Overview

Crime and Punishment
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Kanji PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス SS (Sinners of the System) Case.1「罪と罰」
Rōmaji Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.1 - Tsumi to Bachi
Air date January 25, 2019
Opening Abnormalize
Ending Fallen
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Prequel
Psycho-Pass: The Movie
Sequel
First Guardian

Note: Chronologically, Case 2 precedes Case 1

Case.1 Crime and Punishment is the first installment of the Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System trilogy. The film debuted in Japanese theaters on January 25, 2019. The story focuses on Inspector Mika Shimotsuki and Enforcer Nobuchika Ginoza as they investigate a case at an isolation facility in Aomori-ken. Enforcer Yayoi Kunizuka appears in a supporting role.

Synopsis

In the Winter of 2117, an out-of-control vehicle careens into a building. The driver is Izumi Yasaka, a psychological counselor at the isolation facility for latent criminals in Aomori prefecture known as "Sanctuary." Yasaka's immediate repatriation is decided just before her interrogation, giving rise to suspicion. Inspector Shimosuki, along with Enforcers Ginoza and Kunizuka, is sent by Akane Tsunemori to learn more about the situation. What they find is a "false paradise" as they endeavor to learn the true nature of the facility, its occupants and the therapists who work there.

Story

Crime and Punishment picks up approximately six months after the events of Psycho-Pass: The Movie. Things have more or less settled when a latent criminal suffers a psychotic break mid-surrender. Realizing that a drug has altered the woman's state of mind, Tsunemori's field team, consisting of Shimotsuki, Ginoza and Kunizuka, is ordered to return the woman to the isolation facility where she used to work as a therapist. Tsunemori resists going herself because she must monitor the case from PSB headquarters. She is also only one of two police officers who know the secret of the Sibyl System -- a collection of preserved, but active, criminal brains capable of judging society's criminal propensity and carrying out consequences via the Dominators wielded by Inspectors and Enforcers. She also knows that it is far from perfect. Shimotsuki also knows the truth, but is utterly aligned with the system's philosophy at the start of the case.

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At the facility in the far north known as Sanctuary, the team meets supervisor Kyoka Tsujigai, chief therapist. Tsujigai lauds her experimental drug treatment and showcases the center's inmates, via video and charts, as they perform services for society-at-large with a large degree of autonomy and harmony, most maintaining a crime coefficient under 90. She allows the investigators to interview select inmates, but refuses Shimosuki and Ginoza access to the working mine by saying their presence will interfere with the experiment. Out of sight, Shimotsuki expresses her suspicion and desire to use hardcore tactics. Ginoza advises caution, adding that Tsunemori is also investigating things, frustrating and angering Shimotsuki.

Back in Tokyo, it's learned that Yasaka's crashed car belonged to Ataru Takeda and that he seems to know Yasaka. Tsunemori and Teppei Sugo search Takeda's apartment, but find nothing and nobody. Sho Hinakawa informs Tsunemori, via her left arm wristlink, that Takeda worked developing drugs for a pharmaceutical company that supplies Sanctuary's formulary. Karanomori informs Tsunemori, via her right arm wristlink, that Kunizuka has been arrested for allegedly helping Yasaka re-escape. The field team finds and confronts Tsujigai who suggests that her people control the search for Yasaka. Shimotsuki drops the issue of Kunizuka and makes a show of wanting to "enforce" Yasaka. Shimotsuki and Ginoza leave the building with the true intention to only take Yasaka into custody. Karanomori uses technology to locate the woman for them. Tsunemori is reluctantly permitted by Joshu Kasei to find Takeda.

Story is continued in:

Main article: Sinners of the System Case.1 - Crime and Punishment/Story

Analysis

In the world of Psycho-Pass, Tsunemori is the answer to the question: “Who watches the watchers?” Even though the system can judge itself after the events of Season 2, it still recognizes that a viewpoint outside its own is necessary. Tsunemori is perfect for the role because she believes the system is inherently flawed, but also knows that bringing it down would cause irreparable harm to the normal population. And without a better system to replace it, she reluctantly allows it to continue.

While this means Tsunemori is able to directly confront the Sybil System when it does something questionable, it also means there is always the looming threat that she will deem the system unsalvageable and attempt to destroy it. Thus, it is dangerous for her to do things that may cause the impression that she's gone rogue -- like Shinya Kogami -- which is why she dispatches Shimotsuki, Ginoza and Kunizuka to investigate the prison while she and Karanomori cover the Tokyo end of things.

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The prison expands the world of Psycho-Pass even as it serves as character development for the Sybil System itself. While the impression given is that the Sybil System is an omnipresent antagonist, the system believes itself to be a force for good by keeping society safe and peaceful. While mostly true, there is still the issue of latent criminals, especially those who have done nothing wrong. Thus, the system always seeks improvement in its judgment and treatment of identified latent criminals.

Though the film points out Tsunemori's and the Sybil System's roles in both the narrative and greater world at large, the main focus is a deep dive into what kind of person Shimotsuki is after the events of Psycho-Pass 2. While Tsunemori's morality considers all people to be human beings with reasons for their behavior, Shimotsuki is an indoctrinated member of society under the Sybil System, "dealing as necessary" with anyone marked as a criminal or latent criminal while leaving her own crime co-efficient unchanged. She, too, knows the secret of the Sybil System, but because she believes the system is infallible, she aligns her beliefs to its methods. In Crime and Punishment, we see this influence going both ways as she has the ability to twist the system itself into a framework that suits her beliefs.

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Over the course of the investigation, Shimotsuki evidences personal growth. Though her Enforcers are still latent criminals, she now views them as human beings, though of a lesser quality. It is the investigation into the drugged therapist's condition, however, that creates her greatest shift of mindset. At first, she only views Yasaka as a criminal worthy of elimination but, as secrets are uncovered, she begins to identify parts of herself in the victim. Her understanding of humanity and criminality alters in a dramatic way and she begins to see that latent criminals may possess noble motivations worthy of protection, the ultimate goal of the Sibyl System. Ergo, she must adapt.

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In the end, Shimotsuki still believes the Sibyl System is infallible, but recognizes that it is trying to evolve. In doing so, she realizes that it may become less than perfect and that is something she cannot condone.[1]

Note: Analysis is a revision of original text.

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