The Japanese cyberpunk anime television series Psycho-Pass has, over the years, garnered a wide-ranging fan-following. Fans of the series are found all over the world. Also, the series has received some sort of a cult status already, with the setting of the series turning into much-loved mythology among the fans. This series, set in the distant future, is heavily inspired by certain literary texts, films, and philosophical doctrines. Here are some of them.
Inspirations For The Series
• Blade Runner, the 1982 American science fiction film is perhaps the most notable inspiration for the series.
• 1984, the dystopian novel by British author George Orwell
• Beyond Good And Evil, the book by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
• Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
• The Republic, the book by the classical Greek philosopher Plato
No doubt the series also takes numerous other inspirations from here and there but these are the ones whose impacts are the most pronounced in the series.
Psycho-Pass The Series So Far
The events in the series take place in an authoritarian future dystopia. In this political system, omnipresent public sensors continuously scan the mental states of every passing citizen. Only the citizens who manage to pass this test are allowed to live.
Psycho-pass has been produced by Production I.G. It was co-directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi, with character designs by Akira Amano and featuring music by Yugo Kanno.
The first season of the anime series, produced by Production I.G., was broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block between October 12, 2012, and March 22, 2013. The second season, titled Psycho-Pass 2, began airing in October 2014.
A film of the franchise was also released in January 2015. On March 8, 2019, a third season was announced. The third season aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block between October 24, 2019, and December 12, 2019, with a special program being aired on October 17, 2019.