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.
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.
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.
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.