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YMMV: Psycho-Pass
  • Awesome Music:
  • Base Breaker: 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.
    • The other half of the fan base gives her A LOT of flak for it.
    • Akane herself 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.
  • Broken Base: The anime's intentionally ambiguous ending left many to argue whether it was a Downer Ending, a Bitter Sweet 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 Bitter Sweet 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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.
  • Ho Yay:
    • There's Kougami and Ginoza since these two used to be partners when the former was an Inspector.
    • On the villain side, you got Makishima and Choe or Makishima and Touma. The latter really has something to do with prequel novel.
    • You also got Kougami and Sasayama as shown in the Monster With No Name Drama CD where Kougami doesn't want Sasayama to quit his post. It's no wonder that Kougami is upset about his Enforcer's death.
  • HSQ: Episode 11 has a lot of this, but everything from Episode 14 to Episode 16 is made of this. Episode 17 has a moment like this as well.
  • 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 died to save his life.
  • Les Yay: The second episode has an instance where we see Yayoi walk out of a room while adjusting her clothes. Meanwhile, inside the room, we see Shion putting on her stockings while laying on a couch before sitting up and lighting a cigarette. Hmm... Following this is Shion commenting that Akane is cuter than she expected.
    • Episode 6 has a lot of this. First we have a scene where Shion and Akane are discussing a particularly gruesome murder case while Yayoi is eating her lunch in the same room. Akane apologizes to Yayoi, thinking that the subject matter might have made her loose her appetite, but Shion remarks that plastinated bodies won’t faze her at all, "since she’s into more violent and passionate stuff". Yeah. Also, several scenes in this episode (and the couple of following episodes) take place in an all-girls school, which means there is even more Les Yay to behold, but with a... twist. See Fan Disservice on the main page.
    • Episode 12 has Yayoi (notice a pattern here?), sharing some very romantic, tender moments with a singer named Rina, complete with Yayoi looking at her longingly while the Gaussian Girl effect comes into full play.
    • Episode 22 finally cements this by explicitly showing Shion and Yayoi naked and in bed with each other.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Makishima.
  • Magnum Opus: Episode 16 is called "Urobuchi's masterpiece" for a reason.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Narm:
  • 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 Investigators safe, since the better they understand the criminal mind, the more it affects their own Crime Coefficient, and at least one Investigator has been demoted to Enforcer by getting so caught up in a case that his Crime Coefficient skyrocketed.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Many fans who started out the show hating Akane grew to like her as she took several levels in badass and gained a more mature, if still positive, worldview.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some fans have decided that Makishima is justified in trying to bring down the Sibyl System. Considering the Sybil System is one of the most corrupt things in fiction...he's kind of right.
  • Ship Tease: Small amounts of it for Shinya and Akane throughout the series.
  • 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.
    • Choi Gu-Sung. 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.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Implied. Artists often register higher Crime Coefficients. Given that the Sibyl System adjusts crime coefficients based on how mentally agitated a person is, it is likely that the System views the world with this trope.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • 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.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: With special mention to the Commu-Fields in Episode 4.
  • The Woobie: That poor girl in the first episode.

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