Psycho-Pass is an anime series that has been produced by Production I.G. the series has been written by Gen Urobuchi and has two co-directors, Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro. The character designs have been made by Akira Amano with the music given by Yugo Kanno. The first season of the anime was aired on the Noitamina programming block of Fuji TV from October 2012 and March 2013. The second season started airing in October 2014. In North America, the series has been licensed by Funimation. An animated movie of the anime was also released in 2015 January. The third season’s release was announced in March 2018, along with a film trilogy premiering in 2019. A manga adaption of the series has also been published in the Jump Square magazine.
Psycho-Pass anime premiered in the year 2012 and ran for 22 episodes. Among the 22 episodes, 11-episodes of Psycho-Pass 2 television anime series then premiered in October 2014, and the Psycho-Pass movie released in Japan in the year January 2015. Funimation released all the three anime on home video also. The franchise has enthused several manga adaptations and spin-off manga, as well as the Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness game.
A sequel show, Psycho-Pass 2 was aired in Fall 2014. Naoyoshi Shiotani and Kiyotaka Suzuki (Infini-T Force) directed the series at Tatsunoko Production, in Collab with Kyoji Asano returning to provide character designs. Tow Ubukata (Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Le Chevalier D’Eon) took over for Gen Urobuchi on sequence composition. The series has gained massive support from the audience, so let’s hope season 3 premieres soon.
Psycho Pass Plot:
Shinya Kogami is an enforcer under Akane Tsunemori during her first mission. Akane is the new police inspector in the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Divisions’ unit one. Akane had first shot Kogami under her watch during her first mission when she had judged him as a threat, but after learning the truth, became increasingly ashamed and embarrassed. Shinya is also accompanied by Nobuchika Ginoza, who is a veteran Inspector. Known for his strictness, he looks down on the enforcers. Her other accompanists include Tomomi Masaoka, Shusei Kagari, and Yayoi Kunizuka. The first season captures the group uncovering the works of Shogo Makishima who is known to be a prolific criminal mastermind. The problem is that Makishima is a Criminally Asymptomatic, i.e. he has been persistently assessed for having a low crime coefficient by the Sybil System which works in protecting him from Dominator shots.
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In the second season, Akane becomes the leader of Unit one. Mika Shimotsuki, a rookie inspector, who has been demoted to an enforcer, joins their team. Two new enforcers named Sakuya Togane and Sho Hinakawa also join the team. The team now faces a new threat from Kirito Kamui, a skilled criminal who attempts to bring down the Society established by Sybil System by exploiting its flaws and searching for loopholes instead of just wreaking havoc. With his ability to keep his and his colleague’s crime coefficient low, many don’t even believe he exists, increasing the challenges faced by the team.
Psycho Pass Characters:
Akane Tsunemori: The protagonist of the story, is a twenty-year-old, who has been newly assigned as the inspector in unit one of the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division. She passes her exams, getting the highest score in employment for the private and corporate sectors. Her main motive to join the police is to prove herself and do something no one else can as she is the only one with the highest scores in the police department.
Shinya Kogami: The 28-year old enforcer, he was formerly an inspector, but got demoted due to his abnormal increase in crime coefficient due to being involved in the specimen case. Instead of seeking therapy like he was supposed to, he got so involved in the case, that the Sybil System had to demote him to an enforcer.
Psycho Pass Season 3 Release Date:
The production for the third season of the show was announced in March 2018. Fans have been widely anticipating the continuation, as the show has won hearts all over Japan, with a large number of overseas fans as well. The release, has, however, been pushed back due to the premiere of the anime film that is to be released in the coming year. The third season though is confirmed to be aired soon.
There are three Psycho Pass SS movies that are to focus on different characters. Fuji TV made it known during the “Plus Ultra Fuji TV Anime Lineup Presentation in the year 2018” live stream that the new three-part anime film venture in the Psycho-Pass franchise will be showcased from January 2019. The overall project is given a title Psycho-Pass SS or Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System.
The first film, “Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu” (Crime and Punishment), will only emphasis on Nobuchika Ginoza and Mika Shimotsuki. The second film, “Case.2 First Guardian,” which will mainly focus on Tomomi Masaoka and Teppei Sugo. The third film, “Case.3 Onshuu no Kanata ni” (On the Other Side of Love and Hate), features a pictorial stage with Shinya Kōgami.
In The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the returning staff and cast members for Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu (Crime and Punishment) and Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.2 First Guardian, the primary two anime films in the three-film Psycho-Pass SS or Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System project were revealed.
Naoyoshi Shiotani returns as director after a while time since the Psycho-Pass television anime seasons, and it is also listed on the official website along with the plot’s concept. Psycho-Pass Asylum and Psycho-Pass Genesis spinoff novel writer Ryō Yoshigami wrote the screenplay for “Case.1,” while Makoto Fukami returns from the first Psycho-Pass season and movie for the screenplay for “Case.2” (the official website also listed him and thereby, confirmed him for the screenplay for “Case.3”).
Furthermore, Naoyuki Onda, Kyoji Asano, and Yasuhiro Aoki return from earlier entries in the franchise as character designers, along with Hisashi Abe (Chobits, Berserk). Production I.G is responsible for animating the films, and TOHO is the provider. Ayane Sakura, Kenji Nojima, Hiroki Touchi, Kinryuu Arimoto, and Tomokazu Seki return as their characters Mika Shimotsuki, Nobuchika Ginoza, Teppei Sugo, Tomomi Masaoka, and Shinya Kogami, respectively.
Both films were broadcast as part of the film festival, which was held from October 25 through November 3, 2018. The films are to be set air dates for a wider release in Japan starting from January 2019. We will update this section as soon as we know more. Watch out for an air date for the films to be dropped soon. Stay tuned until then!
Psycho Pass English Dubbed:
The anime series received a lot of love from fans over the world. For those who do not live in Japan, the production introduced the English Dubbed episodes that were aired on the same day as the originals. They were appreciated unlike many other English dubbed versions of anime, much to the pleasure of its makers and the voice artists. You can watch the English dubbed episodes on Funimation, and Crunchyroll.
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