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Psycho Pass episode 10: Let’s play the floor is lava

[HorribleSubs] PSYCHO-PASS - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.21_[2012.12.15_11.23.50]NOT MOE!


[HorribleSubs] PSYCHO-PASS - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.26_[2012.12.15_11.25.09]


For the past few weeks I’ve been praising Akane for having a rather clever head on her shoulder. Well I’m going to have to take that back. I’m not sure what it was that caused her brain to fall out of her ear and walk into this stupidly obvious trap. Being called to a completely abandoned part of town and then splitting up is always a good idea when you’re in the police. You just sit here in the car Akane because clearly you wouldn’t be able to handle this totally obvious trap that has been set up.

Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on Akane. She was officially off duty so they weren’t following usual procedure. Besides, she was apparently up against the man with the most extraordinary predictive capabilities. Somehow he knew that calling Akane would mean she would bring along Kougami. He also knew that Kougami wouldn’t let dirt get on her pretty little feet and would go in alone. He also knew that Kougami would not notice that the voice manipulator had been used, despite the fact he instantly knew something was fishy when Spuuuuukie Buuuuuugie’s voice changed. And that was still a real person behind the mic, rather than stitching her sentences together in an audio editor.

[HorribleSubs] PSYCHO-PASS - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.32_[2012.12.15_11.28.53]The game was pretty friggen dumb too. Often these games feel like lazy narrative devices because they allow the author to make up his own rules as it suits his whims, but it’s fine so long as the rules of the game serve some sort of greater purpose. The purpose of having the hunter chase Kougami was because he wanted to experience the rush of victory over other humans by killing them. But what was the purpose of allowing Kougami an escape route? So the game could be an actual challenge, right? So Kougami would continue to strive to get away. Thing is, did you really need to artificially create such a thing? If this guy is so smart, does he really think that Kougami would go “oh shit, surrounded by black smelly lava, guess I’ll just allow myself to be shot”.

Where they put the hints was pretty friggen dumb too. The battery on top of one of the robot dogs, stuck on with some masking tape, was stupid as hell. Because it’s not like it’s ever going to fall off or get crushed by one of the traps. For that matter, if this is supposed to be about the thrill of the chase, what’s the point if Kougami is killed by a trap? Why don’t you just set up a trap in a homeless person’s village and then sit and wait if it’s all the same to you. And the antenna in the bra, for gods sake. They took off her bra and replaced it with another one? Clearly the deliberately replaced her bra with a non-matching one because these guys can really predict every little thing. I can imagine him furiously throwing the bra back at one of his henchmen saying “HOW DARE YOU, THIS BRA MATCHES HER KNICKERS! GET ANOTHER BRA RIGHT NOW!”

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  1. Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I take it you didn’t like this episode.

    • Shadow
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

      thought the same thing XD. Still I was getting bored of Makishima quoting classical and modern literature left and right. This episode was a pleasant change of pace.

      • Erif
        Posted January 6, 2013 at 4:34 am | Permalink

        heh, at least it’s done more subtly and more tastefully than fuckin Zetsuen no Tempest.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Whatever gave that away~!

      My patience is running a bit thin with post writing at the moment with the 12 days, secret santa and general end of the year stuff, so I couldn’t really be bothered to try think of positives to say this time

  2. Madotsuki
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Shogo placed the helpful items without the hunter’s knowledge. That’s why the hunter was asking Shogo if he added some plot of his own.

  3. Raiphin
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    this is weird, but is IS actually a Thing in Japan for girls(stylish ones anyway) to have matching lacy bits. I checked for that after he made her strip.

    don’t get me wrong–it’s definitely a dumb trick….but also weirdly authentic.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t doubt that (although now you mention it, matching underwear is kinda weird when you’re not planning on showing it to anyone). It was just the idea that they deliberately put in non-matching underwear

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    The most surprising thing about this episode was that Akane doesn’t have a blanket. Her FRIEND has a big poofy warm blanket, but not Akane.

    A future without blankets would like a bleak future indeed.

  5. Shikamaru
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    I liked the ending scene a LOT. I don’t know about other people. Everything Gin said to Akane was pretty much correct. This is all her fault basically. Okay Kogami was dumb too, but he would’t be here without Akane asking him. Yet the old guy takes her side and tells Gin to shut up, because Akane is still young and green. When you become a cop there might come a day when you have to kill your friend. I guess she’s only now realising it.
    Or I am the onlyone who thinks Gin is totally right this time and had a really good reason to pissed. You have to face your obvious mistakes.

    • Cirith
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink

      Gin is leaping to conclusions without a good reason and it’s an unlikely possibility at that. Kogami can’t really move freely without a supervisor, maybe he could have found information about the route under the building, but other preparations like the thing with akanes friend would be harder. Possible with an outside contact but not the most likely scenario. Also he seems to have a general problem with seeing things calm and collected. And if Kogami died after Gin giving the command it would be his fault, not Akanes nor the Fault of the Sybil system, if you decide to kill someone at least take responsibility.

      That aside Akane and Kogami really did behave rather dumb this episode, it’s an obvious trap, you know it’s an obvious trap so don’t walk straight into the trap. (And I think the fake audio clip even sounded a bit weird.)

      • Scamp
        Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

        That was probably the one bit of the episode I did like. They’ve kind of established that Gin is a bit of a dick, and his rant at Akane was more about putting her in her place rather than his beliefs that it was actually the case. He’s probably still reeling from the telling off she gave him the other day. That’s why the older Enforcer picked him up, because he noticed that he was clearly doing this to berate Akane with little motive.

        Plus ‘killing someone so take responsibility’ is not something they take into account when it is Sibyl that technically does the killing. That’s quite a commentary on their society. Guns don’t kill people =P

  6. Anonymous
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Whatever. I felt that this was the funniest episode to date. Funnier than the one with the exploding rapists even.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      I’m now disappointed I didn’t make Exploding Rapists a tag

  7. Matthew
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    The thing to remember about “obvious trap” is that they had no clue whatsoever that anyone might want to trap them. I mean, I know if a friend called me out to a remote part of town with a very suspicious message, the last thing on my mind would be that somebody wanted to lure me into a death trap. Because, you know, I don’t have the types of enemies who would want to lure me into death traps.

    Seeing that they were being lured out into a trap is very obvious from the perspective of them being in a television show. In-character, though, I’ll allow them one pass on the principle that they didn’t realize they were dealing with a Bond villain.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Indeed, I took that part into account. But they are part of a police force tracking a killer for whom they know the mastermind hasn’t been caught, plus they realised something was up. It was their actions after realising something was up that bugged me. Although as I said, how on earth could they have gotten away from this Bond villain that was able to predict their every move

  8. Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    To be fair, Spooky Boogie’s discrepancy was in terminology and not in voice quality, so it still makes sense for Kougami to initially mistake the automated voice as an authentic Akane voice.

  9. Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Why’d they even bother changing the bra? Why not just hide it in her already existent pieces of clothing? It’s not like it was impossible.

    • shytende
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Because Makishima wanted Kougami to notice the hint. He gives Ka good chance to win, because he wanted to test his intelligence and see if he is his equal.
      If you remember the homoerotic subtext, everything makes more sense ;)

      • Scamp
        Posted December 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        Everything makes sense with homoerotic subtext.

        (although considering the homoerotic subtext involved both of them taking the bra off a lady, it’s rather strange homoerotic subtext)

  10. shytende
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Well, when you participate both to a puzzle death hunt togeteher you can learn a lot about each other. You can understand Makishima wanted to have fun with his Kaito Kougami.

    If it becomes a gritty reboot of Phi brain, that may be a little disappointing, though.
    Phi Pass : Puzzle of Sybille ? Psycho Brain : Makishima no Puzzle ?

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