Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System
|Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System|
Poster of the films
|Anime film series|
|Directed by||Naoyoshi Shiotani|
|Music by||Yugo Kanno|
|Released||January 25, 2019 (Case 1)|
February 15, 2019 (Case 2)
March 8, 2019 (Case 3)
|Runtime||60 minutes (Case 1)|
60 minutes (Case 2)
70 minutes (Case 3)
Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System (サイコパス Sinners of the System), also shortened as Psycho-Pass SS, is a trilogy of anime films released in early 2019 in Japan by Production I.G which were first announced in 2018. The first film, "Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu" (Crime and Punishment), focuses on Nobuchika Ginoza and Mika Shimotsuki. The second film, "Case.2 First Guardian", focuses on Tomomi Masaoka and Teppei Sugo. The third and final film, "Case.3 Onshuu no Kanata ni" (On the Other Side of Love and Hate) focuses on Shinya Kogami. The films stars the talents of Ayane Sakura, Hiroki Touchi, Kana Hanazawa, Kenji Nojima, Kinryuu Arimoto, Tomokazu Seki among others. Critical response to the movies have been generally positive while in the box office the trilogy earned ¥378,636,200.
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Crime and Punishment
The first film, "Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu" (Crime and Punishment), focuses on enforcer Nobuchika Ginoza and inspector Mika Shimotsuki. The team finds a woman and visit a place involving people with high levels of stress. While it is quickly apparent that some sort of drug has altered the woman's state of mind, Akane Tsunemori's team is suddenly forced by orders from above to give the woman up and return her to a special experimental prison—the very one this woman used to be a therapist at. Akane dispatches fellow inspector Shimotsuki along with two enforcers, Ginoza and Kunizuka, to investigate the prison while she and the rest of the team cover the Tokyo end of things. Through a new combination of drugs, therapy, and work, the prison has produced a different kind of society where the latent criminal prisoners act completely in harmony with one another—keeping their criminal coefficients under 90 in most cases. At the same time, the prisoners are doing work valuable to society at large. Mika sees the woman as a criminal worthy of being killed off but both she and Ginoza realize that the she used herself as bait to seek protection for a small child. Mika and Ginoza then begin working to protect these victims and arrest the leader of this prison.
The second film, "Case.2 First Guardian", focuses on enforcer Teppei Sugo, a former respected military officer who became latent criminal and eventually an enforcer for the MWPSB. He acts as the eye-in-the-sky and air support for a ground squad of marines alongside another pilot and a communications officer. Together, they form a tight military family—even more literally in the case of the squad's ground commander and the communications officer as a married couple. The squad is sent out on a military strike outside of Japan. Sugo loses his best friend during the fight. Sugo, while devastated by this loss and tortured over why he was ordered to abandon his squad mates, is confronted by MWPSB officers Aoyanagi and Masaoka. They inform him that he is a suspect in a terrorist attack that is apparently been performed by his MIA squad commander. His MIA squad had left his will on an adroid used for training, but is stopped by the Bureau forces. Following the case, Sugo's level of stress increases and becomes and enforcer, leading to the film's beginning.
On the Other Side of Love and Hate
The third and final film, "Case.3 Onshuu no Kanata ni" (On the Other Side of Love and Hate) focuses on Shinya Kogami. As he travels through different countries around Asia, Kogami trains a child Tenzing Wangchuk to kill a soldier. Kogami accepts but with the he wants to walk down the path of revenge as he did when living in Japan. As he does this, Kogami reflects on his past actions and fears regarding his future in the form of the hallucinations of the late criminal Shogo Makishima he killed when abandoing Sybil. When Tenzing is unable to do the killing and is wounded, an eranged Kogami takes down the culprit. Following this, Kogami decides to return to Japan as Tenzing recovers. Frederica, a member of the Japanese Department of Defense, ostensibly looking for Japanese who have been stranded outside the country—like Tenjin—with the aim of getting them home. Regardless of danger he might encounters due to the Sybil System following his departure from the Bureau forces, Kogami decides to return to his home with Frederica.
The films were first announced in Japan by Fuji TV in March 2018. Naoyoshi Shiotani returned as the film's director, having already worked in the previous Psycho-Pass series. Novelist Ryō Yoshigami wrote the first film's script while the second one was written by Makoto Fukami.
In regards to the first film, Shiotani picked Nobuchika Ginoza and Mika Shimotsuki as the main characters due to their similarities to the protagonists from the first television series, Shinya Kogami and Akane Tsunemori, respectively. Nevertheless, he noted these duo employed a different dynamic from Kogami and Akane while noting how Ginoza has undergone a notable character arc across the previous projects related to Psycho-Pass mainly due to his relationship with Masaoka and Kogami. Voice actress Ayane Sakura believed Shimotsuki was now more fitting for the role of a heroine thanks to her experience in the second television series where she was the youngest main character. Once the first movie premiered Shiotani commented the trilogy would "broaden your perspective [the audience's]. They're those kinds of movies".
The first two movies had a prescreen in the Film Festival from late 2018 where Shiotani explained to the fans that the third title was still in development. Voice actor Tomokazu Seki explained the voice acting for the third movie was completed in June 2018 though but still told the audience from the festival that he could break their expectations. Seki felt honored when reading the script from his movie, something which Nojima agreed with. The staff explained an idea they wanted to explore in the films was the long distanced friendship between Ginoza and Kogami as the two have been friends before the events of the first television series. Seki still appreciated the handling of Kogami while also experiencing pressure because of the character's popularity with fans. The first film uses a remix of the theme song "Fallen" by Egoist. The second one uses the remix of "All Alone With You" by the same singer. Masayuki Nakano was in charge of these two remixes.
At the Japanese box office, Case 1 grossed ¥189,833,400, Case 2 grossed ¥90,801,400, and Case 3 grossed ¥98,001,400, adding up to a total of ¥378,636,200 for the trilogy.
Anime News Network scored the first film a "B+" based on the further characterization of the returning leads but criticized the fight scenes. Both the second and third film received an "A-" by the same site, praising the way Production I.G handled the narrative not only of each individual episode but also of the Psycho-Pass franchise in general. Similar response was given by All Time Anime due to the handling of the returning cast, most notably Mika, as this last character felt portrayed better than in the previous anime series. The reviewer praised the themes explored in the first movie without regarding dystopia, while the second instead focused on thriller elements while comparing with director Mamoru Oshii's most famous works, referencing Patlabor 2 while also commenting on Kogami's dilemma in the third movie. He concluded the reviewer positively stating in regards to the director as "the evidence of these new absorbing, enjoyable films, Shiotani isn't hidebound by PSYCHO-PASS’s guignol heritage; he believes all it really needs are solid, interesting stories." In October 2019, the trilogy took the seventh place in the Newtype film awards of the year.
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