The rain ponchos inspired by “EVANGELION”, “PSYCHO-PASS 3”, “Godzilla”, and “Shin Godzilla” are here. The release is scheduled on early Aug. 2020 from the official characters' goods/ apparel brand “Cospa”.
This summer, there will be new rain poncho by “Cospa” and it is n item that can help you to prepare against the rainy season, sudden rain, and the typhoon in summer.
The line-up includes: “EVANGELION Model Nerf Rain Poncho” will allow you to experience being a member of Nerf, “PSYCHO-PASS 3 Public Safety Bureau Rain Poncho” filled with the urban feel that a member of the public safety bureau might wear, “G-Force Rain Poncho”, and “Giant Unknown Creature Disaster Affairs Administration Rain Poncho” for Tokusatus lover.
Each of the product is made with a light-weighted and high water-resistant fabric and the large size can cover you completely even when you are carrying a backpack. As it comes with a storage pouch that is easy to carry, so it will surely be a convenient item during the sudden rain.
“Nerf Rain Poncho”, “Public Safety Bureau Rain Poncho”, “G-Force Rain Poncho”, and “Giant Unknown Creature Disaster Affairs Administration Rain Poncho” are all priced at 5,000 JPY (tax excluded) and the release is scheduled on early Aug.
The advanced sale is scheduled for mid-Jul.
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From "Evangelion" comes the wristwatch from the collaboration with G-SHOCK. Pre-orders are currently available at EVANGELION STORE and RADIO EVA.
The base model for this product is "DW-6900", which is G-SHOCK's popular model that had welcomed its 25th anniversary and it is also known as a "Triple Eye Model". The design is done by Evangelion Official Apparel Brand, "RADIO EVA" and used an abstract art that expressed the unique world setting of Evangelion.
The design is inspired by EVA-01 TEST TYPE while the color is based on the key colors (purple and green) of EVA-01 TEST TYPE, which RADIO EVA is quite fond of. The EL Backlight is inspired by NERV Command Centre as it gives off a red light when light up and the fans will surely enjoy. Other than that, it has various functions, such as shock resistant, water-resistant, a countdown timer function which can set from the second unit up to 24 hours unit.
In RADIO EVA Online, "RADIO EVASTORE (Shibuya PARCO), the limited DIGITAL NERV BIG T-Shirt, which the same deisn as G-SHOCK, will be on sale.
"EVANGELION STORE Original Wristwatch G-SHOCK DW-6900 feat.RADIO EVA" is priced at 20,000 JPY (tax excluded). Pre-orders are currently available at EVAGELION STORE and RADIO EVA. Shipping is scheduled for early Aug. 2020.
It has been decided that "Neon Genesis Evangelion Original Picture Collection" created by Anno Hideaki will be released again as an e-book. In this book, more than 30 specially colored pages selected by Anno Hideaki Select have been added, and 3 volumes will be distributed at the same time.
"Neon Genesis Evangelion" is the TV anime series directed by Anno Hideaki that has been broadcast on TV Tokyo since 1995. It is the original work of the "Evangelion" series, final of which will be released soon.
In this book, you can really enjoy the challenging and high-level drawing techniques that are the charm of "Neon Genesis Evangelion". The "Neon Genesis Evangelion Original Picture Collection," reprinted after 20 years, has more than 30 specially colored pages selected by Anno Hideaki.
Three volumes will be released at the same time, and the first volume will contain the TV version opening and about 700 original images of episodes 1, 2, 5, 7, and 8. The second volume will contain Asuka and Shinji killing the apostle in a breathtaking attack, from episode 9 to episode 19, including the scene where the first Eva machine awakens and preys on the apostle.
The third volume contains the original images up to episode 24, where appeared the last singer, Nagisa Kaoru, and pictures of episode 25, 26, where "Eva" shows up as a very problematic task.
Three volumes of "Neon Genesis Evangelion Original Pictures" will be released at the same time as e-books. The price of volume one and volume two is 2,000 JPY (tax excluded). Volume three is pricedat 2,400 JPY (excluding tax).
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Prior to the premiere of the movie "EVANGELION:3.0 +1.0", apparel items such as shirts and loungewear, are here. They are now on sale at nationwide Mac-House stores and at the online shop.
The Mac-House limited collection, which recreates the world settings, such as the in-depth story and stylish outlook, of the Science-Fiction (SF) Anime "Evangelion" that fascinates various fans across generation.
The printed T-shirts will have a total of 5 colors available, which are the body colors of Unit-00, Unit-01, Unit-02, Mark.06, and Unit-08, with an impressive image of the unit printed at the back. There are also printed T-shirts with the scene of the "Operation Yashima" and "Pilots".
The other line-ups are loungewear (a set of half sleeve T-shirts with a short pants that allowed you to enjoyed "time at home"), overall graphic printed shirts featuring the popular scenes, a waist bagwith NERV Logo, and sacoche with NERV Logo.
"EVANGELION Mac-House Original Collection" is now on sale at nationwide Mac-House stores and online shop.
The latest apparel and miscellaneous goods of the "Evangelion" series have appeared in "Cospa". There is a total of 10 products in the lineup, such as the 100 limited units "Plug Suits Designed Jeans", T-shirts, and Body Bag.
The product that is worth highlighting is the 100 limited units "Plug Suits Designed Jeans" that is based on the plug suits worn by Ikari Shinji and the others Eva's pilots.
The special design of the plug suits is recreated by interweaving the sports materials on the jeans. This is an attractive product for "Eva" fans as it has the interchangeable embroidered badge by taking off the fastener, the double loop specification, and the printed logo on the back pocket.
Other than that, the other lineup of products that will make you enjoyed the setting of "Eva" are the T-shirts with the monotone graphic of Makinami Mari Illustrious and Nagisa Kaworu, item with Nerf and Seele logo respectively, and the Nerf HQ supply styled goods.
Further information is available at "Cospa" official website.
The latest collaboration goods from the 3 brands: "Evangelion e:PROJECT", "EVANGELION SPORTS", and "Evangelion Racing", which incorporate the world setting of "Evangelion", have appear in the crowdfunding service "Makuake". Each of the project has started at 11AM, on November 16, 2020.
The crowdfunding for the following 3 collaboration project have started.
1. "Project Name: Generic Device Type Standee Formation of e:PROJECT Original Model" by the e-Sports brand "EVANGELION e:Project" and the smartphone & laptop standee "MOFT".
2. "Project Name: Power Overflowing! Comfortable & Easy to Use Skateboard Elos EVA Sports" by the sports brand "EVANGELION SPORTS" and easy to use skateboard brand "Elos" from California.
3. "Project Name: EVA RACING x eShades Photochromic Sunglasses with Instant Transition" by the racing team "Evangelion Racing" and the photochromic sunglasses with instant transition brand "eShade".
"Project Name: Generic Device Type Standee Formation of e:PROJECT Original Model" is the pride laptop & smartphone standee that is the thinnest among all the models of "e:Project"
"Project Name: Power Overflowing! Comfortable & Easy to Use Skateboard Elos EVA Sports" is a skateboard that even a beginner can feel the power and liveliness of an Eva when using it to commute to work/ school or to stroll.
"Project Name: EVA RACING x eShades Photochromic Sunglasses with Instant Transition" is the photochromic sunglasses with instant transition with the "Evangelion Racing" specification, and the darkness of lens will get be adjusted automatically in 0.1 seconds from the light sensor.
Each of the project are in "Keep-it-All" basis, so regardless of whether the target amount was achieved or not, your support will be acknowledged provided the payment was made before January 30, 2021 (the last day of the project).
Detailed information can be found on "Makuake Evangelion Special Article" webpage.
"Evangelion" has collaborated with the room heater manufacturer "TOYOTOMI". The "Evangelion" model is based on the "Rainbow Room heater" that give off 7 different colors of flame. Pre-orders are currently available at "TOYOTOMI home+".
The base color of the room heater is purple with green lines to give off the image of Unit-01. The image of Unit-01 can be seen on the glass and the rainbow color glow of the rainbow glass is an imitation of the A.T. Field.
Also, the dial to adjust the heat has a red NERV logo imprinted on it, and even the emergency extinguish display has a design of the monitor display in NERV HQ.
The room heater storage pack has the NERV logo imprinted in the front, and the red and black coloring will give off contrast with the room heater. This storage pack is water-resistant, high buffered, and easy to carry around.
The collaboration model "RL-250EVA01" is priced at 49,500 JPY (tax included). Pre-orders are currently available at "TOYOTOMI home+", and the shipping is scheduled for February 2021.
From "Evangelion" comes wristwatches inspired by Unit-01, Mark.06, Ayanami Rei, Asuka Langley Soryu, and Mari Illustrious Makinami. Pre-orders are currently available at "Asamizu Company".
The dial of the product has a design with a total of 5 image colors, which are Unit-01, Mark.06, Ayanami Rei, Asuka Langley Soryu, and Mari Illustrious Makinami.
This luxury and stylish metal watch has rhinestones decorated on the dial. Each type only has a total of 200 made so don't miss out on this rare product.
"Evangelion Metal Watch (5 types)" is priced at 3,600 JPY (tax excluded) each. Pre-orders are currently available at "Asamizu Company" and delivery is scheduled to start from late December.
A Godzilla shaped humidifier based on "Burning Godzilla" from "Godzilla vs Destoroyah" will be released in late November. Its eyes and body glow to recreate the burning state.
"Kashitsuou Burning Godzilla" is the 2nd edition of "Kashituou Godzilla", a humidifier that shoots mist as if Godzilla is blasting atomic breath.
The item is designed based on "Burning Godzilla" from the 1995 film "Godzilla vs Destoroyah", the state in which Godzilla's radioactivity has gone out of control and glows red, and its eyes and body has been given the function to glow. The mist is illuminated with an orange LED, recreating the red Burn Spiral Breath, used by Burning Godzilla.
In addition, the amount of mist it creates has been boosted to 1.5 times the amount of what "Kashitsuou Godzilla" creates. It also plays sound effects and music from the film when it's turned on and off, or the water has depleted, making it a must-buy for Godzilla fans.
"Kashitsuou Burning Godzilla" is priced at 7,980 JPY without tax (8,778 JPY including tax), and is scheduled to be on sale from late November 2020. Go to toy stores and general stores in Japan, or the online purchase website to purchase the item.
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65 years have passed since the film "Godzilla" was released. To celebrate the anniversary, a collaboration event titled 'cookpad studio birthday celebration' will be held from Nov. 3 to Nov. 22 at 'cookpad studio' (Osaka), where you can film or live-stream while you are cooking.
The 'cookpad studio birthday celebration' is a collaboration event between Godzilla and 'cookpad' to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the first film "Godzilla" that was released in 1954. 'CookpadTV' considered the world of Godzilla in terms of food, and created menu inspired by Godzilla and the soul food of Osaka.
The limited menu will include meals such as 'Godzilla is swimming! Magma Sauce Takoyaki Omlet Rice' and 'Tail is approaching! Shin Osaka Famous Kushikatsu Curry Rice', and sweets such as 'Shinsaibashi Godzilla Roll' and 'Godzilla Gateau Chocolat'.
You will be given an original novelty if you order any food or drink.
Furthermore, 'cookpad studio birthday celebration' original goods will be on sale during the event. The items include an art panel and eco-bag set that features Godzilla and Osaka Castle, which will be offered for a limited time.
You can also purchase the limited goods and food at the EC site of the 'cookpad studio'.
The 'cookpad studio birthday celebration', a collaboration event between Godzilla and 'cookpad studio' will be held from Nov. 3 to Nov. 22 at 'cookpad studio' in Osaka.
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A brand-new TV anime series "Godzilla S.P -Singular Point-" will be produced as a new project of 'Godzilla'. Bones and Orange will handle the animation production, using the method of both traditional drawing and CG. It will be broadcast on TOKYO MX and other channels from Apr. 2021, and exclusively streamed on Netflix worldwide.
Beginning from the first film released in 1954, 'Godzilla' series has been released in various forms, and it is still popular all over the world.
In recent years, "Shin Godzilla" directed by Anno Hideaki grossed over US$78 million worldwide. Furthermore, the Hollywood version of "Godzilla" and "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" by Legendary, an American film production, became a big hit nationwide and worldwide. 'Godzilla' born in the Showa era, is still dominating the world in Reiwa after Heisei.
As for the anime adaptation of 'Godzilla', the trilogy of "Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters", "Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle", and "Godzilla: The Planet Eater", was given a theatrical release. On the other hand, "Godzilla S.P -Singular Point-" will be broadcast on TV every week, and a brand-new original story, which is completely different from the films, will be developed. The animation production will be handled by Bones known for various masterpieces such as "My Hero Academia", and Orange known for the best quality of CG anime such as "Land of the Lustrous" and "Beastars", using the method of both traditional drawing and CG.
Furthermore, great people have gathered as the production staff. The director will be Takahashi Atsushi known for "Doraemon the Movie 2017: Nobita's Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi", the series composition and scenario will be handled by Enjou Tou, an SF author, who has won the Akutagawa prize. Enjou will be engaged in TV anime for the first time.
In addition, the music will be handled by Sawada Kan known for "Yowamushi Pedal" and "Doraemon" series, and the character design will be handled by Katou Kazue, who is an original writer of "Blue Exorcist", and it will be the first challenge for her to be responsible for an anime adaptation. Yamamori Eiji, an animator, who has been working on multiple works by Studio Ghibli such as "Princess Mononoke", "Spirited Away", and "The Wind Rises", will join as the Kaiju design. The comments from the director Takahashi and other staff have arrived.
The TV anime of 'Godzilla' will be broadcast from Apr. 2021. The notable studios collaborated with, and great staff gathered together for this work. What does the title "S.P = Singular Point" mean? What kind of story will be depicted? Please look forward to more news.
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The director : Takahashi Atsushi
When I saw a notice of extras casting call that run away from Godzilla on a magazine in my childhood, I thought I could appear in a film, and tried to make a plan to stand out in a cloud. That dream didn't come true, but the plan will do today at last.
The series composition, scenario : Enjou Tou
Many riddles in this world cannot be solved. . Most of them seem more and more trivial as we are thinking about them. However, few riddles seem more and more mysterious as we are thinking about them. Let's say Godzilla is one example. I have been trying to control it for years, but a note was cut off in the middle.
I cannot believe that I can be involved in 'Godzilla' that I've been familiar with since I was a child...I was very nervous. I would be glad if I could help Takahashi director, Enjou-sensei as character composition, and other anime professionals to create Godzilla world that you can enjoy. I'm looking forward to seeing how the characters move as one of the fans!
Yamamori Eiji as Kaiju design
I would like to say thank you to all the people that gave me an opportunity to be involved in this work. With the support from a lot of staff, we can finally bring Kaiju on the screen, so I would be glad if you can enjoy it. Also, this is dedicated to my brother, who couldn't see the finished work though he loved Godzilla, he was happier than anyone else to hear the offer, and he was looking forward to seeing it.
Music : Sawada Kan
When I was in university, Ikeno Sei-sensei, my beloved teacher of composition, was handling the orchestration of the music for the film of 'Godzilla', and I also learned orchestration from Ifukube Akira-sense, who is the beloved teacher of Ikeno-sensei and created 'Godzilla' music. It means so much to me that I can be involved in this work. I really appreciate my chance to be able to join 'Godzilla S.P', which will be marking a new chapter in a long series.
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From "Godzilla", pencil cases featuring Godzilla and Larval Mothra have been released. Pre-orders are currently available at 'Premium Bandai'.
The Godzilla Plushie Pencil Case (two types) are pencil cases featuring a cute plushie of Godzilla and larval Mothra.
A zipper is attached to Godzilla's mouth, and the staring eyes are irresistible.
A zipper is attached to Mothra's back, and the mouth can also be used to put put pens in and out. The figure of Mothra holding a pen in its mouth is cute. If you leave a white pen in its mouth, it will look as if it were spinning webs.
'Plushie Godzilla Pencil Case (Two types)' is priced at 2,970 JPY each (tax included / shipping, handling fee excluded). Pre-orders are currently available at 'Premium Bandai'. Delivery is scheduled for Feb., 2021.
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The Café Poirot apron & lunch mat set from "Detective Conan" has been announced. Pre-orders are currently available at "Premium Bandai".
The product is the 2nd product under the special project between "Shounen Sunday Premium SHOP" and "Premium Bandai".
The apron comes in two colors, which are Amuro's blue color and Conan's white color, and each will come with its own design
"Detective Conan Café Poirot Apron & Lunch Mat Set" is priced at 5,500 JPY (tax included) each. Pre-orders are currently available at "Premium Bandai" for a limited period until December 20, 2020. The shipping is scheduled for March 2021.
A special issue of Animage's "Healin' Good Precure", which includes a cast discussion and spoilers for the movie, will be released from the TV anime "Healin' Good Precure". It will be on sale at bookstores nationwide from November 19th.
This product, "Animage January 2021 Special Extra Issue 'Healin' Good Precure' Edition," is an all-in-one Precure special issue celebrating the release of "Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to no Fushigi na Ichinichi". It describes even the ending of the movie's story with abundant materials.
The cover illustration is the four members of 'Special Healin' Good Style' who have just appeared in the TV series, and the healing animals in their conceptual form. The back cover is an illustration by Itaoka Nishiki, the animation director of the film, showing the three generations of pink who have gathered again in Sukoyaka City. The appendix is a set of two gorgeous B5 clear sheets with these images.
The feature article also includes a cast roundtable discussion, as well as plenty of interviews with the TV staff, who have yet to appear in most of this season. There's also a commentary with spoilers from the film staff and a photoshoot and interview with "Precure" diva Kitagawa Rie.
It also includes feature articles from the March to October 2020 issues of Animage magazine on "Healin' Good Precure" and "Precure Miracle Leap: Minna to no Fushigi na Ichinichi", making this book a fun read for both TV and film.
The January 2021 issue of Animage "Healin' Good Precure" Special Extra Edition will be priced at 1,364 JPY (excluding tax), and is available at bookstores nationwide and on the web. It will be on sale at bookstores and online bookstores nationwide from November 19.
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A collaboration between "Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer" and the instant camera "instax", familiar with its nickname Cheki will come out. Two limited-edition collaboration models inspired by Tanjiro and Nezuko will be available in limited quantities, and pre-orders will begin on the "Fujifilm Online Shop" and others at 10:00 A. M. on November 25, 2020
The limited collaboration models to be released this time is a luxurious box with multiple Cheki accessories and an original camera designed with the motifs of the main characters of the story, "Tanjiro Kamado" and "Nezuko Kamado", based on the "instax mini 11" released in May 2020.
Not only the camera body, but also the Cheki accessories such as the shoulder pouch and camera strap are all designed with attention to details, and it is a special item that can only be obtained with this box.
"Instant Camera 'Cheki' instax mini 11 'Kimetsu no Yaiba' Limited BOX" will be available for pre-orders on the "Fujifilm Online Shop" and others at 10:00 A. M. on November 25, 2020
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From 'Super Dimension Fortress Macross', "VF-1S Roy Focker Special", Roy Focker's Valkyrie, will be released under the action figure series 'DX Chogokin'. It will be released on Nov. 28, 2020, at stores.
'DX Chogokin First Press Limited Edition VF-1S Valkyrie Roy Focker Special' is a figure of VF-1S owned by Roy Focker as a commander of the Skull Team, and it is equipped with a three-stage transformation and action mechanism.
The new head shape from the TV version was recreated, and Roy Focker's pilot figure is also included.
The stage as the premium for the first release is also included with better function.
'DX Chogokin First Press Limited Edition VF-1S Valkyrie Roy Focker Special' is priced at 18,000 JPY (tax excluded) and will be on sale from Nov. 28 at stores.
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.
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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.
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---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.
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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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