Psycho-Pass Exhibit Provides Comprehensive Overview of Series So Far

posted on by Kim Morrissy

A recent Psycho-Pass exhibit in the Tokyo Anime Center is the first large-scale exhibit for the series since the release of the three Sinners of the System movies in Japan. It provided a comprehensive overview of the first two TV anime seasons, the 2015 film, and the 2019 film trilogy in the lead up to the upcoming third TV anime season, and contains rough and key animation, art boards, scripts, character designs, and more.

Although every installment in the series got some representation, the Sinners of the System movies got the lion's share when it came to the key animation. Multiple walls showed off copious amounts of animation, resulting in heavy spoilers for those who haven't seen the films.

One particularly standout element of this exhibit is how much emphasis it had on the series' pre-production materials, including scripts, notes, and reference photos. The world of Psycho-Pass is a stunning envisioning of a cyberpunk future, which must have required plenty of research and brainstorming well before the first animation was ever produced. The exhibit had a strong emphasis on background artwork and setting design materials, perhaps to give visitors a taste of how much work went into the pre-production. There were also some physical recreations of the outfits and the Dominators.

The other cool thing about the exhibit was how it used its own tech to capture the sci-fi vibe. Character designs and profiles showed up on tablets embedded in the walls. Later on in the exhibit was an interactive touch screen which gave extra context and details about the characters and objects shown in the film posters. For example, the cigarette Kogami smokes in the third case in Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System is called Bulan Merah, which means "red moon" in Indonesian.

The exhibit also had an area where you could get your own crime coefficient checked. The test gives random results, which can be pretty amusing. For example, the first time I tried it, I had a crime coefficient of exactly zero, but the next time it was over 100. Another person I saw tried it and had a crime coefficient of over 300. Wow, were such numbers even possible?!

The exhibit ran from June 14 to July 7. The Tokyo Anime Center is currently running an exhibit for King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars, which will run from July 12 to August 25.

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