Because I’m getting bored of Akane moe pictures, have some Akane looking angry. Because there was quite a hefty amount of characters looking angry in this episode. Almost as many shots as there were of people getting into good old fashioned fisticuffs. Sure were a lot of people getting elbowed in sensible areas. Although my favourite move was Makishima’s unceremonious football style kick to finish off his fight.
This episode was really great an all, but all the pieces had been set in place before this episode began. This was more about the delivery to the set up. In that sense, it was a great pay-off It gave us a fantastic final confrontation between Kougami and Makishima, even if their fisticuffs had to first be preceded by some pretentious literature quoting. But hey, it’s Makishima. If he didn’t needlessly quote classical literature, I’d think there was something wrong with him.
It also gave us the first real confrontation with Sibyl itself, and for that I would like to say FUCK YOU PSYCHO PASS! You should know the eventual reveal of what Sibyl is will disappoint after teasing us with that. It’s the mystery box concept. The idea that there’s something crazy behind what Sibyl consists of is thrilling. But the eventual reveal 99% of the time does not live up to those expectations. The tease is far more interesting than the reveal, and the reveal will never live up to the tease. There is always that 1% that blow out expectations away with something truly amazing, but what the hell could Sibyl actually be? Children? Robots? Aliens? Nothing?
One detail I really liked about this episode, and in Psycho Pass in general, is how angry Kougami gets sometimes. When something goes wrong, he lashes out and kicks something. It has been a running thread between the enforcers that they have a nasty side to them. Things such as the ginger guy suggesting they run over the rioters, or Kougami telling Akane to kill Makishima. There was a lot of short shots of Kougami’s face in this episode with an angry grin, like he was thoroughly enjoying this chance for revenge. Contrast that to Akane, whose face was more that of steely resolve. I like that Psycho Pass never portrayed one of the enforcers as being selfless flawless people, but instead showed their nasty sides that fit with their psycho pass level. It would have rather broken the idea of the system if they hadn’t done that.
Another thing I liked, which ties into characters being nasty and angry, was Kagari and Kougamis’ reactions in different situations. Namely that their reactions were “I know, but fuck you anyway”. Someone points out to Kougami that the people going down to the basement are probably the real deal. His response was “yeah I know, but fuck Makishima I want to get that guy”. Kagari gets told that they’re going to destroy the very thing that has kept him down his entire life. His response? “Yeah, I know that would be great, but fuck you, I’m going to get you anyway”.
And then he went and died boo hoo etc. I could use this final spot to do some theorising about that final shot of the chief constable burning her face off to override her Dominator to shoot Kagari so he doesn’t reveal what’s so crazy about Sibyl, but what the hell am I supposed to say? It’s the old mystery box thing again. The final reveal won’t live up to my expectations for the reveal. Is the chief lady a cyborg? Is all of Sibyl cybernetic? Is the chief lady from the future? Do they run on the brains of people taken by Sibyl? Do they run on the blood of exploded victims of the dominator? Is it aliens? It’s aliens, isn’t it? But instead of speculation, I’m just going to post a picture of Makishima getting smacked in the head by Akane.