Psycho-Pass is one of the most memorable anime of 2012, and for good reason. It takes place in a dystopian future where Japan is strictly controlled by the Sybil System, a complicated algorithm that determines whether or not a person will become a criminal. Akane Tsunemori joins the police force and is tasked with eliminating these people before they become threats - but the more time she spends on the job, the more she learns about the horrifying secrets of the system. Meanwhile, she tries to take down Shougo Makishima, a terrorist trying to overthrow the Sybil System. If you love this show, you're probably looking for some other anime like Psycho-Pass. Use this list to guide yourself toward your next new favorite show.
Which show you should choose depends on what first drew you to Psycho-Pass. Some anime similar to Psycho-Pass are a match in both mood and content. Just like Psycho-Pass, Ergo Proxy is a grim, futuristic series that questions the basic underpinnings of its own dystopian society. Other shows, like Charlotte, differ in tone, but still contain important similarities, like people being victimized by the government before they've actually done anything wrong.
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If Shougo Makishima were the protagonist of Psycho-Pass, it would be Terror in Resonance. This anime follows the members of a terrorist cell called Sphinx as they create random chaos in order to let the world know about all of the terrible things that happened to them when they were the victims of child experimentation. Makishima's past isn't explored the way that Nine and Twelve are, but he's every bit as willing as they are to destroy property and take lives in order to dismantle the oppressive Sybil System.
Both Death Note and Psycho-Pass present viewers with ideas about what should be done to prevent crime, and then brutally tear down those ideas. Light Yagami eliminates criminals using a magical notebook, hoping not only to literally get rid of evil people but also to persuade would-be criminals not to act. Meanwhile, the Sybil System takes out people it believes could be criminals, something Light would surely have done if he were able to. Both methods are explored and then ultimately condemned through other characters, and through the consequences of the methods on the rest of the world.
If you loved Psycho-Pass' exploration of morality, Death Note is for you. If nothing else, it'll be entertaining to think about how much Shougo Makishima would despise Light Yagami.
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex is one of the shows that heavily influenced Psycho-Pass. Both are procedural crime series that are set in a cyberpunk future, which explore how technological advances impact criminal behavior. While Psycho-Pass takes place in a world that is heavily repressed by the Sybil System, the world of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex isn't much different from modern day Japan. What's changed is that people now have opportunities to commit new kinds of crimes that they otherwise wouldn't be able to do, thanks to their cybernetic brains.
When most of Earth becomes uninhabitable, humans are confined to artificial domes. In order to help humanity survive the transition and find a way out of it quickly, humans begin to rely on artificially intelligent robots called AutoReivs. Due to the Cogito virus, the AutoReivs start gaining self-awareness, prompting Re-l Mayer and her Auto-Reiv partner to investigate. The investigation turns up some terrifying truths about humanity, truths which the investigators will have to either accept or try to change.
Though centered around artificial intelligence and sentience rather than crime and punishment like Psycho-Pass, the cyberpunk atmosphere and the process of uncovering difficult truths are the same.