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Summer is near, my dear friends, and our tablets and phones will need some extra space for all the amazing anime that are coming our way.
The new Psycho-Pass anime movie trilogy was announced back in March 2018, and the first of the movies from this popular anime franchise, Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case.1 Crime and Punishment opened in Japanese cinemas on 25 January 2019. A special stage greeting was held on the opening day with the stars Kenji Nojima (Nobuchika Ginoza) and Ayane Sakura (Mika Shimotsuki) and director Naoyoshi Shiotani.
Each of the movies focuses on different characters. The second movie, Case.2 First Guardian recently opened on 15 February and centers on Teppei Sugo and Tomomi Masaoka. The third and final installment will be released on 8 March and (titled Case.3 Onshuu no Kanata ni) with the focus being on Shinya Kogami. Director Shiotani jokingly explained that the reason the first movie focuses on Ginoza and Shimotsuki is ‘because I could see Shimotsuki behind Tsunemori and Ginoza behind Kogami, and both of them were staring at me with a look that said “make me the main character!”‘ Then he revealed the actual reason was ‘both had some kind of relation with a latent criminal. Furthermore, Shimotsuki and Ginoza could be thought of as Tsunemori and Kogami’s counterparts, so I thought if I put these two in the same situation, something interesting would happen.’
Ginoza is a character who had some of the most prominent character development in the TV series. Nojima looked back on Ginoza’s character growth and said ‘he definitely had a chip on his shoulder in Season 1. He’s actually quite sensitive, therefore he had to be angry and defensive to the people around him to remain true to himself.’ Nojima made an analysis of Ginoza, saying ‘his character development has two factors: his relationships with Kogami and with his father, and his change from believing in the Sibyl System to believing in himself.’ Nojima mentioned that as Ginoza’s hairstyle changes along with his values. ‘I think that hairstyle is the one he really wanted to have’ said Nojima with smile. Regarding Ginoza’s newest hair-style, Director Shiotani explained, ‘he might have force himself to dress properly as an inspector before, but now he may release himself from the restriction, perhaps.’
‘I never thought Shimotsuki would become the heroine in a Psycho-Pass movie’ said Sakura. She said that people who have already watched the movie told her how much Shimotsuki has grown. ‘I just feel I’ve got to know her better rather than have seen her grow’ and went on to say that she reminds her of the former Ginoza. ‘Ginoza was like a yapping puppy before, but now he has become much more mature and watches over Shimotsuki like a father-figure. I think fans will find his development heart-warming and enjoy watching the new Ginoza’ said Sakura.
‘I wonder if the box office revenue will drop because Shimotsuki is the heroine in this movie’ Sakura said worryingly, as Shimotsuki’s frank attitude may put some people off. Shiotani assured her with a smile, ‘no worries, we have Ginoza’ and continued, ‘our production staff love her because she made the story development easier for them.’ His words revealed Shimotsuki’s popularity among the staff members.
‘The audience will have a surge of explosive information while watching this movie. You won’t even be able to blink. Please don’t miss any of it’, Nojima told fans as his final message of the event. ‘As you watch through this trilogy from Case.1 to Case 3, they will broaden your perspective. They’re those kinds of movies’, Shiotani explained. He mentioned that a friend of his cried when watching Case.1 and jokingly added ‘if she cried over Case.1, she’ll be dead by the time she watches the following two [laugh].’ Then he stated confidently, ‘I mean I put my heart and soul into this trilogy, so they deserve to have that much power.’
Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case.1 Crime and Punishment and Case.2 First Guardian have already opened in Japanese cinemas and Case.3 Onshuu no Kanata ni will open on 8 March.
Distribution: Toho Co.,Ltd.
Official Website: http://psycho-pass.com/