The Panoptic Sibyl System and the Dystopia in Gen Urobuchi’s Psycho Pass

Chitra Santy, Liliek Soelistyo

Abstract


This study aims to prove that Sibyl System is the Panopticon and to analyze the causes of dystopia in Gen Urobuchi’s Psycho Pass. In Psycho Pass, Sibyl System is the governing system which possesses a resemblance to the Panopticon. It implies that Sibyl System may actually be a Panopticon; thus, we want to prove this using the theory of the Panopticon by Michel Foucault. Moreover, Sibyl System shows signs of being the cause of the dystopian society in Psycho Pass even though it was designed to create utopia. To find out more about this, we analyze each characteristic of the dystopian society and trace their causes to Sibyl System’s aspects. Through the analysis, by comparing Sibyl System’s aspects to six of the Panopticon’s aspects, it is found that Sibyl System is indeed a Panopticon, and these panoptic aspects with its loopholes are the causes of the dystopian society. In conclusion, a Panopticon such as Sibyl System, though designed with noble intentions, can have flaws that prove fatal in changing the society into a dystopian one

Keywords


Panopticon, dystopia, Sibyl System

Full Text:

PDF

References


Adams, J. J. (2011, April 11). Dystopian Fiction: An Introduction. Retrieved from http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/04/dystopian-fiction-an-introduction

Chung, T. (n.d.). Dystopian Literature Primer. Retrieved from http://facweb.northseattle.edu/jclapp/Children%27s%20Literature/Discussion%20Questions/Dystopias%20Characteristics.htm

News. (n.d.) Puella Magi Wiki. n.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2013. Retrieved from https://wiki.puella-magi.net/News

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2012, October 19). Those capable [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2012, November 2). Nobody knows your mask [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2012, November 16). Return of the lunatic prince [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2012, November 23). Symbolism of bletilla striata [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2012, December 21). The saint’s supper [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2013, January 25). Sweet poison [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2013, February 1). The town where sulfur falls [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2013, February 15). Iron heart [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Urobuchi, G. (Writer), & Shiotani, N. (Director). (2013, March 8). Where justice is found [Television series episode]. In J. Wada, K. Tobori & W. Okamura (Producers), Psycho Pass. Tokyo: Fuji TV.

Wallenfeldt, J. (2009). Anime. In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/714626/anime

Wells, R. (2011, May 25). Dystopia Blog Series, Day 3: Elements of Dystopia. Retrieved from http://www.robisonwells.com/2011/05/dystopia-blog-series-day-3-elements-of-dystopia/

Witalec, J. (Ed.). (2003, November 11). Dystopias in Contemporary Literature. Contemporary Literary Criticism. Retrieved from http://www.enotes.com/topics/dystopias-contemporary-literature/critical-essays#critical-essays-dystopias-contemporary-literature-introduction




DOI: https://doi.org/10.9744/katakita.2.1.%25p

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Supported by

 

Indexed by



Statistic Installed since 17 December 2018
View My Stats