ARC Review: Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 1

Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 1Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 1 by Midori Goto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this prequel to the hit science fiction crime drama anime series, Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami reveals how the legendary Enforcer was once an ace detective! Working within the city-regulating Sybil System, Inspectors must fight crime in a future where a single number measures your criminal tendencies and determines if you are useful to society!

An artificial organ with a numbered brand is the key piece of evidence that leads Section 3 to a network of organ smuggling! They must set up a complicated trap in order to catch the culprit! However the real perpetrator may not be who they think it is…

I have not seen the Psycho Pass anime yet, so my review of this prequel book would be wholly pertaining to this manga only. What I gathered from the short intro to the dystopian world is that there are methods to gauge criminal activity and that determines a person’s worth in society. The officers of the Public Safety Bureau are like the police, in that they investigate and apprehend latent criminals – but there is a hierarchy within them – Inspectors, who are like the bosses and Enforcers, previous criminals, who are now serving as muscle. The world is such that even exposure to a latent criminal can cause spike in mental activity, thereby making the former as pariahs to society. People balance their mental state with drugs and try to live ‘the good life’.

Now, as for the main plot, it revolves around a mysterious emergence of organ theft from a hospital. Kogami and his colleagues investigate the appearance of a natural organ (there are synthetic ones in this world too) with a number stamped on it. Following the clues and the path of registered surgeries, they dig to find out who has been stealing organs and where are these numbered organs coming from. The story is fast-paced and exciting, and though only a small part of the mystery is revealed, I found it to be an interesting one. I am, obviously, excited about future volumes, and now I am contemplating getting to the sequel anime pretty soon.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Dark Horse Manga, via Edelweiss.

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