Fall Anime Season 2012 Preview: PSYCHO-PASS (サイコパス)

Psycho-Pass PosterPSYCHO-PASS is one of the anime that caught the eye of every fan of futuristic and action anime. It is an urban representation of the future with a lot of psychological analysis through new technology and with a new view on the law system. Should we let people die by the hand of the person with the gun? This question is no longer valid with Psycho-Pass for the gun has a mind of its own and wouldn’t let innocent people (or smarter than its program) be killed without a reason.
The show is starting on October 11, 2012 (Japan – 12th in other countries). Will you watch it?

The story of PSYCHO-PASS hasn’t been announced in detail and this might just be for the better of us – the viewers.
The script written by Fate/Zero’s Gen Urbuchi tells us a story of a very different world than our. Yes, there are the laws, the ministries and the politics, but everything is much different. A normal policeman is no more as normal as in our days. We have special ministry forces that use the Dominator gun in order to measure a criminal or supposed criminal’s being. As a whole, the Dominator gives a grade using the “Spycho-pass” standard to do it.

Is the criminal really, psychologically guilty? Yes. Then the enforcement officer has the full right to shoot and engage in a fight in order to either eliminate or restrain the culprit. If the suppose culprit is rendered stable and not responsible by the Dominator, the trigger is blocked and the officer cannot engage in further attacks.
The two main characters are Shinya Kogami and Akane Tsunemori.

psycho-pass characters(left to right)

Shinya is an enforcement officer who belongs to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Department. He is trained to investigate everything in detail to the limits of even his own body and powers. He is well-respected by his colleagues.

Akane is a surveillance officer n the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Department. She is pushy and soft on the outside, but cunning on the inside.

Ginoza-san is a senior member of the surveillance division in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Department. He has a personal wish to expel from society every person with a high criminal coefficient by the Psycho-pass standard.

Shusei Kagari is the joker in the team. He likes to make fun of the newbies in the team, but is a good worker and teammate when it comes to work.

Yayoi is another member of the squad. She is a calm and introverted person who hardly shows any emotions. Even the hardest and most crude incidents can’t bring her down and for this is a real reassurance for the people around her.

Miss Shion Karanomori is a member of the Research and Data Analysis team at the Department. She is a talkative lady with a great body and is never against being complimented or stopped for a chat.

Masaoka-san is one of the veterans in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation Department and is a reliable and shogo makishima psycho-passresponsible man. He is famous for his hardworking attitude and honesty.

Shogo Makishima (right) is what we would call the man behind the scenes. He is thought to be responsible for almost every incident that happens in the world of Psycho-pass but nothing can be proven. He seems to have some sort of a clash with Shinya decided by Fate.

Original Character Designer: Akira Amano (Reborn! manga)
Animation Production: Production I.G
Opening Theme: Ling Tosite Sigure
Original Story/Scripts: Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero)
Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani (Blood+)
Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro (Space Travelers, live-action Antique Bakery)

Tomokazu Seki (Fairy Tail’s Hapy, Initial D’s Keisuke Takahashi) as Shinya Kogami
Kana Hanazawa (To LOVE-Ru’s Mikan Yuuki, Zetman’s Konoha Amagi) as Akane Tsunemori
Kenji Nojima (Blood-C’s Fumito Nanahara, High School DxD’s Yuuto Kiba) as Nobuchika Ginoza
Kinryuu Arimoto (One Piece’s Whitebeard, Bleach’s Ginrei Kuchiki) as Tomomi Masaoka
Akira Ishida (Berserk series’ Judeau, Gintama’s Kotaro Katura) as Shuusei Kagari
Shizuka Itou (Beelzebub’s Hildegard, D.Gray-man’s Lenalee) as Yayoi Kunizuka
Miyuki Sawashiro (Durarara!!’s Celty Sturluson, Fairy Tail’s Virgo) as Shion Karanomori
Takahiro Sakurai (AnoHana’s Atsumu Matsuyuki, Berserk Movie’s Griffith) as Shougo Makishima

One more character is expected judging by the official site. There are also other worlds to be explored in the anime, but they have also not been shown to the fans yet.
The term Psycho-Pass actually comes from the medical condition Psychopathy and the people classified as Psychopaths. Here are some other facts released by the production team:
“Psycho-pass” is given to those whose state of mind and tendencies to crime is measured at a high value.
The crime factor is the percentage of turning evil/criminal. This is one of the key features in the Psycho-pass standard. Those with a high crime factor are excluded from society.

psycho-pass dominator

Dominator is the gun used in extreme cases and when the emergency level is too high. It is in possession of special members of the Ministry of Welfare Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Investigation Department. It measures the psychological understanding and the level of knowledge of the murder by the perp.
The Enforcement officers are an elite team of protectors that has the right to use the Dominator. They have low crime coefficient and strong will. They are calm and do not judge hastily, moreover, a higher level of intelligence is needed to enter the team.

Official PSYCHO-PASS Website
Images: ©サイコパス製作委員会

9 thoughts on “Fall Anime Season 2012 Preview: PSYCHO-PASS (サイコパス)

    1. It does have a certain “D. Gray-man” vibe to it, yes! A great organisation of special people with a certain gift to use a power, fighting a crazy evil… :) Great.

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