptomatic is a non-permanent condition. And with the movie released, many officially declared Season 2 as non-canon because majority of the subplots had little effect to the movie.
    • The change of studio, from Production I.G to Tatsunoko Production, also caused some people to be worried on the animation which was evident in episodes 6 and 7 where some of the faces looked different.
    • The animation for the second season's opening was initially this, as some viewers found it pretty cheap to simply repeat the same frame over and over again (and to use this technique multiple times) but once people began noticing the subtle differences in each episode's opening and that it was actually becoming a bigger and bigger Mind Screw with each passing episode, it really got them interested in what plot developments might be hidden in it. It turned out there were a lot of clues to the plot in it.
  • Complete Monster: Psycho-Pass is a dark series with dark villains:
    • Shogo Makishima is the darkly charismatic Big Bad of the series. A Serial Killer who embraces his dark nature, Makishima seeks out those with the potential to be killers and pushes them into living out their darkest fantasies so he may enjoy seeing the "true state " of humanity. If he ever grows bored with this, he simply has them eliminated. Makishima has no issues getting his own hands dirty, and slits the throat of an innocent girl in front of her friend out of disgust to her devotion to Japan's SIBYL system and her surprise that Makishima registers no negativity on its scale. Seeking to plunge Japan into anarchy, Makishima attempts to sabotage Japan's food supply and forms a twisted attachment to Shinya, unable to believe Shinya can go on without him when Makishima is gone.
    • Rikako Oryo is a Psycho Lesbian and one of Shogo Makishima's side projects. An always placid, pale, dark haired girl who relishes Shakespeare's plays when they depict human cruelty and suffering, Rikako has an obsession with creating art by drugging her fellow female students and murdering them. In order to mimic her father's artworks, which Rikako enjoyed even if she had nothing but contempt for the man himself, Rikako dissects the girls and arranges the corpses into scenes to mirror the portraits. In addition to this, Rikako is a Serial Rapist who rapes her female victims after drugging them. With no feeling but to savor her art as much as possible and create a countless number of masterpieces, Rikako is among the worst of Makishima's pupils.
    • Toyohisa Senguji is another of Makishima's associates. An old man who has converted most of his body to cybernetics to achieve immortality, Senguji has found himself experiencing incredible boredom. To alleviate it, he's turned to being a unique type of Serial Killer: the kind that hunts human beings. Senguji enjoys releasing his prey into the large sewers underneath the city and hunting them down while dressed as a Victorian hunter, along with his cybernetic robotic dogs which he uses to savage his prey before he executes them. Senguji's only passion is hunting people like this, and he has wracked up dozens of victims. When done, he harvests the bodies to make tools out of their bones. With his immense wealth keeping him out of reach of the law, Senguji cares only about exciting himself by playing his twisted game.
    • The Sibyl System themselves is arguably this. If Shogo Makishima is a man who enjoys freeing people to do anything they want, even the things that Sibyl's "civilized" society says is "bad" like killing but also "good" things like deciding things for yourself or living out dreams, the Sibyl System itself is representative of both the "good" and "bad" of a "peaceful" society, forcing people into peace through force and lies. If people take issue with their greater good, they are forced to conform to Sibyl's ideas (sometimes through torture in secret) or killed. Which really isn't too different from Makishima, just replace the end result of Makishima's "freedom" with Sibyl's "peace".
  • Contested Sequel: Season 2. Some fans dislike it because Urobuchi is not writing it, the antagonist is boring, Kogami is absent, many people randomly die during the first half of the show, the lack of social commentary and less screentime for the old characters, most especially Ginoza and Yayoi. Others like it because of Akane's Character Development, the antagonist is much more dangerous than Makishima and it still captures the essence of the show.
  • Creepy Awesome: Tougane. He's singlehandedly responsible for a good chunk of season 2's nightmare fuel, and is all the better for it.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • The way the first episode played out with the Criminal of the week (which in itself created a bit of a Broken Base for his on-screen rape of the Damsel in Distress) has already induced this for some people.
    • In Season 2, after seeing Division 3 shooting up a bunch of panicked, scared civilians solely based on their Crime Coefficients, there weren't many viewers who cared about their Total Party Kill in Episode 6.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Shusei Kagari, due to being a Manchild and Nice Guy. And several fans were upset at his death.
    • Risa Aoyanagi started to get pretty popular due to being a merciless Inspector contrasting Akane, but also having a softer side to her when she's around people she likes and genuinely caring about her job. Which is what made her death such a Gut Punch.
    • Sho Hinakawa got a lot of fans due to being Adorkable and using his skills to uncover much of Kamui's plan.
    • Sakuya Togane gets a lot of fans thanks to the opening animation which foreshadows his true character and becomes a subject of Wild Mass Guessing. This is also because he's similar to fan favorite, Shinya Kougami. A lot of viewers agreed that his goal to darken Akane's hue is the one of the few plot lines that are worth interesting in Season 2.
    • Jyoji Saiga, Shinya's former mentor, is well liked by viewers as one of the few people (aside from Akane and the antagonists of the show) who pointed out the flaws of the Sibyl System and is not afraid to speak out his mind about it.
    • Ginoza's dog, Dime. Despite having only appeared in one Season 2 episode and one audio drama, he's a surprisingly popular subject with fan-writers and fan-artists, particularly those looking to show a softer and more personable side to the normally cold and aloof Ginoza.
  • Epileptic Trees: The second season's opening is a huge Mind Screw. It's spawned legions of theories that Tougane might be Kougami or stuff even more bizarre than that. The opening actually keeps changing subtly with every episode, becoming more and more glitched and static-filled, providing plenty of fuel for this trope.
  • Fan Nickname: "Little Bitch" for Mika in the second season. Gee, you'd think they don't like her or something...
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans disregarded Season 2 and declared the movie as "the true sequel" to Season 1 considering that Season 2 hit the Status Quo Is God and several of the main plotlines weren't referenced in the movie. Though you maybe confused on who Teppei and Hinakawa are or why Mika is antagonistic to Akane.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Some fans would ship Makishima and Akane.
    • Kougami and Makishima. It's very obvious since the first episode where Akane narrates that they're destined to meet each other and it doesn't really help where Senguji said that whenever he mentions Kougami's name to Makishima, it made him smile.
    • The novel offer some (one-sided) Foe Yay basis for Choe and Kagari: when Choe hears Kagari's voice for the first time, he notes that he sounds young and wonders whether Kagari is good-looking, too. This is never mentioned in the anime, but it certainly gives their conversation an interesting subtext on Choe's part.
    • There's some one-sided Foe Yay between Akane and Togane in Season 2. Considering that Togane is Kogami's Suspiciously Similar Substitute and Akane keeps hanging out with him, the subtext is there despite that Togane happens to have a darker side...
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Episode 10 features a man hunting humans for sport... and aired in Japan just a day before a horrific school shooting in America.
    • Episode 19 reveals that about 99 percent of future Japan's food supply is based on genetically engineered "Hyper-Oats"; even, presumably, the meat products people have been shown eating. Again, the same week this episode came out, there was a lot of press about that a lot of mass-produced food products throughout the world are not what they seemed; horse meat popped up in some of Europe's meat supply (as well as IKEA's meatballs), and Anheuser-Busch brewers were charged with significantly watering down their beers.
    • In January 2013, roughly halfway through the show's run, Edward Snowden went public with the details of the NSA's PRISM program, making the premise of the show even more relevant.
    • The riots that occurred in Episodes 15 to 16 came really close to home where a riot also occurred in Ferguson, Missouri in response to a police shooting African-American teenager Michael Brown in 2014.
    • Kamui's backstory of being the sole survivor of the plane crash, which killed 205 people became more horrifying that two weeks after the show ended, AirAsia QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea en route from Indonesia to Singapore which resulted to 162 casualties. Coincidentally before Season 2 aired, two passenger plane incidents occurred in 2014: the missing Flight MH370 which presumably crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean with 239 people still missing and Flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine after being shot down by a missile during the ongoing pro-Russian unrest in the country, resulting to the deaths of 298 people.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Scott Freeman, the voice actor of Kagari, said in a Funimation commentary that he wanted to get his hands on a working Dominator replica. Then these made the news.
  • HSQ:
  • Iron Woobie: Akane. Even after being put through hell in Season 1, she still maintains her clear Psycho-pass and continues to look at the positives in life (although now she's fully aware of all the negatives too).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Masaoka is Ginoza's father.
    • The Sibyl System is a Wetware CPU composed of the brains of criminally asymptomatic people.
    • Shinya leaves the bureau near the end of Season 1.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Ginoza. His view on Enforcers as "dogs" and trust on the Sibyl System completely is due to fear of being demoted into a latent criminal which already happened to his father and his partner. It doesn't help that his Psycho-Pass is slowly getting cloudy and eventually, he did ended up demoted to Enforcer after watching his dad die to save his life.
    • Mika by the end of Season 2. See Alas, Poor Scrappy above.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Fans who don't want to watch Season 2 due to Kougami's absence only watch Episodes 7 and 10 because he's there despite appearing for only one minute and existing only in Akane's mind. When the trailer of the movie came out, a lot of people are excited about it because Kougami will finally show up.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's hard to ignore them if you're going to see Season 2 since elements include Kougami leaving the bureau, Ginoza being demoted to Enforcer, Kagari and Masaoka being killed and the Sibyl System being composed of the brains of asymptomatic people.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Makishima.
    • Kirito Kamui in Season 2. In fact, he pulled a lot of Xanatos Gambit at the start of Season 2 and outsmarted the goddamn Sibyl System to boot by forcing them to eliminate several of their defective brains. All of these could really put Makishima in second place of Magnificent Bastardy.
  • Magnum Opus: Episode 16 is called "Urobuchi's masterpiece" for a reason.
  • Memetic Molester: Togane. His way of wanting to "darken" Akane's hue is creepy along with his Stalker Shrine of her. And then, his manhandling of Mika can be borderline rape. Fanarts presented him being overly dark and creepy and a bonifide stalker.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Tomatoes in the blender. Explanation 
    • SPOOKY BOOGIE Explanation 
    • 2Spooky4Boogie Explanation 
    • Moe is banned, No Moe allowed, Anti-Moe, etc.Explanation 
    • No moe they said. Explanation 
    • So who’s going to die first? Explanation 
    • Psycho-Pizza. Explanation 
    • PLASTIC TAC TICS Explanation 
    • CAUSE I FEEEEEEEEEL Explanation 
    • "We have detected that you are experiencing a great deal of stress." Explanation (spoiler) 
    • HYPER OATS Explanation 
    • Bitter Lit Major Shogo Makishima Explanation 
      • "Hipster Makishima" for these same reasons—particularly after his speech about how physical novels are objectively better than e-books.
    • KOUGAMI FUCKING WHERE?! Explanation 
    • MUH SASAYAMA Explanation 
  • Memetic Sex God: SHINYA. It certainly doesn’t hurt that we’re treated to numerous scenes of him being shirtless and, unusually for men in anime, drawn with very detailed nipples.
  • Misaimed Fandom: After Episode 11, Makishima has picked up a nice pair of leather pants in parts of the fandom. Is anyone surprised?
  • Moe: Regardless what the staff says about "banning moe", there are some characters who several fans want to protect in an anime where Anyone Can Die:
    • Hinakawa in Season 2. He's Adorkable, shy and stutters a lot. Most fans are praying that he doesn't die. And at the end of Season 2, he survives!
    • Kagari who was detected as a latent criminal at the age of 6 but is a Man Child. Sadly, he died in Episode 16 of Season 1 and several of his fans are still mourning for him.
    • Akane. Yes, even her due to her character design which basically screams "Moe!" and having an adorable jellyfish hologram and moeblob avatar of her. Even though she matures as the series progresses, she still keeps a lot of cute things.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • An in-universe example in Season 2. Akane promptly decides Kitazawa is beyond redemption when he detonates a bomb that kills a lot of people... and this was after she had already gone out of her way to bring him in alive and give him a second chance. Even her patience has limits.
    • As revealed in Episode 9, Togane already crossed the line after he killed a puppy as part of his mother's experiment back when he was a kid. And then, he kills Akane's grandmother offscreen just to darken her hue.
  • Narm:
    • The gibs-explodey death of the criminal in the first episode was a bit... gratuitous. And since this appears to be a standard function of the Dominators, this happens many more times.
    • Shinya getting worked up in the second episode and Akane's reaction. It was a dramatic scene, but the Melodrama and Akane's Off Model face made it... less dramatic. This is without even mentioning Kogami's happy face.
    • Episode 17 has Kogami waking to drink some coffee quietly and... Holy crap!
    • Episode 18 has the funniest looking facial expressions ever.
    • Episode 19: HYPER OATS.
    • Episode 20: Be careful Kogami, Makishima is stealing your happiness.
    • The ending animation theme of Episode 14 (Episode 7 in the New Edit), which first featured EGOIST's "All Alone With You", shows all the main cast naked on the upper torso. It doesn't help that the effects used in the animation made it more cringe-worthy. Fortunately, it was changed in the following episodes.
    • Season 2's 9th episode was almost non-stop Nightmare Fuel. Sort of. Unfortunately, the Dominators being used so many times per episode is diminishing their impact, and some find Tougane's puppy killing scene to be so evil it's almost cartoonish. He also refuses to stop smirking evilly every 5 seconds he's on screen.
  • Only The Creator Does It Right: Those who really disliked Season 2 feel that Ubukuta doesn't live up to what Urobuchi established in Season 1, particularly how several elements were used such as the characters (old and new) and the Sibyl System's portrayal and how the first half devoted much on the shock and gore. And at the end of the season, it feels like there wasn't much impact on the characters (except for Mika) and the setting itself. Because of this, a lot of viewers are more excited for the movie which will be written by Urobuchi & Makoto Fukami, the same duo behind the first season.
  • OTP: Though there's no romance, majority of the fandom supports Shinya/Akane, considering that there's a lot of Ship Tease in both seasons and the movie. The second season ramps it up where Akane imagines talking to Shinya while discussing the Kamui case and doing second-hand smoking with the same brand of cigarettes that Shinya smoked.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • The whole notion of "quantifying" mentalities and arresting potential criminals (and occasionally executing them) before they've even committed a crime. (Yes, it's been done before, but that doesn't make it much less scary of a concept). And to make matters worse, even an innocent victim can have their Psycho-Pass hue clouded and their Crime Coefficient raised simply by the emotional stress of being victimized, to the point that they themselves can end up targeted for law enforcement action. Nor are Inspectors safe, since the better they understand the criminal mind, the more it affects their own Crime Coefficient, and at least three Inspectors have been demoted to Enforcer by getting so caught up in a case that their Crime Coefficients skyrocketed.
    • In the second season, Kamui's disguises means he could be anyone and anywhere.
    • Also from the second season, we have several people across the city playing a harmless mobile game, unaware that they're controlling homicidal drones and gunning down innocent civilians and Enforcers. The very next episode ends with their mobile devices being hacked and showing the damage they caused. Imagine texting or playing a game on your phone and then suddenly, dead bodies everywhere.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some fans have decided that Makishima is justified in trying to bring down the Sibyl System. Considering the Sibyl System is one of the most corrupt things in fiction...he's kind of right. this is more a case of Evil Versus Evil as Makishima's aims are far from benevolent and he himself is a twisted, murderous monster.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Tow Ubukata got a lot of flak from fans for the mediocrity of Season 2. An ANN interview revealed that he just "fill in the blanks" after he's told of the plot of the movie. While some had forgiven him for this since it can be a case of Executive Meddling where he's given limited creative control just for the sake of the movie, others find it as an excuse to justify the staleness of Season 2 and that he should have done it better as Gen Urobuchi once did. Of course, there are other factors why Season 2 didn't live up much to the first one.
  • The Scrappy: Mika in Season 2, due to her rudeness to Akane and Ginoza, overall lack of competence and unshakable belief in Sibyl.
  • Spiritual Licensee: This is about the closest thing there is to an anime adaptation of Judge Dredd.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • In Episode 5 of Season 2, Kasei looked annoyed when Mika reprimanded Akane's actions as if it were a bad thing. When Mika left the office, Kasei states that she "will get eaten alive". And a majority of the fans agreed with her.
    • Then in Episode 6, Jyoji Saiga has to tell her to stop whining and just do her job as an Inspector when a Psycho-Hazard breaks out.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Sibyl System's portrayal in Season 2. In Season 1, it was morally ambiguous Well-Intentioned Extremist system, with its main intentions being creating a peaceful, ordered and safe society with some faults in the form of Utopia Justifies the Means attitude. It worked, being effective against most criminals and keeping most citizens safe, to the point that even Akane had to admit that. However in Season 2, it's portrayed as a downright evil Big Bad, with numerous Kick the Dog moments, years-old conspiracies to stay in power and butchering its own workforce for no apparent reason.
    • It's later indicated that at least some of its erratic behavior is because Kamui's existence is such an aberration that it is causing the System to suffer a kind of Heroic BSOD because of the gaping flaws he exposes in Sibyl, and it has gone into a state of deep denial causing it to act in an irrational manner.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Yayoi does not undergo any important event or do anything of importance for the entire series. Some viewers were bothered by how she appeared to be there just for the Les Yay. It's really telling that if she had never existed, the plot would not have been affected in the slightest. She was the only Enforcer to get a full-fledged flashback episode, and even that didn't tell us much about her. Her storyline regarding her connection to Rina became an Aborted Arc when Season 2 came and probably will not be revisited again in the movie. What's worse is that she only had one line in the movie.
    • Choe Guseong. Although he was important plot-wise, he never got any Character Development or had his motives explained. Especially disappointing because Korean characters are so uncommon in anime. And in the context of this show, doubly disappointing because he was the only foreign character, full stop: it would have been interesting if he had provided some context on how other countries view Japan's Sibyl System.
      • His character gets developed in the novel version but considering what it says about him, it was censored due to what happens to his country is close to what happened in real life.
    • Shusei Kagari only gets the focus in about two scenes, one where he explains he was declared a latent criminal at age 5 and says he hates the Sibyl System and Akane for talking about how choosing from all her own possibilities was a problem (though no further actions toward her reflect this) and another where he's offered the chance to help bring down the Sibyl System and be free by one of the villains but offers a World of Cardboard speech instead saying he hates the the villains just as much and will fight them for the sake of his friends. He's then tragically killed off. He could have offered an interesting perspective on how those who grow up marginalised by the Sibyl System feel but he never really provides any insight into investigations. The New Edit does give him an additional scene where he muses on what life was like for him when he was living in a containment cell for years right before the episode where he is killed off.
    • This is how many felt about Ginoza who is now an Enforcer in Season 2. The second season doesn't utilize much of him, particularly his contribution to Akane's case on Kamui, his feelings and viewpoints on being an Enforcer or how he copes with Aoyonagi's death. Since he is a major character in Season 1, viewers were very disappointed that he had less screentime in Season 2.
    • Not quite the same case, but a similar case applies to Mika. Her background was that she moved on from the trauma of loosing a friend and became an inspector. She was handed over to Akane's care and introduced the same way as Akane from Season 1. (You'd expect Akane to be a good teacher, considering she's both rational and empathetic.) These backgrounds sets up some high expectations for the character.
    • Risa Aoyanagi was an Action Girl who was cynical when it came to her job (unlike Akane), but also sensitive and caring whenever she was around those she cared about. She has great chemistry with Ginoza, she seemed as though she'd be more fleshed out and become a major character in Season 2, and she proves in Episode 4 that, despite being nearly naked, handcuffed, and thrown into a light fixture, she still manages to hold her own. Then she's brutally killed (by a fellow Inspector, no less), and she's only mentioned a few times afterwards.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • As listed above, it would've been great to see a romance subplot between Ginoza and Aoyanagi in Season 2, considering that it was hinted that they could start dating at some point. But the subplot is thrown out the door once Aoyanagi is killed.
    • None of Season 2's events has any effect to the movie particularly with the system being capable of judging a collective which has nothing to do with how they segregate and screen the normal civilians from the latent criminals in Shamballa and how they send Akane to SEAUn so they can make an excuse to have the latent criminals in the military police terminated which they already knew at the start. With the exception of Mika being a Yes-Man to the system and being antagonistic to Akane along with the introduction of Hinakawa and Teppei, many people treated Season 2 non-canon.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • Kagari. Many viewers refused to believe that he kicked the bucket and He's Just Hiding until the next episode confirmed his death.
    • Masaoka.
    • Division 2 Inspector Risa Aoyanagi who was on good terms with Ginoza despite his demotion and is not much of a By-the-Book Cop.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Tow Ubukata takes the reins from Urobuchi in writing Season 2. The problem is that the second season didn't live up the first season, particularly to how the old characters were used. It doesn't help that it's revealed that Ubukata was asked to "fill in the blanks" because of the movie. So, either you believe this is a case of Executive Meddling or an excuse for not doing a good job to what Urobuchi established.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Komissa-chan, the Super-Deformed holographic avatars used by the police in crowded settings. They're probably intended to assuage people's fears when the cops show up, but like most things that fall into this trope, they instead look rather unsettling.
    • Senguji externally looks like a human, but he's almost completely a cyborg. This is most evident during his interview in Episode 9, where his eyes are completely unblinking and hollow, while his smile looks unnaturally stuck on his face.
    • The CEO at the drone factory also qualifies under this trope. He's drawn in an unusually realistic style compared to most other characters in the series, which becomes pretty jarring in a few unflattering close-ups of his mug showing his mouth to move with the same mouth-flap style typically seen when it comes to anime characters. His cheerful disposition doesn't make him any less creepy either.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: With special mention to the Commu-Fields in Episode 4 of Season 1.
  • The Woobie: That poor girl in the first episode.

YMMV for the movie

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Kougami looking for conflict as stated by Makishima's ghost where he, as the hunter, has to find a prey? Or is he looking for peace which he told to Akane while traveling around and based on his reaction where after fake!Chairman Han resigned he exasperates to a little boy that they won't need to fight anymore?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • A lot of viewers were disappointed that Ginoza was Demoted to Extra in Season 2. Fortunately, the movie gave additional scenes for him, particularly with Shinya.
    • Many people complained about the Sibyl System's portrayal in Season 2 where they're becoming irrational and petty due to Kamui's existance. The movie got them back to their original portrayal and this time, they become more manipulative to the point of playing their opponents like toys.
  • Broken Base:
    • While other viewers enjoyed the dynamics between Shinya and Akane which was not present in Season 2, some find that they're hogging the screentime from the other characters such as Mika, Teppei, Hinakawa and Yayoi.
    • While viewers find the movie much better than Season 2, they're still dissatisfied on how it handles the societal and political situation because it focused more on the action scenes and had a very disappointing antagonist who is nothing like Makishima or Kamui. Others still enjoyed it and despite its problems, they find that movie finally started giving an overview on the situation outside Japan.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The movie ended with the antagonists dead and with fake!Chairman Han resigning after Akane suggested that the country should have an election where people can have the right to vote someone deserving which could also end the rebellion. However, the Sibyl System remains in control of Japan and in the verge of expanding not only in Southeast Asia but other parts of the world in the future and considering how they managed to control SEAUn in the first place, they're becoming smarter and more dangerous than ever. It doesn't help that in The Stinger, fake!Han is reelected which renders Akane's actions moot.
  • Iron Woobie: Shinya Kougami. At first, he's a well-respected Inspector until his friend and Enforcer, Sasayama, was brutally murdered. This led him to his demotion and obssession to find his killers which also strained his friendship with Ginoza. After killing Makishima, he had to leave Japan along with everything else behind which includes his friends and found himself fighting with La Résistance against the government in an unknown country. Though all of these doesn't stop him to help people whenever he can.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Sibyl System itself has wised up in the movie. Either Kamui's actions unknowingly caused them to become more dangerous and manipulative or that they just become more Genre Savvy.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Although Nicholas Wong employs force to end the rebellion and is revealed to be a latent criminal with a high crime coefficient, killing the housekeeper who only did what she's told to (drugging Akane's food) so he can remover her brother's collar showed that he's beyond redemption.
    • In-universe, Akane found out that the Sibyl System forced their way into SEAUn by staging a foreign intervention and conspiring to assassinate the real Chairman Han so they can put his body double in his position instead which she regarded as criminal acts.
  • Narm/Narm Charm: Characters speaking Gratuitous English can make you cringe and pick your ears while trying to understand what they are saying, particularly on some dramatic scenes. But there are those who are trying a good job at it.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • What remains of Nicholas Wong after being blown up by Ginoza's Dominator.
    • The movie gives a horrible idea how it's really like to be blown up by the Dominator's Lethal Eliminator mode.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In Shamballa if you're a latent criminal and happened to be wearing a collar, chances are that if you're emotionally stressed, the collar would either tranquilized you or inject poison on you in seconds.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Rewatching the scenes where Akane and later, Colonel Wong were talking to Chairman Han made you realize that the Sibyl System is talking to them and manipulating them.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Majority of the viewers agreed that the movie is way better than Season 2 and believed that the plot would have extended more if it's a TV series rather than a movie.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Given that this movie is only one hour and 53 minutes, several characters don't get enough moments to shine:
    • Mika is a Base Breaker in Season 2 because of her attitude and after experiencing the traumatic events in the past season, it's like the movie never made reference of it particularly for her action which led to Aoi Tsunemori's death. And since the movie focused more on Akane's and Shinya's POV, we never get to see if Mika has any character development from those past events regardless that her negative qualities are lessen here.
    • With the exception of Ginoza, the other Enforcers are merely just wallpaper who did little significance to the plot.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Considering that majority of the movie spends of its time on the SEAUn, we never get to see what the rest of Unit 1 were doing while Akane is away.
    • While the movie tries to probe on the political and societal situation when the Sibyl System controlled the SEAUn, it doesn't have enough time to deal with it since it focused too much on the action scenes.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Though it's unknown whether it's Urobuchi's intention, but in the climax, the Sibyl System describes that the pre-Shamballa SEAUn is reeked with "corruption, discrimination and racial strife that was almost religious in nature". Though this is also reflect the current situation in most Southeast Asian countries, this is also somehow applicable to what's happening in the Middle East particularly with the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the growing threat from ISIS.
    • Corruption, discrimination, and racial strife are par for the course in many Southeast Asian countries. One need only look at Islamic insurgencies in Thailand and the Philippines, and the brutal discrimination many ethnic minorities (especially Chinese minorities) experience in places like Vietnam, Myanmar, and Indonesia.