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Psycho Pass episode 3 – Don’t you guys have unions?

I think from here on, I will lead off every single Psycho Pass post with Akane pulling some kind of cutesy moe face, if only to spite the creators claiming there’s no moe in this show at all. This week we get treated to the most adowabubble little pout, dawww aint she the cutest~!

You know, me doing that would probably be sexist if it wasn’t for the fact she is already presented in the show as the innocent young female who gets corrupted by this evil world around her. In other words, moe as hell.

Speaking of totally-no-pandering, the episode leads off with the lead dude emptying a water bottle over his shirtless body and watching the liquid drip down his biceps and his pecs and…sorry, where was I? An interesting question here is how does the clothing work in Psycho Pass. As we saw in the last episode, they have these holographic exteriors that you can project various designs over. But what’s underneath that’s doing the projecting? I keep assuming it’s some kind of boring white shirt + slacks combo with special fibres knitted into them. I wonder how it works beyond that though. For example, doing exercise would get your clothes all sweaty and stinky, so are those a pair of training pants he only wears at home? Does he even own a holographic suit of his own, or is that solely in the hands of the rich and privileged. You’d think it would benefit poorer people even more, because you get several outfits for the price of one. Mind you, the basic package probably only has around 4-5 basic different costumes while the rest is sold via DLC.

I already said this on twitter, but the best filler episode idea for Psycho Pass would be for someone to hack into the clothes of all the citizens so they are forced to walk around in clown costumes or magical girl dresses for the entire day.

I really enjoyed the way this episode was structured. It was very much an episodic tale in the vein of Stand Alone Complex. Team go investigate company where crime occurs. The way the company is run reveals another facet of the world. Crew discover what’s /really/ going on, which helps unveil that there’s something very wrong going on here. Characters get angry with each other, which reveals more about themselves. Issue solved with the use of spider tanks. All its missing is some gratuitous ass shots and then they may as well be the same show! Well not quite. For one, Stand Alone Complex had more engaging characters. Also while Stand Alone Complex was, if anything, even more wordy than Psycho Pass, it never pulled the “as you already know” bullshit. However not many anime are as good as Stand Alone Complex, so let’s not knock Psycho Pass too much on that front.

As I already asked in the title of this post, don’t these guys have unions? The Sibyl System happily plugs people into their ideal jobs, but shouldn’t that then mean they have even more incentive to ensure their working conditions are suitable. They don’t have the alternative of simply switching jobs when its crap. Plus the threat of going on strike should surely hold even more sway when those people are literally the only ones out there who can do that job, because they are the only people Sibyl said could do it. But nope, instead they put up with no communication and no internet and the only pastime is bullying because of this blind adherence to the Psycho Pass system.

It’s interesting that both episodes so far have been severely critical of victim blaming. The first had a rape victim almost shot because she happened to be a teeny bit freaked out by the fact she had been raped. This episode shows us a bullying victim who calms down only after he kills someone. In this particular case, a study of everyone’s Psycho Pass ratings and a little investigative work showed a clear pattern and pointed to the killer. It’s showing how the Psycho Pass system does actually help them in their investigation, but the blind adherence to people only being bad when their rating goes too high is what’s damaging proper policing being done. I’m still unsure whether the series will end with them taking out Sibyl, or some kind of compromise where it still exists but is used with discretion. It’s clearly a helpful tool, but the very fact that it does exist is what’s causing a lot of these problems anyway.

Even so, neither of these dudes go about things in the right way. The head cop and his angry demands that they stick to what Sibyl tells them is right prevents justice from being done. On the other hand, grabbing the bullying victim and interrogating him with a classic “DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW YOU KILL PEOPLE” line of questioning probably isn’t serving much justice either.

And finally, here’s Akane pulling another funny face.

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  1. Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    As I also keep on saying on Twitter: “It’s not moe. It’s sexy!” ^_^

    • blackice85
      Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      The creators claimed there was no moe? With Hanazawa Kana as the lead? Were they serious?

  2. Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I agree that Sibyl is going to be the “end boss” in this show. The conflict started in the first episode with her moral dilemma, and has continued through each episode. It’s like a conflict between logic and emotion, the struggle between her fellow officer *and Sibyl by proxy) and Akane. At some point, that conflict will come to a head, maybe in the way you describe it. It should be an interesting watch.

  3. Overly-animated
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Ohh. If they do have to fight the Sibyl system lets hope it will turn out to be a giant robot, or in like in most cases it will be a young girl with wires dug into her skull sitting in a floating tank of green water and when everyone walks into her chamber she inexplicably has Psycho powers and can communicate with everyone telepathically and goes into a long conversation about how the Sibyl system was to do this and that and turned into this thing. *puts money down the second thing happens*

    • Scamp
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      It will probably turn out like Juiz from Eden. A bunch of office ladies sitting in a coffee shop

  4. Rait
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I didn’t like this episode. That bullying at work was just ridiculous. I know that bullying at work exists, but to this extent….I just find it unrealistic. Or mabye I’m just naive.

    Also what’s with that black haired main guy? In the first episode he was so cold hearted and would have killed that rape victim woman with no hesitation, but in this episode he was suddenly all good guy helping the bullied one at the beginning.

    Also there are some other things that doesn’t make sense (to me.) Why are they carrying Dominators in that droid that follows them around? Isn’t that really ineffective when you need your gun fast? Wouldn’t it be just easier to carry it on your waist?

    And then there is that clothing hologram thing. I wonder is it really hologram at all because during the last episode when her outfit changed she got high heels. Holographic heels can’t hold you in the air.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Well, the bullying is supposed to be on the extreme end of things. They’re so used to the idea that this is OK, to an outsider it appears inhumane. Kinda agree with the black haired dude changing sides seeming strange, but I gather he did that not out of sympathy but to piss off the manager of the place. Maybe the big machine they’re carrying around with them are battery chargers?

      The holographic heels though are inexcusable. My suspension of disbelief has been shattered

      • Rait
        Posted October 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        Perhaps it is not a hologram, but some sort of little nano machines.
        That would explain why she doesn’t get cold going to the streets naked or the high heels thing.

      • Scamp
        Posted October 29, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

        Nanomachines crawling all over your body. Eurgh, the more I hear of this future, the less I like it

  5. Kencana
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Akane just… ughh.

    She was said to be a top student yet she hadn’t shown any skill that convinces me of that title. She’s so clueless about the system and all she do is keeps asking questions every time. She’s practically useless in this ep. She’s just there so Masaoka can explain Sibyl System to us, the audience. Please prove me wrong at next episode.

    Give me more Yayoi and Shion, please! And Makishima, please show up again. I also don’t want this anime to be episodic series. Sure, it will be good episodic, but I want the plot.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      I hate the way they keep explaining shit to her in the series too, mainly because it’s an incredibly lazy way of writing exposition. However it should also be pretty clear that the school is perhaps not teaching her real life application of what she learned. Just look at how determined her boss was to stick to the book and not listen to the guys who were trying to use real life applications for the technology.

      Don’t hate the player etc.

  6. Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I kind of see some sort of crazy parallel with their world and the Imperial world in Warhammer 40000; especially the way that the Inquisition would act. On one hand there are the inquisitors that would take the Law word by word and not deviate any at all (the coppers (forgot the official term) following Sibyl completely) while there are other inquisitors that would use the Law in more clever ways and not follow it to the letter as much, but in spirit. I don’t know how I could see that in something not grimdark as Psycho-pass but it happened anyway.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Well if anything is going to out-grimdark Psycho Pass, it would be Warhammer 400K

  7. Anonymous
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Akane’s eyes are all the moe I need, woop woop.

  8. eternia
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I don’t the lead has turned to a good guy or anything. The way he used to lure out the bullied guy was pretty evil. What if his anger raised exceptionally high because of that, and the Dominator turned into “SPLAT!” mode?
    But yeah. It didn’t happen. Please, Urobutcher, don’t betray your own nickname~

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