Psycho-Pass is an anime that tells the story of a future where a machine can determine if someone has the potential to become a criminal. They are then either put through therapy, put in facilities to keep them away from the general populace, or they are made to join the police as Enforcers. Enforcers are those who can think like a criminal and help the police to catch the criminals who have already done something wrong. These criminals run the risk of infecting others with their bad coloured hue.
There have already been two seasons and now there is a movie announced. There are a few things that surprise me about the theatrical trailer. First, have a look at it:
There we go. Now we're on level footing, here's the first things I noticed going on in the trailer.
1) Kogami is Alive
Inspector Kogami was a detective who worked so hard at finding the criminals and thinking like them that his hue was clouded and the system flagged him as a potential criminal. At the end of the first season, he died along with the villain in a bloody blaze of glory.
Or so we thought. Apparently all we thought was wrong. Kogami obviously survived because in the theatrical trailer we see him fighting Akane Tsunemori. Obviously he escaped death, but how? Did the camera simply not pan over his body like we thought? Was it someone else who died? Where has he been all this time?
2) 'Epic Climax to the Anime'
The trailer hails the movie as the climax. So unlike most anime movies, this one is meant to be an integral part to the anime. This makes it more likely to succeed plotwise as they will have to stay true to the characters, among other things. It makes me look forward to it, as should you. If the same characters are going to be in it, it could be every bit as thrilling as the original anime.
3) 'It's Been a Long Time, Mr Kogami'
The way in which Akane speaks it is not the friendly tone of a person to a former co-worker, specially not one who, it was speculated, meant a lot to her. So the question becomes: what has Kogami done? Why is he in the country as he says in the trailer? What country even is that? How will he end up working with Akane? Or will they be working against each other?
4) The Dictatorship
The trailer says that Mr Kogami is there trying to stop the dictator. The way it is portrayed suggests it could be China or North Korea. However it is the future and it is unlikely even a provocative anime like Psycho-Pass would poke the hornet's nest. The dictatorship does look a lot like those though, with the tanks going through the streets. So the question then is what point is this movie going to try to make about our current society, and will there be more societal messages embedded in this show?
5) A Sibyl System District
The Sibyl System is the system that defines hues and the criminal likelihood. It was revealed in the seasons of the anime to Akane Tsunemori that the Sibyl System is made up of many brains, mostly sociopaths. Obviously the Sibyl System is still going strong enough that it might be implemented in another country. How is it connected one to another? Why would they need a Sibyl System? Did they bribe someone to accept the system? Who is cordoned off in the Sibyl District? Is it criminals, therapy patients, or is it simply a test with a cross section of citizens?