The thrilling crime anime Psycho-Pass was a hit when it aired last fall. Now, thanks to its psychological insights and cyberpunk, dystopian world, the anime is going to make a comeback.
At the Anime Expo convention taking place this weekend in Los Angeles, the president and CEO of Production I.G, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, revealed that a second season of Psycho-Pass is in production. No further details have been announced yet (find out more anime news on SGCafe).
The futuristic crime anime is set in the near future, in a country where a supercomputer called the Sibyl System is able to measure every person’s personality and mental state. As part of this society, each person carries a Psycho-Pass that indicates how likely the person will commit a crime. The streets are lined with scanners that detect a potential criminal on sight, and the police use hi-tech firearms that automatically regulate themselves depending on the target.
The protagonist of the story is Akane Tsunemori, a model citizen who joins the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division. As part of her job, she works with Enforcers, foot soldiers whose Psycho-Passes are permanently tainted. When Akane gets engulfed in a battle against the criminal mastermind Shougo Makishima, she eventually discovers the truth of the peaceful, yet dystopian society governed by the Sibyl System.
The power of science finally uncovered the secret of souls, and this society changed dramatically. However, people’s wills are not part of that assessment. I wonder just what sort of criteria you use to divide people into good and evil.
With a script by Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) and cast including Kana Hanazawa and Tomokazu Seki, Psycho-Pass gained widely positive reception thanks to its psychological and societal themes.
Along with the second season, Production I.G. will hold an all-night screening event on September 6, where they will screen all 22 episodes and make an important announcement concerning the future of the anime. Fans have speculated that they will announce the second season, but since it has already been announced, what else could be in store?