Wooing a girl step 1: don’t pass out while wining and dining her
|This show is slowly taking over my life and influencing everything I do. For example, I chose “murder” as the topic for my neuroscience paper and keep hovering towards writing about potential preventative measures society could take. I can’t exactly come out and say “INVENT DOMINATORS” but I’m certainly taking a ton of cues from the show. I just pretend I’m writing a blog post, and the essay-writing goes by a lot faster. In fact, I’ll probably go right back to writing my essay after this to make the process as seamless as possible. Let’s go!|
This week’s episode serves as more of a linker episode between the ending of the last case and the beginning of a new case (that also happens to involve re-occurring villains from the past murders). There’s a lot of things that need setting up, so I’m going to rapid-fire through a lot of things since there’s a large amount of subjects covered superficially instead of one deep topic to really bite into. The Chex-Mix of Psycho-Pass episodes, if you will. After rummaging through the bag, the first handful surprisingly reveals a lot about the other members of the police force for once. Or pretzels. You know, I’m not really following my own metaphor, so I’m going to drop it.
Instead of just asking Kougami or looking up his file, Akane decides that she wants to do her research on her partner privately so as not to stir up any suspicion or touchy subjects. All of the Enforcers and other police force members are actually quite open with her and tell her everything she needs to know. As a former detective, Kougami had an Enforcer named Sasayama under his wing, and they got along like they were best friends. Perhaps Ginoza was even in on the whole friendship circle at the time. Back then, even the terminology was a little less strict, as Enforcers were called Hounds and Handlers were called Shepherds. The word “shepherd” conjures images of a benevolent fellow wearing breezy clothes and lazily waving a stick around to command a faithful dog to herd some sheep. The Hounds are loyal to the shepherds and obey without question, but there is a more reciprocal affection underlying the hierarchy. A hound is a noble animal who just rounds up the lost sheep, which sounds a lot less threatening than “Enforcer” does. A handler-enforcer relationship sounds more like a cold, business-like affair where one person makes the calls and the other obeys. The Enforcer will enforce those laws using…well…force.
Good morning, sunshine
Everything changed when Sasayama was murdered. During a murder case, Sasayama had his body preserved in resin and chopped into neat little pieces as if he was an art display. This traumatized Kougami, and he still hunts for the criminal to this day. The reason he never got his revenge is because the main suspect disappeared, and the evidence convicting him was only circumstantial. Now that we know more about the case, it’s easy to see why this is eating up his life. He saw his best friend’s corpse and couldn’t even catch the killer, despite the fact that it’s his job to do so. It’s one thing being a helpless bystander and seeing someone die, but it’s another thing to feel responsible for it when it’s your line of work.
Kougami seems like such a just person because he loathes the idea of criminals not getting what they deserve for their crimes, such as the one who killed Sasayama. It’s what fuels him, and also what will undo him. As the current case dovetails with all the previous cases and brings us closer and closer to the middleman co-ordinating all of these crimes, Kougami is getting closer to the source of his abnormally high criminal coefficient. What happens if it gets too high? Will he be demoted even further? It may seem nosy of Akane to snoop around, but learning all this about her partner is actually very important when certain triggers can set them off. You have to know those landmines, and be prepared to step around them or learn how to disarm them if they’re somehow tripped.
Working overtime never felt so good
This middleman criminal who deals not in weapons or information but in crime appears to be Shougo. We saw him in the internet case and the most recent killer-lesbian case. He’s basically an anime version of Sherlock Holmes’ Moriarty. He approaches criminals and supplies them with whatever they need to commit their criminal acts. Need to steal avatars? No problem, because Shougo will find you a hacker. Want to kill someone with hard to obtain resin? Shougo will get some chem prof or something to buy that stuff in bulk. Is your thing chopping up girls into pieces to make art displays? Free critique from Shougo himself as he sits in on your drawing sessions! He might have to contact yet another source to get what is needed, but he is the one funding these criminals and essentially investing in crime. His only motive seems to be because it’s fun. He isn’t upset when his clients are caught, either, so there really is no way for him to lose. As long as someone is suffering and he gets to watch, then any ending is a happy ending. We still haven’t seen much about Shougo aside from these little tidbits as he meets with his clients or watches them, but so far he seems like a wonderful villain.
As for the new killer in the all-girl’s school, I’m a bit tired of seeing this sort of thing, so I don’t really care one way or the other about her. She’s a bit dull. I don’t know if any artistic killers can really top Bioshock’s Sander Cohen. It might be because I find video games 10x more frightening than less interactive media like anime, but he killed people in artful ways that were insanely depressing…yet oddly beautiful and artistic in a twisted way. Plastering his disciple to a piano filled to the teeth with explosives and making him play until he gets the song right and putting up pictures of the corpses of his murdered disciples are just some of the lovely way he expresses himself. Perhaps as her art displays get more flamboyant and bold, I’ll start to get more creeped out. Her first piece seems to be making a mockery of the police force since it strongly resembles their logo.
Sorry I don’t have a better screenshot of the logo!
What’s more interesting about this new case that has spawned is that it gives us some additional insight on the Sibyl System. I find it hilarious that they think shipping girls off to an all-girls school and isolating them from society and icky things like boys will keep their Psycho-Pass ratings in the clear. They really think it works! However, I get the feeling that only a few people really believe in it, and the schools desperately hide any cases of cloudy Hue Checks from everyone else to make it seem like their methods are working. Anything to prove their own beliefs and disprove others. Despite having this high tech system, it seems people will still form their own wild theories and do as they please. I wonder if they’ll let the male Enforcers into the building when they’re trying to protect the innocent little lambs from male exposure. I doubt they’ll take no for an answer – especially Kougami. He feels like he’s getting closer to finding the person behind all these murders, and when the police force start to work on this case, he’ll be all over it.
Kougami’s enthusiasm is a little troubling to everyone, especially Ginoza. He actually seems more like he’s worried than a stick-in-the-mud who hands out orders without emotion. Part of why he does so much self-regulation is because his father got a high criminal coefficient. It appears he was also in the same line of work, which instantly makes me wonder if Masaoka is his dad. That would explain the age difference and the tension. But they have different last names and it seems a bit TOO convenient, so I’m just stating it as my “off-the-wall prediction of the week.” Heh. Anyways, it’s nice to learn more about the human iceberg, Ginoza! He’s a lot more sensitive than he looks, but he tries to be as stoic as possible so that his criminal coefficient doesn’t go up. Can you imagine living a whole life actively trying to alter your emotions and thinking patterns to remain happy and stable? There is stress being put on him to remain stable. “Criminal coefficients” aren’t directly inherited, but a lot of other traits are genetically-based, so Ginoza could be an at-risk individual. I’m finally starting to feel bad for the guy.
“Dude, now’s not the time to binge on your secret cookie stash”
Not only do we uncrack the hard nut that is Ginoza, but Akane does her rounds visiting the other police force people for dirt on Kougami. Her first target is Kagari, who tries to turn the tables by getting her drunk and getting her to spill her own secrets. Unfortunately, he’s a lightweight and Akane is a tank, so she wins. I was pleasantly surprised by her alcohol tolerance, especially since no one in that society even drinks actual alcohol anymore. Those kinds of vices are provided via crazy future technology that serves up highs in legal doses. Sounds like a pretty damn good solution to me. Kind of like those legal injection sites where druggies can go in and get clean needles, except they actually give you all kinds of drugs too. At least, that was my understanding of it. Anyways, I digress. I’m always distracted by cool technology! I liked seeing more about Kagari who cooks and drinks and does normal people things that apparently no one can be half-arsed to do anymore. Shion and Yayoi also get some more lines, finally. This week’s episode wasn’t the most exciting, but I think setting up this sort of character development was much needed before things progressed further. I think we’ve about to dive into what scientific experts would call “deep shit” rather soon.
Bonus: Show ▼
To put it simply, there is an abundance of “stuff” that makes the entire episode seem jam-packed with a myriad of different ideas. Some of them gel together, some of them seem completely disparate, and the whole thing is a very messy series of quick cuts from scene to scene without any thoughtful transitional timing. In the beginning we see Akane laughing, and it’s cut midway to her stealing some food from Kagari as if some footage was just missing. It was a really hectic and chaotic episode that didn’t have the same flow and patience as the previous ones, but that didn’t stop it from being good. Although the pacing had to speed up to fit everything in, all the new storylines and little tidbits about the characters crammed in there is really neat stuff. There are 3 major events: Akane gathering info about Kougami (and the minor characters in the process), connecting all the previous cases to the Sasayama incident, and the new murder case at the all-girl’s school. They are all quite important, and it’s hard to know exactly where to focus, but it’s also very exciting. Like a sugar rush. Which I am currently experiencing from all those blueberries I devoured.
Hush, it’s alright…Don’t you worry…there will be another episode in just a week’s time.