Cause I feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel
|No, they weren’t joking, the final arc is about oats. Makishima skips through a field and smiles to himself like a little girl who just found out she got a pony for Christmas. He’s always been a smiley guy, but this week it seems like he can’t wipe that grin off his face. Meanwhile, Akane suffers horribly. Well, at least someone is happy.|
For the most part, episode 20 really just repeats all the questions Psycho-Pass has asked us up until now – except this time we get actual answers to those questions. Akane is finally able to give some sort of answer to whether Sibyl is right and what sorts of choices humans should make for themselves. It really just shows, once again, that Akane has come a long way. Firstly, she carries the episode wonderfully even without Kougami. Secondly, she stays strong even after witnessing such a huge secret. After being shown what Sibyl really is, she re-experiences some conversations in the past that made her question her ideals. Before she wasn’t able to give a proper answer, but now she has a much more solid grasp of what it is she wants from society. The conversations range from a rather short yet heated discussion with Kagari to her life-changing encounter with Makishima.
The big message here seems to be that making your own decisions and sometimes being wrong is better than letting an external source decide everything for you. Sure, the non-Sibyl way isn’t perfect, but it builds character. We should be allowed to try, struggle, make mistakes and learn from them. That allows you to judge your own worth…and not the kind of “judge” that uses numbers either. With Sibyl, people become complacent and don’t stop to think about their potential since even that is tagged and given a number right from the start. Akane understands the importance of making decisions herself – be it choosing a job or judging a criminal. How is a group of criminal brains better suited to lay out your life for you than your own self? As much as I can acknowledge the benefits of Sibyl, I can’t say I’d ever want to live under it.
After feeling despair when in the face of big choices (such as her job and whether or not to shoot Makishima), Akane seems to welcome the idea of taking responsibility for her choices a lot more. Her suicide threat to Sibyl if they didn’t let Kougami live was a very impressive move. It has some of the same reckless undertones as something Kougami would do, but it was logical enough to work. The Dominator is constantly reading her Hue and criminal coefficient, so the Sibyl System would know in an instant if she was lying. She wasn’t. Her determination to save Kougami and carry the burden of Sibyl’s true identity is amazing. If half the ladies in anime could be this confident and proactive, I’d be overjoyed.
Just look at her. Even after coming face to face with a grotesque, piss-coloured soup of brains and computers she goes right to a crime scene and shoves her fingers into a corpse’s throat. She just keeps going! She’s not only keeping her Hue in check, but she’s doing all the right things as a detective to save her partner and protect the country. We’ve slowly seen Akane become more and more like Kougami in terms of her deduction skills. Ginoza even does a double take when he listens to Akane spout theories about him, almost mistaking her for Kougami himself. When all this ends, Akane might end up taking Ginoza’s position. What will happen to the borderline Enforcer Ginoza? I really don’t know, but things are not looking good for him since he’s fragile, an average-at-best detective, and a poor choice of a pawn for Sibyl.
Akane Tsunemori: gun whisperer
Now that everyone knows the final stage, all that’s left is to watch all the dominoes falls in the next 2 episodes. I find it a bit sketchy that Makishima would know exactly how to re-arrange the genetic code of these crop-protecting virsuses to make them target the oats instead of various pests. He may have dug around for info, but wouldn’t this be an extremely time-consuming process – especially in an older facility with machines more similar to what we have currently in 2013? Maybe Makishima reads Biology and Genetics textbooks in his spare time aside from philosophy. Anyways, since Kougami is hot on his tail and the police will be there within the day, I wonder what this showdown will offer that their first one did not. How could Kougami confronting Makishima with Akane coming in a bit later be any different from the confrontation at Nona tower?
I’m a bit worried how the ending will pan out given that capturing Makishima isn’t really all that exciting anymore. I don’t care about whether or not he’s stopped because he’s a small fry next to the Sibyl System. That’s the REAL issue that should be resolved. I hope that they make quick work of Makishima and end on a more broad note that addresses Sibyl. Just a few more episodes until the showdown…How do you think things will go down?
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