Kougami should get injured more often if it means he’s going to be topless.
|Being off for reading week doesn’t mean I post faster, it just means I get more distracted doing other things like picking up Pokemon Black again or trying to finish Mugen Souls. Fortunately, today was a day for staying in my pajamas all day and watching Psycho-Pass. My mom actually likes this show too, and this episode particularly blew her mind. I don’t think she knew what was happening, but it still blew her mind!|
Almost all of the mysteries from last week are explained in a particularly infodump-like episode this week. Although it may seem like a quick turnaround from “what is Sibyl?” to “THIS IS SIBYL!”, I’m the impatient type and prefer having my questions answered immediately. So, what did you guys think about Sibyl being a swimming pool of brains hooked up to computers? It’s a pretty standard outcome for sci-fi books or shows, but not something I can recall seeing a lot of (or any of) in anime. The typical route in anime would be for Sibyl to be some old dude or a little girl controlling the system. Whether you say Psycho-Pass follows your expectations or betrays them, I’m pretty content with the big reveal.
The whole reason Sibyl was adopted was to give an objective measure to nebulous qualities such as mental health and sanity. We currently just do really refined guesswork to tell these kinds of things – and pre-emptive treatment isn’t that popular since it could be wrong. Humans weren’t trusted with making a latent criminal scale because it would inevitably be biased. It was only accepted because it was advertised as being a completely computerized system without human error to bog it down. It could not be criticized because it ran on a set formula, so people trusted it. You can question someone’s taste in music, but there’s not much you can contest about 2 plus 2 being 4. What makes the fact that Sibyl is actually a bunch of human opinions averaged out to create the best system totally ruins that trust. It may still be a computer system, but a huge amount of processing is being accomplished through human thought – which is a very subjective thing, no matter how much of an outsider you are.
This shocking revelation was meant to be a huge moment for the series, but it ultimately wasn’t even half as shocking as the Chief being Touma for me. Perhaps it’s because there was such a huge volume of talking this episode without any interesting actions to speak of that made the reveal less dramatic. It was almost a “okay, whatever” moment for me, as if the show was just confirming what I already accepted somewhere in my subconscious as fact. Weird that an episode revealing the almighty truth wasn’t nearly as riveting as the prior episode where they captured Makishima.
“You want me to give up this smoking hot body? And you think I’ll say yes?”
It was the Chief who surprised me more than the brain thing, even though the two are connected. I had all but given up on Touma and yet here he is, alive and…sort of kicking. He can use a robot body of some old lady. It was surprising that the Chief was really just a robotic vessel for whichever Sibyl personality has the extra time to hang around the real world. She was able to override the Dominator because she WAS Sibyl. Things get even weirder when she reveals that she’s currently Touma – the runaway asymptomatic criminal from the case that killed Kougami’s partner. He (gender pronouns are getting a little confusing here) is so certain that Makishima will agree to become a floating brain despite the fact he’s spent his entire life fighting against Sibyl. He went to Nona Tower so he could specifically shut it down!
Although the splendour of near-infinite knowledge sounds like something Makishima might like, let’s not forget how old-fashioned he is. He likes the feel of paperbacks and treasures every day, normal life. Do you think someone who shuns e-books is really going to readily accept hooking their brain up to a supercomputer? It goes against everything he stands for, so his refusal was not a surprise. What worried me was that he would be inevitably forced into the system, and the rest of his screentime would be as a wrinkly blob. That would be an ironic end for him to be part of the system he sought out to destroy, but it somehow doesn’t feel right. There are grander things planned for Makishima now that he has escaped with the truth. The next time he meets with Kougami, they may end up talking on slightly more friendly terms.
Not only is Makishima an important playing piece because of his knowledge of the truth and his rare ability to dodge Sibyl’s eye of judgement, but he’s…he’s too cool to die! I love Makishima because he’s so brutal that killing doesn’t even make him flinch. This week was in danger of become a bit of a talkfest until Makishima started snapping legs with the most sickening crunches. He was just killing a robot – but the way he repeatedly had to bash her face in with a computer monitor made it seem like yet another vicious act. Urobuchi Gen never shies away from whatever chance he can get to make Makishima seem like a deeply disturbed individual. It’s like a reminder that although Makishima has the power to help change the world with what he now knows, he’d still slaughter an orphanage of children and puppies if it tickled his fancy.
One way or another, Kougami and Akane are going to find out the truth. Maybe Makishima will spill the beans completely, drop a few hints, or the two of them will actually just figure it out on their own. As things stand, the police is being sent on a wild goose chase for Kagari when they fully know he would never just run away. Everyone is on edge not just because they feel like Kagari’s disappearance has been covered up, but because not being allowed to interrogate someone you captured yourself makes no sense. Even Gino who is desperate to trust in the system is having trouble following his orders without questioning them. He still obeys and does what the Chief says, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts breaking his rule-abiding streak at some point for this special occasion.
As always, I’m excited to see just where this goes next week. The police have been given so much ammo for suspicion that they HAVE to do something about it. It’s not just about Makishima any more, but the truth of how their entire society runs. Fortunately, I’m SUPER LATE so I only have to wait a short while for the next episode.
A physical representation of how Psycho-Pass ever so subtly uses literary references