Moe Akane practically doesn’t exist anymore. She’s too steely faced and serious to offer any prime cutesy photo ops. The only way we get that Akane is if we get a flashback to her time prior to joining the police force. That’s some good old character development for you. Go from moe to no moe at all, the best kind of character development.
One of the issues with blogging Psycho Pass at this stage of the show is it’s already done presenting all of its questions. Now is the stage where it provides its own views, which led to about half of this episode consisting of a big soapbox for the values of choosing your own path. It takes a bit of balls to actually lay bare your own thoughts, particularly since you’re basically revealing your political biases. Might sound a bit hyperbolic to talk about political views in our Japanese cartoons, but almost everything is political in some shape or form. ‘Sharing is Caring’ could be seen as creating a society of dependency rather that teaching people to fend for themselves. A rather right-wing view, but the point stands.
Some views are considered perfectly kosher and acceptable but different people react to those views much differently, often due to cultural differences. Bakuman going on about Men have to be Men and Those Smelly Women should stay out of Men’s Business doesn’t rankle as much in Japan with their notorious levels of sexism compared to Europe and America. On the other hand, Psycho Pass’s message of personal freedom might seem much more common sense to someone from America, but that’s because America values personal freedom to a fault. A country where large portions consider ‘socialism’ an evil word, universal healthcare is only starting its baby steps, and there’s a decent sized following of libertarianism that says personal freedom for all, repercussions be damned.
The Sibyl system as presented here is a frightening one, specifically because it robs people of self-determination by accurately predicting what the results of their self-determination would be. I don’t think there’s many people out there who would want the Sibyl system in place. However that’s not to say there aren’t positives about Sibyl. Apart from the handful of outliers like Makishima, it’s truly fair in its analysis. Your position is based purely on innate ability. Nobody rises to positions of power due to nepotism, or because their parents were rich and could afford to send them to the best schools. Crime rates have no race/religion/gender factored in whatsoever. Things like affirmative action and positive discrimination exist because humanity has proven itself not to take each case on their merits.
I’m trying to tread lightly here because I’m dead in the middle of talking about politics, and nothing makes comment sections on the internet fall into utter stupidity and name calling than politics, with the possible exception of nerds complaining about internet memes the mainstream media have discovered. I’m not sure how far Psycho Pass goes with its “people should have the ability to fuck up” worldview, the logical conclusion of which is full blown libertarianism. On the flip side though is the future as presented by Psycho Pass, which is hardly much better. But in the same way that I might not fully agree with Bunny Drop’s views on parenting, Gundam 00′s views on terrorism, or Angel Cop’s views on the Jews, they’re all fascinating takes on their various topics that have broadened my ideas on their subjects too.
…well, perhaps not Angel Cop calling the Jews all evil. But the others definitely have.