Psycho-Pass catalysts the hype for its debut with a cute illustration of the series’ heroine in her oft-seen indifference – yet while one wants to say she manages to make apathy adorable, there’s more to it than that.
A bit confounding, one can notice that this enhancing bishoujo appears to have an escaping essence of sadness – one detail doing well to get this emotion across is the palm rest of the head. Of course, such a gesture does not automatically mean one is feeling forlorn – yet combining that facet with the heavy stream of shadow around the head, almost covering half of her visage, then it definitely holds a potent effect.
Another relevant factor, her mouth shows a frown – which also obviously contributes to the aura of depression.
There happens to also be a third significant feature – and this is certainly the most powerful and compelling of them all. Aimed away, the eyes don’t merely tell a tale upon those who gaze at this lovely girl – yet they also lure through their angling whilst simultaneously showing us a sort of truth. First of all, her eyes would not be affixed that direction had she not placed her attention on something – whatever it is, that is likely the source of her dissatisfaction.
Secondly, if her eyes were placed towards us, it wouldn’t be a scene nearly as appealing as it would then almost appear as if it were us who caused her to become upset – in which case, one will only find pleasure in the image if equipped with strange fetishes. There’s an overall charm and mystique to her appearance – and with her sight cast away, it leaves one with a longing to know just what it is which makes this bishoujo so melancholic.
Now the wonderful aspect is that the fact of this matter may not be an unsolvable mystery – Psycho-Pass premieres in several days’ time after all, and if an excellent series, it’ll go in-depth in developing this attractive character.