2017 has been an eventful year for me in the world of anime. I don’t think I’m even scratching the surface with the shows I’ve listed here, compared to everything I’ve watched this year (even excluding the ones from 2017). But these are the ones that made the biggest impression on me.
What is the distinction supposed to be between these last two exactly? I mean what’s the difference between my highest rated anime and my favourite anime? Would it not make sense for those to be the same? I find this objectionable for being so loose and undefined, but I’ll play along and just pretend that this is one I have less a personal connection to and more just think of really highly.
This challenge is getting harder. Picking a favourite character doesn’t get easier when you split my options by two. Though it does allow me the opportunity to list more, it’s not much easier narrowing down my choices, since there’s so many characters I love or think are interesting, but just don’t occur to me when prompted. If I spent more time thinking about them, I’m sure some could wind up becoming a favourite of mine, but given the time constraint I’m placing on myself to write these I don’t have that luxury at the moment.
I’m not really here to discuss what makes a great anime villain or antagonist. I don’t believe there’s any single answer to that. You can have ones that are just downright evil and despicable with their menace carrying them to the top where they loom over as a powerful and intimidating force not to be reckoned with. And you can also have ones who act great as foils or opposites to the hero or protagonist, and are endearing for their charisma and complexity. The important thing in every case is that they’re believable to the viewer. I can buy into these characters because they’re interesting or sympathetic or just too entertaining to question otherwise.
This might be the hardest one yet. I find it difficult to think back on single episodes of shows I’ve watched and have a particular kind of favouritism toward them over the rest, because I simply haven’t reflected on them enough to confidently explore any. It’s especially hard to choose a favourite episode from the series I consider having consistently great episode after great episode. It’s not something that’s ever occurred to me to think on and figure out until recently.
Psycho-Pass as a whole interests on a conceptual level. But there’s one aspect in particular I’d like to draw special attention to, and that is the weapon used by the Inspectors and Enforcers in the series, the Dominator.