|In the Realm Beyond|
|Kanji||PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス SS (Sinners of the System) Case.3「恩讐の彼方に＿＿」|
|Rōmaji||Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.3 - Onshuu no Kanata ni|
|Air date||March 8, 2019|
|Ending||Monster Without a Name|
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Note: Case 3 follows the events of Psycho-Pass: The Movie →
Case.3 - In the Realm Beyond, alternatively entitled Case.3 - On the Other Side of Love and Hate, is the third installment of the Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System trilogy. The release date was March 8, 2019. The movie focuses on Shinya Kogami traveling to Tibet and saving a girl named Tenzing Wangchuck from a band of guerrilla.
After the case occurring in 2116 (Psycho-Pass: The Movie), Kogami continues to wander in the Southeast Asian Union (the SEAUn). In one of its smaller countries, he rescues a bus carrying refugees being attacked by armed guerrillas. Among them is a girl named Tenzing Wangchuck. Wangchuck begs Kogami to teach her how to fight in order to take revenge. What kind of world exists wherein a girl seeking revenge and a man capable of exacting his own both see possibility in the margins of a place with no way out?
In the Realm Beyond takes place a year and four months after last seeing Shinya Kogami in the closing scenes of Psycho-Pass: The Movie. During that time, he has given up being a freedom fighter and has traveled across Southeast Asia into the Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau.
A southeast asian river system is seen from above, red with blood from warfare. In voiceover, a male voice is heard saying to Shinya Kogami that he's a fool to help people without being paid. Kogami's reply is that he's repaying a debt. Cut to the interior of a bar where a fight breaks out. Kogami is a participant and on the verge of being killed when a knife is thrown from an unknown source, killing the assassin. The person responsible for saving Kogami's life is Guillermo Garcia, the commander of the paramilitary Peace Monitoring Group. Rather than using his troops to carve out a kingdom for himself, Garcia and his men are attempting to stabilize the region. Oddly, Garcia blames Kogami for the assassin's death by being "too soft" instead of acting decisively. He asks Kogami about his destination and is told Tibet. Garcia then offers Kogami a job but is refused, although he loans Kogami his car because he found the fight amusing.
On the surface, Garcia's plan seems like a pipe dream. The world outside of Japan is in decline, even in the remote mountains of Tibet. Massive dilapidated factories litter the landscape, hinting at what used to be. Now, not only are multiple factions vying for the area, but endless conflict has become a way of life. Yet, backed by his troops and public opinion, Garcia hopes to bring the area's leaders together for a peace conference.
Story is continued in:
- Main article: Sinners of the System Case.3 - In the Realm Beyond/Story
In the devastated world of Psycho-Pass, part of the reason for the success of the Sibyl System is the fact that, for better or worse, it has worked where all other systems have failed. Yet Garcia plans to go back to the old way of gaining peace through conversation and discourse. If he succeeds, that will be a serious blow to the dogma surrounding the Sybil System and a major boon for the area for years to come.
However, just as the Sibyl System has its own dark secrets, Garcia's plan is far from the pure ideal it appears to be. And like the Sybil System, it begs the question: at what point is the price of peace too high? Do the ends truly justify the means?
On a personal level, the film centers on the relationship between Kogami and Wangchuck--an orphaned half-Japanese, half-Tibetan girl. As a child, Wangchuck watched as her father, along with her entire village, was massacred by a roving warlord as she hid in a nearby rice field. Now she wants revenge, but realizes that she has no chance of defeating a trained soldier. When she sees Kogami single-handedly take out a group of men attacking her bus, she decides that he is going to be the one to train her how to fight.
Since the film takes place far from the high tech landscape of Tokyo, we trade the futuristic cityscape of smooth surfaces and glowing fluorescent lights for a dilapidated world of brick ruins and rusting monolithic factories. Yet, instead of being monotone, the Tibetan Plateau is filled with color. Multicolored prayer flags litter the landscape, accentuating the vibrant greens of the natural world. This use of color has the added bonus of making the movie feel far removed from the previous iterations of the franchise while retaining the overall art design--visually showing just how far Kogami has gone and what he has to be willing to give up to return.
In the end, In the Realm Beyond is a personal story focusing on how Kogami's actions in both the anime and gekijouban have affected his worldview and what that means for him going forward. At the same time, it presents a morality tale about the price of peace, expanding the greater fictional world of Psycho-Pass, and setting the stage for its next rollout. It's both an entertaining, self-contained story and a solid addition to the franchise.
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