Here’s all the interviews from the Official Profiling 2
book. (Well, except for the ones with Ling Toshite Shigure, Chelly from EGOIST,
and Yugo Kanno. Aka the ones in charge of the music. Sorry about that.) They
include the following:
Cast – Hanazawa Kana (Akane), Seki Tomokazu (Kougami)
Staff – original story concept & screenplay – Urobuchi Gen; 2nd season structure – Ubukata Tow
Staff – Director – Shiotani Naoyoshi
Under the cut are a lot of words (almost 13k), but here are the
Like I theorized way back, Psycho-Pass is not a series with a fixed start-end plot, but a sandbox where only certain elements of the world and certain characters are set in stone. Thus new writers, etc can come in and play with the pieces every single time. Even the staff’s all “there are so many side stories and spinoffs that we’ll leave it up to you to figure out canon” from them.
The movie was thought up, planned, and put into production before they ever considered season two. I repeat, the movie was always the priority, and the gears started moving right when they finished s1.
Apocalypse Now was a huge inspiration for the movie.
Everyone (cast, staff) agrees that if a certain character had been there in s2, the case would have been wrapped up right away and there would have been no s2. (So unbelievably true, but grrrrrr)
Shimotsuki Mika is beloved by the staff for the exact same reason that fans dislike her (“she’s what Sibyl thinks a true Inspector is”).
Hinakawa was always made to be a foil to other characters (poor boy).
If you didn’t know, many of the important staff figures spent a lot of their careers on live action, crime series, etc, and really love Western scifi/crime/etc media, which is one of the reasons why PP feels so different from a typical anime you see nowadays.
The recording cast left an empty chair in the studio for you know who during s2, and HanaKana basically said at one point, “Please come back already!”
And if nothing else, read the two cast interviews!
Spoilers for s2 and the movie, obviously, under the cut.
Marlene turned off the lamp of Charlotte’s bedside table and walked away from her room, not closing the door since she knew she didn’t like to sleep in the complete darkness. Her daughter was four years old now and there wasn’t a day that she didn’t ask for her father and there wasn’t a day in which Marlene wouldn’t cry about it when she finally fell asleep.
She and Evan had dated ever since she could remember and she was pretty sure that she had loved him from the very moment she laid eyes on him. Marlene and her friends were having dinner the night they met and he asked her to dance. He litteraly headed towards her table and ask her, right there, in front of all of her girl friends. She blushed a little but accepted. By the end of the night he had her address and the promise of a date. It was probably love at first sight.