No Akane in this episode? What am I supposed to do now? How do I lead off my posts without some moe moe Akane to ease the stress from the episode? I shall have to create my own.
I like this pacing graph. It’s a neat little thing showing how good the pacing in Star Wars is. The pacing for Gurren Lagann would follow an eerily similar graph. The idea is there are ups and downs, with every massive boost should be followed by a calmer moment. What I’m leading up to is that this was the perfect time in Psycho Pass to bring in the flashback episode. Still reeling from the mental destruction that was episode 11, we now jump away from the main group and have a flashback to calm everything down and provide some more context for the group’s dynamic and how one becomes an enforcer. Good job Psycho Pass! A gold star for you in the subject of pacing.
The idea of an artist who works outside the field of Sibyl was quite interesting. There’s the concept that someone who gets too involved in their art has their psycho pass level go up. I can sort of see where they’re going with that. Method actors becoming more like the person they’re acting would become more violent and therefore more likely to commit a crime. I can’t imagine the man who came up with those body sculptures earlier on in the show was quite in his right mind. The best artists are always a little bit unhinged, or so the belief goes.
But what I preferred was this idea that there were unlicensed artists who thought they were producing real art. Proper hardcore stuff that was going to change the world. That made me grin. Yeah, we’ll overthrow Sibyl! Destroying the man with some awful costumes, pretentious music and 2 plastic bags of Molotov Cocktails. The MAN won’t know what hit them! It reminds me of the Un-Go movie, where they had a bunch of hipsters ‘helping those in war torn countries’. Not by providing food or shelter or first aid, but by driving around in a pickup truck playing songs on an acoustic guitar.
Perhaps this just speaks to my age. I didn’t grow up when rock and roll revolutionised pop culture, or when punk and hippies were a thing. The idea that music is capable of any kind of cultural change is such an alien concept to me that I resonate more with the stories where such an ideal is mocked. Psycho Pass wasn’t as direct as Un-Go was in its mockery. If anything, it was played straight faced. Obviously these musicians weren’t going to actually cause any serious harm to the system. The way they spoke about their DEEP music reminded me of the way some indie game producers are convinced they’re making totally deep games compared to the mainstream AAA titles, whereupon they proceed to make some obtuse 2D platformer. But the musicians belief in their ability was played straight. They really did think they were going to make a difference and that they were fighting the system. They’re just a slightly more pro-active version of the people who hung around in the anarchist chatroom run by Spoooooky Booooooogie.
I was a bit disappointed by the female character whose name I can’t even remember….*looks it up*….Yayoi. She’s been a bit of a blank slate up until now. About her only trait was her inclination towards lesbianism, which is cool and all, but that’s a label rather than a personality trait. This episode did about the same. She’s an ex-musician who still has an preference for the fairer sex, but personality-wise there’s really little going on there. At least her actions did serve as an interesting counterpoint to how Akane dealt with her problem in episode 11. Yayoi did try to shoot her friend/crush. Akane couldn’t shoot an obvious villain and in doing so doomed her own friend to die. Considering how much the show has made of the idea that Akane could end up with a cloudy hue through her work, it was clear from this episode that Akane doesn’t have the same mind an ideal enforcer does. Although maybe she does now, after what happened to her in episode 11.