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Psycho Pass 2 – 4 – 11 (END)

What a ride! As an interlude rather than a series “finisher” (Please tell me that this is the case here), I feel that Psycho Pass 2 has accomplished its job and told an excellent story in the universe, even if some of it is treading old territory. The fact that it answered or at least explored some of the more unanswered elements in the first season says much about its efforts to expound upon the universe.

Sorry for combining so many episodes into one post, but I’ll be focusing primarily on the endgame here.

Aoi Tsunemori bites the dust and seems to have been the only thing that has ever shaken Akane so much. I’ll admit, I got chills when I saw her lose her cool at the end of the 9th episode. Yet, her hue remains ever clear. Let us outline the unanswered questions from Psycho Pass one and discuss a bit about how and to what extent each one of these questions was answered.

Unanswered Questions and plotlines:
1) What causes people to be criminally asompymatic?
2) What became of Kogami Shinya? Was his view on justice correct, or was he just seeking self satisfaction?
3) To what extent was Makishima correct about the Sibyl system?
4) How does Akane keep her pyscho pass so clear? What about her is “special”?
5) Finally, and most importantly: How should the sibyl system ultimately be dealt with? Should an evil system seeking the perception of perfection be destroyed?

Ultimately, this season toyed with many of these ideas, mostly 1,3,4 heavily, and 5, while completely ignoring 2. Supposedly the psycho pass movie is supposed to deal with this (And trust me, I’m very excited about that) but I can’t help but feel we need more time and something more definite. It may be that there will be a third season to conclude many of these thoughts.

Akane’s ability to stay clear was expounded upon much further in this season – I believe her desire for order and to change the system from the inside out is what keeps her clear in the eyes of sibyl. Nothing conclusive was presented so a theory is all I can give you.

Sibyl went from being an evil entity seeking the perception of perfection to a misunderstood “super computer” seeking to better itself – or so they purport. I’m not sure I buy it, I still think some brains need to be smashed. I can’t tell you how excited I got when I thought Kamui was going to blow them to fucking kingdom come. My heart stopped when he pointed the dominator at sibyl and saw their 300 crime coefficient. I was thinking “This is it – this is how they see their end.” Not quite, it would appear, although I think he made great strides in exposing one of sibyl’s weaknesses, even if they weren’t quite as easy to judge as he had thought. Sibyl appears more benevolent than one might have thought. I still don’t buy it.

Also, how many times has the fucking chief been killed? I understand that her body is essentially a husk that is possessed by her mind in the sibyl system, but I thought we finally saw an end to her at last. She’s clearly insidious and seeks only to vilify opponents of sibyl, I’m not sure why Akane tolerates her existence. Maybe it’s just because there is little she can do about it.

I am personally of the opinion that sibyl (and by extension, the chief) need to be either destroyed or disassembled – you cannot and should not tolerate evil in the hopes of one day creating a non-evil. It’s clear they’re willing to make sacrifices and care only about propogating their existence as a god – why are they continued to be allowed to rule a world they no longer respect?

There are many questions to be posed as Kamui drives a knife into the wound Makashima opened. It won’t be long before another opponent of Sibyl challenges the order of society. I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Psycho Pass 2 – 3

Suspicion turns to Akane as the mysterious letters “WC” finally appear in her very own room. Unable to say conclusively that someone entered her room, both the inspectors and enforcers are forced to choose which impossible scenario is more likely – that someone did enter the room somehow, or that Akane lost her sanity and wrote it on the walls, which would in turn draw a correlation to the previous crime. Thanks to good guy Tougane, however, she is cleared of suspicion. After all, in the face of two explanations, shouldn’t the investigation take the group that further believes in the innocence of their inspector? Sounds right to me. Good job, Tougane.

The chief (who is Sibyl’s poster girl, as we know) later warns Akane to be wary of Tougane, as apparently he’s had the highest psycho pass ever recorded in Sibyl’s history. Makes me wonder what in the fuck it was, that girl in the first season had one over 400.

It’s interesting to see that Akane really has become Sibyl’s pet – the only one who knows of their true existence and they trust her to keep that secret, because they know how brilliant she is and that she’s capable of understanding their need to exist. For now anyway, as she made her disdain for the system apparent at the end of the previous season. How long do they think she’ll go along with this? I doubt they are not keeping their eyes on her as the only person in the entire world with an insider’s view on Sibyl.

Interesting to see the show explore one of the greatest unexplained themes in the previous season – how can certain criminals like Makashima keep their psycho pass down despite their obvious instability? It’s obvious they’re nothing more than crooks but Sibyl refuses to properly identify and assign them a proper crime coefficient. “Kamui” obviously exists and with him lies the answer to this two year old question – I’m as excited as anyone else to finally figure out what’s going on here.

Psycho Pass 2 – 2

Yeah I knew the blog post for this episode was gonna be confusing, I blame the dumb title of this second season.

“I had hoped you’d understand, Akane.” ~ Mysterious bad guy after intentionally killing someone in the previous episode.

Man, being a hypocrite is easy these days. So what is our favorite bowl-cut protagonist up to this week? As it would turn out, investigating a problem that Makashima left us with a trace last season – why can some control their psycho pass so easily in order to avoid being judged by Sibyl? They’re obviously malicious by Sibyl has sided with them – no doubt a dialogue on “thinking for ourselves”, something I think Makashima spoke of. Anybody who has watched the first season knows the true nature of Sibyl at this point.

I can’t help but think the stunt Ginoza pulled last episode never would have flown in the previous season – pointing a dominator as an enforcer at another inspector. You would have gotten your ass executed faster than you could say “Tashikani”. Seems that the department of justice has gotten a bit lax in the years following Makashima Shougo’s rain.

The pacing of the show feels decidedly different than it did in the previous season – less oppressive, a little less unknown, and foreign. It’s likely because the only two familiar faces are Ginoza and Akane – a little off putting for sure, almost feels like I’m watching a different show that just happens to star the two of them. I do miss a lot of the old cast.

We all know it’s inevitable that Kougami will show up at some point. My bet is that we’ll have to wait likely to around the 10th episode for this to happen just yet.

Not sure what the villain’s whole purpose is, but I suspect something pretentious and maligned like Makashima’s intentions. Maybe he’ll be quoting shakespeare too, the fruit loop.

Psycho Pass 2 – 1

Hyper Oats.

Yes, the only cyberpunk show to come out in the last decade is back with a vengeance. It’s been two years since we last left Akane, Ginoza, and the rest of our still alive heroes (Even Kougami!…somewhere.) What has happened to them in the interim? How are they faring in a story not animated by IG or written by Urobutchi?

Just fine, quite honestly.

The story opens with a chase not unlike the first episode of last season. I still remember what was going through my head every step of the way as I watched Akane receive her dominator and become accustomed to the way that problems are dealt with in a society run by the Sibyl System. This episode provides an interesting and considerably less fatal juxtaposition in a way that properly reflects many assets of Akane’s character. In a completely unrelated bit, I just remembered that Zetsuen no Tempest aired in the same fall season as Psycho Pass 1, holy shit what a season that was.

You may recall that Akane chose not to destroy Sibyl (which I personally believe would have been the better decision) and instead opted to let the system remain while she works out the kinks of destroying it. “How the fuck is she going to go about that?” I wondered to myself two years ago. Well, uh, not sure on that yet.

It made me smile to see Akane trying to fudge the numbers, surprisingly even with Ginoza’s cooperation, in order to paralyze the man rather than completely eliminate him. I thought that her position had changed her and she’d become an unfeeling badass, and despite her reasoning (“We need to know how he kept his hue clear” yeah right), I know the real reason she didn’t kill him was because she believed every word she said at that rooftop. Nice try, Akane, but we know you better than that.

Some dark undertows at the very end of the episode. Who is this man, and what’s up with the doppleganger? His shtick isn’t much different than Makashima’s – a man with a psycho pass under 60 that is unable to be judged by a dominator. Interested to see how they explore this without treading old ground.