Mar 26 2013 01:52 PM
From the Wiki page, it seems Pyscho-Pass is another PreCrime storyline, which is in development in the USA already, so it's just a fictional extension of the uses new technology are putting upon society... and the whole dues ex machina is just another psychic impulse from the mass consciousness it is said, as the third and final cataclysm of the global Atlantean civilization was said to be when the 'crystals' came alive... became self-aware... think the 'Terminator' series and that's how these ideas come around, and the machines weren't really the problem but how they were used.. as the Atlanteans were, to use the Star Wars analogy, aligned with the 'dark side of the Force', and since their technology was tens of thousands of years ahead of our own today, the degree of destruction reflects the need of Mother Nature to cleanse the scene so the lessons can start over. Cataclysms are just part of this cycle and as we approach the end of this 'Iron Age', they are coming back to reset the stage and allow those very, very, very few who have learned those lessons to move on to the next level of this cosmic 'game'... the 4th density of awareness...
Though most of these dystopian stories have their problems, at least they aren't as banal as most in Hollywood such as "Hunger Games", which reminds me of a few animes from previous years. Their version of dystopia is like going to scout camp with just the power turned off and a few wild animals, most of which turn out to be humans as usual. If historical accuracy was used, the rating would be at least an R, if not an X as the plagues enter the scene brought by the comets/meteorites et al to test the populace on how well they've kept their bodies if not their minds... think of the destruction/pollution of our food supply, water supply etc... just like tobacco, the poisons put in it to make cigarettes give it a bad name and every empire targets them as 'evil', yet it was tobacco that helped many remain well as the ingested smoke created a barrier to transmission in the lungs.
As Norren put it, primal fear is the primary form of interaction in any dystopia and in this anime, that's why some of those guys died, thinking they could handle the problem of the fiend etc... they didn't respect their enemy enough to develop fear... which has to be understood and dealt with so that it doesn't become a problem, but it is there as long as you exist within the body. The mind can overcome it but not the body and most of the humans in this story didn't seem to have much psychic development beyond their genetic abilities. That's said to be the lesson on Atlantis, so much technology but no morality or rather spiritual consideration of others. All the development as one sided, so that those that didn't participate in the crime/rape/pillage, had to leave and setup camp elsewhere. Same today as then. Same history repeating itself, like reading a script.
I do agree that 'direction' is usually the key to adapting a story and it could've been a little better in this anime. Sometimes the anime is better than the manga if necessary corrections are made. I do know that the one chapter of this manga that I looked at, gave the reader more knowledge of things as they were presented and I wonder if the book didn't as well?
I do think it had more potential than most, as the theme was larger, with the basis being their world is based on a lie, or at minimum, none of the children knowing much if anything about the real world(reminds me of Graveyard of the Fireflies, which the author stated himself), either before the cataclysm or their present life, it's as if only those that survive learn anything at all about the "Real World" (if even then) as put well in the film "Matrix", which, like "Dark City", is much closer to reality than most people realize. The change of sex regarding the last fiend seems typical in our male dominated world, as the 'blame it on Eve' game continues... the 'kill the mother' theme so that the 'son' can claim independent god status... that theme has been in practice since after the last major cataclysm at least.
Dystopia and cataclysms seem the norm in entertainment these days, only they do so in rated G version only, as the truth would be rated X at times due to the violence and disease etc... no wonder vampires, psychopaths and zombies are all the rage these days... as the herd of sheeple are prepared for the feast... as the main meal and as usual, 'the know not what they do'... which is better for the dark shepherds herding them over the cliff through endless wars, kidnapping, torture, spying, shaming, poisoning their minds and bodies so that they never wake up and realize the Matrix they are living within in another word for Purgatory, a prison, matrix or maze from which the goal is to wake up and leave, if you don't like it... Plato's Cave analogy again.
Oh well, it does seem like anime has had it's heyday, same as all the other art forms around the world, another sign of the global dystopia to come, another sign that the end of the age is upon us and thus it's no wonder it's the background of so many of these stories about the future, which is but a reflection of the past. Esoterically, it is said we are in a time loop and this story is a good example of that as the lessons repeat and repeat until learned. Saki hopes her descendents have done just that which is what all survivors hope for, but rarely ever happens and so we find ourselves in the same mess our ancestors were faced with only almost all the history has been destroyed, controlled by 'the dark side' so that we remain ignorant like sheep, which are much easier to control than fellow shepherds, especially those of 'the light'. Saki seems to find herself in the same situation 'grandma' found herself in, hoping but not knowing... at least not enough change the paradigm, or so the end of the story lets us believe. We too can hope for a better tomorrow, but tomorrow only changes when we do, and our governments are a reflection of us, and so are their empire-building programs, and given the nature of the universe, the Law of Attraction means you don't want to be near such negative types when TSHTF. Saki's people attempted to hide their negativity instead of dealing with it out in the open, and thus that negative desire brought their lessons to them... you find that which you seek, meaning that to push something away is to pull it closer, a principle that works on both sides of the equation, thus is balance always maintained... sooner or later. Karma isn't completed in a day, unless that 'day' is eternal.
I liked the show, it did get a little boring in the middle as those 'leaps' took place in time and when they brainwashed the kids (no, I won't mention all the mind control programs the intel/SG community is doing, which gets way sicker than anything in anime/tv/film etc, mostly due to the young age that it is begun and continues through their life, mostly to a certain type of human, but it does remind me of this storyline, only the pain/torture aspects to break the mind aren't mentioned here). I personally thought Saki and others would learn to break that pain barrier that is placed on their minds, but then that would really take this story down the Rabbit Hole, wouldn't it? They would have to really deal with their issues/abilities then and confront reality, instead of deluding themselves into thinking they were... this is classic esoteric as well, as most sheeple who think they are awake and aware are just running a program within a program like the Matrix sequels... and getting nowhere but back to Go.... repeat and repeat, same with Saki's community and those under their care and to which they hold responsibility, thus their apparent 'god' status, to which they didn't seem to deserve except by force.. like the US empire today and all empires, which is why they never last, if they don't get destroyed, conquered by another, then Mother Nature will eventually come in to clean house and reset the game so that the lessons can be retaken once again.
These same themes can be found in so many stories because of their archetypal origins, same with ourselves as part of that process. How does Saki respond once she learns the truth of her history and situation? She is one of the few that have learned that much and the same goes in our world today, as the overwhelming majority of the herd have no interest in such things and merely follow the herd to its ultimate destruction... same as always... how many times can you play the same song before you get tired of it? That seems to be the lesson as always.. how many turns of the wheel before we want off? I wished the author would have gone deeper into this, but he might not know enough to do so... but a sequel is possible, though time to do so is getting very limited... thus less and less stories worth watching/reading these days... as the 'end-times' approach and resets the stage.