Trivia / Psycho-Pass

  • Actor Allusion: Yoshiko Sakakibara plays a character overseeing the actions of a public security agency, much like her role in another famous cyberpunk anime.
  • Anime First: A spin-off manga focusing on Akane debuted shortly after the series premiered.
  • Banned in China: In June 2015, Chinese censors banned Psycho-Pass as part of a crackdown over questionable and obscene content.
  • Casting Gag: Noriko Hidaka, who voices the Dominator, has voiced a much more famous Akane.
  • Defictionalization: The PSB jackets including Shinya's winter jacket and Yayoi's coat and Ginoza's glasses are part of the show's merchandises though they're sold out. There's also the actual Dominator which you still buy
  • Enforced Method Acting: Lydia Mackay comments that in her role as Shion, she had to place an unlit cigarette between her lips in order to realistically portray Shion speaking with a cigarette in her mouth.
  • Fan Nickname: Kirito Kamui is sometimes called "Evil harem lead Kirito" as a nod to the similarly named protagonist of Sword Art Online for various reasons, most of which involve a Take That or 2.
  • I Knew It: Not too surprisingly, considering the show's excellent use of clever foreshadowing.
    • Kougami used to be an Inspector.
    • Also Shogo being immune to the Sibyl System.
    • Masaoka being Ginoza's dad. Due to the mention of Ginoza's father being a latent criminal combined with Masaoka's age and fatherly air, many fans guessed it episodes before it was revealed.
    • In Episode 16, everyone who thought Kagari would be the first of the main cast to die were proven right.
    • Quite a few people guessed that the Sibyl System was powered by the brains of Criminally Asymptomatic people. Episode 17 proved them right.
    • In the second season, viewers were sure that the plane crash briefly mentioned in episode 2 would turn out to be important, because an airplane appears prominently in the opening. They were right.
    • There were viewers who guessed that Togane was connected or related to the Sibyl System in some way due to the opening hinting so, they were totally right. One of the Sibyl Systems brains is his mothers. He works for her!
  • Jossed: Some fans thought that Togane is Kougami in disguise due to similar behavior. But this theory was debunked when Mika investigated his room and found a childhood picture of him and his mother, along with photos of Akane with circles drawn around the eyes and mouth which is something that Kougami would never do.
    • There is also crazy theory about Makishima surviving and "he" is in the Chief's body regardless that he was shot on the head close range with zero possibility that his brain is alive and intact.
    • Another wild theory is that Kamui is Makishima in disguise. But the explanation above debunks this along with the revelation of Kamui's Dark and Troubled Past.
  • No Export for You: This franchise has a lot of Expanded Universe material including light novels, manga, drama CDs and more that really flesh out a lot of the side characters. These include a drama CD that covers the Specimen Case, a novel detailing Masaoka's background with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, and a manga centered on Risa Aoyanagi and Division 3. Too bad none of this has ever gotten officially translated, and fan translations are few and far between.
    • Averted for the Visual Novel Mandatory Happiness which received an English release in September 2016.
  • Playing Against Type: Lindsay Seidel mentions in a commentary that Yayoi is this because she was told by the production team to use a lower voice than her normal one, which surprised those who follow her work.
  • Reality Subtext: Each episode of the first season was making an effort to be set almost exactly 100 years ahead of the present day. To wit: the show began airing in October 2012, and the first episode occurred on November 4, 2112 note  Another example would be episodes 10 and 11, which take place on December 24, 2112; these episodes aired on December 14 and 21, 2012 respectively. This pattern began to break with the second half of the show, which featured events taking place in very close proximity to each other (such as episodes 18-22 which occur within a five-day timespan). The fact that there was a two month Time Skip in the last episode, though, may hint the show's timeframe got back on track with the 100-year "real time" gap.
    • The second season premiere has a moment where Mika mentions she's been an Inspector for a year and a half. Mika became an Inspector in the final scene of the first season which aired at the end of March 2013. The second season began in October 2014, which is just a few days over a year and a half.
  • Recycled Script: The second season is in many way a shorter version of the first. The main plots of both seasons are that of Akane facing off against a mysterious antagonist who is set on bringing down the the Sibyl System by using its own core infrastructure against it, and also has a special trait that allows them to go undetected by the System, and they both try to achieve this goal by recruiting several followers, with whom they share their ability to operate outside the system, as well as exploiting the ways people interfaces with normal and seemingly innocuous technology for sinister purposes, and Akane confronts both antagonists with a real gun at one point. In both seasons, Akane's idealism brings her into conflict with another Inspector (Nobuchika in season 1, Mika in season 2) who believes that the Sibyl System's directives should be followed closely, but eventually said Inspector is forced to reevaluate their beliefs as they come to the realization that the System is actually much more flawed than they originally perceived it to be. Akane is also faced with similar problems regarding a member of Unit 1 going more or less rogue due an obsession with seeking personal revenge against the antagonist, and her resolve is once again severely by tested by one of her close friends ending up getting murdered.
  • Too Soon: Episode 4 of the New Edit rebroadcast was pulled from Japanese TV because of a shocking murder case in Nagasaki that strongly resembled the episode's plot, only being available online.
  • Troubled Production: The second season had shades of this, as admitted by the writer himself. The production schedule was extremely tight, with scripts having to be rewritten while voice recording was happening, and the plot was limited by what would already be revealed in The Movie, meaning he had less creative freedom than normal.


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