Favourite part of this episode? The statement that the world of Marimite is actually the product of a dystopian future.
The idea of putting your children into an education where their psyche won’t be damaged isn’t that far from the truth. Isn’t that what you hear religious fundamentalists want to do with their children? Send them to a school where their minds won’t be tainted with thoughts of evolution or sex before marriage. Sending ladies to all-girls schools too can stem from the belief that they will be free from corruption of their minds by not having boys everywhere. Psycho Pass just so happens to have a quantifiable way of proving that this is actually the case. I’d hazard to guess that the school doesn’t even have proof that its methods works any better than other schools. It just so happens to be rich enough to afford Sibyl scanners so the girls can be checked up.
I’ve been thinking about the scanners, and how people can go a long time without having their hues checked. I think the way the Sibyl system was introduced was more about measuring mental health than catching criminals. We just get that viewpoint more often because we’re following a police force. In reality, getting your hue checked is part of a regular doctors checkup, like getting your blood pressure checked. The process isn’t even that difficult, but you need to make an effort to attend. The places that do have it are rich schools, as part of regularly checking the health of the students. This makes perfect sense for this catholic school that specifically advertises that it’s keeping the hues of their students in check. The other would be work forces that offer a health insurance package as part of their scheme. Your regular everyday Joe though? Not much of a reason for him to get his checked, unless he has reason to believe he needs one. If he wakes up one day to discover the words “ThIS iS HoW I StAy SAnE” written across his wall in someone else’s blood, that might be a sign his mental health isn’t in a perfect condition.
I liked the little reveal that the enforcers are one of the few people who can drink alcohol anymore. The things you do under the influence of alcohol are, shall we say, a bit unpredictable. So the belief would be that it might raise your Psycho Pass if you do something bad while drunk. When the Sibyl system was introduced, I’d hazard to guess that some of the earliest people picked up by cops were those who were heavy drinkers, so a cause and causality correlation was made that alcohol makes your hue go shadier. So it fell out of fashion, with people relying on legal highs they can control. The only people who don’t care about it are those whose hues are already long gone so don’t care if it gets worse, namely the enforcers. It’s completely incidental to the story, but its these kinds of little anecdotes that really add to setting and make it feel like proper thought has gone into its creation.
This episode was mainly Akane’s time to shine, beyond being moe. She’s normally teased by the other members of the crew as the young naive innocent newbie who doesn’t know anything about the more dangerous parts of the world. It’s like a bunch of city chums taking a farm boy to his first red light district and grinning at his reactions to a lady in her nightwear negligée. What I loved here though is that she showed this guy up. He jokes about her not being able to handle alcohol, but she remains dignified while he slumps back and slurs his words.
And then Psycho Pass got weird.
Up until now, the attempts Psycho Pass have had at being creepy haven’t been particularly successful (“oh man, did you see what he did to those tomatoes? HARDCORE”). This sculpture on the other hand, is legitimately unsettling. There’s always been something about the eroticisation of the grotesque that turns my stomach. I’ve seen a few people make the comparison between the art piece and the logo of the police force.
Considering the whole plan was instigated by a guy reading 1984, his mockery of the logo of their police force is fitting. Not sure if using a schoolgirl representing absolute purity is the ideal way to go about convincing people, but I suppose that’s part of the imagery. The Sibyl system wants people who are pure in mind. The whole flower over the lady bits and using a catholic schoolgirl is representative of the purity Sibyl wants.