ARC Review: Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 2

Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 2Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 2 by Midori Gotu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release date: June 6, 2017

The Psycho-Pass made a better future society possible: a universal fitness app that tracks people’s emotional health. But when crime becomes rare, it also becomes stranger and more dangerous than ever…and in the 22nd century the only “safe” job for a person on the borderline is as a cop–kept on a virtual leash as they hunt down the criminals they may soon become themselves!
Kogami’s team has learned that the hospital where patients have died due to a genetic timer set in them decades ago was a “privileged” residence for the emotionally unfit. In searching for clues, they discover just how their society perfected itself by pushing things into the shadows…and the underground network dedicated to keeping those things alive!

Kogami and Section 3 are still investigating the case of the mysterious stamped artificial organs, more specifically their source and how they were introduced into the patients. In the course of their investigations, they encounter another death – this one from a special sector where privileged older citizens are kept, away from the general populace. Bureaucratic courtesy aside, they don’t have much information on that place to go on. Meanwhile, Waku and his team of enforces are investigating the abolition sectors for clues regarding the organ trade. Slowly, they are peeling off the veneer of the society that was built upon Sybil and psychological evaluation.

One of my favorite things about this series is how the construction of a futuristic utopia is being unraveled thread by thread. But also how the author has imagined this place existing – with GM food, Holo projected vistas, shady clinical trials, and of course the Psycho Pass. While the latter is a small part of this story, and does not affect it much, at least in this volume, the ending does suggest that the current problems tie back to the origin of the Sybil system. On a character level, we see the camaraderie Kogami has with his colleagues and his mentor. Furthermore, how the other sections interact with each other, and their methods to approach a case.

The artwork is amazing, to say the least. There are some beautifully detailed scenes, of course, but even in simple lineart, you are see the elegant way the story is told. It is very dynamic but also somehow resonates more with the Western style of graphic novel. (But since I am not an expert on this, I would rather you not take my word on this 😀 ) Overall, this second volume is thrilling, and has me really invested in this series.

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

Previous books in series

Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 1

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