The screening date for the latest installment of the series, “PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR” is decided to be on Mar. 27. Together with that, the key visual featuring Shindo Arata and Kei Mikhail Ignatov was revealed, foretelling an upcoming new battle..
“PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR” takes place in a near-future society where human's psychological state are digitalized and being governed. It is the latest installment for the original science fiction animation “PSYCHO-PASS” and it depicts how the police question about justice.
In the society that is governed by the Sibyl system, inspector Shindo Arata and Kei Mikhail Ignatov, who are leading Division 1 of the Criminal Investigation Department in solving crimes, found themselves straying from their original path after wondering about the truth and justice during their investigation.
Azusawa Kouichi, who is behind those crimes, had finally set his target on the Criminal Investigation Department and attacked the Public Enforcer Building. The Division 1 of the Criminal Investigation Department is in a situation that they had never encounter before. While questioning their own justice, how will Arata and Kei face this last case?
The “advanced ticket with bonus (movie ticket)” is decided to be on sale at selected theaters from Feb. 21. The bonus will be an original clear case with an illustration of Arata and Kei.
“PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR” will be screened for two weeks starting from Mar. 27. Moreover, it was announced that Amazon Prime Video will have an exclusive screening in Japan and Oversea.
A pop-up store for "PSYCHO-PASS 3" is now open at "Ami Ami Akihabara Radio Kaikan Store" between Jan. 24 and Feb. 9. At the event, not only special goods will be sold, but also cut scenes panel will be displayed.
At "PSYCHO-PASS 3 Pop-Up Store", the products include tin badge, key chain, tote bag, smartphone case, and other lineup of items that will be sold for a limited time only. Additionally, an exclusive novelty goods chosen by a lottery will be given for each 1,000 JPY (tax included) purchase.
Inside the store, there are cut scenes panels from the anime, and life-sized panel of the characters will be on displayed. The fans of the anime should check these out for sure.
"PSYCHO-PASS 3 Pop-Up Store" will be held at Ami Ami Akihabara Radio Kaikan Store from Jan. 24, 2020 to Feb. 9, 2020.
(C)PSYCHO-PASS Production Committee
In advance of the broadcast of the eighth and final episode of the TV anime "Psyco-Pass 3", a special illustration by character designer Amano Akira has been revealed. The illustration features Shindou Arata and Kei Michael Ignatov looking straight ahead along with Azusawa Koichi.
"Psyco-Pass" began in 2012 as an original TV animation series followed with its second season in 2014 and the movie in 2015. In 2019, "Psyco-Pass: Sinners of the System" trilogy debuted in theaters. The latest installment, "Psyco-Pass 3" is the story of two rookie inspectors, Shindou Arata and Kei Michael Ignatov, developing a new age of the "Psyco-Pass" series.
The eighth episode of TV anime "Psyco-Pass 3" will be broadcast in "Noitamina", Fuji TV on Dec. 12, 2019.
(C)Psyco-Pass Production Committee
On May 10, 2021, it has been announced that "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days", which was scheduled to be released on May 28, will be postponed 'in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic'.
The postponement of "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days" was jointly announced by the production committee and Toho Co., Ltd.
Along with the announcement, 'We have decided to postpone the release of "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days" that was scheduled to be released on Friday, May 28, 2021, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.', they expressed their apologies, 'We deeply apologize to those who looked forward to the release.'
The new release date will be announced on Toho Official Website upon as soon as it is decided.
（C）2021 "A Crocodile Who Lived For 100 Days" Production Committee
The 3rd "My Hero Academia" movie, "My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission" will be released on August 6.
The designs of the movie-exclusive original costume, "Stealth Suits", drafted by author Horikoshi Kouhei have been revealed.
The "Stealth Suits" are the suits that Deku, Bakugou, and Todoroki wear in the movie. These "Stealth Suits" have a completely different design from their regular costumes, which emphasizes their theme color. They have a black base color with a simple and sharp design, letting the three of them blend into the darkness for the global mission.
Though having a cool impression, they also keep the characteristics of their regular costumes. A truly unique design by the author Horikoshi.
Deku, Bakugou, and Todoroki were wearing the "Stealth Suits" in the new visual and the teaser, which were released the other day. And the fans were excited about them saying, "The new costumes are awesome!" and "They're so cool!"
Deku, Bakugou, and Todoroki go on an impossibly difficult mission in original costumes designed by the author Horikoshi himself. What will be their fate? Don't miss out on Deku, Bakugou, and Todoroki's dynamic actions in the movie-exclusive "Stealth Suits"!
The global-scale and super exciting 3rd "My Hero Academia" movie, "My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission" will be in nationwide Toho theaters from August 6.
(C) 2021 "My Hero Academia The Movie" Production Committee (C) Horikoshi Kouhei / Shueisha
The latest film from the 'Dragon Ball Super' series has been announced to be released in 2022. The author Akira Toriyama will be in charge of making the plot and script and designing characters. According to Toriyama, it is "a sequel film to 'Broly'" that has "novel visuals", and "an unexpected character plays an active role".
'Dragon Ball' had been serialized on 'Weekly Shonen Jump' for 10 years and 6 months. It is a legendary manga that has published 260 million copies around the world.
Even after finishing the serialization, the Dragon Ball series still creates TV anime shows, films, and games. The latest TV anime series 'Dragon Ball Super' produced by the author Akira Toriyama started in 2015, and 'Dragon Ball Super Broly' in 2018, the 20th film of the Dragon Ball series and also the 1st film from the 'Super' series, made over 13.5 billion JPY around the world.
The planning of this latest film began before the release of 'Dragon Ball Super Broly'. It is a film Toriyama put so much effort into that Toriyama himself made the plot, designed characters, and the lines, sticking to the details.
With the announcement of the latest film, Toriyama gave exciting comments such as "this movie is a sequel to 'Broly'", "an unexpected character will play an active role", and "the visuals are novel".
'Dragon Ball Super the Movie' (tentative) is planned to be released in 2022.
（C）Bird Studio/Shueisha（C）'2022 Dragon Ball Super' Production Committee
The production of the 4th season of the TV series of the anime "Overlord" has been decided. At the same time, the production of a completely new movie version was also announced, with comments from the original author, Maruyama Kugane, the character designer, so-bin, the director, Ito Naoyuki, and the series composer, Sugahara Yukie.
“Overlord" is a dark fantasy based on a light novel by Maruyama Kugane published by KADOKAWA. The story is about the main character, who is transferred to another world reminiscent of a virtual reality online game he used to play, and becomes Ainz, the strongest wizard in the form of a skeleton, and takes control of the world as the ruler of death.
The 1st season of the TV series was broadcasted in July 2015, the 2nd in January 2018, and the 3rd in July 2018.
The 4th season of the TV series, which has been decided to be produced, will be aired under the title "Overlord IV". The details such as the broadcast timing will be announced later. In addition, it has been revealed that the "Holy Kingdom Arc" will be depicted in a completely new movie version. Further information on this will be announced later.
In the comments we received, the original author, Maruyama Kugane, said, "Don't tell me how many episodes and to what extent, but frankly, I can hear the footsteps coming closer and closer behind me. It's ...... bad. I'd be happy if everyone could ignore the pressure the author feels and just enjoy the story!” We look forward to hearing more about the 4th season of the TV series and the completely new movie version.
“Original Story” by Maruyama Kugane
Finally, the information has been released, and Overlord will be animated again!
This will be the 4th season.
I'm not sure how many episodes I'm going to get, but I can honestly say I can hear it chasing me from behind. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a great idea to have a good time. It's really bad .......
“Character Design” by so-bin
My favorite volume, Volume 10, is finally being made into a movie.
I'd like to experience the excitement of reading the manuscript with a weird expression on my face.
I'm looking forward to it!
“Director” Ito Naoyuki
Finally, the 4th season of the anime and a new movie have been decided.
What will Ainz, who founded the Magic Kingdom, aim for next?
And what fate awaits the people who are at their mercy?
We are working diligently to create a visualization that will satisfy both fans of the original story and those who have been following the anime. Please look forward to it.
“Series Composition” Sugahara Yukie
What is happiness?
Even if you think you are unhappy, unlucky, or that this place is hell, from the perspective of those around you, it may be heaven. The opposite is also true.
--That's what I'd like to talk about this time.
Thanks to all of you, the 4th season of the anime "Overlord" and the movie have been realized. I'm happy to be a part of it! I'll do my best!
(C) Maruyama Kugane, KADOKAWA / Overlord 4 Production Committee
New products of the apparel brand "Noitamina Apparel", from Fuji TV's late-night anime slot "Noitamina", including "'PYSCHO-PASS' Wristwatches" have been announced.
As a celebration for the 10th anniversary of the brand, the online shop got a renewal, and visuals that exceed the common sense of anime goods, have been revealed.
"Noitamina Apparel" is an apparel brand that started together with the broadcast of the TV anime "Guilty Crown" in 2011.
Regarding the TV anime "PSYCHO-PASS" that was broadcasted in 2013, various products that are not limited to anime-related goods, including the "characters’ perfume voting project" where fans will vote for the fragrances of the character's perfume to be created, were conducted.
A total of 5 new products were announced along with the 10th anniversary of "Noitamina Apparel".
For the "'PYSCHO-PASS' Wristwatches", it comes in "Public Safety Bureau's Model" with the color of the raid jacket that only Inspector can wear as the base's color and the silver carving of the public safety's mark, and "Ministry of Foreign Affairs Operations’ Model" with shining black as the base's color and the carving of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Operations Department "SAD's mark that gives off a luxurious aura.
Other products from "PSYCHO-PASS" series are the "Bottled Aroma Gel Candle" (7 types) inspired by Shindo Arata, Kei Mikhail Ignatov, Hinakawa Sho, Kogami Shinya, Ginoza Nobuchika, Makishima Shingo, and Tsunemori Akane, and the "Graphic Art Canvas" featuring the illustration of Kogami Shinya, Makishima Shingo, and Ginoza Nobuchika.
Do also check out "Big Silhouette Hoodies" with the cute Noitamina official characters, Mina & Noitan, which is illustrated by Umino Chika, known for "Honey & Clover" and "Eden of the East".
The price for the latest product of "Noitamina Apparel" are as follows:
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Wristwatch Public Safety Bureau's Model (First Press Limited Specification): 32,780 JPY (tax included)
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Wristwatch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Model (First Press Limited Specification): 36,080 JPY
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Bottled Aroma Gel Candle (7 types): 4,950 JPY (tax included) each
"PSYCHO-PASS 3" Graphic Art Canvas (3 types with 2 sizes): 4,840 JPY (tax included) each for small and 13,200 JPY (tax included) each for big
"'Mina & Noitan' Big Silhouette Hoodies": 6,380 JPY (tax included)
Further details can be found on each product webpage of "Noitamina Apparel" Online Shop.
（C）Psycho Pass Production Committee
As a new project in the "Psycho-Pass" series, 3 movies had been released continuously from Jan. 2019.
The first movie "Case.1 Crime and Punishment", was released on Jan. 25. Then, on Feb. 15 was released "Case.2 First Guardian", and on Mar. 8 the third movie "Case.3 On the Other Side of Love and Hate" was released, and each movie focused on the story of different characters.
"Psycho-Pass" is an SF original anime broadcasted on Fuji TV's "Noitamina" slot, produced by Production I.G, and it involve many famous creators , including Motohiro Katsuyuki, known for "Bayside Shakedown", as main director and Urobuchi Gen, who is known for his dark stories such as "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica", as a scenarist.
The TV anime series started in 2012, and many related works have been released since then, including manga, novels, and games.
In 2015, the completely new work "Psycho-Pass: The Movie" was released and became a big hit.
The long-awaited new trilogy features major characters such as Shimotsuki Mika x Ginoza Nobuchika (Case.1), Sugo Teppei x Masaoka Tomomi (Case.2), and Kogami Shinya (Case.3).
Currently, a preview video with the "keywords" from the three stories is released, and it is an exciting preview that unraveling the missing points of "Pycho-Pass" that has not been revealed so far.
This time, we will reveal more information about Ginoza and Shimotsuki, who are the main characters of "Case.1 Crime and Punishment" that was released on Jan. 25. Those who said, "I watched 'Pycho-Pass', but I forgot the story and characters," or "I didn't see the work in the first place, but I want to see now", please read this article .
■"Pycho-Pass"'s world concept
The story is set in Japan in 2112 AD, which is controlled by the "Sibyl System" that has the function of quantifying people's psychological state.
This qualification is called "Psycho-Pass", and everyone is living using it as an index in order to lead an "ideal life" free from harmful stress.
Among it, "crime coefficient" is a measured value related to crime, and even if a person who has not committed a crime will be judged as a "potential offender" if it exceeds the specified value.
To suppress crimes that happen even in such a surveillance society, inspectors (= enforcers) of the police organization "Public Security Bureau" under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Welfare use a special pistol "dominator" that is organically connected to the Sibyl System and carry out security maintenance activities.
Moreover, even if the Crime Coefficient exceeds the specified value, a potential criminal (= executive officer), who is evaluated as having the ability to understand, predict, and resolve the crime, also joins in as an enforcer.
The first season, broadcast from Oct. 2012 to Mar. 2013, is dedicated to the member of the Public Security Bureau who suffered from Shougo Makishima, a thug but because he has a peculiar constitution called exemption constitution, in which the criminal coefficient corresponding to the criminal trend is not measured by Sibyl, his Crime Coefficient can not be measured.
Tsunemori Akane, a new inspector is struggling with the threat but decided to confront and eventually find a new way that did not require the Sibyl System.
The second season, which had been broadcast from Oct. to Dec. 2014, is set one and a half years after the end of the first season.
Ginoza, who became an executive officer after a series of incidents, and a new member of the Public Security Bureau with a new inspector Shimotsuki will fight against a person named Kasumi Kirito who can lower the crime coefficient by medication and psychological guidance.
Kasumi was a human from a multi-body transplant operation from 184 people who died in a plane crash, and the Sibyl System, which can only measure individual crime coefficients, could not find him.
Like Makishima in the first season, members of the Public Security Bureau will suffer because of the Sibyl System.
"Case 1.Crime and Punishment" will focus on Ginoza, who had helped Akane, the main protagonist in season 1 and 2, and also Shimozuka, who was troubled by Akane. It take place on winter 2117, when a runaway car crash into the Public Security building. The driver of that car is Yasaka Izumi, a counselor at a potential criminal isolation facility (sanctuary) in Aomori.
However, immediately before the interrogation, Yasaka was immediately sent home.
Shimotsuki goes to Aomori with Ginoza to repatriate Yasaka. They found what can be called a "false paradise"...
■Ginoza, who becomes popular by his appearances in the 2nd season, is also a reason for the success of the new work!
Ginoza, who is the main protagonist in "Case.1 Crime and Punishment," is a character that has been appearing in this work since the 1st season. At that time, he wore a suit and had slightly long bangs but a nervous expression and glasses, expressing the so-called "elite inspector" with his body.
However, at the end of the 1st season, when his Crime Coefficient exceeded the specified value, he becomes an executive officer, and his appearance greatly changed! First, he cut his hair, stopped wearing glasses, and even showed off his tank top, which he never showed in the first season.
There is no women who can't resist this drastic gap, "Hiding such a great body under the suit..."
Also, although he was only preaching to Akane, he stopped talking around, and on the contrary, he started talking with the newbie Shimotsuki.
Furthermore, it was even more surprising that in the movie released in 2015, his hair was stretched into a ponytail.
Since in the trailer, he appeared again with a ponytail, to find an answer to your expectations, "How Ginoza will change in new work?", you should check out his development on the cinema's big screen.
It's impossible to talk about Ginoza's past without tears...
Ginoza hates people with a high Crime Coefficient. Because of that and to keep his mental state clean, he believe that he inspectors and enforcers shouldn't interact deeply, so he didn't talk much with Kogami, his former partner and colleague inspector that he knew from high school, and also his father Masaoka as both of them become potential criminals.
After being betrayed and losing everything, he becomes a close person, and the psycho-pass of Ginoza gradually deteriorates after Kogami was not a potential criminal. He also attended counseling.
In addition, while searching for Makishima's whereabouts, he was caught in a trap and suffered from a serious injury, which destroyed his left arm. At that time, Masaoka protected Ginoza but gets fatally injured and eventually dies.
They had a parent-child conversation just before death, and Ginoza regretted that he pushed him away until now.
After that, his Crime Coefficient exceeded the specified value, and he became a potential offender, he chose to live as an executive officer. His left arm was replaced by an artificial limb, and he took off his fake glasses that he wore because he hated his eyes, which resemble him of his father, and his tense posture had become calm.
In the second season, as was said before, Ginoza impressed us with his muscular body. He has done many things since 1st season, such as sending advice to Akane and destroying the drone with his artificial hand.
→ Next page: Cheeky and extra moves... Is Shimotsuki growing in the new work?
■Cheeky and extra moves... Is Shimotsuki growing in the new work?
Shimotsuki, who appeared in the 2nd season, was defined as a proper person by the Sibyl System even though he was a minor, and became an inspector at an unusually young age, at 18. Since he sincerely believes in the Sibyl System and thinks that people with a high Crime Coefficient should be eliminated promptly, he is rebellious toward Akane who in her turn tries to confront it.
As a result, they often act in a way that interferes. Also, although he basically looks down on executive officers and potential criminals as an inspector, he seems to be longing for Kunizuka Yayoi. He also smelled like "Lilly".
Shimotsuki seems to be quite "cheeky" in the anime. Even in the promo video, he confidently said, "This time it's my case," so even in the new work, Shimotsuki's actions along with his personality are likely to interfere the story.
While awaiting Blu-ray and DVD for the latest series "PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR" on Jul. 15, 2020, the interviews will be released 3 consecutive weeks.
Miyano Mamoru, who played Homura Shizuka, talked about his impression of playing a mysterious character and his opinion about the society controlled fully by "the Sibyl System" through the 3rd volume of the official interview.
<Full comments are listed below>
---Please tell us your impression about playing the character from the 3rd season "PSYCHO-PASS 3" (rephrased as "PP3") to "PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR" (rephrased as "PP3FI").
Miyano Mamoru (rephrased as "Miyano"): I felt "PP3" became a hard-liner mystery because 60 minutes were given per episode. When I played Homura Shizuka, I asked the director (Shiotani Naoyoshi) about his impression of the character, like "why would he take such action?" or "what is his goal?". Every time I received an answer, I was always surprised by it.
There are many hidden features in "PP3", and I feel love for delicate designs. I wondered how many things does he want to do through the anime. I think the biggest appeals of this work are the abundant settings and neat structures.
---How did you understand Homura Shizuka?
Miyano: You cannot understand what is he thinking only by looking at his actions. Being mysterious is one of his appealing points.
But I thought that I cannot keep Homura as a mysterious character through my acting, therefore, I asked the director to update Homura's settings, and I always had Homura's believes and sense of justice in my mind. There are not many expressions of his belief and sense of justice in the anime, but I tried to voice him according his thoughts.
---So there was a movement in his feelings behind the scene.
Miyano: There is just one scene in "PP3FI" that Homura kindly talks to others, and how he talked was much different from how he usually behaves. It slightly shows his spirituality and belief toward his goals. It is the first moment when he showed his emotions openly to others. I am sure that scene makes him look mysterious.
---What did you think about the inspectors Shindou Arata and Kei Mikhail Ignatov, who oppose to the mysterious organization "Bifrost", where Homura belongs to?
Miyano: I believe that one of the appealing points of this series is the characteristics of two characters (Arata and Kei). I believe many of you had surprised from the appearances of a new type of partnership and new abilities, and there were changes to the flow of the story after the interactions between the characters were made. I like how the relationship between the two gradually changes and the story of each inspector gets depicted as well.
---In episode 8 of "PP3", Shizuka meets Kei and invites him as the 13th inspector. What impression did you get from Kei in episode 8?
Miyano: Kei is an honest man with a strong sense of justice and a clear weak point. (His wife, Maiko Maya Stronskaya) I think Kei was an easy man to handle for Shizuka. I think a tricky part of Shizuka became evident with it.
---At the same time, Shizuka confronts "Bifrost"'s congressman,
Shirogane Haruki and Saionji Eiko in "PP3" and "PP3FI". How did he understand the environment of "Bifrost"?
Miyano: I was stunned when I talked to the congressmen in "Bifrost". I did not want to lose to them (Shirogane and Saionji). I always rely on the actors playing them (Shirogane is played by Naka Hiroshi and Saionji is played by Tanaka Atsuko), since they are more experienced than I am, but I feel like confronting them as Shizuka. I exchanged words carefully while being nervous.
---The secret of "Bifrost" is revealed n "PP3FI". What's your thought on the society controlled by "Sibyl System"?
Miyano: I know, I know that "Sibyl System" is right...but is it acceptable? I think the interesting point of this series is that you always have "but" in your mind. A decrease in the number of criminals can be expected (by arresting the possible future criminals), and the safety can be intensified.
I think having your career chosen is an efficient way of living your life, but following the right and efficient paths may not be the only interesting way. I think I am allowed to work in multiple fields because I had experienced many things in my life.
I believe having many experiences is the method to foster your life with more choices. For example, when choosing a career, I like to look for things which suit me well.
That is why the theme of "'Sybl System' and humans" is interesting. You never get any mistake when you rely fully on the system and there is a possibility of believing in the wrong form of justice. That is why system needs humans, and it is depicted in "PP3FI" as well.
---How do you want the fans to enjoy "PP3FI"?
Miyano: I think many fans so far thought that Shizuka is a quiet character, and I think many people also believed that he is the last enemy. How he behaves in episode 8 toward Kei is clearly hiding something. (laugh)
But if you take a look at "PP3FI", you will quickly realize that Shizuka is one of the main characters. I am relieved to hear that by knowing the story plot for "PP3FI". Please enjoy the progression by watching the series.
(C) PSYCHO-PASS Production Committee
As the release of the Blu-ray & DVD of "Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector", the latest title of the series, on Jul. 15, 2020 is getting close, a 3-week interview has been conducted.
This is the 2nd part in which Horiuchi Kenyuu as Azusawa Kouichi talks about what difficulty he felt in playing the lunatic character, his impression of the character, and his thoughts on his role.
<Full comments are as below>
Horiuchi Kenyuu as Azusawa Kouichi
――What was your impression on the TV series "Psycho-Pass 3" (hereinafter PP3)?
Horiuchi Kenyuu(hereinafter Horiuchi): I was told that the "Psycho-Pass" series was very popular, so it was a pleasure as an actor to be part of it.
――How did you interpret the role of Azusawa Kouichi, the First Inspector who does the dirty work for the mysterious <Bifrost>?
Horiuchi: I've been informed that he was a "villain", but when I saw the line "I'm happy" in the 1st episode and was told to "Portray him as an elusive character," it made me confused since there were so many patterns to play him in.
But after a few takes, I got a kind of "Not knowing if he is good or bad" feeling, and as the story developed I could grasp his past. The relationship between Azusawa and (Shindou) Arata's father (Shindou Atsushi) made me think he must have a scar in his heart. It was quite a challenge to figure out the elusive character little by little, but at the same time, was very interesting.
――Azusawa's character got revealed episode by episode. In episode 4 we found out that he was good at martial arts.
Horiuchi: He was so strong that the Audio Director told me not to use too much breath, haha. He even says "Ack-chooww!" Anyway, he was an interesting character. Oh, and he gives Enomiya Haruki a "choice" yet drives him to his death. He doesn't directly kill him, he lets him choose (death)... Azusawa is really crafty, haha.
――Azusawa, the First Inspector of <Bifrost> was one of the smartest criminals of the series.
Horiuchi: I've seen many villains in various series, but he may be the sharpest of them all. He dodges through the <Sibyl System> and kills people without staining his hue. How he gives his victims a "choice" was so scary, I would even call it lunacy.
But to him, this is just life. Everything that happens is within his expectations, so it doesn't mean much to him. In a way, he's a genius. Still, he has a hole in his heart, and his ambition comes from his desire to fill in that hole.
I felt that sorrow of his in Azusawa's lines when I played his role.
――Azusawa's partner, Obata (Chiyo)-chan, is a tough female that denounces him. But Azusawa doesn't mind, and even adores her. What do you think of their relationship?
Horiuchi: She was quite the partner. Exchanging lines with Obata-chan (Yahagi Sayuri) came naturally to me. I still wondered why Azusawa, as a superior as an Inspector, let Obata-chan be so harsh on him, haha.
But Azusawa has a lot of trust in Obata-chan. He never gets mad at her for making a mistake, and tells her it's okay. I once asked the director (Shiotani Naoyoshi) about their relationship, and he told me that Obata used to be an apparel designer, and she accidentally reached <Bifrost> when she was hacking in her spare time. Azusawa headhunted her to become an Inspector.
(Shindou) Arata and Kei (Mikhail Ignatov) are called climbing partners, but I believe Azusawa and Obata-chan have the same kind of relationship.
――So, they're the counterpart of Arata and Kei.
Horiuchi: In the scene where Azusawa tells Obata-chan about the story of "The Nutcracker (and the Mouse King)" (in episode 8), he is indirectly telling her about his plans. But since their conversation is so comical, the story sounds casual. I thought it was a beautiful scene.
――What did you think of the detectives of the Public Safety Bureau?
Horiuchi: I believe this is a series with many complex words. However, the actors play their roles so well that you can understand their lines, thanks to their skills. Personally speaking, I liked Todoroki (Tenma). He is a member of an elite family, yet he's a tough-looking Enforcer. It's amazing how carefully the past is depicted in the story.
The scene where Todoroki is delighted of getting a Dominator was so cute, haha. Also, when I saw the scene where Irie (Kazumichi) fiddles with the music box, I was like "Yeah, there are people like that." Oh, I just remembered, Irie used to be a delinquent too... It was fascinating to watch the detectives being themselves, but pulling up their socks when they need to.
――In "PP3FI", Azusawa takes over the Public Safety Bureau building. What was your impression on "PP3FI"?
Horiuchi: Even Obata-chan being taken in custody in the Public Safety Bureau building was within his expectations. I was purely impressed by his actions. There were also scenes where Obata-chan showed her skills, and seeing the relationship between the two was interesting.
――Azusawa finally confronts Shindou Atsushi's son, Shindou Arata.
Horiuchi: I would like everyone who watched the show to imagine what happened to Shindou Arata and Azusawa. Azusawa climbed the ladder from Enforcer to First Inspector, and wanted more. His expression when he talked about what his goals were was so intense.
It was terrifying, but at the same time, he seemed like he was in ecstasy. He had calculated way through so far, but just twice, he gets it wrong. The ending was quite sad. Obata-chan's last scene left a strong image on me.
――<Bifrost> gets unveiled in "PP3FI". How do you feel about a society controlled by the <Sibyl System>?
Horiuchi: There may really be a society controlled by an AI in the near future. But I think there will be people who try to take advantage of the system.
<Bifrost> does exactly that. They're playing a game by taking advantage of the <Sibyl System>, so probably the same thing will happen in the near future. However, I also thought that maybe the people of <Bifrost> were trying to create a better system than the <Sibyl System>.
――What are your thoughts on playing the role of Azusawa.
Horiuchi: It wasn't difficult to take on the role of Azusawa, but I can't say I could fully grasp what kind of person he was, he was quite complex. To be honest it was hard work. However, it was a great opportunity to take on such an interesting role.
What's amazing about this series is that you can enjoy it from various perspectives. Each of the main characters or even different from them. The story doesn't conclude that Azusawa is "evil". This gives the series the depth it has.
――How would you like the fans to enjoy "PP3FI"?
Horiuchi: Many elements from the former series appear in the show, so I believe all the "Psycho-Pass" fans can enjoy it.
However, we need more explanation from Azusawa. I was talking with Kaji (Yuuki)-kun (as Shindou Arata) the other day, and I said "Maybe Azusawa will come back as an Enforcer." He told me Azusawa has too strong of a character, haha.
I wish that someday, he will tell us more about himself.
(C)Psycho-Pass Production Committee
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