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12 Days of Anime #6: Moe Moe Kyun in Psycho-Pass


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.

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  1. shytende
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    When I close my eyes, I see the creepy cyborg guy, so I don’t close them anymore…

    What makes it also works, was the lack of overreaction towards it. He is confident enough in his talent in horror and creepiness, that he knows he doesn’t need a close-up in Akane’s scared force to makes us understand.
    In fact, the discovery of the sculpture by the cleaning agents, and their comments (“that’s well, done, but I won’t keep it in my home” or something like that) made it even more disturbing

  2. Posted December 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Good thing I changed my own Psycho-Pass Twelve Days post at the last minute. It was originally going to be a post concerning why PP’s violence was so effective and creepy.

  3. Fumoffu!!
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what tools she had available to her other than the trusty saw?

  4. Himari
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I thought the “sculptures” were lame in the way an undergrad art student’s conceptual art piece is lame. Predictable b/c the way the body is deformed is cliched. Ironically, that lameness worked b/c I found the girl behind the murders kind of lame, as in pretentious but lacking ideas, and I guess Makishima agreed. SO I think it was intentional. Anyone who thinks these are creepy needs to google Hans Bellmer.

    I love the series. For me the horror lies in the way the narrative progresses, the horror that is imagined rather than shown, and the still points between the points of action and carnage. It is well paced, well directed. And I really like so many of the characters, so I care about what’s going to happen next. IMAO.

  5. Desi
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    more than this year’s other so-called horror series offered,

    *more so than anoher so-called horror series earlier this year offered,

    because I am disappoint at your failure to include another in the sentence….
    I do doubt I shall sleep as well tonight..

  6. Posted December 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Shin Sekai Yori and Psycho Pass need to engage in a death match to see who is the best running horror anime.

    • Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

      I can see the homophobic to say which one would lose… I wonder if any of them that dropped SSY after the hot homo action episode have enough guts to continue…

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