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Psycho Pass episode 18 – Derp faces

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Lawdy me did this episode have some animation issues. I’d heard about them before I watched it so I knew what to expect, but it was still fun to laugh at the extended long-distance shots of people’s faces stuck on a in-between where all their facial features were distorted. Derp faces I’m sort of used to in anime though. What was more jarring were when characters would swap from one pose to another with the in-between frames missing, like my video was missing a chunk of footage. The episode itself was actually pretty good, which makes it a bigger shame. It puts up a convincing argument why people should just wait for home video releases where the animation is cleaned up and censorship is all removed. But we have got to keep up with what everyone else is watching, don’t we?

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The most interesting conversation of the episode was the one between Akane and Kougami about the right course of action when they realised the system wasn’t capable of dealing with Makishima. Essentially it boiled down to Akane saying that they should keep with the current system and treat Makishima’s case as the exception that proves the rules, and Kougami agreeing with her completely. That rather caught me by surprise. Kougami agrees with the system and its capability to catch criminals. I know this show talks a bit too much as it is, but I’d really like to hear the characters have a straight up conversation about whether they think they should keep the Sibyl system or not.

Obviously Makishima thinks its terrible, so listening to him talk about Sibyl is boring by now, especially since all he’ll do is quote a bunch of literature. But Akane is still struggling with the idea that there could be an alternative to Sibyl. In many ways, this has been a story centred around specific moments in Akane’s life where the Sibyl system did not do what should have been ‘right’ and how she reacts. The first episode she panicked and did what felt instinctive to her, although that was in large part because she had only just started as a police officer and hadn’t grown accustomed to what the system did. Episode 11 was after she had grown used to the system telling her what to do and turning gormless in the face of it failing on her. Her attempt to go against the system with the shotgun was a miserable failure with no conviction.

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What was interesting about her quick thinking this episode was it was sharp and confident. There wasn’t a hint of the sheer panic she had in the first episode when she originally shot Kougami. It goes a long way to show her development over the course of the show. I’d say the discussion about how good or not Sibyl is for society from Akane is coming up soon. This episode was more her talking about its usefulness for the police in capturing criminals. In that case, yeah sure the system is pretty great. Almost certainly has a higher success rate in catching criminals and stopping crimes than regular policing.

What I’d like to see Akane really get to grips with is how Sibyl messes with society. That’s essentially what her interactions with every character in the show has been about, especially those in the police force. Given the current state of mind Ginoza is in at the moment, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up with a hue deemed to cloudy for society, and that will probably be the tipping point. They’re really been building up that side for a while now as more and more responsibility and doubt are heaped on Ginoza.

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The police chiefs move in turning Ginoza’s Dominator to kaplowie mode was awfully strange, given that I have no idea what she hoped to achieve by doing that and will only create suspicion amongst the rest of the crew. It’s as thought she was suddenly infected by a case of the Villainitis, where they do evil things for the sake of it. I guess that’s what happens when you integrate a bunch of criminals brains into one chamber and tell it to take the body of a surprisingly attractive old lady cyborg.

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11 Comments

  1. gravethestampede
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I was hoping for a pic of moe-akane derping. I wonder how Kougami would get around city security.

  2. graham
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    The quality of the show somewhat bothered me. What bothered me the most was the last shot mentioned in this post and no one is saying, “What the hell!? When could you do that!?” The lack of anyone noticing it was nerve wracking to watch. I can understand Gino (shell-shocked) and Akane (protective of Kougami), but not even the other Inspectors or “the genius” Kougami piped up about it. Wasn’t he the one who deduced last episode that Kagari was obliterated by a Dominator and had a set up disappearance in the first place?

    But I guess it was so they could have that Akane moment you talked about shine? This show sometimes…

    • Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Are you referring to the characters or to viewers of the show? If it’s the former, it’s more likely that they shut up about it, especially in front of the chief, and leave the speculating of WTF did she do to Ginoza’s Dominator for later. If it’s the latter, then I’ll say that it’s pretty obvious by now.

  3. gravethestampede
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I wonder why the chief didn’t execute Kougami while he was out cold, maybe the dominators can only make folks explode while they are conscience.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how long it’ll take before some company mass-produces Grannydroids with fully functional vagina’s.

  5. shytende
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Well, even if Kougami figured out, there wasn’t a lot he could do.
    And, it seems to me he was accepting his fate at this moment…
    The Police Chief really took over the place with all her robots.
    Akane was just the one who thinks quicker than the others.

  6. Shikamaru
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I started watching anime weekly in April 2009. I was so hyped when I heard new Haruhi season started that I couldn’t wait. Horrible memory. After that I have enjoyed watching anime when it’s new instead of marathoning them. I would like to watch next Psycho Pass episode already but I can’t. It’s annoying but when that new episode finally comes out you enjoy/hate it even more. You have time to think what’s going to happen next.

    • Shikamaru
      Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Forgot to point out one thing so I’m going to reply to myself.
      Akane says that Gin should send his dominator to maintenance. So dominators can have malfunctions too, it’s not too suprising I guess. Basically everything in this world can break. They still use these as weapons? Are the police okay with this?. What if dominator has a malfunction during a mission? The enforcer can just shoot everybody if he wants.
      Then again they can already kill civilians if their psycho pass is too high even for a moment.
      I’m thinking too much. I don’t usually think like at all when I’m watching anime, because I’m an idiot. That malfunction thing for some reason really bugs me.

      • Shynnt
        Posted February 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

        The chief hacked the gun. It did not malfunction. Have you not inferred that from the previous episodes? She is Sibyl so she can override Psycho Pass readings.

  7. w.t
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink
  8. Hisoka
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    How are deadfish subs for Psycho-Pass? Wanted to DL HD eps and I keep finding Horriblesubs with the subs embedded onto the raw, even in mkv format (no layers!). And keep getting Commie at 480 even when I think I’m getting HD. Don’t know if that makes sense, but how is deadfish as a subgroup?

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