Psycho-Pass 3 is almost over with the final episode set to air this Thursday in Japan (12/12). It’s been a great run despite all the changes made since the previous series by the new members of the Public Saftey Bureau to combat the new threat known as Bifrost. With the final episode, we’re continuing our coverage and translating interviews with the development team and voice actors.
In this fourth installment, we’re bringing you a short commentary with Kei Mikhail Ignatov’s voice actor, Yuuichi Nakamura. The interview took place for the Japanese news site, Moca-News, on November 27th, right before episode 6 aired. If you’re just now joining us for these translations then feel free to catch up with the writer’s commentary, and interview with Yuki Kaji and Ayane Sakura.
Interviewer: What was your impression of the Psycho-Pass franchise?
Nakamura: I thought that the story portrays a future that will actually happen. We may come to such a future if we make various things of our reality more efficient. Some factors seem difficult to be achieved, but it’s not unrealistic. I think this is a worldview that is easy for everyone to watch, and I feel that it is more real than our current reality.
Interviewer: Please tell us about the importance of playing Ignatov.
Nakamura: I feel that Arata and Ignatov act like brothers in a sense. For example, I think that the nuances are different when talking to a subordinate and when talking to a friend or relative. Even if Ignatov is tolerating the actions of an officer he is tempted towards his own actions. I am aware of that distance when I voice Ignatov.
Interviewer: What kind of team do the members of the Criminal Affairs Division of the Public Security Bureau make? They are all very different characters. What do you think?
Nakamura: There is a large contrast between the members who pull out their dominator as soon as there is a suspicious person and the ones who fight with their bare hands. I thought that the relationship between these two types was very easy to understand, especially in the first episode.
The executive officers, Irie Kazumichi and Todoroki Tenma, seem a little lonely. I can’t ever tell what Kisaragi Mao and Hinakawa Sho are thinking. It’s interesting to have such strong executive officers and enthusiastic teamwork between Arata and Ignatov, I think.
Interviewer: This season is a little different. Fans are enjoying a great run with an extended runtime from last season. Each episode is an hour-long. What did you think when you heard about the change in episode length?
Nakamura: I was worried about what would happen when I heard it’d be a 60-minute run. I knew that such had been done in the past, but in those cases, the TV animation staff were very skilled people. Now the work scale was being doubled to tell the needed story. I really wondered if it would be okay. It was going to be a tough job no matter what, but when we looked at the first episode my outlook changed really fast. Now I’m relieved.
Interviewer: Do you have a message for readers who are looking forward to the Psycho-Pass 3 broadcast?
Nakamura: What is the purpose of Arata and Ignatov? How will they achieve that purpose? I am looking forward to seeing how the story will unfold because there are so many things that I can’t reveal.
You can see the original Japanese interview here.