Psycho Pass

Psycho-Pass

This is one of my favorite anime ever. Psycho Pass has a unique side that opens our eyes of the dark side of the government and their justice. The setting takes place in Japan on the 22nd century where the government has a sort of engine called “Sybil System”. With this technology, Inspectors, helped by the Enforcers (who are latent criminals), can measure the threat level of the citizen by looking at their “Psycho Pass”. Simply put “Psycho Pass” can be examined by looking through the mental state of a person, where someone under a great stress can have a high threat level, and vice versa.

The main character is Akane Tsunemori, a new inspector with a great sense of justice. However, being an inspector gives her a true sight of what the government is really like. Accompanied by one of her enforcers, Shinya Kogami, Akane learned that there is no such thing as “perfect judgement” even with the Sybil system and how the government itself is not as good as what she thought.

When we are looking for a fresh idea of a story of course I will recommend this anime highly. But I have to admit that Psycho Pass also has its own weak point. Most characters have complicated life and background and it has become a nice point of the anime. Yet when I say most, that means there are some which are not that interesting, and the bad thing is that lays in the main character and the main antagonist of the story. Akane has a way too perfect life and actually I think that she is “sick in her own way” because even under the pressure she can keep her Psycho Pass clear in the entire time. For the main antagonist, there is so little thing told about how he becomes some kind of psychopath.

Other than that, I enjoy everything else in this anime. The graphic of a modern city in the near future is great and it can show the dark ambience of the anime. The OSTs fit very well, especially because personally I like “Egoist” that performed the ending song.

MyAnimeList rating: 8.53

Personal rating: 9.50

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

So, one day I randomly typed “anime to learn economy” and then this anime popped up in one of the top results so I watched it. C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control indeed is an anime that is very related to economy. The story tells us about an economic undergraduate student, who just want to be average, named Kimimaro Yoga who is forced to join a “game” that risks his future. In that game, each player will have their own asset that is given by the ruler and has their own shape in a different world. The game itself is like a duel where you can use the asset as a weapon (which means your money). The bigger the damage you took the more you lose the money. When you lose all your money you will bankrupt and lost your future. Simple, right?

Yes, the rules look simple but it is a serious matter and there are more to think about. You can simply think about how to win the game. But it’s not what happen with our main character and some people like Mikuni Shouichirou who realize that if you win, that means you are destroying your opponent’s future, but if you lost you are losing your own future. So the best thing to do is to win without making your opponent bankrupt, even though they will still have their real life affected. Things becoming more serious not just because this game will affect the player’s real life, but also because this game isn’t just played by undergrad students, but also big companies’ bosses who will seriously give bad impact to the country if they lose.

I actually like the original idea of this anime. The artwork is pretty nice too and you can learn an economic thing or two from this anime for real. However the execution with the story was not done that well. I know of some anime that will make sense after the 2nd or 3rd episodes. But things are move very fast here and left some questions explained bluntly. However, in my opinion it is still worth to watch it as this anime only has 11 episodes.

MyAnimeList rating: 7.47

Personal rating: 7.50

Dareka no Manazashi

I haven’t watched all of his anime, but I have been a fan of Makoto Shinkai since “Hoshi no Koe”. Back then, his character design isn’t really my favorite. However, we can’t argue about the beauty and detail setting design. All of his anime that I have watched also has an interesting story, making those incredible artworks are more than gimmicks.

Dareka no Manazashi

Dareka no Manazashi is just a 6-minutes anime (or advertisement) with a simple story. Yet, in that simplicity, we are reminded of what is important and what we usually forget, or even left, due to the business of our daily life. While we are busy trying to make everything right, we forget the best and closest thing that we have all the time, our family. We often think how leaving our family and live by ourselves will give us freedom, however we rarely think about how our parents felt when we left them.

In such a short time, the narrator helped us to get hold of what’s going on and the message is clearly told. Personally, I don’t think that will hurt to make a longer version so we can take a grasp more of the situation because this anime is jump straight to the problem and the resolution, making it too fast-paced for some. But everything is good as it is, the storyline, the artwork, and the music, and the ending song.

MyAnimeList rating: 7.60

Personal rating: 8.50

Eve no Jikan

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If an Android ever have a feeling, what will it say to its master?

I guess Eve no Jikan is an anime that is trying to answer that question. Before I write more, be noted that I’m watching the movie (which is said to be a compilation from a 6-episodes anime, so maybe there are some details that are in the series and not in the movie, though I’m not really sure there is any).

Eve no Jikan takes place where Android or robot has become a normal part of people’s daily life. Here, the Android already developed with human shape, what makes them different is the small ring above Android’s head. In this anime, Android is more like what we know as house maid. They are completely obedient to their masters, even though most people treat them badly.

The story revolves around two high school boys, Rikuo and Masaki who discover a “weird” cafe that has a rule of treating Android and human equally. They realized that in that cafe, Androids are removing their rings, which is actually against the law. But, in the cafe, where they can’t differentiate which one is Android and which one is human, they found many interesting, or even a rather sad story. The problem is the existence of Ethics Committee, who think that Android can bring negative effects to people, where people become Android-holics and therefore have social problem. The Ethics Committee are trying to make people depend on the Android less and (though it is not said explicitly) they are ready to use all necessary means to achieve that.

There are some anime that tell about Androids or robots that have feelings, but what makes Eve no Jikan different and interesting is that it is packed in the picture of a daily life.vlcsnap-2016-04-04-16h44m27s213.png One of the scene is almost successfully make me cry. Here, we can see how many people doesn’t care for their Android because for them Android are merely tools, though on the other side there are many people who become over-dependent to the Android, or even feel love. The artwork is pretty good too, though the soundtracks are almost s0-s0, but the ending song by Kalafina is good.

The minus point is that there are a lot of questions left unanswered after watching this anime, especially about the Ethics Committee. The anime gives the spotlight to the cafe too much that it forgets how the Ethics Committee is actually has important roles too in the story. Also, [SPOILER ALERT] there is an incident that kind of triggers the action of the extremists, however, until the end what has happened was never really explained. But overall, it is a good one!

MyAnimeList rating: 8.29/10

Personal rating: 8.5/10

Sakamichi no Apollon Review

Sakamichi no Apollon

Okay, let’s begin my first review. It is about an anime that I finished watching recently. I begin to take interest in this anime because it said to be an anime about Jazz music. Though Jazz is not really my fave, I thought that this anime will worth watching because of the high rating and rank too.

Sakamichi no Apollon takes the time of around 1960s where Japan is not as modern as now with some influences of the Western. The story tells us about a friendship of three high school’s students, Kaoru Nishimi, an introvert who just moved in and somehow awkward, Sentarou Kawabuchi, a man who loves jazz and is famous for his strength, Ritsuko Mukae who is Sentarou’s childhood friend and a member of a family-owned record shop. At the beginning we were told that Kaoru is more into classic music. His interest at Jazz begins after saw Sentarou played a Jazz music and Kaoru felt that if he can play Jazz he will be able to “defeat” Sentarou as he has a feeling to Ritsuko.

What makes this anime interesting is that how this anime pictures that sometimes you just can’t escape so easily from the things you love (in this case it’s Jazz and their friendship). Despite of their own personal matters, they are united by Jazz music. However, you can pretty much read the story from the beginning with the classical opening where two very different guys meet. if you are looking for a real music anime, then Sakamichi no Apollon is not one of them. It is true that Jazz music plays a part and you can hear some Jazz musics here in the anime, but it’s not the point. The story focuses more on the up and down in their friendship.

The opening song titled “Sakamichi no Melody” by Yuki is great (though in my personal opinion Yuki’s voice is not that good but She has great songs). The ending song is “Altair” by Motohiro Hata is so-so. But if you like Jazz you will enjoy the insert song such as “Moanin”, “But not For Me”, and “Lullaby of Birdland”.

MyAnimeList rating: 8.49/10

Personal rating: 7.5/10