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Psycho Pass episode 19 – SUPAH OATS

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Akane’s face when she realises I’ve been calling her moe the whole way through the show.

You know the way the earlier episodes of Psycho Pass had the character travel to different locations that fleshed out the world they live in? How society runs and how people think as a result of the Sibyl system. You know what would have been nice to have mentioned during those episodes? Some of the details about the bloody world they live in rather than waiting right until episode 19 to drop SUPAH OATS on our collective heads.

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I did actually predict how Japan operates in the world of Psycho Pass. It has basically returned to isolationism. Being an island means it’s easier to control your borders. Doubly so if your borders are patrolled by drones. There was obviously countries outside Japan that didn’t have Sibyl, since Makishima’s buddy said he was a foreigner and found Sibyl to be very strange indeed. Clearly bad things have happened to the planet, what with Kougami standing over a flooded city centre as skyscrapers lay decrepit with their lower halves submerged in water. In the face of this crumbling world, Japan decided to shut off the rest of the world, figuring that if they can regulate their own country than the rest of the world can just deal with their own problems.

Obviously the country would have to be self-sufficient, which Psycho Pass can handwave that away with SCIENCE. There is an assumption that eventually all food will be processed from generic shtoof because it’s easy to break down and regulate your intake to ensure you’re getting the right amount of vitamins and whatnot. Cue the introduction of SUPAH OATS. They might seem a bit silly, but the grounding behind them seems reasonable given the context. Humanity does some weird stuff as it is with how they grow food. Bioengineering SUPAH FARMS to grow SUPAH OATS isn’t too different from the Rhubarb Triangle.

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That all said, it would have been nice to introduce the whole central foundation upon which this world is built a bit earlier in the show, like maybe right at the very start. Particularly when you’re going to base the villain’s final great attack on the system in the thrilling climax on that very thing. That is the sort of thing where they attack the fundamental baseline that runs the whole world, and them attacking it should make you go “holy shit, if he does that then everything will collapse”. But you should know what that baseline is already, not have it dropped on you here.

What’s weird is that Madoka Magica has some of the tightest writing in any anime I’ve ever seen, and yet here we are with the same writer pulling this sort of nonsense out 4 episodes from the end. I’ve heard Madoka had the original script written several years before it was ever made into an anime. They just didn’t want to take the risk on the anime original project. Meanwhile Psycho Pass was made when Gen was allowed free reign over his stories to do whatever he wanted. The man needs an editor. Not to cut down the useless information, because that hasn’t been a problem in Psycho Pass. Someone to tell him that some of this stuff needs to be implemented earlier.

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Psycho Pass has a ‘make it up as we go along’ vibe. Which in itself isn’t unusual at all. I’m willing to bet at least half of all anime original stuff is made up as they go along, rather famously so in the case of Evangelion. It’s only when the illusion breaks down as this episode did that it becomes an issue. When you rather randomly decide to introduce SUPAH OATS in episode 19 that forms the baseline of the villains final attack that threatens to undermine the authority of the Man and yet our whole cast knew about this thing from the very start is when the illusion breaks down.

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29 Comments

  1. gravethestampede
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    http://i.imgur.com/sVoIWWb.jpg
    SUPAH OATZU, there SSSSSSSSSSSSUGOI!

  2. fathomlessblue
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know man, if you give it some thought, the reliance on super crops seems oats-so-simple. I imagine Maikishima will have society quakering in its boots soon enough.

  3. Hyper Oats
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I would like to grow
    Cut open my husk
    Look into my grain
    I don’t know why I’m so fresh
    I can’t be so stressed
    I’m going to mesh

    EVERY MEEEEEEAAAAAALLLL
    I can always be any type of food for YOOOOOUUUUU
    If that water was for me.

    My cut is steel
    No need to peel
    Fiber, inside
    One gene to join us ALLLLLLLLL

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted March 7, 2013 at 2:28 am | Permalink

      what song is this even set to

      • graham
        Posted March 7, 2013 at 4:35 am | Permalink

        Sounds like the second intro song for this series, though I can understand your confusion. The parody’s lyrics are more coherent than the actual song at certain points.

      • fEast91
        Posted March 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        Now that you pointed it out, I can sing it perfectly now. This is the new 2nd OP.

  4. danilo07
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see any indication in the episode that cast knew nothing about hyper oats.There is a difference between not showing agricultural aspect of the world and saying that no one knew anything about it.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      That’s exactly what I said. People knew that already. It wasn’t a grand reveal like Sibyl was

  5. Kagamihime
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Not sure why, but the whole discussion over the country’s agriculture and Supah oats was givin humanity has declined vibes. That aside, I feel we are going to swing back into the cyberization topic, and am scared that with Akane’s new found knowledge of the sibyl system, she will be a new brain added to the collection…

    • Scamp
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Telling Akane everything seems awfully random. Do they really expect her to join them? Come to think of it, did the other 300+ brains all agree to join Sibyl? Maybe Akane will join but crush them all from the inside

  6. Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Someone in my circle pointed out how the government is kind of stupid to not store some of the SUPAH OATZU in a storage silo complex or something. He has a good point IMO, and he find it perplexing that Makishima can just go to the SUPAH FARMU to disrupt Sibyl.

    But I think that the government do have some storage, but when the SUPAH OATZU is compromised and diseased, it would be too long to look for a cure for it.

    At least, even with this kind of deus ex machina-ish move by Gen-chan, the characters isn’t feigning dumb just for the audience to know what SUPAH OATZU is.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      Even if they have storage facilities, if he can take down the crops that feed the whole of Japan, they’ll run out of food pretty darn quickly if they plan to feed the whole of Japan. Still though, you’d think the government would plan for something like that.

  7. DP
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I don’t think this show is awful, but the whole thing just has the feel of something made up by a bunch of college students one night while they polish off a keg of beer. The annoying and pretentious name-checking of various philosophers, Kougami’s infallible ability to look at a blade of grass and determine exactly what’s going on, and now, as you note, the out-of-left field creation of an all-important systemic weakness that had never been alluded to before all point to the hubris of a student who got an A+ on his last project (Madoka) and who now thinks he’s such a genius that his next project can be completed and handed in while drunk out of his mind.

    • Kiraly
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      He also had an A+ on Fate/Zero and Phantom. I guess Gen is one of those authors who need to rewrite their work at least once for best results (which is most of them).

    • Scamp
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Fate/Zero is not an A+ when the dialogue was stupidly stretched out to the point of utter tedium. However I’m inclined to blame the people adapting the story for not cutting more out when it’s no longer a book rather than Gen for that.

  8. Shikamaru
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    WE CAN MAKE/INVENT STUFF UP BECAUSE IT’S THE FUTURE!. When Fullmetal Alchemist ednded I had this really silent and empty feeling inside. I would like to watch more but there just isn’t. I have that same feeling about Psycho Pass already.

    Akane is probably the best female main character in anime history. Akane’s hue is always green. They have mentioned this many times. It doesn’t matter how sad or depressed she is. Sibyl System or maybe the next system could realy benefit from that. It can be really suffering to Akane of course. “Your Psycho Pass is green. You don’t need any therapy.”

    If Akane went nuts and just started to kill people what would happen? Would her Psycho Pass still stay green? That makes people like her much more dangerous than Makishima. So many unaswered questions even for me.

    My English sucks, I know that. This anime is just so good that I have to comment something. Please don’t fuck up the ending.

  9. Taka
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    What actually annoyed me more than the SUPAH OATS was the way it was revealed. Old dude is member of some internet chat board entirely populated by scholars and asks “what would ya’ll do to bring down society?” I felt it was pretty hamhanded way to get to SUPAH OATS. His other plans have all been reasoned more or less on the fly but this time we have Deus Ex BBS.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      That was an awfully roundabout way of revealing it. Not sure what the alternative would be though. Probably catching Makishima somehow on a surveillance camera?

  10. shytende
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    They didn’t really had a reason to talk about that before, in fact.
    I don’t know, I hadn’t too much problem with that.
    It could have been handled better, but the element is believable enough and consistent with the world
    It’s not as if they sudenly decided Kougami and Makishima had psychic powers…

    • Kiraly
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      What about when Kagari was cooking?

  11. Killer Queen
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I think the thing Akane ate for breakfast in Episode 2 may be the SUPAH OATS/ Hyper-Oats Ep.19 was talking about, which a flavoring (Chinese in Ep2, French in the Manga) is applied in order to make it taste edible.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      Too lazy to go back and check, but major congrats to you for remembering that if that’s true

  12. Posted March 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    The old fart is totally a psychic, able to tell what gun are you carrying in your back pack in a first glance. Yet, he needs the help of some random bulletin boards in order to find out about SUPAH OATs. Oh wait, he’s not even the one who made the deduction.

    • WanHuz
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      Nah, I think it’s just a simple observation and logic. You know that the gun is heavy, right? So by carrying it with him, the gun will slow down him quite a bit. By logic, he’s an Enforcer so the only thing that he will need is a weapon. Dominator need to be authorized before available to use so old gun/revolver is the only answer. :)

      • Posted March 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

        By logic, old gun/revolver should have gone extinct. Unless he is an old friend of Masaoka.

      • Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

        And by remembering stuff, anyone should know that Masaoka did give Kagami the keys to his garage that has all his old police stuff.

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