Psycho-Pass is set in the year 2113, where the Sibyl System (シビュラシステム Shibyura Shisutemu) is actively measuring a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes, all through a "cymatic scan" of the brain. The resulting assessment is called a Psycho-Pass (サイコパス Saikopasu). When the probability of committing a crime, measured by the Crime Coefficient (犯罪係数 Hanzaikeisu) index, is too high in an individual, they are pursued and apprehended—with lethal force, if necessary.
Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series by Production I.G.
It was directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani
and written by Gen Urobuchi
. The series aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block between October 2012 and March 2013. The story takes place in a dystopia where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed on each citizen's body called the Psycho-Pass. It follows members of Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division and the crimes they investigate. The series was inspired by several live-actions with chief director Katsuyuki Motohiro aiming to explore psychological themes seen in society's youth throughout dark storylines.
The series has been licensed by Funimation
in North America. A second season is currently in production alongside an animated film by Production I.G. A manga adaptation has been in serialization in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine while several novels have been written including an adaptation as well as a prequel. An episodic video game adaptation called Chimi Chara Psycho-Pass was developed by Nitroplus Staffers in collaboration with Production I.G.
About the Production
Psycho-Pass originated from chief director Katsuyuki Motohiro's wish to return to making an anime after a determined time of not working. However, he needed a charismatic script writer to do it. Motohiro and his staff were surprised with Gen Urobuchi's contribution to the anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica
which was said to exceed the series Neon Genesis Evangelion
. Fascinated with Madoka Magica Motohiro then read other works from Urobuchi which convinced him to talk to Urobuchi. He then proposed Urobuchi to work together during early 2011. Early during the making of the series, Motohiro told Naoyoshi Shiotani not to make anything that could not be adapted into a live-action.
Across the series, time limits resulted in the time of the ending songs being cut or replaced with instrumental versions to avoid cutting parts from the episode due to time limits. While there were concerns from the producers of the songs, Tomohiro and Shiotani discussed this with them. Before Psycho Pass started, Shiotani was busy working in the film Blood-C: The Last Dark
. As soon as his work with the film ended, Shiotani focused on the series' quality but after episode 16 -- which proved to be the most challenging and popular of the series -- the team found themselves exhausted. This resulted in having the next two episodes made by an outside team, which in turn resulted in several animation issues. In response to this, the producer of the episode noted that: he expected issues, but he worked them in to make it the best he could. Shiotani also apologized for the quality of those episode's., and meanwhile the original team managed to continue working from episode 19 until the final. In the end, the producers decided to remake episodes 17 and 18 for their retail release.