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Hey, it's been a while... I came to talk to you today... since I decided what I'm going to do next. My Crime Coefficient went up to 140. There's no longer a chance for recovery. But it's not in my nature to sit around and mope in the isolation facility. So I decided to go back to where I used to work. You told me to take a different path. Guess I didn't live up to your expectations. I'm a bad son in every respect aren't I? But strangely enough, I have no regrets. There's nothing good about being a detective. Even so, it's a job that someone needs to do. Right... dad?

—Ginoza at his father's grave in Perfect World.

Nobuchika Ginoza

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Vital statistics
Romaji Name Ginoza Nobuchika
Kanji Name 宜野座 伸元
Gender Male
Date of Birth November 21, 2084
Height 183 cm (6'0")
Weight 62 kg (136 lbs)
Blood Type O
Affiliation Public Safety Bureau


Occupation Enforcer
Inspector (former)
Relatives Tomomi Masaoka (father, deceased)
Sae Ginoza (mother)
Akiho Ginoza (grandmother)
First appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 1
Anime Debut 0101 Crime Coefficient
Seiyuu Kenji Nojima
English Voice Actor Josh Grelle

Nobuchika Ginoza is an Enforcer working in the MWPSB's Division 1. He was demoted from the rank of Inspector to Enforcer after his Psycho-Pass rose to an unacceptable level after witnessing the violent death of his father.


Ginoza is a tall young man with chin length black hair and green eyes. He allows his hair to partially cover his face and, wears eyeglasses despite the fact that he has perfect vision. He does so because he believes that wearing them will help to preserve his Psycho-Pass. However, during their final exchange before Masaoka dies, the older man tells his son that his eyes look exactly like his own when he was young. After that and a two-month stint in a rehabilitation center, Ginoza stops wearing them saying that he longer wishes to hide the resemblance between himself and Masaoka. This development appears to parallel Ginoza coming to terms with other similarities between Masaoka and himself, after Masaoka's self-sacrifice to save his son's life.[1]

Ginoza is typically seen wearing dark formal attire. In the field he wears a standard dark suit and tie with a black high-collared pea-coat. After losing his left arm he begins to wear a prosthetic as a replacement, seemingly similar to the one that his father had. After becoming an Enforcer, he trims his hair and begins wearing a brown trenchcoat similar to the one Masaoka used to wear.[2]

In 2116, Ginoza allows his hair to grow and pulls it back into a ponytail.[3]


As an Inspector, Ginoza is an effective senior officer, capable of balancing the requirements of the Chief and working effectively with Division 1's personnel. He is an astute observer of human behavior and an excellent detective, but because he relies on data more than intuition, he comes off as quite strict when it comes to his job. Ginoza's resulting bitterness over Masaoka's latent criminal designation and demotion from Inspector to Enforcer when he was younger, contributes to his view that Inspectors should not develop emotional ties to their Enforcers because such relationships may cloud one's Psycho-Pass. To maintain his distance, ergo, he treats the Enforcers like "hounds" ‒ as they are called ‒ with himself as their "shepherd" ‒ as Inspectors are called.  

Ginoza is somewhat adversarial towards Kogami and Masaoka because he views their demotions to Enforcers as personal betrayals, leaving him with feelings of abandonment. Despite his loathing of Masaoka as an Enforcer, Ginoza still subconsciously craves his approval as a father; Masaoka's faith in Kogami causing Ginoza to develop feelings of jealousy and inferiority despite the fact that his skills are equal to Kogami's.

Masaoka to Ginzo -You are my son, after all

Masaoka to Ginoza: "You are my son, after all."

When Akane Tsunemori joins his team, he warns her against becoming friendly with the Enforcers, though she does so anyway, particularly with Kogami. Ironically, Ginoza fears that Tsunemori will go down the same path as the Enforcers, though it is he himself who stumbles in his job performance and goes the very route he fears for her, thus repeating the sins of his father and his friend. When his Hue begins to grow cloudy, he ignores advice to get treatment and focuses on work. His complex emotions, combined with the pressures of the job and the burden of keeping his Psycho-Pass clear, cause Ginoza to become wracked with deep anxiety which leads to emotional exhaustion. The violent and untimely death of his father, Masaoka, creates an emotional upheaval in Ginoza's psyche, resulting in a sharp rise in his Crime Coefficient to 140 and his being designated a latent criminal. Ginoza enters treatment, but leaves after only two months, returning to the MWPSB as an Enforcer working under the very trainee he used to supervise, Akane Tsunemori.

As an Enforcer, Ginoza exhibits significant changes both as an individual and as a law enforcement agent. Beneath a cool exterior, Ginoza is shown to have a compassionate side and is protective of those with whom he works and greatly grieved to see family and friends suffer or die. It is unknown how he actually feels about his demotion, but he is well-suited to the straightforward work of an Enforcer.  

On a personal level, Ginoza's hobbies include gardening and collecting coins. He adopted the former from his grandmother and the latter from his grandfather. He is fond of dogs and holds a dog therapist's license; and is allowed to keep his Siberian husky Dime even after his demotion to Enforcer.[4] Ginoza is good at tennis, skiing and kendo. In an audio drama, it shows he has excellent skills in handling firearms. His favorite food is bread; his least favorite is mulukhiyah. He sleeps for six hours per day.


Ginoza was born in Tokyo to Tomomi Masaoka and Sae Ginoza.

He was nine years old when his father is admitted to a rehab center due to a deteriorating Psycho-Pass. This fact contributes to his hatred of latent criminals, as well as causing him to throw himself into his studies as a means of escaping the reality of having a latent criminal as a parent. He joins the MWPSB rather than other suitable occupations in the subconscious hope of reconnecting with his father.

During high school, Kogami once saved Ginoza from being bullied because of his father's latent criminal status, thus starting their friendship.[5] They soon become best friends and when Ginoza tells Kogami his future plan of becoming an Inspector, Kogami quickly decides to do the same.

Personal Background


Tokyo, Shin Chiyoda-ku, Hitotsubashi 4-76-D (as an Inspector)

Emergency Contact Information

Tokyo, Adachi-ku, Senju, Asahi 6-23c
Akiho Ginoza (relation: grandmother)


March 2100 ‒ Graduates from 2nd Higashi Tokyo Secondary School
February 2100 ‒ Enters Nitto Academy (Higher Education), Faculty of Law, Major in Legal Studies
March 2104 ‒ Graduates from Entered Nitto Academy (Higher Education), Faculty of Law, Major in Legal Studies

Work History

April 2104 ‒ Enters MWPSB; enters Public Safety Bureau's Career Instruction Center
September 2104 ‒ Finishes from Public Safety Bureau's Career Instruction Center
October 2104 ‒ Assigns to MWPSB, Division 1 as an Inspector
February 2113 ‒ Resignes due to Psycho-Pass deterioration; is confined to Adachi Municipal Psycho-Pass Correction and Medical Care Center
March 2113 ‒ Is released from Adachi Municipal Psycho-Pass Correction and Medical Care Center
April 2113 ‒ Reassignes to MWPSB, Division 1 as an Enforcer


September 2093 ‒ Gains Garden Designer Level I
June 2103 ‒ Achieves National Legal Professional Level I
August 2102 ‒ Gets Driving License for Regular Motorcar Type I
May 2106 ‒ Achieves Dog Therapist License


Shinya Kogami

Kogami is Ginoza's former partner and his best friend since high school, despite having somewhat opposing dispositions and personalities in the series. Kogami, though appearing at times to be erratic and unreliable, is very level-headed, efficient and self-controlled as opposed to Ginoza, who gives the impression of being incredibly together and organized, but is actually riddled with anxiety and insecurity, probably due to his worries about his Psycho-Pass.

His relationship with Kogami seems more towards that of a co-worker relationship and is, at some times, strict and cold. Despite this, Ginoza still accepts whatever conclusion or any evidence Kogami presents during investigations. Ginoza still cares for and worries about his friend, despite his latent criminal status, as shown when he hesitates to shoot Kogami with a hacked Dominator, just before Tsunemori interferes and shoots Kogami with Non-Lethal Paralyzer. When Kogami escapes, Ginoza comments that life with freedom is more suitable for him.

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Ginoza worries about Tsunemori following the Memory Scoop

Akane Tsunemori

Season 1

In the beginning Tsunemori is a new Inspector assigned to Division 1 and Ginoza is her supervisor who is shown to be critical of her style of detective work and her instincts, scolding her in public and in front of the Enforcers. In fact, he actually is concerned for her Psycho-Pass, having seen similar things happen to his father Masaoka and to his friend Kogami.[6] He once even commanded Kagari and Kogami not to say bad things about her cooking and eat everything up she cooked, as he didn't want her Hue to cloud because of criticism.[7]

His own demotion, Tsunemori's professionalism and other aspects lead to a change in his attitude from critical to respectful of her abilities as a detective and individual ethics which include continuing to befriend her Enforcers as human beings, himself included.

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Ginoza holds back an enraged Tsunemori to keep her Psycho-Pass in check

Season 2

Accepting his rank as an Enforcer, Ginoza defends Tsunemori's style of detective work and admires her instincts in contraction to his initial opinion and interactions as an Inspector.

Tomomi Masaoka

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Masaoka and Ginoza in happier days

Masaoka is Ginoza's father, a former detective and one of the Enforcers in Division 1. The father-son relationship is strained after Masaoka is demoted from Inspector to Enforcer, and Ginoza and his mother endure the ridicule that ensues, especially Ginoza during his high school years. As an adult and Masaoka's superior, he seems to have little respect for the man who fathered him and rarely communicates with him; however, as his Psycho-Pass grows cloudy, the two men interact more frequently.
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A son's despair after witnessing his father's death

Later, Masaoka sacrifices himself in order to protect his son from a bomb rather than fulfill his duty as Ginoza was ordering him to do. Masaoka's death led to Ginoza's Psycho-Pass to rise, leading him to become a latent criminal himself. Two months after his father's death, Ginoza is shown talking to him at his gravesite in a respectful manner indicating that amends have been made. Ginoza stops covering his face with his hair and using eyeglasses to cover his eyes which are similar to Masaoka's. He also obtains a prosthetic arm just like his father had, as well.

Risa Aoyanagi

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Aoyanagi shares a drink with her friend, Ginoza in the dormspace

Aoyanagi entered the MWPSB at the same time as Ginoza, the two knowing one another for years. Aoyanagi helps Kogami investigate Makishima at Ginoza's request. Despite Ginoza's demotion to Enforcer, the two still communicate well. Aoyanagi goes to Ginoza's home where he offers her a drink and comforts her when she blames herself for killing Kozuki.[4]

Mika Shimotsuki

As Shimotsuki despises people with a high Crime Coefficient, she dislikes Ginoza. She also resents his nagging and the fact that Tsunemori trusts him for a number of reasons, but mainly because she trusts his instincts as a previous Inspector. Ginoza is aware of Shimotsuki's dislike of him but continues to give advice in order for Tsunemori's team to operate smoothly.

Teppei Sugo

After Sugo mistakenly kills Inspector Risa Aoyanagi with the Assault Dominator provided by Division 3, he goes to Ginoza to apologize. Ginoza understands his feelings, but doesn't want to see him at that time.[8] During the incident at the Drone Factory, Sugo thanks Ginoza for saving his life from the hacked drones.[9] Later Sugo uses the Assault Dominator to paralyze Mizue Shisui, who has endured many Non-Lethal Paralyzers from the other Enforcers. Ginoza is relieved at Sugo's arrival, albeit late. They form an understanding and get along together well.[10]


  • Ginoza's ID as an Enforcer is 00475-AEAJ-39875-2.
  • Ginoza's ID as an Inspector is 00475-AEAJ-39875-1.
  • He is designated as Shepherd 1, as an Inspector, and Hound 1, as an Enforcer.
  • Ginoza reads books about law and politics and rarely reads any fiction, except for Leo Tolstoy and Ivan Turgenev.
  • His favorite book is Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. He was first interested in its title and once he had started, he couldn't stop reading. 
  • His favorite saying is, "The fool learns from experience while the wise learn from history."
  • Dime was once used to participate in Tokyo Dog Show 2112, which was undercovered by Ginoza and Kogami. He also helped the men to capture the culprit.[11]
  • Ginoza's wish was to be muscular which his workouts as a new Enforcer help him to realize.
  • In addition to Dime, Ginoza also had another dog named Ron, who died.
  • His favorite fashion style is "simple."
  • His hobbies are walking Dime indoors, taking care of decorative plants and collecting coins.
  • His favorite item in his room is a digital photo stand, which is full of memories about his dogs.
  • His favorite food is bakery products and his least favorite is Mulukhiyah (Jew's mallow).
  • Ginoza's motto used to be "Do not betray," but now it's "Believe."
  • Ginoza's strength is "Responsibility toward his obligation," while his weakness is low self-esteem ("Glasses" as his profile shows).
  • As of 2116, he takes training in Judo and Karate.
  • Sasayama once bullies him by telling him a lie about Valentine's Day and calling him "Ginoza-sensei," without Ginoza realizing that it was meant to insult him.
  • Gen Urobuchi, along with the staff of the Psycho-Pass Committee, like teasing Ginoza's character more than any other in the series. In one interview, Urobuchi said, "I want to play a joke on this typical glasses-wearing elite." In truth, he states that Ginoza is as good a detective as Kogami, but is trapped in his conservative persona, envy of Kogami and the difficult dynamic that exists between his father and himself.




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