At First Glance – Psycho-Pass

Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.

Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the idea of these “At First Glance” things is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it.
Simple, right? With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

Psycho-Pass

I must admit until I read the summary of this anime on AnimeLab I had no idea what to expect. I was vaguely familiar with Psycho-Pass’ existence, but I really didn’t know anything about the anime itself. Speaking of which, Psycho-Pass is an anime set in a dystopian future Japan where advanced technology can detect latent criminal tendencies in people, allowing them to either be arrested or killed before they ever commit any crimes.

And, wow, what a premise right? Japan sure loves them some dystopian future stuff. Fitting that this was made by the same studio that made Ghost In The Shell I guess. Though of course, being me, I can’t help but notice this anime has a more serious/dramatic version of a vaguely similar premise to the comedy anime Shimoneta. I mean, yeah, it is a bit of a stretch in a way, but come on. There are some VAGUE similarities in there as far as the basic premise goes. Just nothing beyond that.

Anyway. The entire first episode revolves around the first mission of Akane Tsunemori, a rookie member of Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division. Like that is honestly all the episode is. And it goes by quite fast for a 22-minute episode. Literally the entire episode (aside from one short bit at the start) is this first mission/case of Akane’s. I’m honestly unsure if I should just spoil the whole thing or just give my thoughts on how the characters come across. Guess I’ll just wing it.

Akane herself very much comes off as the typical rookie cop character, but going by what I’ve read that’ll change. And honestly, I don’t mind her being a typical rookie-type in this scenario. Especially since the idea is she’s thrown right in to the deep end on her first day. So, it makes sense she wouldn’t know what to do in a practical sense.

As far as the other main/supporting characters go, I don’t have any reason to hate any of them yet or anything, but I can’t judge too many of them yet in any regard. The episode mostly focuses around interactions between Akane and Tomomi Masaoka, an “Enforcer” for the unit. As far as explaining what an enforcer is for this show, think Suicide Squad without super villains and no “bomb in the neck” thing. Tomomi seems like a character I’ll like. The dynamic between himself and Akane is something I’m looking forward to seeing more of.

As far as the overall episode itself is concerned. Well. It isn’t all that far in that I realised what I’m in for with this anime. This one isn’t for the faint of heart. And I’m serious when I say that. Not only is there a rape scene (out-of-view but you’re still made plainly aware that it’s happening), and the rapist later dies in quite a bloody way. So yeah. If that kind of stuff doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I’d say give this show a miss. Otherwise I’d say give it a shot.

So, will I continue to watch it? Yes, but I’m not sure how quickly I will continue to watch it. I mean, for a mostly self-contained first episode, not much ultimately happens. Those 22 minutes flew by very quickly. So I feel I’ll have to watch more to get a proper judge of the anime itself before properly deciding whether I’d want to watch the whole thing or not.

For those who are interested, Psycho-Pass anime consists of 22 episodes, with a second season called “Psycho-Pass 2” consisting of an additional 12 episodes. There is also a Psycho-Pass movie, which was released in 2015. The two seasons of the show and the movie are all available in both dubbed and subbed formats.

Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However, if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.

Fyreharticles – Five Things I Liked About Arkham Origins

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Batman: Arkham Origins. If you are yet to play or complete the game and take issue with spoilers, don’t read ahead.

As I said in the previous article, I DID actually enjoy the game overall despite the things I mentioned, so on the flipside of the issues I had, here’s some things about Arkham Origins I actually enjoyed.

1 – Bane

Bane may be my favourite character from this game, simply because it finally felt like the Bane everyone kept telling me about. When Joker tells him to go away, he stays, concluding that Batman would come to Joker, and so it made sense to stay with him. Later after your first encounter with Bane, police helicopters show up, and after fending some of them off, Bane makes the decision to leave as the place is “getting too hot”. It turns out later Bane has even discovered that Batman is Bruce Wayne, causing Bruce to flip and destroy the evidence Bane had assembled in his hideout, attempting to get to Alfred before Bane, only for Firefly attacking a bridge to cause a distraction.

Near the very end of the game, Bane even seems to outsmart Batman, forcing Batman into a situation where it seems he needs to either kill Bane or cause The Joker’s death by allowing Bane’s heart rate to go up too high. Batman manages to find a way out of it, but he had to actually think his way out of it, not just muscle his way out of it. Hell, the game even EXPLAINS why Bane doesn’t seem as smart after the events of this game, with the TN-1 Bane uses as a last resort (turning him into “HULK SMASH” Bane) effectively giving him brain damage, which also works as a way around how Bane wouldn’t remember that Bruce is Batman. All things considered, I feel that Arkham Origins may have the best portrayal of Bane I’ve seen in a Batman adaptation.

2 – Anarky

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me that Anarky would show up early in Batman’s career. The reason being Anarky is essentially what Batman could’ve been like if he hadn’t gone down the path he did. I mean, sure, it may seem odd that a trust fund baby would become an anarchist, but weirder things have happened in the DC Universe. Ra’s Al Ghul is another villain people seem to say Batman could have ended up like had he not turned out the way he did, and they’d be right, but Anarky honestly seems more likely, as Bruce may never have gotten the training he did when it relates to fighting.

The fact that Batman can’t entirely disagree with Anarky is also interesting. He doesn’t disagree with his cause, just his methods. After you defeat him, Anarky himself even says he could become Batman’s protégé, eventually rejecting the notion when he decides that Batman must think he’s better than everyone else, and “beyond reproach”. Another reason Anarky makes sense to be in Arkham Origins is simply the entire set up of what Gotham is like at the time, corrupt as hell. If Anarky is going to exist, it makes sense he would get his start when it actually made sense to do so.

On top of all that, his final monologue after you defeat him lasts for a few minutes, but is actually worth listening to.

3 – Alfred’s “Death”

At one point in the latter half of the game, Bane decimates the Bat Cave whilst Batman is busy stopping Firefly, with Batman speeding back to Bat Cave to find Alfred after Bane taunts him about what he’s done. When Batman makes it back, he finds Alfred near death, and comforts him, only for Alfred to die in his arms.

Batman’s reaction to Alfred’s death goes a little like this.

Not willing to allow his butler/father figure to die, Batman uses the tech he stole from Electrocutioner’s corpse (still a dick move, but it did come in handy) to bring Alfred back to life. I must admit, the moment when Alfred came back to life actually made me tear up a bit. Like, you KNOW they can’t kill off Alfred in a prequel, but with the way they executed him dying and being brought back, I couldn’t help but be affected by it. Great writing/acting there.

4 – Harleen, Not Harley

When I found out Harley was in this I became worried; but thank the all mighty Video Game Gods that she was Harleen Quinzel the entire time. I was so worried they would’ve made her Harley, and honestly it would’ve been way too soon, especially since, Jesus, she should’ve been like a teenager at this point (aka Batman’s early years) shouldn’t she? Then again, different continuities allow for this sort of thing I guess.

Also despite being annoyed that Joker turned out to be the main villain, I can’t deny that the entire part where The Joker meets Harleen for the first time was VERY well done.

5 – The Post-Credits Tease

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

I gotta say, as someone who doesn’t even follow the comics, this tease potentially being for an eventual Suicide Squad game had me pretty hyped. Nothing much else to say honestly, it speaks for itself.

I’ll see you guys next time.