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Psycho Pass episode 12 – Our music is so deep man

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.

akane moeExcept I can improve her moe-ness. I have the technology.

pic1324580_mdI 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.

Akane so moeThe 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.

more more akane

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.

even more  moe akaneI 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.

idontevenknownaymoreI don’t even know why I was doing this in the first place.

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  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    At this rate, Akane in the finale: “S-S-Sybil no baka!”

    • Madu_Scientisto
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      “Saitei da yo Sybil-kun!”

    • Coolwhip
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      Haha! I wonder if they’re doing background info for everyone. They might as well since they did so this ep

      • Madu_Scientisto
        Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

        There’s been some rumours flying around (on /a/) saying the next three episodes (or was it the next two?) are to be flashback episodes for the other characters too much for my tastes, but oh well).

      • Scamp
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

        I’ve heard those rumours as well. But I’ve also heard rumours that there will be a new Full Metal Panic, so yeah

  2. Madu_Scientisto
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Pretty solid episode, even though Ms. Yayoi is a somewhat boring character.

    Psycho Pass along with Girls und Panzer are the best moe shows of both last season and the current one, Kyo-ani got nothing on these two!

    Of course, no character will ever be more endearing than Harima of School Rumble, but still…

  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Akane without her drugged-out sleepy eyes is disgusting. Stoner Akane all the way.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      You just can’t handle the moe

  4. Anonymous
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Scamp I daresay you’ve outdone yourself with this one.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Why thank you, I do try

  5. Posted January 15, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Oh my God Scamp. Oh my God. That’s too much of moé to me. HNNNGGGG

  6. Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    I’m going to push back about your cynicism about the musicians, if you don’t mind.

    The idea of creating a distinction between state authorized artists and unauthorized is chilling. What is the purpose of Art but to express ideas and appeal to senses and feelings that prose is insufficient in conveying? Creating Art is to make a statement; and the best Artists lay their souls bare so that others’ may be enriched, challenging conventional thinking, pushing boundaries, and enlightening us about the basic human experience we share in common. To be an artist of any worth is to make political statements.

    The punk rockers might not have the talent to change the world, merely imitating those they’ve seen before them, but their sentiment is in the right place. What worth is there of “artists” that are pre-approved, allowed only to deliver canned messages that the system, ultimately the Man or conservative majority, deem fit to consume? Haven’t great, important books been banned? Haven’t classical composers and playwrights gone underground because their work was deemed too subversive?

    Progressive thinkers by their nature fly in the face of the establishment, challenging the authority that protects the status quo. Psycho-Pass does an effective job of presenting a society that’s technologically convenient but attempts to strip its citizents of making any truly meaningful decisions.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Difference with the Psycho Pass system is that it’s not the art being filtered. Just the artists, and the only method by which they filter is whether they, in devoting themselves to their art, are more likely to have their mind effected by it. I suppose there could be a difference in the two kinds of art they produce, but Psycho Pass doesn’t make any indication that’s the case. Again, it’s like saying indie games are the only ones making pure subversive artistic statements compared to the mainstream market, which simply isn’t true.

      This again is probably down to me being born in the 90’s. The idea of art being censored for it going against the government seems as ancient as book burnings to me. I’d say its pretty likely that in the world of Psycho Pass, they did have to censor works that were harming people’s psycho pass. But the point I was making was that there’s no rule that those who were approved by Sibyl as artists are any more or less artists than those who weren’t.

      • Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

        Throw out the indie games example; that’s clearly a straw man. Indie games aren’t being censored and the video game art form is still in its infancy.

        Psycho-Pass clearly makes a connection between banning certain artists and banning certain forms of art. Whenever we see the cells of the people locked that Sibyl deemed criminals, they were always eccentric thinkers. The fellow that clued them into catching the schoolgirl murderer had a full body tattoo. Sure it was grotesque, yet nowhere else in that society do we see people with any kind of tattoo. Therefore, body tattoos = dangerous criminal. In one of the cells next to him was a fellow with stacks of books. Doesn’t this imply that simply being too well-read equates to having a criminal mind?

        The idea that merely being involved with unauthorized persons or viewing a particularly savage act will infect an individual’s mental meter, as the hair-thin line between Inspectors and Enforcers demonstrates, is the series making a statement that the unclouded, safe and innocent mind is one unchallenged with truly insightful thought. When the system can choose your job for you, make decisions of life and death for you, there are no real decisions to be made in that life besides the cosmetic. That was the whole point of the dilemma Makishima presented in episode 11, and the point of what I’m saying about artists. Are thinkers without total freedom of thought and a range of experiences to draw from really all that astute? I don’t think so.

        The great irony is that making such observations about Psycho-Pass would undeniably elevate our meters to the criminal level. ^_^

  7. Posted January 15, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    “Good job Psycho Pass! A gold star for you in the subject of pacing.”

    Akane-chan gets cat’s ears as a reward for that.

    Third and fourth picture shows that she is distressed that scamp didn’t get the music revolution movement. Clearly she did something wrong; that’s why she looks flustered.

    P.S. that last pic looks like she has a bandage across her nose, and less like she’s embarrassed or something.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      I need to level up my permablush. It’s hard to do you know!

      • Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

        Blush! That’s the word I was looking for. /facepalm

  8. Posted January 15, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    What I got out of this was that basically the Shibirushisutemu prevents people from being too passionate about their music, which implies that it only authorized the less passionate musicians. That in turn implies that there must be a whole bunch of uninspired, politically correct music without much, if any, soul poured into it.

    In this regard I found it very ironic when Yayoi’s authorized bandmember claimed that “Music by an unauthorized band is worthless!”

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      That’s an interesting way to put it. I’d posit that being passionate does not destabilise your mind, but I see where you’re going with that

  9. Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    The nekomimi, blush and sweat marks are well done, but you could do better for the tail and cloth re-color.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Cloth recolour was intentionally bad.


  10. Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I… I don’t think I could properly concentrate on the post with all those MOE MOE Akane pictures…

  11. All Fiction
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Good job! Now can you use your talent to put some moe into jojos adventures? Actually kyoani the hell out of that show. I really love the show it is making my eyes bleed everytime I watch it.

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