I know I start off each of these posts with some sort of joke about how totally moe Psycho Pass is and all that, as a reference to the director’s statement that the word was banned in the office. But being serious for just a moment, Psycho Pass clearly isn’t moe. Oh sure, moe is a nebulous term that can be attached to anything based entirely on the viewers perspective, and pretending that the show isn’t trying to appeal to recent fan-pandering mindsets when you’ve brought on board the character designer of Hitman Reborn and has official art like this doesn’t ring entirely true. But moe? Hardly.
This episode was the one to finally cement Akane as my favourite character in this show. Consider for a second how often she has acted pro-actively before now. There was the first episode where she shot Kougami instead of the rape victim, because a little bit of common sense is always nice. That was a sign that she was capable of not following the system to exactly what it says, which is precisely the sort of common sense the system requires in a police officer in the first place. Otherwise though, she’s been happy to go along with the flow. When she got a call from an old friend she found suspicious, she roped in Kougami to do the dirty work for her. After what happened to her in episode 11, she’s taken a far more proactive approach to policing, acting on her own strengths such as volunteering her mind for a fancy brain scan.
Although really, the Dominator should just have a friggen camera on the end whenever its picked up by a registered user. That would have saved a lot of trouble and avoided risking one of their most promising young police officers. Just more evidence that the police force in Psycho Pass aren’t the best equipped.
I’m really interested in seeing what the planned arc for Akane’s character will be from here on in. They’re laying the foundation that she’s a tough nut to crack mentally. When other characters find themselves worried, it has a greater effect on them and causes their psycho pass number to rise. Admittedly Psycho Pass is cheating somewhat by showing the characters mental stress through actual numbers, but it does come across in their dialogue too. People like Kougami, Ginoza and Masaoka let their stresses work on their mind and consume them to various degrees. That certainly seems to be the path they’re implying Ginoza is on at the moment. Akane has numerous worries over the course of this show, from her initial uncertainty over becoming a police officer to her reaction after Makishima thoroughly messed with her head, but after a day or two of mulling it over, she makes her mind up on what to do and carries on with her life. Forcing her to re-live her memories had little lasting effect because she has already decided what it is she can do.
It’s interesting that Sibyl picked her to be a police officer in the first place. Sibyl has to appear perfect to the population, otherwise they won’t accept its decisions. If there was any doubt, people would not blindly accept what it is Sibyl says. For example, why would you not take the job Sibyl hands you out when it is an undeniable fact that you would be worse and have a more miserable life in every other job out there. However they put Akane, a girl who very deliberately went against what Sibyl told her to do in the very first episode using her own judgement, in the police force. But when she wanted to go against Sibyl again in episode 11, the tools the police gave her wouldn’t allow her. Sibyl is flawed, but the policing system demands them to pretend it’s totally accurate. If Sibyl knows itself that there could be minor flaws, that could be the very reason it chose Akane to be a police officer in the first place. Sibyl itself is better at providing backup plans for its flaws than the people who run it, who deliberately under-equip their police officers to keep up the appearance that Sibyl is perfect. Admittedly I might be on totally the wrong track, but it’s an interesting idea.