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Score: 7.72/10

Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector

JP Title : PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 3 FIRST INSPECTOR

Year : 2020

Genre : Action, Police, Psychological, Sci-Fi

Season :

Status : Complete

Rating : R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Episodes : 1/1

Duration : 2 hr. 15 min.

Studios : Production I.G

Synopsis

The film will conclude the story of season 3 on the case of the "Foxes" being pursued by Unit 1, the Bifrost mystery, and Arata and Kei's battle. (Source: ANN)

First Inspector is a strong performance for the Psycho Pass series as a whole, not just Season 3. The animation quality might possibly be the series’ best yet. However, while the movie wrapped up most plotlines for the season and could easily work as the series’ ending, there were quite a few mysteries left unresolved and a few introduced. Though, the main goal here was to wrap up Bifrost cleanly, and it accomplished that well.

First Inspector breaks from normal Psycho-Pass tradition, though, with mixed results. As Director Shiotani noted, the movie gave less focus on the fight scenes. This worked well for Arata and Azusawa and flesh out the ideological rivalry between the two characters, making the final culmination of their fight very satisfying. While there were still an abundance of fight scenes, the pace of the story didn’t keep you fixated on the fights like before.

The movie was well written and high-octane, though Season 3 could’ve done a little better in the lead-up.

There are two plotlines the movie excels at, though. The first is the passing of the torch between old Division 1 and new Division 1, which is developed quite nicely, save for Kogami hating Kei for some mysterious reason. Second is the Sibyl System and the gore of the series. Sibyl has become more of a human entity over the course of Season 3, and the cast is not at death’s door, so you no longer have to feel guilty when things are going well.

Akane’s plotline is still left unresolved but appears to be merely a plot device for Season 3. Kei’s defection to the dark side in the Season 3 opening ended up merely being a red herring.

Homura ended up being a good guy as many anticipated, though there’s still a lot of mystery to him. Though as he appears to be joining the main cast, he’ll be the main source of excitement heading into season 4.

There were a lot of pleasant callbacks to Season 1. Though, Kogami seemed out of character in First Inspector, and perhaps it’s signaling he’ll be sidelined (living happily with Akane maybe?) for a new flagship character as Psycho-Pass moves forward.

Mostly importantly, though, Ubukata completely reestablished himself as a competent writer, so the series can move on with good standing regardless of whether Ubukata stays on or Urobuchi returns. Unfortunately, it doesn’t erase Psycho-Pass 2 from existence.

Psycho Pass 3: First Inspector is a worthy conclusion to the third season. A lot of loose ends were resolved, although not all, and there was another development for the Sybil System. It isn't perfect and there was a lot more I wanted it to do but the movie focused on its own goals and accomplished them well. It focuses entirely on the Bifrost organisation attacking the Public Safety Bureau and taking over their headquarters to either kill the governor or forcing her to retire. They break in slightly too easily to be believable in my opinion, but nevertheless, the officers need to find a way to protect the governor and to regain control of their buildings systems. The movie is directed nicely although the third season and this movie both could have been scripted better. The music fits well and the fight choreography is stellar. Realistic movements combined with precise strikes makes for much better entertainment than loading up an energy beam for half an episode. There were a couple of missed opportunities though. The entire premise could have benefited with Akane being involved in taking down the terrorists. Also, a few characters motivations still aren't clear. Additionally, even after all this time, the new characters have almost no charm. The story shines in two areas. The first is in contrasting the ideologies of Arata and the antagonist Azusawa. The second is showing how the Sybil System is vulnerable and is ever adapting. Both of these plot points are handled very well in the film and cause the entire series to have a stabilized narrative. Overall, this movie was a lot better than I anticipated and elevated the third season by completing the narrative in a satisfactory way. Also, a certain character didn't die in the third season and is shown by the end of the movie to still be alive. Is was obvious but overall a good decision. There were minor missteps and inconsistencies but these are overshadowed by the films strengths. It also opens up possibilities of another season. Score: 8 (would have been a 9 but the it loses a point from association to the third season. Its narrative is a much better stand alone movie than a sequel).

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