Psycho-Pass Utopia Hound Chapter 1 « The Genesis of a Case — Inspector Kougami Shinya » Part 5
character’s thoughts are in italic –
Maru was a former physician specialized in anatomy.
addition to being busy, since his workplace did not allow to meet a
lot of people, he wished for a female subordinate.
a not bad eyesight, he would wear customized glasses, feeling a hero
of an old age American comic (1).
used to say, “If I take off these glasses, I’ll emit a beam
from my eyes!”
as smart as he was, neither Kougami understood well that parody.
was the judicial autopsy, Maru-san?” Kougami started asking.
answered while maneuvering a console in the analysis laboratory.
findings have roughly come out”
speeding up of both judicial autopsies and identifications was
proceeding due to the introduction of drones and micro-robots.
name of the subject
is Shimono Ryūichi. The disassembled corpse has been arranged on the
fence so as to bring it together again, and discovered in that state.
From the wounds and the reaction of subcutaneous bleeding, I found
out that he was cut into small pieces after being killed, and not
while still alive.”
about the murder weapon?” Kougami asked.
drug killed him. A strong muscle relaxant drug and a solution of
potassium chloride (2)
have been detected … this is the reason why his heart stopped
beating. I found a little injection mark on one of the parts. Then,
what dismembered the corpse is a roller (3)”.
roller?” Kougami unconsciously repeated.
extremely heavy and huge roller. The type used for things like
maintenance of sports grounds. Usually, it’s something dragged by
he crushed and cut into pieces by that?” Kurata was skeptical.
“Human skin is resistant against pressure. In normal conditions,
I don’t think a corpse would be dismembered even with the use of a
Maru simply admitted. “Before crushing the corpse, this criminal
on the skin with a blade. He cut it with the blade, crushed it with
the roller, and cut it with the blade again … He repeated the
operation over and over, not satisfied until every single part was
shaped into cubes with sides of about 10 centimeters.”
that take more time than dismembering him with a saw and a hammer?”
said a bit astounded.
folded his arms and thought about it for a while.
all, he somehow managed to do it with the tools he had at hand,
that’s it, right? Setting aside the other parts, a roller is not so
bad a tool to smash the bones into small pieces.”
that roller the one used at the sports gym?” Kougami asked.
Maru nodded. “The crime scene and the place where the corpse was
discovered are separated by no more than ten meters or so. The body
dismantling operation was
carried out in the sports gym refectory. It must have been a
bloodbath, but the murderer took the trouble to clean it with the
made a shocked face “Isn’t it odd to dispose of the murder
evidence with a cleaning drone?”
an ordinary situation, it would have been odd. Normally, when people
find a corpse, they automatically report it to the authorities. This
time, the eyes of the cleaning drones were under the control of the
criminal because the surveillance cameras within the sports gym, that
is to say the security system, had been cracked”
the places where the murder and
were carried out the same?” Kougami asked.
Maru shook his head doubtfully. “I don’t know that far. The
injuries on the corpse are too awful.“
Masaoka said “If the place of the body
is that close, it doesn’t seem that he cut the corpse to pieces to
make it « easier
to carry »”
so, I don’t understand the reason why he « brought
it together »
again … ”
said so, lost in his thoughts, Kougami let out a low groan.
about the cracking code « fingerprints(4) »?”
program code can be analyzed through natural language processing(5)
and machine learning(6)
algorithms. These algorithms omit the parts not related to the
program from the Abstract syntax tree (AST)(7),
and recognize the author’s « peculiarity
, or « things
beyond peculiarity ».
particular, isn’t it …? There is absolutely nothing unnecessary”.
Maru said, deeply impressed. “The places where you can acquire
cracking skills are limited within Japan. Sure enough, typical
examples are the electronic warfare (8)
of the Ministry of Defense … Soldiers’ « fingerprints »
are easily recognizable. Teachers and students peculiarities are also
easily related because of their branch of study.”
you say that this cracker has not those peculiarities.”
Self-education, isn’t it …? Well, just in case, I will try to
investigate the programmers and system engineers whose hue has
worsened the past few years.”
thought that line of action was unlikely to be successful.
he had been a criminal able to trace and get fingerprints, he would
surely have been unmasked as a latent criminal a long time ago. He is
a skilled cracker, which means that he can even cover up the code
had the habit of training hard when he wanted to organize his
the training room of the Public Safety Bureau, he tormented his
muscles thoroughly using the machines. Leg curls at the lat pulldown
were just the beginning. He forged big muscles through bench press
and squat exercises (10)
using a barbell.
repeated dashes on a sloped treadmill and fervently punched a sandbag
made of artificial muscle material, accustoming his body to aerobic
finished the usual schedule, he took a shower in the shower room
attached to the training room. He washed away the sweat. The water
drops skirted the bulges of his stiff muscles and fell.
wiping his body with a towel, he ingested the latest order made
proteins and took supplements to improve the faculties of his body.
were not the powerful products athletes with strengthened bodies
used, but amino acids and artificial hormones specially developed
which were broadly sold among the public.
liked training. When he trained, he felt like he could reach a DEEPER
understanding of his own body.
NOTES TO TRANSLATION:
hero of an old age American comic:
this analyst Maru is a humorist for real. He bought customized
glasses just to look like a comics hero. And that thing of the beam
emitted from his eyes…. By the way, he is referring to Cyclops of
strong muscle relaxant drug and a solution of potassium chloride:
these are components of the so-called lethal injection, used in
different countries as a capital execution method. Lethal injection
is the practice of injecting one or more drugs into a person
(typically a barbiturate,
for the express purpose of causing immediate death. The main
application for this procedure is capital
but the term may also be applied in a broad sense to euthanasia
It first renders the person unconscious, and then stops the breathing
and heart, in that order.
three drugs are used in lethal injection. Sodium thiopental is used
to induce unconsciousness, pancuronium bromide to cause muscle
paralysis and respiratory arrest, and potassium chloride to stop the
I read “solution of potassium chloride” I couldn’t hold back my
curiosity, I guess this is the chemist part of me who’s speaking!
roller is an agricultural tool used for flattening land or breaking
up large clumps of soil.
thing could easily cut a corpse in pieces!
In computer science, a fingerprinting algorithm is a procedure that
maps an arbitrarily large data item (such as a computer file) to a
much shorter bit string, its fingerprint, that uniquely identifies
the original data for all practical purposes just as human
fingerprints uniquely identify people for practical purposes. This
fingerprint may be used for data deduplication purposes. (from
language processing (NLP) is a field of computer science, artificial
intelligence, and computational linguistics concerned with the
interactions between computers and human (natural) languages. As
such, NLP is related to the area of human–computer interaction.
Many challenges in NLP involve: natural language understanding,
enabling computers to derive meaning from human or natural language
input; and others involve natural language generation.
NLP algorithms are based on machine learning, especially statistical
machine learning. (from
learning is a subfield of computer science that evolved from the
study of pattern recognition and computational learning theory in
artificial intelligence. Machine learning explores the study and
construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions
on data. Such algorithms operate by building a model from example
inputs in order to make data-driven predictions or decisions, rather
than following strictly static program instructions. (from
syntax tree (AST):
In computer science, an abstract syntax tree (AST), or just syntax
tree, is a tree representation of the abstract syntactic structure of
source code written in a programming language. Each node of the tree
denotes a construct occurring in the source code.
(EW) is any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum
or directed energy to control the spectrum, attack of an enemy, or
impede enemy assaults via the spectrum. The purpose of electronic
warfare is to deny the opponent the advantage of, and ensure friendly
unimpeded access to, the EM spectrum. EW can be applied from air,
sea, land, and space by manned and unmanned systems, and can target
humans, communications, radar, or other assets.
operations are executed in an information environment increasingly
complicated by the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. The electromagnetic
spectrum portion of the information environment is referred to as the
electromagnetic environment (EME). The recognized need for military
forces to have unimpeded access to and use of the electromagnetic
environment creates vulnerabilities and opportunities for electronic
warfare (EW) in support of military operations.
the information operations construct, EW is an element of information
warfare; more specifically, it is an element of offensive and
defensive counter information. (from
it’s a gym machine.
press and squat exercises:
bench press on the left, squat on the right.
This word is written with dots on the kanjis in the original version,
to insist on its importance.
Psycho-Pass Utopia Hound Chapter 1 « The Genesis of a Case — Inspector Kougami Shinya » Part 4
character’s thoughts are in italic –
the entrance, Kougami and his team met Oribe who was coming up to the
am Inspector Kougami from Division 3 of the Public Safety Bureau.”
showed his holographic detective identification card.
it, Oribe frowned in a puzzled way. It seemed that he still didn’t
know about the case. Shimono’s death hadn’t made news yet, and the
people involved had been warned not to reveal information related to
had soft facial features and he was wearing glasses with red frames.
had a boyish face —— or rather than it, it was difficult to guess
his age. One may be right assuming that he was a college student,
because he looked like one. However, saying he was older also seemed
reasonable in its own way.
fixed his eyes on him.
illusion of being disassembled in parts.
being entirely ANALYZED(1).
Public Safety Bureau…? Did a latent criminal appear nearby or
something?” Oribe said.
a function of the inspector’s portable terminal, Kougami checked
Oribe’s hue. Pale
It’s a beautiful color. It’s impossible that a high crime coefficient
comes out of this hue. Oribe is innocent too.
not about a latent criminal, there is a real murderer,” Kougami
am truly sorry … but Shimono Ryūichi-san passed away.”
couldn’t keep on talking while standing in the doorway, so they moved
to the sports gym waiting room. Kougami and Oribe sat at a round
table with a cold design. For some reason, Masaoka and Kurata kept
… where is Shimono-san … where is his body?”
opened his mouth nervously.
have already transferred it to the judicial autopsy at the Public
Safety Bureau,” Kougami answered. “We have taken care of
the crime scene preserving it as a three-dimensional model.”
a murder … right?”
it weren’t, the Public Safety Bureau wouldn’t move, don’t you think?”
Kurata said, from the side.
are right …”
gaze moved around restlessly, without calming down.
… How was he killed?”
something related with the investigation, so we can’t tell you.”
…” Oribe let out a breath between a nod and a sigh.
have some questions for you, Oribe-san,” Kougami said. “Do
right, if they are questions I can answer …”
were Shimono-san’s trainer.”
was his counsellor as well.”
you under exclusive contract with him?”
I wasn’t. You cannot make a living with only one client nowadays,
you know. Unlike in the past, the sports stars have decreased.
Because of the breakdown of public order overseas, no international
competition is organised, in whatever sport… Besides Shimono-san, I
am under contract with tens of athletes with built up physiques.”
what we call a sports counsellor different from an ordinary
considerably different, I dare say”
it because the conversation had shifted to his field of
specialisation? The tinges of anxiety and puzzlement faded from
a general rule, sports where two fellow humans compete with each
other « as
are currently forbidden. The reason is that competitiveness
inevitably worsen the hue. Thereupon, professional athletes purely
aspire to break records while simulations and fights against robots
have become a standard during matches”
went on. “However, much as athletes are considered fit by Sibyl,
it can happen that their records do not grow as expected, they seethe
with jealousy for the good results of other athletes and their hue
worsen. We sport trainer counsellors anticipate this kind of feeling
and work to allow our clients — the athletes with built up bodies —
to focus on the matches as much as possible.”
his counsellor in charge, how was Shimono-san’s hue before his
death?” Masaoka asked.
was clear, for sure. His records stalled but … it’s something very
common among the athletes around his age. He was not supposed to
worry that much about it.”
he incur in someone’s enmity?” Kurata said.
there athletes he was on bad terms with?”
think there were some … But not so as to lead to a murder … it’s
a bit too …”
I guess they could have also pretended to be on good terms with him
outwardly, right? …”
was a cynical side in Kurata’s mentality.
such a waste…” Oribe said regretfully from the bottom of his
heart. “It was such a fabulous « body »”
particular words were faintly stuck in the back of Kougami’s mind.
were they stuck? Kougami
himself didn’t understand well.
discussion with Oribe didn’t go any deeper than that, and Kougami
and his team went back to the Public safety Bureau.
from above, the Public Safety Bureau headquarters was an octagonal
tower building. Its height exceeded 60 stories and it looked like a
tower with a gothic architecture from a distance. The days the
weather was good, it was over-embellished with holograms. Its solemn
appearance made it look just like the cathedral of atonement. They
entered through the front entrance guarded by security drones placed
on either side of it. Sybil’s symbol and the MWPSB logo stretched
out largely on the floor of the entrance hall. Within the Public
Safety Bureau, they headed for the analysis laboratory inside the
enforcers’ isolation block.
This word is written with dots on the kanjis in the original version,
to insist on its importance.
A world where humans’ state of mind and the tendency of their personalities can be quantified. While all sorts of inclinations are recorded and policed, these measured numbers used to judge people’s souls are commonly called: PSYCHO-PASS. Division 1 || cr.♡ – insp.