Disclaimer: It is worth noting that the movie (and this review) assumes you have seen the first season of the TV series, and alludes to things that take place in the second season, though not to the point of necessarily needing to have seen it to understand the movie. The characterization of a couple of characters differ, some reflecting themselves at the start of season two/end of season one, while others definitely acting only as they did at the end of the season two. My opinion? Go watch both seasons before the movie . . . they are pretty good, so it will be worth it.
The animation in the film is amazing. It is not going to blow you away, but it is exactly what you would hope it would be: the first season’s animation with a nice big budget injection. There is a long shot of Tsunemori’s face during which her hair is obviously just repeating a short loop, but everything else in the movie, that I noticed, was cinema-quality.
Funimation’s English dub for this is just like it was for both seasons of the TV series: Damned-near perfect. Most people comment about how Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex have the pinnacle English dubs, and I believe that Funimation’s work with Psycho-Pass matches them. I cannot comment on the Japanese voice acting, since I only watched the English dub.
The “moral of the story” [in my opinion] is whether or not people should have “utopia” forced upon them for their own good, or if the people should be allowed to make that decision themselves. As is usual for the series, the movie is full of political and philosophical quotes, questions, and struggles.
The story initially seems like it is one big tie-up for Tsunemori’s relationship with Kogami, but it isn’t. While some movies-from-series feel like they expand a story written for an episode or two and flesh it out, like Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, others, like this one, feel like they condense an entire arc or season into two hours. If you have seen both seasons of the TV series, this movie, especially the last 20 minutes, will make you feel like this is a compilation film, with payoff not much unlike the two TV seasons. The movie, if you are a fan of the series, is definitely worth the watch.
- Plot: 8/10
- Animation: 9/10
- Music: 9/10
- Japanese Voice Acting: N/A (did not watch)
- English Voice Acting: 10/10
- Overall: 9/10
Title: Psycho-Pass: The Movie
Released: January 2015 – 113 Minutes – Movie
Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani
Original Story: Gen Urobuchi
Studio: Production I.G.
Licensed by: Funimation (TV series also licensed)