Posted by psgels on 4 December 2012 with categories: Psycho Pass

Urobuchi Gen likes gore. Fate/Zero showed this, and this arc of Psycho Pass showed that yet again, and especially. This episode was just brutal as it shows the conclusion of the latest arc. It was meant to get Kougami in the spotlights again amd show his ability to deduct and his connections. His bizarre connections involving a guy who took turning his body into art to the extreme.

As for the themes of the current arc, this episode showed the flaws in the past murders: the lack of creativity or message behind it. The culprit just wanted to carry on her father’s tradition, rather than kill with a statement like her father did. It’s a very morbid way to look at art like this.

Psycho Pass also has a very interesting view on its references. Usually when a show quotes another work, it’s kept with a brief reference: just one shot and nothing more. Here, they quote entire paragraphs. Last week played a lot of Beethoven’s 9th symphony. This series really attempted to make its symbolism have this slow impact. And it worked really well.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

18 Responses

  1. Loz says:

    I assume the guy in the cell was based of Rick Genest. The likeness is uncanny.

  2. Arno says:

    I liked this show until episode 06. Last time I thought it was dragging on instead of finishing the schoolgirls’ arc.

    Ok this time there were a few false notes :

    1) They are supposed to search the school with many robots, but discover a large building full of chemicals plus a few bodies only when they catch a photo of the girl going there ?

    2) The flayed man… Ok I get it he is scary and stuff but… how come he is alive ? How do his eyes and some other organs function ?

    3) But really the most failed detail for me was the robot dogs. I mean, really, some sort of joke I didn’t catch or what ?

    Overall the idea of a villain manipulating other villains was a great idea to me at first. But now that I see him revealing to at least two other people all his intentions he seems a lot weaker.

    • Jay says:

      I haven’t gone back to double-check this or anything, but my impression from the man’s appearance and the things he said was that he wasn’t flayed at all, only tattooed.

    • Anca says:

      1) There were many building on the campus, the floorplan was a mess. It’s entirely conceivable that they just overlooked the place – after all, there was a reason Makishima picked it.

      3) That was a reference to – Fahrenheit 451 I think? And one more thing, if I remember my blog reading right.

    • Commenter says:

      1) Do you think the robots would search outside the blueprints?

      3) The guy who shot her was dressed as a hunter, the robot dogs were there to spot(given that this 100 years in the future it doesn’t seem a real stretch as modern robotics could make these) and it made sense in the context of the fragment of Titus Andronicus that Makishima was quoting. If you kept up with it closely, you should have heard that Lavinia, daughter of Titus Andronicus, was raped and maimed by the two sons of Tamora, queen of the goths. This was done on a hunt. Seems reasonably appropriate.

      I had forgotten about that guy, even though he appeared in the previous episode. I don’t see how Makishima having two underlings makes him any weaker at all. Especially given how the Korean was already seen multiple times in the previous arc.

      I hope the next arc will develop Akane this time. I feel like she came out of this one exactly as she entered it.

      • HunterWulf says:

        While it might seem that Akane didn’t develop much in this story arc .. i have to disagree .. this arc just focused on a different aspect of her .. it showed her digging deeper after Kogami’s past, trying to understand him, trying to work with him side-by-side on the case .. and she was pretty successful in that showing that what she was aspiring for which is a friendship/colleague like relation between enforcers and their officers is indeed possible .. i think that’s some interesting development albeit being subtle and overshadowed by all the artistic dismemberment and mutilation going on XD

        • kero says:

          For me she’s rather boring in how earnest she is. I’d like to see her actually contribute something, not just enabling Kougami to do his thing

          • HunterWulf says:

            She has her moments, but it is clear that she isn’t really the main character .. Kogami is .. she is our avatar .. our own eyes into the world of Psycho-Pass .. it was pretty clear from the first episode and how her character was presented.

  3. Entrav says:

    I enjoy this show a lot mainly because of how much content it packs. Finally, Makishima’s fascination with Kougami begins and we’ll see everything run up until the point that they meet in the first episode. Though these “mini-arcs” are entertaining, I don’t know if they’ll tie too much into the overall story by the end .

    • Juno says:

      I’m pretty sure that, aside from the small developments during the mini-arcs, the themes will also be relevant in the end. Mainly, the idea of the Psycho Pass, why it is used in contrast with what effect it has on the normal human psyche when forced into certain situations.

      • Entrav says:

        Yeah, Psycho-Pass has been questioning philosophical questions concerning existence and various other topics quite a bit. I’m hoping to get blown away at the climax.

        • Juno says:

          I wouldn’t necessarily say “philosophical” or “concerning existence,” though I suppose you could find a way to point it out here. I think it’ll work more on the psychological aspects of humanity as a whole. Like, what makes us “human” versus what makes us a “criminal” or “dangerous” to those around us.

  4. Kenz says:

    Wasn’t the original culprit a young guy who only appeared in mug-shots on the monitors? Oryo’s father was never involved in the killing. I think the only thing that connects the cases together is the dismemberment and use of the same chemicals.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep the original suspect (never caught, but the killings stopped after he disappeared … offed by Makishima?) was a former teacher at Oryo’s school.

  5. sam says:

    The first killer wasn’t Rikkako’s father. Her father was an illustrator.
    The first killer, Touma Kozaburu, was a teacher in the same school.

    • Rachnid says:

      wasn’t he just a suspect? And for just creating the resin, not the killings. I don’t think they’ve got a suspect for the killings yet.

      • Anca says:

        No, it’s the other way around. They found the resin in the teacher’s apartment after he went missing, but because he couldn’t possibly have created it himself and they can’t question / check his PP anymore they can’t be 100% certain that he was the killer.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:32 PM)
    Ultimately I think it got too ambitious and had too much on its plate.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 PM)
    I have yet to see genocidal organ, although yes Harmony was pretty below average and that was putting it mildly. I will consider re-evaluating it if it gets dubbed/when the dub comes out.
    Admittedly its a film of big ideas, my problem with it that the movie itself is just so plodding and I found it too overstuffed to properly focus on/fully develop its themes and the exposition was particularly heavy handed.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:15 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, heard about the Project Itoh, from what I heard they’re not that good thou, with only Empire of Corpses has a slightly favorable reviews. I believe Kaiser watched Harmony alrready and he gave a very negative rating.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa

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