My past few 12 Days posts have focused on the pox plaguing the otherwise good shows or seasons, the very nadir of this year’s anime that strives to drown us all in a sea of crap and “kininarimasu!” in equal amounts. Psycho-Pass certainly has its fair share of disturbing content, though for different reasons; being the proud product of Gen “Fuck Fun” Urubochi, it’s a given that it’d play host to scenes of gratuitous violence and grotesque, unsettling set pieces sure to stick with viewers for a good long time after the show’s completion. While far from perfect (see the mention of gratuitous violence), it can be startlingly effective in this regard. And, as is nearly always the case, the crown jewel of batshit lunacy comes courtesy of a Catholic schoolgirl.
In anime, there are shows that try to capture the feel of horror without quite succeeding, outnumbering those that are perfectly nightmarish by a large margin. Psycho-Pass manages to get everything just right in making these formerly-living sculptures terrifying on almost every level. Probably the best part is that the deeper your thoughts delve into the subject, the more chilling it is. How do those arms wrap around each other like that? Are those even arms? Was there a lot of crunching involved? Why does the flower motif make me want to weep softly into the nearest pillow? By not explaining the specifics and merely showing the finished result, the horror is all the creepier for its vagueness, regardless of the exact amount of bone crunching involved. What’s more, it actually did so without flashing images of creepy dolls several times an episode, more than this year’s other so-called horror series offered, though unfortunately there hasn’t been an umbrella related death so far.
When it wants to, Psycho-Pass can be (intentionally) creepy as shit, which is more than I can say for any other anime this year. Next time you see this poor girl in your dreams, staring at you with those eyes permanently frozen in fear and confusion, be sure to thank me. And thank Mr. Urobuchi for not making Psycho-Pass more painfully moe than it already is.