I just watched the first episode of the new Gintama 2015 season. At the beginning, when Gintoki was hit by a chair, he screamed Psycho-Pass!

I know Psycho-Pass is another anime (I watched it) - but what was the meaning behind that reference in Gintama? I was wondering if both animes had the same studio or something, but that doesn't seem to be the case.


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Gintoki screaming Psycho-Pass! when hit by a chair,

Gin gets hit by a chair

is a reference to a scene (episode 17 at 18:21) from Psycho-Pass, where Kasei gets hit on the face with a portable patient monitor by Makishima.

Kasei gets hit by a portable monitor

Gintama is well known for using gags and references regarding other anime. Most references are made when the situation is similar to that of the other anime. This Psycho-Pass reference is a new one.

I also believe it could be a word which was misheard by the viewers. Found this on Yorozuya Soul Forums (dead link). The author has a good point.

Gin had shouted a lot of random words before, when he gets hit or blown away, maybe it's just a random thing, I personally think that maybe he actually said "psychopath" but the translator though he said Psycho-Pass, since they are both pronounce the same way (Psycho-Pass is a pun), at least that's my assumption, I could be wrong, it's not like I'm fluent in Japanese(YET!)

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    If it really was the intended pun, he should have been hit with a book...
    – Mints97
    Apr 19, 2015 at 11:56
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    @Mints97 not necessarily. The similarity kinda lies in the way both faces are attacked by an object. I dont think Gintama meant to recreate that exact scene from Psycho-Pass. Apr 19, 2015 at 16:49
  • It's a reasonable answer. But I do agree with @Mints97 that the joke would have been a lot easier to get and even funnier had it been a book.
    – Saturn
    Apr 23, 2015 at 6:57
  • @Omega agreed. I couldn't find any other references.. But since Gin has yelled random stuff before, and throwing a book would mean exact replication, I think its explainable. Maybe the concept of this reference was to confuse the viewers and let their imagination decide what really happened :p Apr 23, 2015 at 7:57
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    I don't think it's the first hit on the face that is being referenced, but the second (Psycho-Pass episode 17 at 18:20): youtube.com/watch?v=cjhZ78d4RZQ&t=18m20s. Same angle.
    – Gao
    Jun 16, 2018 at 15:00

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