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Psycho Pass season 2 episode 6 – Blow up everybody

PSYCHO-PASS 2 - 06 - Large 30Psycho Pass has become the kind of show where I have some misgivings while watching the episode but generally enjoy it, probably because it has lots of things blowing up. But then I go eat dinner, think the episode over, sleep on it for a bit and suddenly wake up yelling “why the fuck does everyone get killed by Dominators now”. Normally I write the episodic post very soon after I watch the episode so I don’t get that far in my thought process, but this week I slept on it and now I’m mad.

PSYCHO-PASS 2 - 06 - Large 04My main sticking point, and something that represents much larger problems with this new season of Psycho Pass as a whole, is the fact every single one of the enforcers apparently have a psycho pass over 300. Remember literally the very first episode of the first season where Akane shot Kougami so he wouldn’t shoot the rape victim? He had a Psycho Pass in the 100’s somewhere so the dominator went to paralyser mode. I guess the writers for this new season completely forgot there even was a paralyser mode when writing this season. Surely one of the people running out of the building from episode 4 would have just been stunned. Surely one of these enforcers had a psycho pass under 300.

It’s making the whole Sibyl system seem stupider and stupider. Yes the point of the show is that Sibyl is the wrong way to run society, but we have to come to that conclusion naturally. Take Death Note as an example (yes I’m being a hopeless fanboy but bear with me). The writer is really careful about telling us that Light has no mistakes in his methods. There are no false positives. He doesn’t kill people where there may be a mistake in the conviction. He doesn’t kill people who feel genuinely sorry for their actions. He kills Bad People. If it wasn’t that meticulous about the methodology, the reader could come to the conclusion that he’s wrong because his methods are bad. But when you can see the perfect logic and execution in his methods, you are forced to come to the conclusion that the underlying theory is wrong.

Psycho Pass season 1, for all its problems, presented Sibyl as a genuinely legitimate way to run the country. Latent criminals were locked up, not blown up on the spot. People were naturally given jobs they were good at. Your life is decided for you because Sibyl knows what’s best for you. In one of the last episodes, the author clearly lays out what he felt was the underlying message in Psycho Pass: That you must be free to make your own mistakes. Sibyl is wrong because the underlying philosophy of running a country like that is wrong. Not because Sibyl is fucking stupid. Which is what season 2 of Psycho Pass is presenting us with and it’s basically why season 2 is bullshit.

PSYCHO-PASS 2 - 06 - Large 36That’s before we start getting into some of the other problems. The animation took a major nosedive this episode with all the movement looking super clunky. Then there was the end where Akane stopped a guy shooting the rifle because…she thinks Kamui may be Kougami or something? Given how dumb the rest of this season has been, then sure why not. Also yeah OK maybe she had some morality issues with ordering her pet man to shoot Kamui, but he can still shoot the boat to stop him running away and call him in for questioning. Isn’t that how Akane wants to run things? At this point she comes across like a Precure villain who randomly decides to run away even when the Precures are weak and on their last legs. It’s stupid. The whole thing is bloody stupid. And it looks ugly. And it probably smells bad too.

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  1. Posted November 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I was under the impression that the whole Kougami bit was in reference to Togami being similar to him and reminding Alane about how she wasn’t able to stop Kougami from killing Makishima and thus committing a crime to mete justice. Her regrets from letting that happen carry over in preventing any more enforcers from doing the same thing.

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
    • Pusswookie
      Posted November 17, 2014 at 4:00 am | Permalink

      Yeah I didn’t even read what was going on in that scene because I was too busy appreciating her expression.

  3. fathomlessblue
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    My biggest issues with the dominators subplot aside from all the enforcers having dangerously high readings due to plot contrivances are a) why doesn’t Sybil have a lock-out switch for dead or missing owners, (at this point even the cast suspect the missing inspector is working for the Kamui), b) why isn’t there an override switch when aiming at enforcers under suspicious circumstances (I’m pretty that was a plot point in the first season with Ginzo), & c) why do weapons as powerful & potentially society-destroying as dominators contain no tracking info? You think inspectors/enforcers couldn’t lose one during a job? And of course, Sybil/the chief & Togane (also likely a Sybil robot) can track Akane through every electronic device it wants, but there’s still no camera on the weapons themselves.

    I think the dialogue between Kamui & the converted inspector was the biggest kick in the pants. Psycho Pass has never been immune to rather silly plot elements, but the dialogue was never as bad as this. The hacking dialogue was just as groan-inducing, explaining modern technology concerns in the future as if it was some new & baffling concept. I’m just waiting for Kamui to be revealed as Kougami with a face implant, and then I’m peacing out on this show.

    • Posted November 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, that one.
      I was puking rainbow.
      How can Kamui convert the inspector into such a faithful sex slave is beyond me.
      “Oh, I don’t need my eyeball anyway~”
      “I am glad that I am useful to you~”
      “Please use my body as you wish~”
      I have to hold myself from hitting my face on the keyboard.
      What? Kamui is that good in bed?
      I bet he’s using drug anyway.

  4. Rob
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    So wait, this is a dystopian society in which a computer program/room of brains in jars has absolute control, but nobody can take a game off the App Store?

  5. Shikamaru
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who wants to see a full 5 mitnute cat fight between Akana and Mika? Their mouths would be bleeding and their eyes would be black and Akane finally punches Mika so hard that she would be knocked out. Make it happen! Cat fights are always awesome.

  6. TheVoid
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    A persons hue can rise in stressful situations or when experiencing a very strong emotion, which would likely happen in a situation when a bunch of drones are hunting you down to murder you as a game.

    It’s not that he’s Kogami, but that he reminds her of Kogami, which lead her to stop him. Like how she wanted to stop him from killing Makishima.

    The point of Psycho Pass 2 seems to be what happens when even normal people can have a clear hue while killing people without having to actually be criminally asymptomatic, and seems to be Kamuis agenda. When everyone is clear, there will no longer be a need for Sibyl.

    • TheVoid
      Posted November 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      Togane I mean. He reminds her of Kogami not Kamui. Though she doesn’t know he’s actually her stalker that wants to paint her hue black.

  7. Shadow
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    As much as i hate Urobutcher and his adding quotes from philosophers thing just to make the villains sound intelligent, he knows how to lay the story and keeps even the smallest detail in check.

    I might hate his way of walking around in circles, over complicating things with grandiose quotes and explanations. But he can keep a story flow properly as well as coherently. Which in all honesty is what is most important.

    Dont know who is the writer for season 2, but this is a clusterfuck of limbs and explosions every episode. I kinda like it for the lols and cuz i like Psycho Pass. But it is a huge step down in terms of narrative and plot.

    Also i need Akane being moe! For fuck sake! The only moe thing akane has done this season is pouting while smoking and that happened a long time ago!

    • Kenjeran
      Posted November 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      I heard that the abundant of philosopher quotes from 1st season was due to the co-writer’s idea.

      • Shadow
        Posted November 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

        then he must have the same co-writer on all his series. Because all of his productions are full of quotes and grandiose dialogue *not as much as Psycho Pass and not as much in the face but they are always there*

      • Kenjeran
        Posted November 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

        Well yeah, that’s my point why it was so abundant and more prevalent in PP unlike in his other works.

  8. Kenjeran
    Posted November 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Well, at least urobutcher will write for the movie. Or so I heard.

    • Someone Else
      Posted November 17, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      If this doesn’t happen my coefficient will be over 900

  9. T1g
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    My only guess is that Kamui is using whatever voodoo magic he uses to fuck with Sibyl to fuck with the enforcer crime coefficients. If he can make someone clear, he can make them not clear too? Or something?

    Idk it is getting pretty stupid

    • Shadow
      Posted November 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      i wouldnt be surprised if Kamui experimented with his own brain. And turned himself in a pseudo Sybil. He has some scars on his head. So i am guessing he created an artificial brain that cannot be scanned.

      it would be dumb as fuck, but so far the series has taken a step down in terms of coherence, so it could happen. Everything before this Angry Chickens: Inspectors vs Robots Arc was ok, this arc really ruined it for me.

      • T1g
        Posted November 18, 2014 at 6:02 am | Permalink

        To be fair, the actual explanation for the chicken thing made sense. They are trying to separate the drone pilots as far as possible from actual killing, so making it look like a cute kid friendly game is the way to go

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