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Mika Shimotsuki
Vital statistics
Romaji Name
Shimotsuki Mika
Kanji Name
霜月 美佳
Gender
Female
Date of Birth
February 14, 2096
(AQUARIUS) ♒
Height
5'3" (160 cm)
Weight
106 lbs (48 kg)
Blood Type
B
Status
Affiliation
Public Safety Bureau
Oso Academy (former)
Status

Alive

Occupation
Chief Inspector
Inspector (former)
Student (former)
Relatives
unknown
First appearance
Manga Debut
Chapter 7
Inspector Akane Tsunemori
Anime Debut
0106 Return of the Lunatic Prince
Voices
Japanese
Ayane Sakura (佐倉 綾音)
English
Cherami Leigh


Mika Shimotsuki (霜月 美佳 Shimotsuki Mika) is a Chief Inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Public Safety Bureau.

Appearance

Shimotsuki is a female of average height and a fit build in her 20's. She has reddish eyes and long brown hair with long side bangs, tied into a low ponytail with an orange hairtie (except for S3 on occasion). While a student of Oso Academy, she wears her hair up in a high ponytail with unruly bangs. As both an Inspector and Chief Inspector of the Public Safety Bureau, her office attire is a dark gray blazer, collarless white blouse and dark pants. She wears a blue CID jacket when in the field. Her casual wear includes a brown hoodie.

Personality

As Chief, she maintains the same tough attitude towards police work that she did as an Inspector for Division 01. However, the added responsibilities for the safety of the Inspectors and Enforcers directly under her command have made her more protective and less antagonistic. While still quick to chastise Arata Shindo and Kei Mikhail Ignatov when they overstep their roles as Inspectors, she grants them latitude to investigate and report their findings. Shimotsuki fully supports the role of the Sibyl System in maintaining an orderly society and works effectively with the Foreign Affairs Operations Department, although she resents Frederica Hanashiro due to the fact that the federal officer eventually took Nobuchika Ginoza, Teppei Sugo and the returned Shinya Kogami away from her staff when they learned that their limitations as Enforcers would be lifted if they joined her team.[1]

At the start of her career as an Inspector, Shimotsuki is rigid and often blunt in her words, but possesses good instincts regarding danger. Due to the fact that both of her friends are killed by Rikako Oryo while they are attending Oso Academy, she bears animosity towards criminals, actual or latent. This results in her treating the Enforcers of her division in an abrasive and condescending manner. Combined with her overconfidence in her own abilities, instincts, and position as an Inspector, she alienates most of Division 01. She is resentful of other people's opinions, adamantly dismissing or rejecting well-intentioned advice from those she perceives as doubting her or considers beneath her, and hates admitting when she has failed or made a mistake.  

While eager to perform well as an Inspector, she lacks initiative, preferring to follow orders handed down from the top, displaying an unwillingness to handle the responsibility of deviating from them, unlike Akane Tsunemori who evidences both initiative and independent thought from the outset. Being of an opposite type from Tsunemori, she resents her colleague for her independent spirit, disregard of regulations and irregular investigation techniques. Her dislike of Tsunemori is exacerbated by jealousy at the apparent favoritism shown to her by Joshu Kasei, unaware of the true nature of their association. 

After she learns the true nature of Sibyl, Shimosuki becomes even more obedient, using Sibyl's trust to power-play her rival: Tsunemori. However, in First Guardian it is shown that her attitude towards latent criminals and Tsunemori becomes more humane after a latent criminal gains her respect and she learns to accept help from others. [2]. Thereafter, in Psycho-Pass 3, she is shown to behave in a more mature fashion, though still hot-headed at times. She still has total confidence in Sibyl and in herself, but is also better able to make decisions. She is respected by both the Inspectors and Enforcers who work with her because of her ability to lead, analyze situations and take on difficult challenges. Even Sibyl acknowledges her growth and maturation by stating she isn't necessarily as "dull" as she used to be.[3]

While unrelated to her efficacy as a law enforcement agent and without official confirmation, it may be speculated that Shimotsuki is a Gender and Sexually Diverse individual, as evidenced when Yayoi Kunizuka (also a GSD individual) picks up on how deeply she cared about Kagami Kawarazaki and that Shimotsuki laments there was something she had always wanted to tell Kawarazaki, but never did. Shimotsuki also often blushes at Kunizuka and depends on her after becoming an Inspector while also addressing her by her given name with an honorific, which remains un-reciprocated. However, later media have also shown her blushing and acting flustered around male colleagues, especially Ginoza.[4]

Personal Background

Shimotsuki was born on February 14, 2096, in Tokyo-to, Mitaka-shi.[5]

Relationships

Kagami Kawarazaki and Yoshika Okubo

Both are Shimotsuki's childhood friends and while both deaths disturbed her, Shimotsuki admitted that she had something she wanted to tell Kawarazaki, but never did. It may be speculated that the message was one of deep feelings for the deceased girl. Shimotsuki appears to blame herself and harbors guilt in regards to the gruesome fate that Kawarazaki suffered, as it was she who urged her to go to Rikako in the first place.

Rikako Oryo

Oryo and Shimotsuki are schoolmates at Oso Academy. Shimotsuki is the only Oso student shown to be suspicious of Oryo during the killing spree, but is unable to do anything about it. Oryo's actions contribute to Shimotsuki's opinion of latent criminals.

Akane Tsunemori

In Psycho-Pass 2, Psycho-Pass: The Movie and Crime and Punishment, their relationship is a friendly professional one. Tsunemori comes to care about her colleague's safety, but dislikes other things about her. However, it is Shimotsuki who uncovers Sakuya Togane's dark plans for Tsunemori, although she uses the knowledge in an attempt to discredit her. Season 3 evidences further changes in the way Shimotsuki regards latent criminals, displaying compassion for the events that brought Tsunemori to her current status, as well as for the woman herself. At the conclusion of First Inspector, Shimotsuki learns that Tsunemori is being released from prison and will be returning to the CID as a statutory Enforcer and Aid to Chief Shimotsuki. Conflicted surprise is written all over Shimotsuki's face.

Yayoi Kunizuka

Kunizuka is the only Enforcer Shimotsuki appears to like and respect after her life is saved by her. Following the mutilation and death of Aoi Tsunemori, in which Shimotsuki played a part, Kunizuka says she will always look down on the people who caused that to happen and Shimosuki becomes timid in her presence.

Nobuchika Ginoza

Because he is a former Inspector and a latent criminal, Shimotsuki initially dislikes and mistrusts him, and seems disturbed that he used to have her position. She is annoyed when assigned to work with him by Tsunemori and further irked when Ginoza challenges her questioning of Tsunemori's methods in the field. Sinners of the System Case.2 - First Guardian showcases an evolution in the duo's relationship, reaching a point of mutual respect towards one another. After Ginoza transfers to the MFA's Suppressing Actions Department as a Tactical Advisor, their interactions usually end up with Ginoza teasing her about their past history as colleagues which typically annoys Shimotsuki, something the former Division 01 Enforcer seems to enjoy.

Frederica Hanashiro

The relationship is strictly professional, insofar that in S3, they sometimes find themselves working on the same cases without the other one knowing. Hanashiro, working at the national level, has greater clout and experience, triggering both Shimotsuki's respect for authority, as well as her resentment of its imposition on her need for control over situations in which she has a leadership role. As with Tsunemori and Ginoza, her insecurity is played out in childish fits of anger, stubbornness and habitual sarcasm. Her professionalism, however, keeps her on track in solving joint cases as quickly and efficiently as possible despite her annoyance over Hanshiro taking several of her best Enforcers away from the CID.

Trivia

  • When Shimotsuki first joins Division 01, Akane Tsunemori debriefs her the same way she was debriefed by Ginoza.
  • She is the youngest known person to be recruited as an Inspector.
  • Her ID as an Inspector is 00475-AEFG-34875-1.
  • As Inspector, Shimotsuki is designated as Shepherd 2.
  • She has an eyesight of 2.0 for each eye.
  • She needs 8.9 seconds to run 50m.
  • She is good at swimming.
  • Her hobbies include leisurely swimming in the pool.
  • Her favorite saying is "You cannot come to hate yourself," and her motto is "I think, therefore I am." This is a reference to René Descartes's famous saying, "Cogito ergo sum."
  • Her favorite food is King oyster mushrooms ajillo (king oyster mushrooms fried in garlic oil). Her least favorite food is marshmallows.
  • Her strength is her pure Psycho-Pass. She doesn't have a particular weakness.
  • She wants to have a perfume with a rose fragrance.
  • She sleeps around six hours every day.
  • She doesn't have a favorite author as she only reads specialized magazines and bestsellers on her e-reader. Recently, she has taken little interest in Matsuura Rieko.
  • In school, she was good at Modern Society.
  • After career advancement, Shimotsuki wants to continue to maintain complete order under the supervision of the Sibyl System.
  • The name Mika can mean "beautiful" (美) (mi) and "good, beautiful" (佳) (ka).
  • The surname Shimotsuki can mean "frost" (霜) (shimo) and "moon" (月) (tsuki).
  • During the eiga Crime and Punishment, Shimotsuki undergoes a change of heart and morality after spending time with latent criminal Izumi Yasaka. This correlates to a similar change of attitude in the character "Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov," the main protagonist of Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In the novel, Raskolnikov murders a corrupt pawnbroker, but doesn't admit to any moral culpability in it until he meets Sofya Semyonovna Marmeladova, a pious prostitute, with whom he finds redemption.



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