After seeing this, my crappy day doesn’t seem so bad.
|Okay, so now we get to find out what happened to Akane after Makishima made her friend’s throat reinact a bloody Niagara Falls. Finally! She didn’t appear in the last episode at all, and she makes a nice comeback here. After watching episode 13, you cannot deny that this woman is not a moeblob but a tough as nails detective who earns her keep on the police force.|
Unfortunately, I have to start with the bad before we get to praising Akane. Her Psycho-Pass is incredibly resilient and even after watching her friend die before her eyes – twice – she maintains a healthy rating. She is doing better than someone like Ginoza, who is stressing out over paperwork while Akane went toe to toe with a mass murderer. On one hand, it’s good that she’s so persistent and that adds strength to her character since she’s not very physically useful in terms of fighting. However, most of my thoughts about her quick recovery were negative. I was expecting this to be a huge turning point for Akane. I wanted her to start questioning herself, her decisions, and her role as a detective as her hue became cloudy. She didn’t have to veer into Enforcer territory or anything extreme, but I thought that surely such a traumatic event would have a lasting effect on her.
She just shrugged it off like a bathrobe.
We see Akane a few days later, and she’s perfectly fine. Cheerful, even. I’m sure she was depressed for a few days, but we never see it. We don’t get to see those couple of days where Akane is at her lowest, so it seems like she simply just wills herself to be okay. Once she has committed herself to catching Makishima, she is somehow able to shut off her sadness. People don’t really work that way. Just because she has a goal to focus on doesn’t mean her heart will listen and shut up about the pain of someone dying before her very eyes.
Personally, I like seeing characters struggle. I want to see them fall before they stand back up, and I’m especially tickled pink by seeing a character go through mental trauma. It’s just the sort of thing that interests me. Call me a sadist if you like (most people already do). I was robbed of that with Akane’s almost untouched Psycho-Pass. D: I have to ask…If this doesn’t rattle her, what will? Is Urobuchi planning something even worse for her, or will she bounce back every time?
Not everyone likes seeing cute girls wallow in misery, so I may be alone in this. On the bright side, Akane does pull off a rather impressive stunt when she goes through the memory scanner and still remains sane. This still makes me sad that she gets over everything so easily though. The difference here is that this second instance of Akane resisting hue darkening shows us that she is one hell of a gutsy detective. She not only risks becoming an Enforcer to get a picture of Makishima for her and Kougami’s sake, but afterwards she shakes it off like a champ. It kinda pisses me off that she was fine, but at the same time…damn..you go girl!
Can you imagine Masaoka trying to give a tiny Ginoza “The Talk”?
Aside from Akane’s memory dive, it was mostly a quiet episode with a lot of talking. Yayoi got her own episode, but Ginoza and Masaoka have more than enough of their past revealed in just a short span of time in this episode. Ginoza serves as a contrast to Akane, where Masaoka is more like an (unsuccessful) analogue of her. Ginoza obsesses about his mental health because he doesn’t want to become like his father, which may in fact be a large reason why his hue is so cloudy in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle of becoming stressed, worrying about that stress, and thus causing more stress. Akane avoids this by adopting a “whatever happens, happens” sort of attitude where she does what she wants without stopping to fret over if it will affect her Psycho-Pass. Once you worry “If I watch this movie, would my criminal coefficient raise by 1.3 points?” then you are just creating more issues for yourself.
Akane competently addresses the pitfalls of being a detective with an omniscient gun that makes decisions for you, and figures out a way around it. If she can use her unbiased judgment about what she thinks is right or wrong without relying on thoughts about Sibyl’s ratings of good and evil, then she will be able to persist as a detective and catch Makishima. However, Ginoza isn’t quite able to accept that Sibyl is flawed and that he has to make his own decisions. He still relies heavily on those little numbers to do everything for him, and trying to throw away that line of thinking is hard for him. It’s almost like what I thought Akane would go through after trying to save her friend is happening to Ginoza. He regrets not being able to stop Makishima because of the Dominator’s rating system, but he also is terrified of making his own judgments and being held responsible for them. Just was does it mean to be a detective? I’m not sure he knows the answer to that at the moment.
As Ginoza questions his job, he’s starting to show the same patterns of thought as Masaoka. Ginoza is having a hard time switching from Sibyl to his own judgments where Masaoka had a hard time switching between his own judgments to Sibyl. Being an older gentleman, he was around to see the inception of Dominators and he actually remembers a time when they didn’t exist. This hatred of the new system made him cloudy. Akane and Masaoka share the same pure, optimistic view of a detective as an agent of justice, but Akane is more able to adapt to the changes presented to her. I doubt the next time she sees Makishima she will falter. She will be able to make the decision to kill him herself, even without Sibyl’s blessing.
Yeah, I peel off the stickers so I can always solve my rubix cubes too, lady.
On a side note, I found it interesting that the boss lady (no, not Kyokai) reacted the way she did to Ginoza’s response. I pegged her as the type to blindly obey Sibyl to an extent where she was basically a drone, but she’s actually just incredibly pragmatic. She knows what will benefit the most amount of people and how to achieve it. She is fully aware that Sibyl has drawbacks, but she knows that society will fall apart if it becomes privy to even the slightest flaw in the system. All in all…it works. It’s not the kind of society I’d like to live in, but given that the rate of anomalies who can dodge Dominator readings are so low, it’s hardly a big weakness. We now know that Makishima can’t be judged by the Dominator not because he has a lower crime coefficient, but because his cymatic scan doesn’t accurately reflect his mental state. In reality, he probably would have a criminal coefficient that’s through the roof. It’s just that the gun is somehow unable to read him like it would any other person. That makes more sense than his explanation about his will being the determining factor of his pure hue. He doesn’t have some special power or anything, he’s just lucky.
Basically, having one or two people that can dodge the system isn’t enough to instill panic into the hearts of civilians. It’s better to stay quiet and secretly capture Makishima. Now the real chase begins! After the ED song (which ditched the naked bodies theme for a skyline…not sure how I feel about that yet) there’s a scene where Ginoza’s boss seems to have located Makishima, so we may see him again really soon. My only question is…how did she find him while lying still in a trance? Is she a cyborg? Or is that just her “srs internet browsing face?”
Better watch out, Makishima. They’re coming for you!
Akane is fine, but everyone else is gonna need serrriiooous therapy