6 Anime Like PSYCHO-PASS [Updated Recommendations]

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6 Animes like Psycho-Pass [Updated]
Psycho-Pass is without a doubt, one of Gen Urobuchi’s better works. It has a compelling storyline – one that questions your own sense of morality and principles as you progress through the story. Amongst the psychological genre, Psycho-Pass shocked the world due to its originality and storyline. Here at Honey’s we feel that this masterpiece ought to be updated if you still do not have your fill for Psycho-Pass! Join us today as we review Psycho-Pass and perhaps introduce some new titles for you to be hooked on! Just to let you know, this is an updated list. The old list will be displayed at the bottom.

Similar Anime to Psycho-Pass

1. Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Monster

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct 2002 to Oct 2003

In a future where it is possible to fuse the power of machines with our sentience, new possibilities arise to propagate the development of humans. However, the birth of a new concept also gave birth to new ways to committing crimes. To combat the situation, the government establishes Section 9. Their aim is curb the trend of rising crimes. However, a new threat emerges from the dark, known only as ‘The Laughing Man’. The team are now caught in a sticky situation where there will only be one victor.

Here at Honey’s, we will retain GITS as this will probably be the closest that any anime will ever get to Psycho-Pass. Both are police procedural based with the intent of apprehending a mastermind of crimes. Throughout the series of crimes that occur in both series, there will always be an underlying theme that eventually points back to the mastermind. Both series leave you to question on what is the better course for mankind as we progress towards the advanced technological age. Simply speaking, both anime raise a few questions on morality between the never ending debate of good and evil.


2. Death Parade

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 2015 to Mar 2015

Decim – the arbitrator for the afterlife. Whenever two humans die at the same time, they are plunged into his bar where the game for life and death awaits to be played. Ranging from any and all games, the true disposition of each individual will be revealed. At the end of the games lies the judgment, whereby they will either be banished or sent to be reincarnated. Then enters a mysterious black haired woman who might possibly change the way Decim judges these lost souls…

While Death Parade is not a police procedural drama like Psycho-Pass, it upholds the psychological thriller component of it. Similarly, it enables the watcher to question the distinction of good and evil and what it means to be truly good. Both series also feature a central authority figure that relays directions and instructions and how such a perfect system can also raise issues with being imperfect as well. Both series truly tackle the fine line between good and evil. Throughout the whole series, you will be brought on a moral rollercoaster ride leaving you boggled!


3. DanganRonpa

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jul 2013 to Sep 2013

Kibougamine Gakuen is an academy reserved only for the brightest of individuals. Dubbed Super Elite Students, the students represent the top of each field. However all of them are trapped in this school with no way out. The mysterious headmaster of the school, Monokuma dictates that the only way to leave is to commit murder and get away with it. Whether the murderer succeeds or not depends on the School Trials. Succeed and all will perish, fail and only the murderer will be executed. Get ready, the next school trial is about to begin.

DanganRonpa shares the same mystery of Psycho-Pass in the way that both have an omnipotent figure whose intentions are questionable. The battle between good and evil is portrayed as the battle between hope and despair in DanganRonpa. With their lives at stake, mistrust and doubt breeds among the protagonists and soon, and similarly they start to even question each other. Essentially, both series harness the weakness in humans known as doubt to progress the story further. Even at the conclusion, the truth is hard to bear and the protagonist is grounded with the reality of their situation.


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4. Monster

  • Episodes: 74
  • Aired: Apr 2004 to Sep 2005

As a renowned brain surgeon, Kenzou Tenma has it all – love, reputation and respect. Everything changed once he had to make a moral decision – to save a young boy or a prominent political figure. Kenzou’s conscience made him decide on the young child despite being pressured by his superiors. Believing that all life is equal and that he had made the right choice, Kenzou’s views were shattered when the young boy grew up to be a murderer. Now, as he pursued this regret from the past, he is shocked to learn that the fate of the whole world lies with the choice he made years back.

As the puppeteer of the crimes, no one knew of the existence of the mastermind until towards the end. Both series shows the intellect and shrewdness of both architects of destruction. Being extremely calculative and sly, they’ve evaded capture over an extended period of time with their crimes being synonymous with the ideals they hold. Every single detail leads up to an outstanding climax so well played, that it leaves a lingering effect on the watcher at the end. That way, both series are outstanding psychological thrillers and definitely should not be missed!


5. Zankyou no Terror

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Jul 2014 to Sep 2014

Set in future Japan, Zankyou no Terror portrays the acts of terrorism. Known only as “VON”, this formidable organisation left the government dumbfounded by their mass attacks leaving them unable to act. The fate of the civilisation lies with two young boys who referred to themselves as ‘Sphinx’ when they identified themselves as the culprits. As the police desperately try to secure leads, the two Sphinxes have continued on with their destruction. The truth of these two boys is unknown. The only thing made known was that they should not have existed at all but here they are in future Tokyo.

Both tackle the issue of crimes that are so wide-scaled that they cause mass paranoia. As paranoia ensued within society, the police and the masterminds are embroiled in a game of cat and mouse. Outwitting the other is simply a daily event between the protagonists and antagonists. Ultimately, as pandemonium spreads within society, the battle between the two will reach its climax revealing the antiheroic traits of the antagonists. In the end, you are left to wonder whose perspective reign supreme and righteous.


6. Death Note

  • Episodes: 37
  • Aired: Oct 2006 to Jun 2007

The power a Shinigami has to take away the lives of human being can all be yours if you happen to chance upon their tool – the Death Note. In this manner, Light Yagami wields the power to send someone to the afterlife simply by writing the names of individuals he deems to be criminals. The manner of the unnatural deaths caught the attention of the authorities. As such, they sought the aid of the best detective in the industry known simply as L. As the battle of two geniuses takes place, you will be caught in the middle as they play their pieces with their lives at stake.

In a way, Death Note is remarkably similar to Psycho-Pass in the aspect that there is one final mastermind that is controlling the flow of the events taking place. In a way, the authorities are also in hot pursuit of a mysterious enigma orchestrating a series of murder. Likewise, this mysterious entity is also trying any and all means to avoid capture or identification. Both series shows the psychological battle between the Good and the Distorted Good. Ultimately, both series makes you question the fundamental issues with morality.


Conclusion

With that we end to our updated list for Psycho-Pass. The intellectual battle between individuals is extremely captivating to watch. As we are brought from a standpoint of directly understanding the views of both parties, we soon begin to question our own principles. Psycho-Pass brilliantly executes this and is highly praised. We hope that these new anime are somewhat as equally intriguing as Psycho-Pass. In these kind of mental battle royale, do you find yourself aligning more towards the prescribed definition of good, or the distorted representation of justice? What do you think is your crime coefficient? Leave a comment and we will see you next time!

Araragi

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Author: Araragi

Writing from a little island known as Singapore. It is through my articles that I want to show that the world of anime reaches out beyond the boundaries of Japan. From different age groups to individuals coming from different walks of life, everyone and anyone can be a lover of anime. To quote from Kingdom Hearts, 'There are many worlds out there, but they share the same sky.'

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Original Article Below

Psycho-Pass was probably one of the most anticipated and exciting anime for 2014. Both seasons were great, and the series provided a unique story new to the anime scene. If you loved the detective feel with all the action, drama, and suspense in Psycho-Pass, then you'll love these anime selections below!

Of course, it may not be completely similar, but it will definitely remind you of the series and the popularity it received.

Enjoy!

Similar Anime to Psycho-Pass

1. Shinsekai Yori (From the New World)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Sept. 29, 2012 - Mar. 23, 2013

Shinsekai Yori is an anime that is similar to Psycho-Pass in many ways. They both have very similar settings and characters living in a world where personal freedom is questioned as a peaceful lifestyle.

Shinsekai Yori takes place in Japan, a millennium from now, in a utopia where Saki Watanabe lives in a village that is shielded from the outside world. Her village possesses the ability of the gods' power, which is psychokinesis and after finally obtaining her own, she joins the Zenjin Academy and trains with five other children.

Hearing rumors of a large cat abducting students from the academy, they also learn the world and the history they live in is much darker than they thought. Humanity is on the verge of collapsing.

From The New World Trailer


2. Hamatora The Animation

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan. 8, 2014 – Mar. 26, 2014

Hamatora The Animation and Psycho-Pass have both of the protagonists and antagonists facing off with each other that is pretty similar. This can also be compared to the way they look and act. They both have very similar themes and action scenes as well.

In Yokohama, a special inborn power found only in a very small number of people who are known as “Minimum” or “Minor Miracles’”. Two teenagers operate a detective agency called Hamatora, taking on cases that send them on missions finding corrupt Minimum’s wandering the city, causing chaos and destruction by any means.

While conducting an investigation, they uncover a secret that leads to the killing of many Minimum’s. Can they stop the evil behind this plot? You’ll have to watch it to find out!

TV anime "Hamatora" PV first series


3. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Jul. 11, 2014 - Sept. 26, 2014

Zankyou no Terror is similar to Psycho-Pass when it comes to crime solving and terrorism, as well as having both main protagonists questioning their motives and lives in a psychological experience.

Zankyou no Terror is about an alternate version of Tokyo being attacked by terrorists with hints provided only through bizarre videos on the internet. This has the police struggling to decipher the cryptic clues from the terrorists which causes paranoia throughout the city.

Terror in Resonance Official Trailer


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4. No.6

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Jul. 8, 2011 - Sept. 16, 2011

No.6 is another series that is very similar to Psycho-Pass, with both series set in a futuristic world where everything is perfect. So perfect, that civilizations is controlled by a system in which a secret organization withholds vital information from the community.

No.6 takes place after the last great war, which left mankind living in a small handful of city states, and the privilege elite living a perfect life. Unfortunately, for young Shion, his life begins to go down hill when he lets a strange boy, Nezumi, stay the night in his apartment, which leads him to be banished and living in the outskirts of the city.

And it gets worse, Shion suddenly finds himself involved in mysterious deaths that have him arrested in suspicion of murder. Nezumi reappears to rescue Shion from the authorities while they uncover the secrets to the mysterious murders that lie in the heart of No.6.

No. 6 English Dub


5. Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct. 1, 2002 - Mar. 25, 2003

GITS: Stand Alone Complex is very similar as far as crime investigations which involve the cyber structure of life and play a major role on the plot of the series. If you really think about it, Psycho-Pass and GITS: Stand Alone Complex are amazingly similar and yet, very unique in their own way.

In the distant future, complete body flesh transplant into machines is possible, thanks to the advancement of technology. However, criminals and other malicious people can use this technology to their advantage.

In order to detain this situation, the Japanese government creates Section 9, a police enforcement group that dedicates themselves to dealing with such crimes. The leader of this Section, Motoko Kusanagi, has to face crime side-by-side with the help of her squad.


6. Himitsu: The Revelation

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Apr 9, 2008 - Oct 1, 2008

Himitsu: The Revelation has some great similarities as far as investigative actions involving a team of police and a futuristic system that scans people to reveal the truths of their secrets. They both have a similar setup with a rookie cop and a detective team who are knowledgable of the scanning system, as well as, a psychological theme and sci-fi elements.

Himitsu: The Revelation is about a new technology which allows the memories of the dead to be displayed, and is used to solve difficult murder cases. As you view the memories of the dead, people question the motives and the privacy of the decease most secret memories.

In addition, people also question the repercussions it may have on the viewer as they go through psychotic murderers' minds, feeling the emotions of said murderer as they experience the crime.


This similar anime article may have come a little late to the party, but for those who have Psycho-Pass embedded in their brains may want to check these anime selections out. They all have the same elements in various ways, that will surely continue your need for enjoying more anime.

Is there an anime you would like to suggest for others? Let us know in the comments below!

Alfonso

Editor in Chief

Author: Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz

I'm a Geek, Nerd, Writer, and lover of all video games, anime, science, technology and the internet. I previously worked for STFUandPlay.com, a contributing writer as the Japanese Corespondent at TheKoalition.com and founded a website called Transcend-Gaming.com! I currently live in Japan as Editor in Chief of Honey's Anime and its very talented writers! I'm down for anything! What do you want to do?

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