A jewelry collection inspired by the Public Safety Bureau device from “PSYCHO-PASS” has been released. Orders will be accepted on the official website of “Shoya Taniguchi.” from May 27, 2020.
The theme of this product is the “Public Safety Bureau”. Public Safety Bureau's devices used by inspectors and enforcers have become simple and easy-to-wear jewelry. Pendants, earrings, and pinky rings have been released this time. Various characters can be chosen as options.
Orders for “PSYCHO-PASS JEWELRY COLLECTION 2” will be accepted from the official website of “Shoya Taniguchi.” from May 27, 2020.
(C) Psycho-Pass Production Committee
"Kaguya-sama: Love Is War? Animate Fair", a pre-sale event of "Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?" goods designed with various original illustrations, will be held at "Animate" shops in Japan from Jun. 6 through Jun. 28.
At "Kaguya-sama: Love Is War? Animate Fair", a variety of goods designed with original illustrations of the characters on rainy days will be sold.
The line-up includes original goods such as clear file folders, tin badges, acrylic key chains, mugs.
Also, during the event, those who buy or pre-order "Kaguya-sama: Love Is War"/"Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?" related books, character goods (per 1,000 JPY ), CDs, Blu-rays, or DVDs (per disc, which has to be over 1,000 JPY for pre-orders), will be given a bromide as a special gift chosen randomly from a total of 5 designs.
"Kaguya-sama: Love Is War? Animate Fair" will be held at "Animate" shops in Japan from Jun. 6 to Jun. 28, 2020.
(C)Akasaka Aka / Shueisha・Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Production Committee
The limited goods which are inspired by the anime "Girls & Pantzer" called "Oarai Girls Academy Mandatory Goods" will be sold again. The line-ups include running shoes, a backpack, and a tote shoulder bag.
"Oarai Girls Academy Mandatory Goods" is the project which came out of the imagination, "if there were mandatory goods" for Oarai Girls Academy, the school where the protagonist Nishizumi Miho goes to. There was an exclusive sale for the product only at "Ankou Festival GirlPan Mini MIni Hobby Show" held at Oarai, Ibaraki from Nov. 16 and 17, 2019.
"GAViC" is the brand holding up "Culture of Nippon (Japan)", and they designed the items that they can fit into daily scenes of commute to school and work, for a walk, and sports. In addition to its unique design, there were unique functions are added to them, and the line-ups made the users easier to feel the life at Oarai Girls Academy even closer.
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.
(C) PSYCHO-PASS Production Committee
From "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", 'PC Glasses' and 'Fashion Glasses' featuring the characters, including Kamado Tanjirou and Kamado Nezuko, have been released. Pre-orders are accepted on 'Premium Bandai'.
These 'PC Glasses' and 'Fashion Glasses' feature the characters of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba". A total of 12 line-up includes Kamado Tanjirou, Kamado Nezuko, Agatsuma Zenitsu, Hashibira Inosuke, Tomioka Giyuu, and Kochou Shinobu.
'PC Glasses' protect your eyes from blue light when you are using a PC or smartphone.
The characters' costume pattern and motif are designed on the outer side of the temple, and quotes are printed on the inner side.
A case for glasses and fashion glasses is also included.
'Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba PC Glasses / Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Fashion Glasses' are priced at 4,950 JPY (tax included) each. Pre-orders are currently accepted on 'Premium Bandai', and the delivery is scheduled for July 2021.
(C)Gotouge Koyoharu / Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
The collaboration product "BABBI X Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Special Gift" (total 7 types)" from the collaboration between "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" and the Italian wafer and sweets specialty shop "BABBI", has been announced.
The product has a limited design of the pouch-like package with "BABBI"'s chocolate wafer "Viennesi (1 vanilla and 1 pistachio) and the original tin badge of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba".
It has been available on some "BABBI" stores and event stores since February 26, 2021.
The designs of the pouch-like package are based on "Kamado Tanjirou", his colleague "Tsuyuri Kanao", a member of the "Hashira" "Tokito Muichirou", and other characters.
As it has a simple design of the silhouette of the character on the cover, it makes it easy for adults to use it as well.
"<2nd Installment> BABBI X Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Special Gift" (total 7 types) is priced at 2,750 JPY (tax included) each. It has been available on some "BABBI" stores and event stores since February 26, 2021.
(C) Gotouge Koyoharu/ Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
From "Mobile Suit Gundam" comes a tote bag decorated with the gold parts of Char Aznable's "Char Mark" . Pre-orders are currently available on "Premium Bandai".
"Mobile Suit Gundam Char Mark Gold Ver. Tote Bag" is a high-class item with golden parts.
Dark red synthetic leather is used for the item to keep it light.
"Mobile Suit Gundam Char Mark Gold Ver. Tote Bag" is priced at 15,400 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are currently available on "Premium Bandai", and shipping is scheduled for March.
(C) Sotsu, Sunrise
As the fifth release of the 'One Piece Log Collection,' Sanji from the TV anime "One Piece" becomes a figure. It is available for pre-order on 'Premium Bandai.'
Reaching 52cm in the height, "One Piece Log Collection Big-Size Statue Series Sanji," is an enormous figure that is packed with energy.
With plenty of luxurious decorations used to draw the atmosphere, the cape is also colored in gradation to express the dynamic atmosphere of the flame.
Matching with its included clear stand, this is a magnificent figure that hangs with a solid and imposing atmosphere.
"One Piece Log Collection Big-Size Statue Series Sanji" is priced at 99,000 JPY (Tax Incl.). It is available for pre-order on 'Hobby Stock.' Shipping is scheduled for Jun. 2021.
(C) Oda Eichirou / Shueisha・ Fuji TV・TOEI Animation
"Denkou Choujin Gridman (Gridman the Hyper Agent)" releases "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman - TOKUSATSU EDITION", a new upgraded version with a premium color-finishing of the action figure "THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman". It is currently available for pre-order from the "Good Smile Company" official website.
This upgraded version features meticulously painted finishing that accentuates each intricate detail to the maximum, making the figure similar to the giant robot prop used in the series. With the exception of God Zenon's chest emblem, every detail is finished in full colored premium painting as opposed to the previous regular edition that used decal stickers.
"THE GATTAI Combined Super God Thunder Gridman - TOKUSATSU EDITION" is priced at 45,000JPY (tax included). Currently available for pre-order from the "Good Smile Company" official website and scheduled to ship in August.
From "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", a collaboration event with 'Laguna Ten Bosch', an amusement park in Aichi, will be held from March 6 to Jun 5, 2021. 'Tsuioku no Shiren Tanjirou no Tabiji (Mission to Reminisce Tanjirou's Journey)', an experience-oriented attraction to see the worldview of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", will be available.
In the event, 'Tsuioku no Shiren Tanjirou no Tabiji', an experience-oriented attraction to see the worldview of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", will be available at 'Celosia Hall' of 'Laguna Ten Bosch Lagunasia'.
The attraction recreates Tanjirou's journey within 5 areas: 'Hajimari no Fuji no Yama', 'Saisyu Senbetsu', 'Genwaku no Shiren', 'Oni no Sumu Yashiki', and 'Kumo no Mori'. The visitors challenge the training facility based on 'Tanjirou's Journey' as a rookie of The Demon Slayer Corps.
Moreover, as a sub-attraction, 'Tansaku no Shiren Kasugai Karasu no Denrei (Mission to Explore Message from Kasugai Crow)' will also be held.
This is a sticker rally to explore the panels of The Demon Slayer Corps' characters (SD characters) that are patrolling around 'Lagunasia'.
For the visitors that find all the characters and complete the sticker rally, an 'A5 Clear Folder' will be given as a novelty.
Also, event exclusive goods with ufotable's original illustrations featuring Tanjirou and others in Marine-style costumes will be on sale. A collaboration menu featuring the characters will be offered at a restaurant in the park. If you order the menu, you will be given a coaster as a novelty item.
'Laguna Ten Bosch X "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" Tsuioku no Shiren Tanjirou no Tabiji' will be held from March 6 to Jun 5, 2021 at 'Laguna Ten Bosch' Lagunasia.
(C)Gotouge Koyoharu / Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
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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