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STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...
Psycho-pass has technology, and Witch Hunter Robin has magic, but they both are fairly dark, gritty takes on the police procedural genre, and both show the depths people can sink to when they have power.
When police organizations use a member of a group to hunt down other members of that same group, things always get interesting. The plot of these two anime revolve around the drama that is created in exactly that situation, and offer a dark take on questions of right and wrong.
There are not enough ways to describe how similar these shows are. Psycho-Pass is basically an updated version of Witch Hunter Robin. A group of people, marginalized from society, tracking down others who have distubed the peace. They use special weapons that others can't use and look for criminals doing surprisingly similar crimes. The morality of the whole system that they base their world on is constantly called into question. There are many more themes and ideas in common (I even think some of the same voice actors were used), but it is definitely safe to say that if you liked one you will absolutely like the other.
I don't understand why this recommendation isn't the top pairing for both series. Saying WHR and Psycho-Pass are similar is the understatement of the decade. Organization trying to track down criminals (regular vs witches)? Check. Criminals tasked with helping the police to take down their own kind, with suspicion on both sides about motives? Check. Doubt about certain aspects of the system and horrible stuff thought to go on behind the scenes? Check. These are both gritty titles that question how far the law should reach to keep society in check, and the morality that goes along with it. Both are gorgeous in their own way, albeit Psycho-Pass is definitely the more levelled-up, modern version of the two in all levels (animation, violence level, audio, etc). I don't see how it's possible that you'd dislike one if you liked the other.
Take Witch Hunter Robin, swap out the magic for Sci-Fi and you have Psycho-Pass. They are both stories of fantastic systems for controlling criminals that seem wonderful on paper, but may be a little shadier than everyone knows. Toss in criminals being used like police dogs to hunt other criminals and you pretty much have similar shows. Both definitely worth watching.
In the present, murders are solved not by investigations, but by memories. Using the removed brain of a victim, the members of Forensic Investigation Office Section Nine examine the person's last thoughts to determine a suspect and motive in the case. Many oppose the violation of their loved ones' private and personal memories; but what they don't understand is that behind the scenes, even the investigators themselves are often conflicted with their deeds. Aoki Ikko is one such man who struggles to overcome his own mental doubts about his profession, while trying his best to take down those responsible for the crimes.
Both shows are set in a "dark and gritty" futuristic world that focuses on a special group of people solving crimes in their own unique ways. Great characters, interesting enough crimes, these 2 shows will keep you coming back for more if you are into these kind of sci-fi thrillers so check them out.
Both of these anime use seemingly futistic technology that can seem to crack into the brain to solve cases. HIMITSU actually using people's brains and PSYCHO-PASS that uses brain scanning technology to make a profile of the person. Also, both anime are about criminal process and the characters of each anime seem to become obssesed with solving that one hard to solve case.
2008's Himitsu flew under the radar even at the time, which is a shame in this humble fan's opinion. While Psycho-Pass and Himitsu don't share an identical plot, they both are gritty tales about futuristic technology that's used to solve - or in Psycho-Pass's case, to pre-emptively stop - crimes. Each has characters that become obsessive about the task, and struggle with their own feelings about how they're solving these crimes. While Himitsu isn't set in a futuristic dystopia, they have a similar enough story and feel to appeal to fans of either.
In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".
Both series involve very resilient female characters who live in a dystopic future. Each main character, in her own way, undertakes a journey of discovery which is highly personal, but also takes a long, hard look at the methods of control which govern her society.
As far as Cyberpunk and Futuristic themes go, these are great choices. Though Ergo Proxy became an instant classic, Psycho Pass is a great follow up. What else do you need? Action, suspense, and great fast paced artistry.
Both Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass have strong female leads, strong stories focus around a futuristic world where perhaps technology has gone to far and sets of diverse and interesting characters.
A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?
Both of these animes are dark stories about vigilantes chasing down other vigilantes with layered characters progressing through complex dilemmas and development, as well as adopting two-episode arcs for storytelling up until the final clash. Fans of thrillers and action with grim overtones should check these out.
Both Darker Than Black and Psycho-Pass take place in societies where information is a tightly controlled commodity. The male protagonists in both have conflicting emotions about the current state of society and their places in it.
These 2 are very similar in terms of protagonists as well as having a Dystopian setting. Both are quite dark and lovely in their own ways.
Sion is intelligent, highly educated and lives a privileged life within the walls of No. 6, one of six city-states that was built after the world was destroyed from war. But Sion's comfortable existence changes forever when he meets Nezumi, an escaped convict, on the eve of his twelfth birthday. Due to his assistance in keeping Nezumi safe, Sion loses his rights and is forced to live in the lower town, where he becomes a normal citizen. Four years later, Sion finds himself back in Nezumi's company and in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy that leaves a trail of bodies in its wake. What is really going on in No. 6?
Both series are about seemingly perfect societies, however the true nature of the societies is shown throughout the shows and neither are as perfect as they claim to be. Also, both have a character that has not seen the problems of the societies until they meet another character(s) who have.
Both shows involve a system set in place to monitor citezins in the future. This system watched each person almost constantly and is supposedly making the world a better and more peaceful place. The main character in both shows finds out that isn't quite true and what they were told about their society all their lives is wrong. Both shows involve groups that wish to make the system obsolete and get revenge for what the system did to them as well.
both are about worlds based on lies, and someone has to set the world back on its rightful path.