These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
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 (in fact, the episode makes a point of this; the cynical Enforcers claim that the academy's training is entirely useless).
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.
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.
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 Mindscrewwith 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.
Rikako Oryo is 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 student 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 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.
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.
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.
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, Shinys's former mentor, is well liked by viewers as one of the few people (asides from Akane and the antagonists of the show) who pointed the flaws of the Sibyl System and is not afraid to speak out his mind about it.
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.
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...
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.
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, as of this writing, resulted to 34 casualties with 162 still missing or presumed dead. 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.
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.
Just Here for Godzilla: Fans who don't want to watch season 2 due to Kougami's absence only watch episode 7 and 10 because he's there despite for only one minute and existing in Akane's mind. When the trailer of the movie came out, a lot of people are excited about it because Kogami 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.
Tomatoes in the blender. Explanation A really disturbing—or hilarious—usage of symbolism instead of actually showing us the disposal of a murder victim’s body
SPOOKY BOOGIE Explanation The way the Japanese cast pronounced this name was either awesome or terrible.
2Spooky4Boogie Explanation A mashup of the first meme with this one.
Moe is banned, No Moe allowed, Anti-Moe, etc.Explanation An interview with the staff behind the show revealed that the director (jokingly) banned the word “Moe” during the production, as a way of countering the current Moe trend found in recent anime.
No moe they said. Explanation Used ironically while referencing anything in the show that can be interpreted even vaguely cute, from the Uncanny Valley holograms to just about anything Akane does.
So who’s going to die first? Explanation Gen Urobuchi isn’t known as “Urobutcher” for nothing—people were placing their bets on who’s going to kick the bucket first even before the show aired!
"We have detected that you are experiencing a great deal of stress." Explanation (spoiler) One of the Uncanny Valley-faced police drones asks this to a woman who is literally being beaten to death... on a crowded city street. No one comes to help her.
HYPER OATS Explanation The constant mentioning of "hyper oats" in Episode 19, something completely ridiculous sounding said in the most serious tone ever. It is usually matched with pictures of a smiling Kougami. http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/hyper-oats
"Hipster Makishima" for these same reasons - particularly after his speech about how physical novels are objectively better than e-books.
KOUGAMI FUCKING WHERE?! Explanation Fandom has been on the edge of its seat wondering where the hell Kougami is since the second season started. They got their answer when the movie's trailer was released.
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.
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 is already fallen 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.
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!◊
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.
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 one Inspector has been demoted to Enforcer by getting so caught up in a case that his Crime Coefficient skyrocketed.
In the second season, Kamui's disguises means he could be anyone and anywhere.
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.
The Scrappy: Mika in season 2, due to her rudeness to Akane and Ginoza, overall lack of competence and unshakable belief in Sibyl.
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.
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.
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 due to the synopsis.
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 quiet 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.
Kagari. Many viewers refused to believe that he kicked the bucket and He's Just Hiding until the next episode confirmed his death.
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: The first season was one of the most critically-acclaimed anime of The New Tens. It was inevitable that its follow-ups would be subject to this trope.
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.
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.