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.