Psycho Pass episode 11 had the unfortunate honour of airing just after I had finished writing all my 12 days posts. In my episodic on it I gave it the unofficial 13th day award, but that doesn’t really give it justice. But I can’t just copypaste that post and call it a night, can I? I can’t just repeat its brilliance at carefully structuring the entire series around this single point that crushes Akane’s belief in the system? I can’t explain again how Akane went from naïve to sceptical to believer to broken to recovery to badass to absolute cynic, can I? Definitely not. So instead I’m going to pick another moment from Psycho Pass.
Akane is the best part of Psycho Pass, which is a bit of a shock from Butch Gen coming after the weakest part of Madoka be the characters. It’s not so much her personality, which is pretty generic all things considered. It’s her development over the course of the show from greenhorn into a badass. It’s natural and comes from her interactions with the world. Every character she talks to and every situation she finds herself in shapes her personality and makes her develop. The actual plot of Psycho Pass makes some dodgy leaps, what with hyper oats and the like, but Akane’s character was wonderfully realised.
I can’t really call the scene in episode 11 her best moment though, since she was pretty useless there. Instead her best moment came in episode 16 when she met Makishima again. The previously unperturbed, always in control, smug-ass prick Makishima. She whacked him across the head with a brilliantly satisfying crunch. The only reason she wasn’t in the room earlier to save Kougami’s white ass was because she was shot with a nailgun and had to patch up her leg before soldiering on.
That’s why Akane is the most badass person in Psycho Pass. She wasn’t born with this innate badassery and smugness like Kougami and Makishima. She had to work at it so she could eventually twat one of them in the head and say comprehensively that she beat them.