Got to kick off every Psycho Pass post with Akane looking moe, and there’s nothing more moe than her avatar. You can tell this because it has a massive head and no nose. Also, how great is Ginoza’s coin avatar? Apart from just the inherent amusement that it’s a goddamn coin, there’s the irony that he’s got LIBERTY plastered across his face when his job involves enforcing this totalitarian Orwellian rule.
One of the parts I found fascinating in this episode was the contrast between anonymity in the online world and total surveillance in the real world. When the team were analysing the crime scene in the guys apartment, one of them made the point that the chances of the guy somehow escaping the city without being detected were basically impossible because people are tracked as a natural part of functioning society. But this guy had somehow slipped off the radar. Another anomaly was he had somehow gotten through life without employment, despite the fact Sibyl is supposed to tell you exactly what your job is.
So these people escape online. It’s there that they experience actual anonymity It’s pretty telling that the place they choose to congregate is one devoted to anarchy. The offline meeting, thanks to the ability to change your appearance in the real world, means you can still keep that anonymity. It reminded me of those anonymous demonstrations where they all wear Guy Fawkes masks.
I’m starting to enjoy the characters a bit more. Or, more specifically, their interactions. For as much as I like to make fun of Akane’s naivete and moe~moe~kyun attitude, her rapport with each member of the squad has been getting more entertaining with each episode. What I’ve been particularly enjoying is how the crowd treat her boss Ginoza as an outsider to their gang who they all commentate on, but it’s Akane who has to deal with his attitude. I think my favourite character may actually be the old dude, sitting around painting with robot hand. He’s the veteran arm-on-the-shoulder character who clearly has a lot more going on in his life than he’s letting on. Even Kougami is growing on me, for as much as an enigma as he’s been so far. In particular I really enjoyed the little exchange he had with Akane about him being creeped out by furries. It really is tough being a furry. Even though we’ve jumped several years into the future, people still look down on you, even the most hardened of criminals.
GEE THANKS BUTCH GEN! I COULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN THE COMPARISONS WITHOUT YOU FILLING THE SCREEN WITH THE BOOK!
In all seriousness, anime does this relatively often. Time of Eve, PenguinDrum, No.6. Heck, Ghost in the Shell was even more in-your-face with what books it was referencing, having characters simply say the name of the author they were quoting. This isn’t quite Faust scribbled on the walls as it was in Madoka, which was clearly just there as symbolism (sometimes you forget that in Madoka the Faust quote was in bloody German, and I wouldn’t have known what it said if I didn’t internet it afterwards). What’s interesting about the name-dropping of the book is it’s the ‘villains’ of the episode who are reading 1984. They are fighting against what they perceive as being a world they live in that resembles the one in Orwell’s book (although I have my doubts that the rehabilitation those over their Psycho Pass level involves a Room 101 treatment).
But unlike the Laughing Man in Stand Alone Complex, where you could see how this guy is on the side of justice, these guys in Psycho Pass are Bad People. They choke people and blend tomatoes.
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