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12 Days of Anime #11: Clobbering Makishima in the face

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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.

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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.

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7 Comments

  1. Brew
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Too me it sounds like Matsuda is the best character in Death Note cause he gets to *Spoiler* Light in the end.
    Give Makishima a break… its hard always being *always in control, smug-ass prick*

    • lmm
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Matsuda just did that though; the only build-up was everyone calling him useless all the time. Akane really earned her eventual badassery.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      That Matsuda moment was pretty great, albeit for a different reason. No development there, it was just that Matsuda was the one who always believed in Light.

  2. Shikamaru
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Action anime and action fiction in general needs more female main characters. Why is it such a rare sight to see woman shooting bad guys and being a badass.

    Usually every story has one clear main character. Ed in Fullmetal Alchemist, Simon in Gurren Lagann, Yui in K-on! and even Chiyo in Azumanga Daioh(you could argue that Osaka is the main character instead of Chiyo). Everywhere I go people say that Kogami is the main character. I always thought that Akane is the main character, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s because she is way better character than Kogami. Kogami is really generic badass/cool guy and he barely has any character development.

    I originally thought that this would be my anime of the year pick but I enjoyed Genshiken Nidaime way too much. I have already watched Nidaime 3 times. Hato and his slight identity crisis made that anime so much better.

    • Posted December 16, 2013 at 2:12 am | Permalink

      I’d say that Akane and Kogami were about equal in terms of which was the main character, but a lot people might gravitate towards seeing Kogami as “the” main character because he’s the male of the two. That, or people just relate more with generic badasses.

  3. Someone Else
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    I bet you’re excited with the new season of this

  4. Posted May 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

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    whole world is set against them, they persistence and even when it seems God’s own bookmaker is stacking
    the odds in failures favour, they prevail. flyting  flytrap  flyways  foaling  foamers  foamier  foamily
     foaming. yellower yellowly yeomanly yeomanry yeshivah
    yeshivas yeshivot yestreen.

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