List of Psycho-Pass characters
Production I.G's anime series Psycho-Pass features several fictional characters designed by manga artist Akira Amano. The anime 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 main protagonist is Akane Tsunemori, a rookie "Inspector" in charge of solving cases and vigilating the Enforcers, latent criminals working for her. She is accompanied by veteran Inspector Nobuchika Ginoza and the Enforcers Shinya Kogami, an enforcer and a former Inspector who seeks the death of a man who kills his late comrade, Tomomi Masaoka, a middle-aged man who used to be a detective, Shusei Kagari, a carefree young man who has been a latent criminal ever since he was a kid, and Yayoi Kunizuka, a former musician turned into a latent criminal after interacting with a terrorist. Across several cases the group encounters a man who has orchestrated several murders, Shogo Makishima. The second series Psycho-Pass 2 features both new and returning characters.
The characters of Psycho-Pass were created following the making of the setting due to the role they play in the world of the Sybil System. While Amano did the character designs, the staff avoided using bright colors so that they would not stand out within the setting. Critical reception to the characters has been mainly positive. The cast has been praised for their relationships, character development and actions across the series. On the other hand, the characterization of certain characters was seen as weak, most notably Akane's, in early episodes.
- 1 Creation and design
- 2 Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division
- 2.1 Season 1
- 2.2 Season 2
- 3 Criminals
- 4 Reception
- 5 References
Creation and design
Director Naoyoshi Shiotani decided on how to make the series' characters after hearing comments from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou's director Atsuko Ishizuka. As that for that series the characters were designed first, Shiotani realized it was the opposite for them. They had to create the setting first and then continue with the characters as they "are almost being played by the world." As a result, the cast was designed by manga artist Akira Amano in order to make them balance with the dark atmosphere by having them "palatable and very relate-able." The staff also avoided using bright colors that would stand out. These designs were adapted by character designer Kyoji Asano.
Akane Tsunemori was created as the most relatable character who would question the setting from the audience's point of view and as the heroine who would come between Shinya Kogami and Shogo Makishima. Her growth in the series from an innocent rookie to a mature and haunted person was one of the staff's main objectives. Whenever an episode included violent scenes where the main characters were involved, the team worked on them to make them memorable. As the series was "anti-moe" the team decided to avoid having Akane remove her clothes and instead have Kogami do it. The staff also decided to focus more on friendships rather than romantic relationships. Voice actors have also been credited in the making of the series due to how they added traits to the characters.
Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division
Shinya Kōgami (狡噛 慎也 Kōgami Shin'ya) is a 28-year-old Enforcer in Unit One. Formerly an Inspector, his involvement in the Specimen Case caused his Crime Coefficient to rapidly increase to abnormal levels. While investigating the case, Mitsuru Sasayama, the Enforcer that worked under him, was on to the mastermind behind the case until he was killed in the same manner as the victims. Instead of seeking the needed therapy, Shinya became so focused on the case that he was demoted to Enforcer by the Sibyl System, restricting his freedom and limiting his movement to inside the Public Safety Bureau. Despite his violent actions, Kogami feels relaxed when Akane Tsunemori is assigned as his Inspector as he believes he will be a detective rather than a killer under her judgement. As an Enforcer, Kogami takes extensive physical training so that his superiors will not have to kill criminals. The two manage to arrest Makishima but following his escape, Kogami is taken off the case due to the Sibyl not wishing Makishima dead. As a result, Kogami leaves Unit One to hunt down and kill Makishima alone. He ultimately succeeds and is not seen again by his comrades, although in the audio drama After Stories he contacts Akane about how he will stay away from society in order to avoid being detected. He is voiced in Japanese by Tomokazu Seki and in English by Robert McCollum.
Akane Tsunemori (常守 朱 Tsunemori Akane) is the 20-year-old main protagonist - lead character and the newly assigned Inspector of Unit One. She passes the exams with the highest score for employment on several public sectors and private corporations. She decides to join the police because it is the only place where no one obtained a score as high as hers, thus she believes she is able to do something there that no one else can. Though initially uncomfortable with her job, Kogami's joy of having somebody who would stop him from killing innocent people motivates her to work and get along with the Enforcers. Her calm demeanor, acceptance of society and will to fight to against conflicts prevent her from becoming a latent criminal despite her experiences. The members from the Sibyl System are attracted by her traits which results in her learning of their true nature as they want to use her to capture Makishima alive with Akane agreeing only if they stop their orders of killing the defecting Kogami. Although she fails, the Sibyl members allow her to live under the condition she does not reveal their truth. In the epilogue, Akane becomes the de facto leader of Unit One. Akane is seen briefing a newly recruited Inspector in the finale. She is voiced by Kana Hanazawa in Japanese and by Kate Oxley in English.
Nobuchika Ginoza (宜野座 伸元 Ginoza Nobuchika) is a veteran Inspector working with Akane. He coordinates all the Enforcers in Unit One. An old friend of Shinya's, his hatred for those with high Crime Coefficients and his zeal to oust them from society came from the inability to stop his former partner from becoming a latent criminal. Although he still holds a certain degree of trust with Shinya, he dislikes Shinya's Enforcer partner Masaoka, his father. His father's demotion to Enforcer causes Ginoza to constantly tell Akane to draw a line between herself and the Enforcers she works with. During the group's search for Makishima, Masaoka sacrifices his life to save his son from Makishima's dynamite and Ginoza loses an arm shortly afterwards. Ginoza's Crime Coefficient rises too high and he is demoted to an Enforcer, mirroring the fates of his father and Kogami. He is voiced by Kenji Nojima in Japanese and Josh Grelle in English.
Tomomi Masaoka (征陸 智己 Masaoka Tomomi) is the eldest Enforcer of Unit One. He is a hardworking and honest veteran who guides Akane in learning how the system works in the Public Safety Bureau. As a former detective, his distaste for the Sibyl System's absolute judgment caused his Psycho-Pass to deteriorate, resulting in his demotion to the rank of enforcer. Masaoka is Ginoza's father but their relationship is so dysfunctional the two rarely mention it. Nevertheless, Masaoka still cares for his son and guides him across the series, wishing him not take the path he took. He is voiced by Kinryū Arimoto in Japanese and Jason Douglas in English.
Shūsei Kagari (縢 秀星 Kagari Shūsei) is an Enforcer of Unit One who was detected as a latent criminal at the age of five. He is always telling jokes and sometimes teases, and flirts with Akane. Although he detests the system, Kagari is also annoyed by the criminals' actions. During Makishima's infiltration, Kagari finds out the true form of the Sibyl System when he is assigned to track one of Makishima's men. He is killed to keep the secret by the chief using Destroy-Decompose Dominator, erasing all traces of him. His fate remains unknown to all of his comrades except Akane as the Sibyl members make it appear he escaped. Akira Ishida voices Kagari in Japanese and Scott Freeman voices him in English.
Yayoi Kunizuka (六合塚 弥生 Kunizuka Yayoi) is the only female Enforcer of Unit One. She stays calm and collected in the face of even the most brutal crimes. She is a former guitarist in a Punk Rock band who became a latent criminal interacting with a terrorist named Rina. After unwittingly helping the bureau track Rina, the musician she was in love with, she joined the bureau to prevent other people from ending up like Rina. She and Shion are lovers. She is voiced by Shizuka Itō in Japanese and by Lindsay Seidel in English.
Shion Karanomori (唐之杜 志恩 Karanomori Shion) is an analyst in the Public Safety Bureau's General Analysis Division and a latent criminal as well. She provides backup to the Enforcers and Inspectors in their investigation by analyzing the data and evidence sent by them. She and Yayoi are lovers. Miyuki Sawashiro voices her in Japanese and Lydia Mackay voices her in English.
Jōshū Kasei (禾生 壌宗 Kasei Jōshū) is the Chief of the Bureau. She is depicted as an elderly woman who becomes interested in Shogo Makishima's immunity to the Dominators and orders Nobuchika Ginoza not to murder the criminal. When Makishima's assistant Choe Gu-sung tries to expose the truth behind the Sibyl System, Kasei kills him alongside the Enforcer trying to stop him, Shusei Kagari, to stop the leak of information. Kasei is revealed to be a cyborg that the members from the Sybil System use as an avatar with the current user being former criminal Kōzaburō Toma (藤間 幸三郎 Tōma Kōzaburō). Failing to invite Makishima to Sybil, Kozaburo is killed by the man and replaced with another member of the Sibyl who keeps ordering the Bureau. Kozaburo's backstory is explained in the prequel novel The Monster With No Name. Kasei is voiced by Yoshiko Sakakibara in Japanese and Linda Leonard voices her in English.
Mitsuru Sasayama (佐々山 光留 Sasayama Mitsuru) is an Enforcer who works at the MWPSB Unit 1 during flashbacks of the series as well as the light novel The Monster With No Name being dead during the anime series. His sister committed suicide for unknown reasons although Sasayama believes it was his abusive father's sexual assault on her. Sasayama fought against the man during the assault which resulted in him becoming a latent criminal. Despite his cocky and brute personality, Sasayama is a good friend of Kogami. During a case involving gruesome murders, Sasayama finds a lead to the mastermind, Shogo Makishima, but is brutally murdered in the process. The gruesome state of Sasayama's dead body causes Kogami to become a latent criminal as he becomes obsessed with getting revenge for his partner's death. He is voiced by Shintarō Asanuma in Japanese and by Jonathan Brooks in English.
Mika Shimotsuki (霜月 美佳 Shimotsuki Mika) first appeared in season 1's episode 6 as a high school student attending Oso Academy as schoolmates with Rikako Oryo. Two of her friends become Rikako's victims during the story arc. She became a MWPSB inspector in the same team as Akane at the end of season 1. She has a tendency to question and at times argue with Akane when it comes to matters of treating enforcers with professional courtesy (where unlike the latter, she looks down on them) and implementing the proper police procedures. She is voiced by Ayane Sakura in Japanese and by Cherami Leigh in English.
Sakuya Togane (東金 朔夜 Tōgane Sakuya) is a new Enforcer working with Akane and Mika in season 2. He used to be a therapist and becomes some sort of confidant to Akane. His family is very wealthy. He is also noted to have the highest Crime Coefficient ever measured by Kasei, who advises Akane to be wary of him. Togane also seems obsessed with Akane and usually uses his dominator to check on her hue and collects several data regularly about her, which Mika finds upon investigating his room. It was later on revealed, that he was artificially created by Misako Togane whom at that time was the founder of the Togane Foundation that is engage in cutting edge human organ transplant research. She treats him like a son where she encourages him to be evil, he derives pleasure by killing animals when he was little. As an enforcer, he has darkening the hues of five Inspectors that he once served. He hold a certain affection towards Misako, his mother, where it is suggested that he has a form of "Oedipus Complex" that he is unwilling to be separated from her, where he killed her in a fit of insecurity. He was later on confined to a juvenile correction institution, while his mother literally becomes part of the Sybil System. Misako who is now in the body of Kasei allowed him to serve as an enforcer despite of his twisted desire to join. He is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara in Japanese and by Christopher R. Sabat in English.
Sho Hinakawa (雛河 翔 Hinakawa Shō) is a new Enforcer in season 2. He usually acts shy and introverted. He used to be a hologram designer. He is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in Japanese and by Z. Charles Bolton in English.
Joji Saiga (雑賀 譲二 Saiga Jōji) is a former university professor whose expertise is clinical psychology. Knowledgeable, sharp and observant, he used to conduct lessons for MWPSB's investigators but some of their Crime Coefficient rose as a result. In season 1, he lived in the countryside away from the Sibyl System. However, after assisting Kogami with his plans to kill Shogo, his Crime Coefficient rises and was apprehended by the Public Safety Bureau. In season 2, he was shown to be receiving rehabilitation at an isolation facility and eventually recruited as an analyst in the Public Safety Bureau. He is voiced by Kazuhiro Yamaji in the Japanese version, and Michael Federico in the English dub.
Risa Aoyanagi (青柳 璃彩 Aoyanagi Risa) is an inspector of Division 2 and a friend of Nobuchika who assists Akane's team in season 2. She is killed by her own Division 2 enforcer who is commanded by Division 3 inspectors to enforce anybody with a high crime coefficient. She is voiced by Masumi Asano in the Japanese version, and Colleen Clinkenbeard in the English version.
Mizue Shisui (酒々井 水絵 Shisui Mizue) is an inspector of Division 2. During season 2 premiere, she is forced to kill her Enforcer by Kirito Kamui and then kidnapped by him, who promises to "free" her. However, Kamui took one of her eyes which suggested that he used it to secretly access Public Safety Bureau's computers by retina scan. Despite the loss of her eye, she becomes incredibly loyal to Kamui for keeping her hue clear. She is voiced by Marina Inoue in Japanese and by Monica Rial in English.
Shōgo Makishima (槙島 聖護 Makishima Shōgo) is a humanist on the dark side who is obsessed with cruelty, savagery, and all the worst aspects of human nature. A born evangelist, he possesses both uncommon charisma and a true gift for narrative. It is shown that Makishima may be the mastermind behind the many cases the Public Safety Bureau are investigating, including the one that led Kogami to become demoted from Inspector to Enforcer. Despite his murderous intent, his Crime Coefficient levels have never reached dangerous levels, rendering him safe from the Dominator. He himself claims this is because his own mind and body does not consider him killing people and committing crimes to be "wrong", but rather considers it to be completely "normal," which means his Psycho-Pass does not detect any abnormal or illegal behavior to report to the Sibyl System. These traits result in the Sibyl sparing his life to join them but Makishima escapes from them, still wishing to destroy them. He is killed by Kogami after a failed attempt of bioterrorism. He is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in Japanese while Alex Organ voices him in English.
Choe Gu-sung (チェ・グソン Che Guson) is Shogo Makishima's right-hand man. He is a Korean immigrant who moved to Japan with his family as a kid. He despises the society created by the Sibyl System and wishes to remove it. While initially acting as a messenger for him, Gu-sung takes a bigger role in the series when he records the murder of a woman at the hands of a man immune to the Sybil by using an advanced helmet. Using this video to cause several riots in the city, Gu-sung and Makishima take advantage of the Bureau force being busy with stopping the riots to uncover the truth behind the Sibyl System. In infiltrating, Gu-sung is killed by Joshu Kasei. In the novelization, Gu-sung is a former member of the Korean People's Army and following his country's defeat he spent a decade wandering until meeting Makishima. He is voiced by Yasunori Masutani in Japanese while David Wald voices him in English.
Rikako Ōryō (王陵 璃華子 Ōryō Rikako) is a student at Oso Academy. Despite her gentle personality, Oryo is a serial killer who uses the corpses of her victims to create art monuments for her sick father. All of her crimes are orchestrated by Shogo Makishima who appears at her school as one of her teachers. However, Shinya Kogami discovers she is the culprit behind several murders and tries to arrest her. Although Oryo manages to escape from Kogami with Choe Gu-sung's help, she is murdered by another of Makishima's underling, Toyohisa Senguji, as her superior no longer sees her useful. She is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in Japanese while Brina Palencia voices her in English. Her bones were later crafted into smoking pipes by Toyohisa Senguji as one of his many hunting trophies.
Toyohisa Sengūji (泉宮寺 豊久 Sengūji Toyohisa) is a man who managed to expand his lifespan by becoming a cyborg. He is one of Shogo Makishima's assistants, first appearing to kill his underling Rikako Oryo. A sociopath, Senguji is obsessed with sport hunting, with Makishima motivating him to hunt down Enforcer Shinya Kogami after he discovers Oryo's identity. He takes on Kogami in an area designed as a hunting ground, but is killed himself. He is voiced by Katsumi Chō in Japanese while Charlie Campbell voices him in English.
Kirito Kamui (鹿矛囲 桐斗 Kamui Kirito) is a mysterious character who first appears in Season 2 of Psycho-Pass. He seems to know about Akane Tsunemori. It is suggested that he is also like Makishima Shougo, who is cold, cunning, manipulative and cruel, and it is also suggested that, just like Makishima, his hue has a low crime coefficient count which also makes him immune from an enforcer's "Dominator." However, unlike Makishima, who uses various criminals as a means of uncovering humanity's repressed desires as a way of spreading chaos and mass hysteria to bring down the Sibyl System, Kamui exploits the flaws within the Sibyl System and uses ordinary people who were either at their limits of their repressed aggression or disenchanted with the world to serve as his pawns to spread chaos and mayhem to bring down the Sibyl System. He is voiced by Ryōhei Kimura in Japanese and by Clifford Chapin in English
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