It ends in blood, bullets and oats.
|Blood, bullets and oats sounds like a good name for a heavy metal band consisting of only farmers. Then again, there are no farmers in the Psycho-Pass universe. Just robots. Nothing more metal than a band made of robots though, am I right? …Anyways, I digress. Trying to write too many essays all at once has made me delirious. I’ll shut up about robo-bands and get onto the actual episode now.|
It’s a bit of a bittersweet feeling to see Kougami and Akane work like a true team just before they have to inevitably part ways for the rest of their lives. At first, she was asking her friends for advice about how to deal with him. Slowly, she not only got tough enough to keep up with him physically, but her wits got progressively sharper as well. It’s only in the last episode that they’re matched step for step in both areas, working as equals. Kougami is not an Enforcer acting as her shield, but a partner. It was short-lived, but it really cemented the fact that Akane is now on equal footing with Kougami…and that he acknowledges it himself.
As much as he’s probably beaming with pride underneath that stoic exterior, he still feels a duty to protect her. Kougami may have plausibly followed Akane’s plan and just paralyzed Makishima if he hadn’t almost killed her. Again, I can’t ever properly express how much respect I have for an animated character like Akane. She’s not even real and I want to be like her! You got to love someone with enough tenacity to cling to a truck like a koala and land that one, critical shot to crash it. She put her life in danger, and Kougami could not bear the thought of losing her. They are both there, chasing after Makishima, to protect each other from something. Yes, Kougami has his pseudo-revenge thing going on to settle the demons wrestling around in his head, but I think he also is doing this to save his partner from getting hurt.
From there, the chase itself is great. Makishima is flustered for one of the first times ever! I love Makishima as a character, but I can’t say I feel sorry for him lashing out just because he was “lonely.” However, the way he feels about society being full of replaceable human beings is understandable. It’s easy to feel anonymous in the city. Sometimes you feel like your contributions don’t matter and that no one would miss you if you were gone. Dying with those thoughts in mind is a sad way to go. All this time, maybe he didn’t really care about Sibyl or not…he just wanted to be recognized by someone.
In other words, the finale is just really depressing. Not Madoka levels of depressing, but a real downer nonetheless. The main villain dies feeling cold and alone, Kougami lives an entire life on the run, and Sibyl is still ominously watching Akane. The only uplifting part is that one day Sibyl may be replaced with a new system. The key to that? Akane. She is the key to Sibyl becoming a better system and she is also the key to finding an alternate method for society to be run. It’s a bit of a compromise in terms of how to end a sci-fi anime based entirely around a morally ambiguous system, but I’ll take it. It’s better than Akane or Makishima getting their brain scooped out and dunked into a tank.
Oddly enough, I found myself focusing on the characters more once Sibyl was revealed. It was like everything I had wanted to know about this world had been answered, and all that was left to analyze were Akane, Ginoza and Kougami. I loved this series, but I think it got a little half-hearted at the world-building part. It’s like Urobuchi ran out of stuff to show us and ways to show off Sibyl. Psycho-Pass prompts us to ask all these questions about whether the system is good or not, but never seems to come up with a satisfying answer. It’s a shame, because I feel like a lot more could have been done with the system itself showing the life of everyday civilians. How do people not in the police force feel about Sibyl? Aside from extremists like people in unlicensed bands, it’s hard to tell.
It falters a bit towards the end, but I really enjoyed getting to learn more about Sibyl in the very beginning of the show. Every week was exciting, and I liked slowly altering my opinion about the system more and more as I got new pieces of information. Another great thing about blogging this was that everyone had their own opinion of Sibyl too. It’s not a black-or-white issue, per se, but everyone was a different shade of grey. From instant food to magical wardrobes and job selection processes, there was a lot to take in. Getting to know Sibyl at first was fun, and Urobuchi really created an interesting society.
The contest to be the most hardcore chick begins!
Despite the up-and-down world-building, I feel like Akane’s development was extremely well-done. She went from being shy and afraid of her Dominator to a hardened detective with the resolve to protect the law. Urobuchi doesn’t hesitate to remind us how badass she is at every turn, even showing us a parallel scene at the end where Akane is now the one in charge of a newbie, detective girl. If this series gets a second season (based off of the ambiguous ending screen) then it might follow the newbie under Akane’s care. Do we really need a new season? Well, if they actually do something about Sibyl in another season, then yes, it would be good. I’d also be curious in seeing what would happen AFTER Sibyl is removed, and if the citizens have trouble functioning normally without it. I won’t be sad if we don’t get S2, but I’ll be happy if we do. I don’t mind returning back to this world again where Akane is a badass and Ginoza pulled the stick out of his ass. Would you guys welcome a season 2, or do you feel like there’s nothing more to tell?
Well, maybe this is the end of the line for Psycho-Pass or maybe not. There’s no official announcement yet, and “Sibyl still continues…” isn’t any sort of guarantee. Let’s assume this is the end for now. My time blogging Psycho-Pass has been insanely fun. I don’t think I’ve ever got the chance to blog a show that so perfectly encompassed all of my interests. It’s got violence, psychology, psychopathy, science, and Urobuchi Gen. I’m telling you, I was born to blog this show. That’s not to say I dropped some crazy science bombs every time, but I did combine some of my interests into posts every now and then. Heck, Psycho-Pass even leaked into my real life school work. I found myself exceptionally interested in the topic of finding ways to prevent mental disorders by spotting them early. I even wrote an essay about the neuroscience of psychopathy and how to potentially detect it early to stop crimes (I got a 92% on that, thank you very much). I just got really into this show on all levels.
Thanks for sticking with me for this wild ride. As a special message from me…never forget about HYPER OATS. See you for the spring season!
Soooo, yeah… This was also a thing that happened.