At least his hair still looks fabulous. That’s certainly a relief.
|The police have their hands full with riots sprawling across the city and a group of highly dangerous criminals trying to destroy Sibyl. As expected, episode 16 packs a big punch as it follows through with this set-up and lets all hell loose. It’s time to finally see the Makishima versus Kougami showdown we’ve all been waiting for.|
This Kougami versus Makishima showdown is actually quite a small scale affair. Akane, Kougami and Kagari tackle about 8 henchmen in total – all of which are equipped with rather rudimentary weapons. Okay, maybe I wouldn’t call a laserbeam saw rudimentary, but at one point someone whips out something that just looks like a giant pizza cutter. They really weren’t kidding when they decided to replace guns with Dominators if a nailgun is the best they can do. Although they don’t have the most advanced arsenal and it’s just a small amount of people, it’s still pretty effective against the police who have nothing aside from their own fists to use as defence. It’s actually nice that there aren’t a bunch of other cops, enforcers, and endless minions peeking out behind cover to attack. It makes it easier to focus on the main goal at hand – which is Makishima (and the Sibyl System takedown to a lesser extent). I think Ginoza will be kicking himself for not sending more people to the tower. There is such a thing as being so cautious it causes more trouble. His stinginess made it so Akane and Kougami barely scraped through this mess…and it’s debatable if Kagari did.
This is why you always close the lid on blenders
Ah, yes, about our precious Kagari. He’s never got much of a chance to shine aside from giving his 2 cents in the form of a snarky comment every now and then and a handful of conversations with Akane. He seemed a lot like the textbook delinquent who would gladly kill a rioting crowd with a chainsaw if he was allowed to and not give a shit. In other words, I really liked him despite the fact he was just a side character through and through. Seeing a side character like him go off on his own made warning lights go off in my head. Either he would get a chance to shine, he would die, or the two things would happen at once.
As much as I knew trouble was coming for him, I still was pretty happy to see Kagari get his chance to bask in the limelight. We actually got to see him do some fighting too! Underneath that slim frame is a fighter, so it seems. We also learn that he’s a latent criminal but he’s not a jackass. I love that out of all the characters, it’s the rebellious Kagari who has a provate conversations with one of the main villains. Usually the typical villain to hero talk has both sides not agreeing at all, but Kagari actually kind of sees where Choe is coming from. The kicker is that Kagari couldn’t care less if Choe was offering him a million bucks because he hates the way Choe and Makishima self-righteously kill people for the sake of an idea they claim to be just. Kagari isn’t shown as a saint here, but as a latent criminal who has long since gotten over the fact that he’s stuck living his whole life on a short leash.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure if Kagari makes it. Although the Dominator says “paralyzer mode,” it may have actually malfunctioned and turned into “blow this dude into breadcrumbs” mode. I’m still not sure, but usually when the Dominator opens up and appears all fancy-like, someone’s guts are getting splattered all over. It would make sense to take him out since he’s now a witness to whatever it is that Sibyl actually is. So…what is Sibyl? It’s not just a computer system if Choe thinks this is such a scandal that hacking it is unnecessary. As long as it isn’t a little girl, I will be fine. As for what it is…well…I’ll leave you guys to speculate because I honestly have no idea. I just hope the actual reveal lives up to all my expectations.
On a side note, let’s not forget that Kagari was shot by an old lady cyborg. I offhandedly mentioned that maybe she was a cyborg a few episodes back, and it turns out that…well..she is! It may be a bit more complicated than that since her Dominator still worked underground though. She may actually have part of the Sibyl System’s server installed somewhere in her body so that even in the depths of a basement with jammers set up by Choe she can shoot latent criminals. It seems she will protect the integrity of Sibyl no matter the cost…even if it means murdering an innocent witness. Being one of the top brass, I imagine she’ll find this easy to just shrug off without getting put in jail. The biggest issue is probably how she’ll fix her melted-off face instead of explaining Kagari’s situation. All she has to say is that Kagari tried to escape or that he was a threat that needed to be silenced.
Makishima may be the prize, but let’s not forget that there was a lot going on downstairs as well. Kougami knew that he was being lead away from their main objective, but he prioritized capturing Makishima instead of thwarting his plan. What follows is a very exciting and rewarding climb to the top. Kougami is almost never wrong, so I didn’t question his idea to put a helmet on Akane for even a split second until that dreaded moment the Dominator seized up. It was so completely unexpected despite the fact that if I had thought for a bit longer I could have realized it would happen. It’s a crazy moment, and things became a lot harder once Kougami had to resort to hand-to-hand combat instead of a OHKO gun. Akane even gets shot! If you still feel like she’s just there as moebait, you tell me if you would be able to take a bullet to the leg and just calmly treat it so you could stagger up god knows how many flights of stairs to catch a criminal mastermind.
Don’t get me wrong – Kougami puts up a valiant effort as well. He holds his own against Makishima, although not for very long. It’s an impressive fight, and I much prefer these action scenes to the police running after someone and then killing them in one shot with Dominators. This was so much more satisfying. Kougami ultimately loses to the final boss after going through a gauntlet of henchmen, so it’s up to Akane to make the final call. It’s a tough choice for her, but she shows just how resilient she is by making the choice to let Makishima live. She overrides her desire for revenge and doesn’t give in. Unlike her first meeting with Makishima, she doesn’t kill him not because she’s too weak, but because she’s strong enough to make the right choice.
This is pretty much all I could ever want from the conclusion of the riots and attack on the Sibyl System. There are still a lot of things left to be answered in the upcoming episodes, which really makes the wait for each episode hard to sit through. Now that they’ve caught Makishima, what happens now? Will he inevitably escape and cause more trouble? Or will the focus shift to trying to unearth the secret behind Sibyl? I have high hopes, because Psycho-Pass hasn’t quite let me down yet and I don’t expect it to any time soon.