The popular sci-fi anime series Psycho-Pass 2 has been awarded the Silver World Medal of the prestigious New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition for the Animated Program group category.
The winners were announced on Tuesday, April 19, in a gala during the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
They are the Second Japanese anime show to be nominated in the category since it was launched last year, and the first show to receive an award.
Aside from Psycho-Pass 2, nominees from BBC Worldwide Channels Singapore and Discovery Kids Latin America also given recognition for their programs in the Animated Program group category.
This series is set in the year 2113, where the Sibyl System is actively measuring a person’s mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes, all through a “cymatic scan” of the brain. The resulting assessment is called a Psycho-Pass.
When the probability of committing a crime – measured by the “Crime Coefficient” index – is too high in an individual, they are pursued and apprehended—with lethal force, if necessary. (Synopsis from Aniplus HD)
Psycho-Pass 2 is the second season of the popular sci-fi action anime series, which was directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani & written by Gen Urobuchi, and produced by renowned anime studio Production I.G. The anime was aired on Fuji Television’s noitaminA block in Japan from October to December 2014, which has 11 episodes.
The Japanese voice cast were lead by Kana Hanazawa (“Chiaki Kurihara”, Bodacious Space Pirates) as Inspector Akane Tsunemori.
The First Japanese anime series to be nominated in the New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition was Space Dandy, which was listed as under FUNimation Entertainment and aired on Adult Swim. The show had been awarded a finalist certificate.
Psycho-Pass 2’s win is an another feather in its cap as it was also nominated for the Best 2D Animated Program category in the 2015 Asian Television Awards, which was won by Studio Ghibli’s Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter.
The New York Festivals – World’s Best TV & Film Awards is an annual competition that honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Since 1957, it honors the “World’s Best TV and Films” that “mirror today’s global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers and talent”.
Among the members of the board of advisers & the grand jury members for this year’s NYF are Marissa Flores, the Senior Vice President and Head of GMA News and Public Affairs, and Regina E. Reyes, the Senior Vice President and Head of ABS-CBN News.