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?
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.
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.
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.