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Psycho Pass episode 14 – Bystander Effect

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Apologies for the lack of non-Psycho Pass posts from myself recently. It was that time of year with a bajillion deadlines, but they’re all past now so I should be able to stretch my reviewing muscles with posts on Full Metal Panic, Mardock Scramble and Cat Returns soon-ish. In the meantime, I have been appearing on Bakacast recently, so give that a listen if you want to hear my smexy Irish accent.

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Let’s not pretend there’s anything else I want to talk about this week and jump straight to this scene. The one where the guy walks into the medical lab was fine. Camera’s only work on psycho pass identification, so nobody has any reason to believe this guy has anything wrong with him. That is, until he stabs someone in the face. Faced with that, suddenly the nurse descends into shock and fear as her world collapses around her as the man walks towards her. What she doesn’t do is take out a form and ask him to fill it in. That’s because she’s not an idiot and knows a murder when she sees one. However, when a man starts beating a woman to death in the street, suddenly everyone’s brains fall out and they forget what a murder is.

I’d heard of the Bystander Effect before, but since I was really struggling with this episode, I went out and did a bit more reading on it. The idea is, as presented here, someone is clearly in distress but nobody helps them for whatever psychological reason. The three main ideas behind it are the inability to notice the danger happening, the inability to interpret the situation as dangerous, or the reluctance to take responsibility. It’s not that the people didn’t notice that there was an attack going on, because they all started circling around the attack and taking pictures. It’s not that they didn’t want to take responsibility, since they didn’t seem to be able to interpret that it was something they even should intervene in.

Nah, Psycho Pass is pretty blatant about portraying it as them not being able to interpret the situation as something they should be intervening in. I get the point they’re trying to make here too. That people have become so reliant on Sibyl to tell them what’s right and wrong that they can no longer tell that for themselves when it occurs in front of them. Pretty classic bystander effect. Nobody around them is interpreting the attack as a problem, and they all get their societal cues from Sibyl.

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At the same time though, COME ON! If they just walked by, that might be a different story, but they stood there and fucking watched, incapable of working out why there was suddenly a load of strawberry jam spilling out of her head. You don’t have to have a high psycho pass number to know that bleeding from the head is a Bad Thing, and that perhaps you might figure out the correlation between the bat being swung and her head being caved in. Surely part of being a good person and having a good hue is helping other people when they’re in trouble. Whether he’s doing something wrong is one thing, but to stare as a woman lies on the ground bleeding to death is different. You, as a person, no matter how long you’ve been under Sibyl, should know a dead body when you fucking see one. Sibyl doesn’t prevent death, or bleeding, or injuries.

Gyargh, fuck that scene. It’s fucking dumb. Don’t feel like talking about anything else.

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  1. Posted January 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, on the one hand, appreciate far flung concepts, but on the other, the stuff Psycho-Pass does really stretch suspension of disbelief. The show’s obvious Western influences are nice, but Butch can’t help making it anime. I also wonder about the cytomatic scan reproducing technology. Is there any reason why they can’t store it and play it back like an MP3 so that it always protects from Dominators?

    • Scamp
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      You can probably handwave that away by saying it needs a constant feed otherwise it’s not reliable. He’s an underground criminal, and it did its job anyway so I doubt Makishima is that bothered

  2. Posted January 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I was laughing hard at the scene when it occurred. That’s some Another-like stupidity right there. Still great stuff though.

    • Erif
      Posted February 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      That was funny?

  3. Shadow
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    All i have to say is that the ending for this episode was moe as fuck XD!

    • Scamp
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      I know what you mean, Makishima whacking the end of a baseball bat into someone’s mouth is moe as hell

  4. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    What the hell happens when anyone suffers an accident in this universe? Is Pycho Pass really saying people wouldn’t be able to comprehend the implications of someone falling down the stairs, or being in a car crash if there’s no crime-label attached to it? Christ, that scene was dumb!

    • nazaren
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

      Exactly what I was going to say concerning accidents. They might not be able to wrap their head around a person attacking another, but they should certainly be able to understand seeing a person in a dire situation.

      Also, it’s not like it’s been that long since everything got… Sibylized… old-man enforcer was around before then, and he’s not that old.

      • Scamp
        Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

        Sounds like its been around for 40-ish years, which is enough to change 2 generation’s worth of mindsets. Not enough for them not to realise what blood is mind you

  5. Posted January 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh Gen, I used to think you were a good writer…

  6. Shikamaru
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I still think that the writer of Psycho Pass or someone else is HUGE Stallone fan. This series reminds me of Judge Dredd (Dominators) and Demolition Man (future where it’s way harder to do crimes). Or maybe I’m that huge Stallone fan myself…

  7. Matthew
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink


    [According to Mainichi News, Minamino Shingo, the music producer of Nitro+, was killed by a random slasher in Osaka. A 36 year old jobless man was arrested for killing Minamino and a woman. The killer deposed to the police that he was just released from the prison last month and was not acquainted with the victims. Minamino was attacked on the way to a live concert of Nitro+’s music label. The killer stabbed Minamino 20 – 30 times in the middle of the busy street in Osaka and attacked an elderly woman riding a bicycle nearby. He returned to Minamino, who fell on the street, and stabbed Minamino again straddling him.]

    A busy street and no one stopped it. Urobochi works at Nitro+. You can see why he might have a different opinion on people refusing to intervene.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      Interesting view, I forgot that happened. Still a little different from lack of understanding, as that’s caused more by indifference.

      • Anca
        Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        Anime – fiction in general – exaggerates reality. I found the scene bad too, but after hearing this story again… well, I can understand why Butch wrote that scene in.

        The original crime is already unbelievable enough that you’d call it bad writing if it happened in fiction; the way it was presented in this episode is probably how the writers ‘felt’ it happened, regardless of psychology.

    • Cirith
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      I wasn’t bothered by nobody helping, I think their facial expressions were a bit much. They looked bored and indifferent, which I found harder to accept than them standing around and waiting for some part of the system to take care of it. And not understanding the scene, don’t they have movies? …Scratch that they might have removed all movies with violence if they had any influence on the psycho pass.

  8. AG
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Tbh if it wasn’t for the first scene at the medical centre it would have been not such a stupid scene (although still improbable), it would only show how much people are desensitised to murder or how much they see it at something farfetched since most would-be murderers would be behind bars by now.
    But the first scene clearly shows that they know what an assault is when they see one and not only that but their hue didn’t even move one bit which isn’t like they’re not taking responsibility but they don’t see anything wrong with it.

    Also being an inherently bad person is not the only way to get a bad hue, being in a great deal of stress is another, which could have happened if they intervened if you see it that way.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      The entire series makes that scene improbable though. The people at the girls school seemed to know what it meant, as did the guys at the factory. People know what murder is.

      • AG
        Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

        Yes but IIRC the girls at the school didn’t witness a murder or assault in front of them and stood there like a vegetable, they only got told that a murder happened and know ‘murder= killing someone=bad’ but don’t really know how it would look like or what to do if they see one. Plus IIRC the guys a the factory were different in behaviour than normal people in the city. The first scene was the better example as the woman saw the guy getting stabbed, panicked and called for help like we would expect her to.

      • Mormegil
        Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        Right. Urobuchi contradicted himself in the same damn episode. lol

  9. Scarlet
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, this scene left me as baffled as everyone else. I wonder, since it was so blatantly ridiculous, if it’s meant to imply something about what kinds of people get “good” hues. Perhaps only those docile and unquestioning to extreme degrees by our standards have been selected to remain in society. After several decades, “normal” folks have been shuffled off to mental rehab facilities, and the majority of the people walking the streets are the brainless sheep who were the minority several decades ago. So it’s less of Sibyl shaping the minds of the populace, and more of Sibyl “artificially selecting” who makes up the populace in the first place.

    Or maybe I’m thinking too hard about this and this is just horrifically bad writing, I dunno. It’s kind of like the silliness of the chase scene, where they ran after the criminal with only useless chunks of metal for guns. I get what Butch is trying to say with that scene, but really? No one think of clocking the guy over the head? All these enforcers are former criminals and they don’t know any hand-to-hand? Even for the sake of making a point, that’s just silly.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      I see where you’re going with that. Kinda like how warped the world gradually became in Death Note and people got really fucked up views of how they were supposed to act.

      I’m generally OK with things being in-your-face to make their point and sometimes bypass logic. The blog is named after Geass after all. But yeah, this episode was waaaaaay off

      • Scarlet
        Posted January 27, 2013 at 7:03 am | Permalink

        I’m not usually that nit-picky about “plot holes” either. I suppose the problem here is that the show is about the system–and so when things get wonky, it’s impossible to ignore. Hopefully it finds its balance again, since I’ve been enjoying Psycho-Pass tremendously so far.

  10. shytende
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s more acase of complete deresponsabilization and overconfidence in their security.
    It’s not that they don’t know something bad/dangerous is happening, since their Psycho Pass number became higher.
    It’s just that Sybil take care of everything in their life. And, if it’s too hard to handle by the Sybil, there are still the cop.
    They say later that nobody close their doors, because they don’t have to fear criminals. Sybil chose your life and guarantee your security, so nobody is prepared to take care of it.
    I mean, if you see a beati,g and there is a cop nearby, you’ll wait for it to intervene, and here security is everywhere…

    …At least, that’s what I’m going to pretend, because the other explanation is far too stupid.

  11. The Other Guy
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Well just the other day I got mugged high noon in a busy steet. Thug pulled a knife on me and people were either watching or simply walking past so while I feel that the situation presented here was a bit forced, I definitely get where they’re coming from.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Yes, I get what they were going for here too, and if they just walked by it might be a different story. But they stood there and watched, incapable of working out what it was that was happening. It’s an issue of presentation

  12. matrixEXO
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    For me, rather than the fact that they want to do anything… I feel like Sybil’s correspondence to the system makes it such that if it isn’t a “crime” based on Hue color effect, it should not be something serious.

    Fun fact, if someone living in a shell where they don’t know about how blood looks like then even strawberry jam may seem like something strange and interesting to them.

    I wonder how does movies in Psycho-Pass go as? I definitely feel that they would remove all Mature content though.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      I thought about movies too. My guess is they’re heavily censored for fear of damaging people’s psycho pass. See the whole idea of violent games making people want to shoot people or stuff like that

  13. Fumoffu!!
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure it was quite as unrealistic and stupid as you made out. I did at first share your cynicism, however when I thought about it I did think that maybe it could have happened.

    First of all, you mentioned the bystander effect, however you doubted that people could get it that badly. Whilst I did agree, I did think this, once the initial crowd was created, the time frame in which someone would have helped ended. Once you are part of a crowd you are likely to stay with them, and I would have thought that in Psycho-Pass world the tendency to just do what everyone else is doing is incredibly strong.

    We also know that stuff like this has happened in real life. It makes no sense when you are observing the observers, however it is a genuinely strong effect, bizarrely so.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      She lay there, dead, for half an hour. Whether you know what a murder looks like, you know what a dead body looks like. Sibyl doesn’t stop accidents or people dying.

  14. Lazy
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    I must express my disbelief at this article and at most of the comments criticizing the writing and calling that scene dumb.

    You did a nice job talking about the bystander effect but immediately after that you completely failed to apply it to the setting of the show.
    All those people litteraly have no idea what a crime looks like, they couldn’t even comprehend what was happening. It’s not about having a good psycho-pass or not, it’s about being able to process the situation before even starting to think about helping that lady, and even if some bright indivudual managed to get it in time the bystander effect would kick in because of the dumb crowd watching in amazment at something they’ve never seen before.
    Sybil doesn’t prevent death or injuries, but it prevents criminals from being out in the streets.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      They do know what a murder is, because the scene at the very start of the episode said as much. When the woman saw a dude being stabbed in the face with a scissors, she knew what she saw and called for help. And the bystanders are able to process that the woman is dying, because they even say it’s hardcore stuff.

      And the real sticking point here is that Sibyl doesn’t prevent them from knowing what someone in distress should look like. It doesn’t prevent bleeding or accidents or things like that. I get that the bystander effect is powerful, but they stopped and watched what was going on with bored expressions. If it was confusion or simply ignoring it, it would have been easier to swallow. But not how they presented it here

    • Lazy
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      They know what a murder is on a conceptual level but they’ve never actually seen one. The woman at the beginning obviously felt in danger because she was alone in a closed room with the masked man who just stabed her co-worker with scissors, that’s basic survival instinct.
      Some of the bystanders may be able to process that the woman is dying (others may think it’s fake/staged or can’t even comprehend) but they still don’t know how to react to it because a brutal murder in the middle of the street simply can’t happen with Sybil around.
      The reason why they stopped and watched was simple curiosity or bewilderment added to the bystander effect.
      What was going through their head wasn’t “That guy is hitting her, she’s in danger! I must help!” but “Is this real? How can this be happening? Is she really gonna die?”

    • Leviathaan
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      I only want to say that in the first scene there can’t be any strong “bystander-effect”, the woman was in a room with the guy (or maybe there was another guy too?), so it’s not the same as the situation on the street, where there were a lot of people crowded together. So strictly speaking you shouldn’t compare those scenes.
      Although it’s just my opinion :D

  15. Mormegil
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Yeah. A dumb scene in an otherwise fascinating episode.

    We all know the bystander effect and we all know how horribly apathetic people can be, but there was no subtlety here at all. If it was a few people walking by, like you said, I could understand but a crowd of people?! And no one had any type of reaction at all? Not a single person screamed or ran away. Do they not understand what it means to feel pain? Have they never been hurt at all? So, does this mean they’re all robots? Or is every single person in the crowd a sociopath?

    I get the point Urobuchi was trying to make here, but it was still ridiculous. It doesn’t matter how long the Sybil system has been around for or how long society has been like this. A human being is going to understand when someone else is in pain, regardless of how the society is.

    Probably the worst story I’ve ever heard is about this poor little girl in China(China’s terrible in the first place) whose legs were crushed by a truck in the middle of the street. People walked by her, saw her in the middle of the street, and kept walking by. Only after a few minutes did some woman approach her and pick her up. Horrible stuff, and we all know this happens around the world.

    That still doesn’t change the fact that not every single person is going to be a bystander, and a horrible event like this is going to illicit some type of reaction. Not just people staring like idiots. So, yeah, nice try Urobuchi. A little too much here.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      I’m thinking that ‘everyone is now a sociopath’ might be what they’re trying to get at here. Since Sibyl tells them how to act, they don’t have to read situations and make their own decisions. Doesn’t really jive with anything else in the show so far though, because people still have friends and reading someone’s distress levels on the fly is still a thing people do without machines. Usually followed by “how’s your psycho pass?” or something like that. I guess it’s like seeing how far someone is vs numerical value of their weight

    • Erif
      Posted February 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      “It doesn’t matter how long the Sybil system has been around for or how long society has been like this. A human being is going to understand when someone else is in pain, regardless of how the society is.”

      I’m not sure if that’s necessarily true. As Anca stated earlier, “anime – fiction in general – exaggerates reality,” and their have been many fictitious works – science fiction and dystopic future particularly – that have tackled such subjects. The point Butch Gen is trying to make here is that society has become so desensitized as a result of the Sybil System that people can’t even recognize a brutal crime right in front of them. Now, whether this scene was presented and executed properly is up for serious debate, and I am on the side of Scamp when he claims the scene is overall flawed. But I wouldn’t go as far to call it dumb and stupid, as you and him have done.

  16. dio brando
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    i felt the scene is just perfectly fine, think of what the Sibyl system does, getting everyone their perfect job/eliminating people with crime tendency before they even commit anything. In a world where there’s not a single armed patrol robot, if i’m one of those youngster bystander, i wouldn’t do anything except for taking video and uploading to internet as well.

    there’s no need to think too deeply on a anime, i watched it, enjoyed, am cheering on my seat for Kougami and company to capture that helmet murderer before end of the show. fantastic Mikishima ending, fantastic ED.

    • Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      “there’s no need to think too deeply on a anime,”

      I’m always perplexed at this kind of mentality. If I wanted a no-brainer, chillax anime, Psycho-pass isn’t one of them. This anime itself, through its complex plot (relative to a lot of other anime) and psychological theme encourages thinking, deeper discussion and speculation. Some of us[me] do like to think more on it because that added to our[my] enjoyment.

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      So let me get this straight: you’ve searched online for an episodic critique of a Japanese dystopian cyberpunk series, only to state that people shouldn’t think about it?

      Ok; 1), why would someone watch a series from a genre whose chief modus operandi is to tackle philosophical & existential concerns regarding the future of humanity, if they didn’t want to delve into the issues presented? I mean you could watch it at a purely superficial level, but you’d be ignoring the core-concept & real meat of the show. If you just wanted to see action, why not just stick to western cartoons like Transformers or Batman? If you just wanted to see gore, why not stick to torture-porn trash like Deadman Wonderland or Blood-C?

      2) Why even turn up to a discussion thread to essentially say, “This is how much I don’t want to think about it, guys!” If you’re not interested in the subtext, fair enough I guess, but telling people that critical analysis is unnecessary seems a redundant thing to say. If you personally don’t want to think about it, then simply don’t!

      I don’t want to sound overly snotty, but comments like this really frustrate me. The chief reason I came to enjoy anime over its western counterparts, is that the serious stuff tended not to treat the viewer like an idiot, not to paint issues as simple black/white conflicts, & to give the audience something to take away beyond pretty pictures. These days there’s so much material (whether decent or not) in any given season that exist purely to be absorbed on a surface level, so why would you pick one of the few shows that attempts to have an element of depth, only to rail against it? I’m completely baffled your mindset.

  17. lametta
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    How about this? Since the ppl are thinking that sybil has evertyhing under its control they thought what happened right infront of their eyes couldnt be a real crime but more like an act or some kind of weird advertisment. What would you think if someone kinda gets beaten like that on the street and there are like 3-4 police officers around and they dont do anything but watch it. (in the anime the bot came and warned that there was a high stress lvl and the sibyl psycho pass measure camera was there aswell)

  18. Kirin
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    I rather say that having a good hue is more a matter of staying uninvolved with matters that could lead to significant stress than caring about the welfare of other people.

    I’m convinced that that was what the scene was trying to point out. Well sure, there was an element of bystander effect and incomprehension of the situation mixed in, but I think that scene’s true significance lay in how utterly desensitized the people already are as a result of being overly conscious of hues and the like. As long as it doesn’t involve themselves, they prefer to remain uninvolved with each other, a clear example of how Sybil isolates the individual to an unhealthy extent.

    Well, that scene was possibly a bit overblown, but it’s not at all absurd given all that we already know.

  19. shytende
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I think it’s more about the inability to feel danger than the inability to recognize crime. And, by extent, the inability to form critical thought.
    That’s the “message” of Makishima at the end.
    Sybil decide what’s dangerous, so if Sybil says it’s not dangerous, then, it isn’t. Because, if nobody reacts with security camera and Robots everywhere, they don’t have any reasons to react as well.

  20. Cirith
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    You know talking about accidents, I doubt that accidents don’t happen in their world so observers aside the robot might not have recognized a crime, but shouldn’t it be able to recognize a wounded person and get help?

  21. Lisey
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    I thought that scene was a little off too but to be fair…I don’t think the scene was saying, at all, that they didn’t realize it was a Bad Thing. If you’re going to talk about the Bystander Effect, it’s important to mention that people experiencing it know that something awful is occurring but because there are so many people around they assume that someone else will intervene.

    It was psychologically accurate that this occurred in such a huge group of people – this meant that everyone in the crowd had more confidence that *someone* would intervene because there were so many people around. In addition, in the context of this sci fi universe, they have technology that should intervene that they have unwavering faith in.

  22. Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I have another problem with this particular scene: the viewers.

    The very moment you try to question the scene (or any other poorly made scene in the series) people become deep and say that it was intended, it’s social commentary or whatever.

    I hate that even more.

    • Posted January 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      Yeah god forbid that an anime that encourages deep discussion made its viewer think about it seriously. How dare the viewers try to get more enjoymwnt out of the anime by trying to understand it better and not just lap the surface like a simpleton.

      • Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

        Not sure if I’m supposed to laugh or not.

  23. Anon
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Dat scene is the bat that MakishimaUrobuchi smashed into my head.

  24. R1CK_D0M
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    So I’m thinking that there’s two main reasons to it:

    a) In this society, the psycho pass is everything, and people are having a hard enough time keeping their own passes clear. The show has said that once your psycho pass drops it’s incredibly rare to clear it again, and under the saying “ignorance is bliss” it seems to me that the easiest way that people have figured out to keep their own passes clear is to not get involved with anything that is clearly ok for them to get involved in.

    b) Going from that one incident where the guy hid the body of a murder victim in plain sight on a store window, it’s very possible for violent images to be shown daily in public, but only through holograms or set acted pieces or something, so people may have assumed that because there was no psycho-pass warning, people just assumed it wasn’t real? Once again, magnifications of bystander effect

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted January 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      oh whoops, I meant to say “not clearly ok to get involved in” for point a

  25. Cheshire
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    I’m sure someone already said this above, but I don’t think much of the mentality of the persons standing by had much to do with the Bystander Effect. The point being made, hamfisted as it might be, is that everyone lives in a world where everything they see that isn’t being stopped by Sybil is okay. They’ve chosen to hand the judgement of any given situation over to the system, and therefore have no real idea that something that the scanners aren’t picking up on and stopping could be illegal or wrong. For all they know, this is some sanctioned assassination of some kind, or a holographic illusion, or something predetermined in some way by the system they put their trust in. Living in a world where you trust that with one hundred percent certainty, the very best these people are able to do looking at a murder is to freeze up.

    It isn’t a particularly subtle way of making that point, although honestly the last thing I would describe this show as being would be subtle even before this point, but it also isn’t a totally baffling one either. Urobuchi is feeding us an improbable event as the result of an improbable society, whether that’s him showing weakness as a writer or simply making an audacious point in an audacious show is up to you.

  26. Aris Katsaris
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Scene would have been better if the bystanders were seen dismissing it as “are they shooting a movie” or perhaps “is this some new weird form of performance art” or even “people having consensual S&M sex in public” or something.

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