Psycho-Pass is a Japanese cyberpunk anime series produced by Production I.G studio, co-directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro and Naoyoshi Shiotani, and written by Gen Urobuchi. The story is set in a totalitarian dystopian future, where the sanity of every citizen of Japanese society is quantified using ubiquitous computer devices to spot would-be criminals. The story revolves around Shinya Kōgami and Akane Tsunemori along with the other members of Division 1 of the Public Security Bureau (PSB). In this article, we are going to bring you a list of the 15 best anime series you need to watch if you loved Psycho-Pass.
1. serial experiments lain
Release: July 6, 1998 – September 28, 1998
Number of Episodes: 13
After the suicide of the young Chisa Yomoda, some girls receive e-mails from the girl. The suspicion is that this is a bad joke, but one of them, Lain Iwakura is particularly intrigued. After asking her father for a new NAVI (Navigator, the evolution of the PC), she starts surfing the Wired (a computer network similar to the Internet) in search of answers.
From here on, a series of inexplicable events disrupt her life. She learns that another Lain, quite similar to her physically but temperamentally opposite, has made her the appearance of her both in the Wired and in the real world and that the Knights (knights – a group of hackers) are particularly interested in her.
Indeed, it seems that Lain has always had a counterpart in the network, born with the network itself. In the search for the truth, Lain discovers that she has no past, that her parents are nothing but actors and that her real self is the virtual one.
Through the Psyche chip, Lain comes into contact with the creator of the Wired structure, who after having downloaded her conscience in the computer network has proclaimed himself God; driven by her requests, she Lain begins to make real reality and Wired collide and merge, connecting all human beings on planet earth without the aid of peripherals through the Wired Protocol 7, which exploits the Schumann resonance.
But during the process she realizes, thanks to her only human friend Arisu, that reality and the Wired must remain separate if she doesn’t want to cause just more pain. She then makes the decision to reset the system by restoring the world to the state prior to Chisa’s death and erasing herself from the memory of human beings to completely eradicate the anomaly.
2. Cowboy Bebop
Original Run: April 3, 1998 – June 26, 1998
Number of Episodes: 26
In the year 2071, the crew of the spaceship Bebop travels the solar system in search of bounties. In the slang of the time, these bounty hunters were called “cowboys”. Most episodes revolve around a bounty; however, the focus of the story is on each character’s past and more general ancient events, which connect as the series progresses.
The first story is that of Spike Spiegel, a former member of a criminal organization, the Red Dragons, who is haunted by a love triangle he experienced with his former teammate in the Red Dragons, Vicious, and a mysterious woman named Julia.
3. Ghost in the Shell
Original Run: November 18, 1995 – present
Number of Episodes: Numerous series and movies
Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic, cyberpunk-style manga set around the 2030s. The main character is a female cyborg1, Major Motoko Kusanagi. Kusanagi is part of an elite anti-criminal police section, Section 9.
The main storyline of the manga, as well as the film adapted from the manga, chronicles the hunt for a cybercriminal known as the “Puppet Master”. This cybercriminal takes control of a human’s “ghost” through the Global Digital Network, the evolution of the Internet in this universe.
As the investigation progresses, Section 9 ends up discovering that the criminal is not a physical person, but an intangible artificial intelligence, having acquired consciousness for the first time in the world.
4. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Original Run: October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996
Number of Episodes: 26
In 2000, a gigantic explosion occurred in Antarctica. This cataclysm, officially caused by the fall of an asteroid, causes the waters to rise several tens of meters and devastates a large part of the planet, causing the death of two billion people as well as a new world war.
Fifteen years later, mankind has overcome this dramatic event referred to as the “Second Impact” but mysterious giant creatures, the Angels, appear and attempt to destroy Tokyo-3, the new capital-fortress of Japan.
To combat them, the secret organization NERV has developed the “Evangelion” (or “EVA”), humanoid giants of mechanical appearance. Shinji Ikari, a 14-year-old boy, goes to Tokyo-3 at the invitation of his father, director of NERV, whom he has not seen for ten years. Little did he know that he was called to pilot an EVA and take part in the fight against the “Third Angel”.
5. From the New World
Original Run: October 3, 2012 – March 27, 2013
Number of Episodes: 25
Set in a thousand-year-old Japan, Shinsekai yori tells the story of Saki, a girl from the 66th district of Kamisu. In this age, all humans possess powerful telekinesis abilities and idyllically live in agrarian villages. Despite her parents’ fear that she could not awaken the power within her, Saki gains her powers at the age of twelve and joins her friends Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, Shun, and Reiko at the academy to develop her powers. But the kids are unaware that the city council monitors and influences the kids through teaching.
According to some evaluation criteria, some students are removed from society, such as those who cannot master the powers, such as Reiko, or those who violate the rules. The removed students are soon forgotten by all the other children; Saki and her friends have no recollection of Reiko.
Later, during a camp unsupervised by the professors, Saki and her friends come across a False White Nudibook, a legendary creature that turns out to be an ancient device containing a library. The False Nudibianco reveals to the boys the heinous crimes of their ancestors and what lies behind their powers.
6. The Promised Neverland
Original run: January 11, 2019 – March 26, 2021
Number of episodes: 23
Emma, Norman and Ray are three 11-year-old orphans who live in a Victorian country orphanage run by a mother figure, Isabella. Their life flows peacefully, between play, rest and daily aptitude tests, the results of which are used to draw up a ranking of the most intellectually gifted children.
From the orphanage it is impossible to see the outside world as it is surrounded by high walls which are forbidden to approach.
One day Conny, a six-year-old girl, is taken up for adoption by a family and is preparing to leave the facility, forgetting a puppet she was very fond of. Emma and Norman, therefore, decide to bring the soft toy back to their friend before she leaves for good and they head for the only door in the walls.
Once there, the two discover a shocking truth: after seeing Conny’s lifeless body, they discover the existence of monstrous beings (the “demons”) and their business with Isabella, who gives them the children to send to the “rich” to eat them.
7. Ergo Proxy
Original Run: February 25, 2006 – August 12, 2006
Number of Episodes: 23
The story takes place in Romdo, a futuristic city sheltered under a dome, built to protect the community of survivors from a virus raging outside. In this city, humans and robots coexist peacefully.
But a series of murders caused by robots contaminated with the Cogito virus is starting to wreak havoc on the fragile balance that governs society. On top of it all, the government is conducting secret experiments on a mysterious humanoid lifeform dubbed Proxy, which appears to be the key to great power.
The series begins with the leak of a Proxy from the government laboratories triggered by the pulse of the awakening.
8. BLACK LAGOON
Original Run: April 9, 2006 – December 19, 2006
Number of Episodes: 24
Rokuro Okajima, a young Japanese employee of a large company, is tasked with traveling the seas of Southeast Asia to deliver a disc containing secret and vital data on the company for which he works.
Unfortunately, his boat is attacked by a band of freelance pirates wanting to recover his property and he himself will be taken hostage on their boat, the Black Lagoon, an old torpedo boat. Thinking that his company will do everything to help him, he is not overly worried.
What he does not know is that his superiors hired mercenaries to silence him and destroy all evidence of the record’s existence. At the end of this incredible first episode, he decides to give up his life in Japan to join the adventure of these modern-day pirates.
Original Run: April 1, 1998 – September 30, 1998
Number of Episodes: 26
The anime takes place in the distant future where humans have exhausted all of Earth’s natural resources and have been forced to emigrate to a hostile planet scorched by the rays of two suns.
The context of the series: the environment and the way of life of the characters hark back to the time of the conquest of the West. The remains of advanced technology, a vestige of another era, contrast with the way of life of the population. As the new world unfolds, a name associated with the destruction of July, a city of over a million people, makes everyone’s lips and triggers tremble.
It’s from Vash the Stampede. Referred to as the humanoid typhoon because of the extent of the damage caused by each of its passages, no one seems to really know what it is or its purpose.
10. Terror in Resonance
Original Release: July 10, 2014 – September 25, 2014
Number of Episodes: 11
In an alternate world, Tokyo is hit by a terrorist attack that leaves the entire city in shock. The only element of investigation is a video that the culprits posted on the Internet. The terrorists are actually a duo calling themselves “Sphinx”, two teenagers called Nine and Twelve. They have survived an unknown incident, and decide to “wake up the world” with terrorist attacks.
Original Run: April 6, 2011 – September 14, 2011
Episodes: 24 + OVA
The story of Steins; Gate takes place in the otaku district of Akihabara, and centers on a group of friends who inadvertently turned their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. In order to understand this phenomenon they carry out different experiments concerning time travel. They are quickly tracked down by the SERN research center, which carries out its own research on time travel.
Rintaro will therefore use the capacity of the microwave oven and quickly realize that each modification of the past has an irreversible impact on the present, because of the theory of universe lines.
12. Detective Conan
Number of Episodes: 1,037
Original Run: January 8, 1996 – ongoing
Shinichi Kudo is a 17-year-old high school detective frequently associated with the police. During a visit to an amusement park with his childhood friend, Ran Mouri, he discreetly overhears a private conversation between two individuals – Gin and Vodka – belonging to a mysterious criminal organization whose each member is dressed in black.
Spotted then stunned, he is forced to swallow a new poison (APTX 4869) developed by this organization, before being left for dead. This poison, supposed to kill him without leaving a trace, causes him to regress to his former physical appearance as a six-year-old boy due to a rare and unknown side effect. In order to hide his true identity and invest his time in tracking down this organization called the “Organization of Men in Black”, he adopts the pseudonym of Conan Edogawa.
To find clues concerning the Organization, he succeeds, thanks to his friend and neighbor, Professor Agasa, in being placed in the custody of Ran Mouri, of whom he is in love and whose father, Kogoro Mouri, works as a private detective. In the meantime, he attends Teitan Elementary School and forms a small team of apprentice detectives called the “Detective Boys” with three of his classmates: Genta Kojima, Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya and Ayumi Yoshida.
Shinichi, in the guise of Conan, solves Kogoro Mouri’s investigations by putting him to sleep and usurping his voice thanks to the electronic bow tie provided to him by Professor Agasa, one of the only ones to know his true identity. He thus launched the famous legend of “Sleeping Mouri” and contributed to Kogoro’s worldwide fame.
13. Bungō Stray Dogs
Original Run: 7 April 2016 – present
Number of Episodes: 36 + OVA
The story centers around certain individuals with supernatural powers who use them for different purposes like running a business, solving mysteries, and carrying out armed detectives agency missions against the port mafia. It revolves particularly around the members of the “armed detective agency” and their everyday life.
The story revolves around a detective agency, each member of which possesses supernatural powers. This particular characteristic gives them the right to resolve investigations that are too perilous for the police. Nakajima Atsushi, a young orphan on the verge of starvation by a river, accidentally finds himself having to save a man from a suicide attempt. This one is none other than Dazai Osamu, a member of this strange agency.
14. Blade Runner: Black Lotus
Original Run: November 14, 2021 – present
Number of Episodes: 13
Black Lotus takes place in 2032 (13 years after the 1982 film), the day after Black Out, and centers on Ella, a female replicant. The latter wakes up in Los Angeles with no memory and within her possession is an encrypted data device and a tattoo of a blue lotus on her back. She decides to investigate to find her memories and find those responsible for her condition.
In October 2032, a woman named Elle woke up with amnesia in the back of a vehicle. Thanks to a few fragments of memories and an encrypted data device in her possession, she goes in search of her identity.
Having failed to decrypt the device, Doc Badger takes Elle to a trusted friend who might be able to. The latter, named Joseph reluctantly accepts. Watching television, the young woman recognizes Senator Bannister who happens to be in her memories and goes in search of him.
Original Run: April 7, 2004 – September 28, 2005
Number of Episodes: 74
The story begins in Germany in 1986, at the Eisler Memorial Hospital in Düsseldorf. Kenzô Tenma, the main character, is a young Japanese neurosurgeon with exceptional skills. He is engaged to Eva Heineman, the daughter of the director of the hospital, and is destined for a brilliant career.
However, one day, he refuses to give priority to his care to the mayor of the city and prefers to operate on a boy injured by a bullet in the head, who arrived at the hospital before the mayor. The boy’s twin sister, very shocked, is also hospitalized; their adoptive parents have just been brutally murdered in their home.
The boy gets out of it, but the mayor, entrusted to another surgeon, dies. Dr. Tenma is then demoted by the director of the hospital, and his fiancée leaves him. Shortly after, the boy and his sister disappear, following the mysterious murders of three senior officials of the establishment, including the director. Nine years later, Tenma discovers the perpetrator of the murders: Johann, this 10-year-old boy he had saved seems to have become a monster spreading terror around him.