Kougami and The Mystery of the Spooky Strip Search
|I just finished exams! Yay! I just got back from some post-exam celebrations, and I figured now was a good a time as any to catch up on blogging. Psycho-Pass is usually a series that gets the ‘ol brain juices flowing, but I’m not finding a lot to talk about this week. Maybe I’m just burnt out from studying. Anyways, enjoy another mini post! At least…mini compared to some of the 2k word count posts I’ve written for this series. Teehee.|
This week felt like a bit of a step down for Psycho-Pass, as it attempted to toss in an action scene that wasn’t exactly the most believable sequence of events. First of all, I’m not sure why both Akane and Kougami weren’t more suspicious about going to a completely abandoned building in the middle of nowhere. What even is that area? Did the city develop so quickly that it was easier to just build a new city than to try and revamp the old one? Anyways, Kougami explicitly says it’s a trap, but he still decides that splitting up and heading into a creepy, underground subway station all alone is a swell idea. The whole scenario chalks up to them both saying “THIS IS A BAD IDEA BUUUUUT….” and then just following through with it, crappy maps or not. The entire situation could have been avoided so easily! Yes, watching robotic dogs scamper around and chase Kougami while a cyborg hunts him down wearing night goggles is kind of neat. I just wish the circumstances surrounding it made a bit more sense. I know this is sci-fi and crazy things happen, but that doesn’t give anyone an excuse to act like an idiot. :/
Then there’s the whole thing about Kougami being far too smart for his own good. I can believe all of his deductions in this episode up to the point where he rummages around in a girl’s bra for an antenna. He makes some huge jumps in logic to assume she’s part of the key, and then to assume that something is in her bra wiring. Not every girl wears matching underwear either! I mean, I hardly ever – WOOPS TOO MUCH INFO. Anyways, Kougami’s game-breaking detective skills seem far too convenient a lot of the time, so I just seem him as being psychic as opposed to really smart.
What I did like was Makishima turning on even his own partner in crime and tampering with the game. He isn’t interested in one-sided games where one person is killed and the other is the winner. He is interested in the actual struggle itself, and what it does to the minds and hearts of those involved. While Senguuji has the clear goal of reliving the thrill of the hunt, Makishima’s intentions are a bit more nebulous. He wants to see how people grow in the face of fear, but is that really all he wants? I wonder if he has some overarching plan to overhaul the Sibyl System or to do something other than toy with people he selects almost haphazardly. It seems like his motives are too simple for a show like Psycho-Pass. Not that I mind if he’s genuinely just in it for kicks, because that’s (for the most part) how Izaya was in Durarara!! and he turned out to be one of my favourite villains in anime.
The only downside to Makishima’s preference to be the puppeteer is that he’s constantly off-stage. I really like his character. We’ve seen him enough to get used to his presence, but not enough to really know him. I’m hoping at some point he will stop using middlemen and face Kougami directly. I know I’m getting ahead of myself here, but I’m hungry for more Makishima. I don’t want stupid mutts, I want a white-haired sadist!
“Betcha 20 bucks I can throw him into a trash can from here.”
Anyways, this week was mostly just running around and performing surprise strip searches so I don’t have too much to say. As a side note, I must say that I really have a soft spot for Ginoza despite how horrible he is to everyone. Every time he lashes out angrily, it’s just a terrified attempt to protect himself. He strikes pre-emptively so that he won’t be the one who is hurt. Maybe he thinks being so stiff makes him look tough, but to me, it’s just more revealing of how pervasive his insecurities are. This is a man who has no self-esteem and is on pins and needles all the time. I’d say he needs a hug, but Masaoka just giving a casual TOSS TO THE SIDE like he was a basketball seemed to do the trick. Forget Kougami, Masaoka is the true badass here!
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