Psycho-Pass (サイコパス Saiko Pasu) is a Japanese anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired onFuji TV's Noitamina programming block between October 2012 and March 2013. The story takes place in a dystopia in which it is possible using a device called a Dominator to scan the Psycho-Pass of every citizen, to instantaneously measure their mental state, personality, and the probability that she or he will commit crimes. It follows Akane Tsunemori and other members of Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division, and the crimes they investigate.
The series has been licensed by Funimation in North America. A second season will begin airing in October 2014 followed by an animated film to be released in the first quarter of 2015. A mangaadaptation has been in serialization in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine and several novels, including an adaptation and prequels to the original story, have been published. An episodic video game adaptation called Chimi Chara Psycho-Pass was developed by Nitroplus Staffers in collaboration with Production I.G. New novels and another manga are due to be serialized in 2014.
Psycho-Pass originated from Production I.G.'s interest in making a successor to Mamoru Oshii's achievements. The series was inspired by several live-action films. Chief director Katsuyuki Motohiro aimed to explore psychological themes in society's youth using dystopian storylines. Several rules were used to focus on making the dystopia that the characters live in.
Critical reception of the series has been mostly positive; the setting of the series and the cases which develop the protagonists were praised. Special mention was given to the villain and philosophy discussed in the series. However, the series' gruesome imagery and aspects of the setting were criticized.