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Psycho Pass Season 2 episode 11 (finale) – Let’s never speak of this again

vlcsnap-2014-12-18-18h02m59s28I hope this upcoming anime movie being written by Butch Gen treats season 2 the same way shounen franchises treat its steps into theatrical movies. They introduce a bunch of characters for that movie and that movie alone, they all either die or leave over the course of the movie, and then nobody speaks of them ever again. Everyone acts like all of that never happened. Because that’s what I’m going to do with Psycho Pass Season 2.

There was a moment in this episode where Sibyl purged a bunch of its brains in order to drag its Psycho Pass down to an acceptable level that I thought this season was actually going to say something quite profound. What it did was basically treat itself like it treats the whole of society. If the whole of society has too high a psycho pass, all you need to do is purge the parts where it’s too high and you’ll be OK again. In doing so it completely negates Kamui’s attempts to shoot it and ultimately makes his whole plan worthless because it left society in exactly the same place.

Instead of realising you have a problem, you just sweep the less savoury parts out of sight, like you’re a diligent rose bush trimmer. Or a government putting on a show to the rest of the world during a giant sporting event and hiding all the anti-government graffiti and slums. Yeah our society has problems but we can just get rid of that part and voila problem solved! An actually interesting message to come out of all this junk. Maybe season 2 won’t be worthless after all.

vlcsnap-2014-12-18-18h03m34s127But nope. That wasn’t the message at all. Instead it was something about trying to achieve a collective hue that makes no sense in the context of anything that happened in the show. Throw in a dude with a serious Oedipus complex and comicly evil tendencies, a drugged up ex police officer with a crossbow and some grandstanding speeches that ultimately solved nothing and you have the ending to Psycho Pass Season 2. For as much shit as various people have given her over the course of the show, at the end it’s Mika I find myself connecting to most of all. She, like me, sits in a corner with a blank look on her face and tries to forget that any of this ever happened.

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24 Comments

  1. T1g
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Did Kamui know that Siebel was a bunch of brains? I can’t remember how he even knew that the collective conscious thing would work, and he clearly wasn’t surprised by the brains

    idk nothing makes sense with this season. the movie will have Mika probably, considering she joins at the end of season 1, but other than that, we can pretend like none of this ever existed.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Now that you mention it, you’re right. How did Kamui know Sibyl was a bunch of brains? That’s Sibyl’s most closely guarded secret.

      durrrr plotholes

  2. Shinmaru
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I’ve already forgotten everything except for Akane!

  3. Varyn
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Well lets look at the positives, they didn’t fuck up Kogami’s characterisation.

  4. Adreme
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    My only issue with the entire thing is that they cant be judged not because of the fact that they are a collective but because they are criminally asymptomatic and those people are adopted into the system itself. This was the entire premise of the first season and now they just kinda can be judged why exactly?

    Even if its as a group there individual levels should be around 30 so why can it suddenly see there level as over 300 and purge them for no real reason?

  5. gedata
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    So the answer to improve a society as a collective body is to remove all the bad parts. Brilliant, never thought of it.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Except that’s the entire point of Sibyl in the first place. Yay progress.

    • Someone Else
      Posted December 20, 2014 at 4:34 am | Permalink

      They actually went against their logic. Kamui wants to be judged as a whole/group so even if others are clear, they are still accountable if they are connected to others. What makes this logic shine is that this is closer to non sibyl judgement in that it makes you question if others affected by group judgementing should be apprehended

      However the brain reducing method they did is basically the same as the non collective judgement. So it failed to follow kamui’s logic and they just went lol ok with it. Sibyl is stupid

  6. MusubiKazesaru
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    The most enjoyable part of S2 was Akane…and they didn’t use her as much as they could have.

  7. Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    I will always remember this season for introducing Akane’s grandmother to us! A character whose death was SO important that even Akane herself stepped over her corpse being like “Yeah, whatever, I’ve got better things to do.”.

    I would like to forget what this series has done to the Psycho-Pass-Franchise – but this season hasn’t even presented to us what exactly the consequences of Akane’s decisions have been. This 11th episode feels more like a threat that there could be a third season that’s just as stupid as this second season.

    Hopefully this movie will be good.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Pfft yup, they introduced her simply to kill her off in the laziest attempt to raise the stakes possible.

  8. TheVoid
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    That was always Sibyl’s goal though. Remove the bad parts so they can evolve and remain pure. Just that they did it by removing brains instead of adding some.

    I did like you get to see Kamui’s true monster appearance when he shoots Toganes mom. The monster kills his creator.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Indeed that was always Sibyl’s goal from the literal very start of Psycho Pass. So what did this season achieve?

  9. Inushinde
    Posted December 19, 2014 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    You mean you don’t want to remember illegal immigrants with animal faces, hitherto unacknowledged, being burned alive in a house while opera plays for some reason?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Never forget Nessun Dorma.

  10. Nagisa33
    Posted December 19, 2014 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed seeing Kamui’s real face and seeing Ginoza block a crossbow with his prosthetic arm. Besides that, eh. Welp, back to enjoying Gundam Build Fighters!

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 19, 2014 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      Excellent priorities.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      I too enjoyed Ginoza temporarily turning into Edward Elric.

  11. Posted December 19, 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I’ve love to complain about the plot ending on a low note, but the only real part of the entire show that doesn’t make me cringe was realizing that Togane’s had sideburns since childhood.

  12. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    – Togane: Apparently ‘pitch-black’, serving as a cancer & infecting those around him. A particular threat to the elderly. Smokes.
    – Saiga: Also with the ability to infect people’s hues black. Smokes.
    – Shion: Lesbian in a dystopian Japanese society, so probably not looked upon positively. Tried to sleep with Kogane in S1, disrupting yaoi shipping, so obviously questionable morals. Smokes.
    – Kamui: Represents a group (185 members) lobbying Sybil, demanding judgement of a group &/or destruction of the toxic elements within society.
    – Sybil: Has to surgically remove the (black) toxic elements within its body in order to remain healthy.
    – Final scene in Akane’s room.

    Obviously Psycho Pass S2 was a commentary on the dangerous effects of smoking within society. Akane manages to get by (for now) by only relying on second-hand smoke, while Mika is on pills or something. Clearly the symbolism was a little too deep for you.

  13. kai
    Posted December 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    The fact that Twintails is better says a lot about PP2.

    • shytende
      Posted December 20, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      The fact Hamatora was better says a lot about PP2.

      PP2’s main problem was not realising how ridiculous it was and taking itself too seriously.

  14. Posted December 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    lol I’m really loving that last sentence of this write-up… which I definitely agree with.

  15. Posted December 22, 2014 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    So true, people.
    Kamui couldn’t have known that Sybil consists of a bunch of brains.
    Those brains are supposed to criminally asymptomatic people, why the hell the Dominator showed red value before they are purged?

    Now, let’s enter Mika mode, everybody.
    I don’t see anything. I don’t hear anything.

    On the bright note, this joke makes her somewhat noticeable character. Unlike Ginoza.

    EDIT : My bad, he is Kirito-kun. The super hacker.

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