‘Psycho-Pass’ Season 2 Blu-ray Review
Season two of Psycho-Pass brings back everything fans loved about season 1: the animation, the violence, the philosophical puzzles and everyone’s favorite idealistic inspector.
The second season picks up a year after the end of season one. Inspector Akune Tsunemori (Kate Oxley) returns as the leader of the restored Unit One. She is joined by junior inspector Mika Shimotsuki (Cherami Leigh)and Enforcers Nobuchika Ginoza (Josh Grelle) and Yayoi Kunizuka (Lindsay Seidel), as well as two new enforcers: Sakuya Togane (Christopher R. Sabat) and Sho Hinakawa (Z. Charles Bolton).
Unit One faces off against a group of latent criminals who claim their leader can keep their psycho-passes clear despite the crimes they commit. Dead enforcers, mysterious messages and a threat closer to home than Tsunemori ever expected—season two moves fast through its 11 episodes while still giving the story time to develop.
With little character or world building necessary, season two dives right into the action. Tsunemori’s unconventional tactics are immediately made clear to audiences and her new team members. Shimotsuki’s disdain for her boss’ out-of-the-box thinking is viciously apparent and sets the two of them up as decent foils, even if Shimotsuki’s inexperienced arrogance can be grating. It suits her character and highlights Tsunemori’s experience.
The plot pacing is just right, the perfect mystery for such a short season. Tsunemori and the audience are right on the heels of the villain Kirito Kamui (Clifford Chapin) while he continues to make sharp turns that leave Unit One and the audience guessing at his motives and eventual goal. All mysteries are brought to light at just the right time, and the story never lags.
True to Psycho-Pass form, the villain in front of Tsunemori, Kamui, isn’t her only threat. We get bread crumbs throughout that something dark is lurking within Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Sybil System or even Unit One itself. This adds a layer of complexity to a story that could have easily have been straightforward.
Writer Gen Urobuchi sets up the new enforcers Togane and Hinakawa as mysterious and potentially dangerous new additions. Questions are asked of their backgrounds, and while some are answered for both characters, Hinakawa is left very much a mystery. This would work if the mystery seemed like a set up for season three, and it might still be. But Hinakawa’s past felt largely like a side note that was never resolved. Hinakawa would have been a stronger character had he been left in the dark.
With Hinakawa as the weakest link in this sci-fi detective show, season two of Psycho-Pass is a strong continuation of a fascinating story about crime and technology.
The Psycho-Pass franchise is known for its fantastic art and animation. It’s dark, crisp and evokes the sci-fi crime drama playing out on the screen. All of these elements shine on this 1080p high definition Blu-ray video. This is an anime enhanced by what Blu-ray brings to the table in video.
Audio for Psycho-Pass is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 for English and 2.0 for the Japanese, and there are no complaints here. The soundtrack pulses and the script comes across clear, which is good because this is a crime show. You’ll need to hear to keep up.
Like most anime Blu-rays, Psycho-Pass season two offers audio commentaries with the English voice actors for three episodes. These commentaries are worthwhile, however, because the voice actors and ADR director offer insight into what they loved about the show, the episodes and their characters. The commentaries also offer picture-in-picture viewing of the voice actors watching the show with the show running.
As an added bonus on an episode commentary, there is a voice actor gag reel. As ADR director Zach Bolton described, they recorded the voice actors watching the more violent scenes before they recorded the dialogue to capture their reactions to the graphic violence happening. The result is more entertaining than you might expect and well worth a watch.
Season two of Psycho-Pass is a welcome continuation of Inspector Akune Tsunemori’s story, and the Blu-ray has plenty to offer fans of this franchise.
- Show Itself - 70%70%
- Video Presentation - 80%80%
- Audio Presentation - 80%80%
- Extra Features - 30%30%