Posted by psgels on 16 December 2012 with categories: Psycho Pass

This really is an episode that I easily see Urobuchi Gen write. It may have lacked any gore or something, but it was nevertheless quite sadistic, using an innocent friend as a hostage for a simple game.

This episode worked in two ways, first fleshing out Akane and Shinya (having this girl tell about how Akane always solved problems is much more effective than just showing it), and then by pulling a very good cat and mouse game by the previously established android. Again a psychopath who was given the means in order to become a murderer, but this time it’s made very obvious that he also is being tested, and will just be disposed of when he fails.

One strange details is how Shinya suddenly got the idea of a radio antenna being hidden in a bra of all things. You have to have a specific mind to really realize that. I guess that that also was the point of that scene: the white-haired guy knew Shinya so well, that he’d know that he’d come up with such a far-fetched theory.

I also liked how this episode toyed with responsibility. I mean, Ginoza definitely went out of the line, but he’s right: Akane pretty much is responsible for human lives now, which is such a big change from her education. If Ginoza’s theory were true then she could have easily killed him off indirectly due to the system that they live in.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

4 Responses

  1. Honestly I thought that Ko was going to pull out the actual underwire in the bra and rig that to be an antenna…..

  2. Entrav says:

    Ginoza being a hardass as usual but he’s right nonetheless. Pretty good buildup for the upcoming episodes.

  3. Stars says:

    Awesome episode! Especially liked that the bad guy instantly set up the hunting game once he expressed interest in Kogami instead of taking the shounen route of hiding as some third party and constantly throwing obstacles at them.

    Wonder if that cyborg guy’s cyborg body will play any part in this, or if he’ll just stick to his gun. Awfully old fashioned.

  4. Pilot says:

    Yeah, I had also thought that he was going to use the wire from the bra… Didn’t think it would have been an antenna. + Shouldn’t the girl notice that there was an antenna in her bra? I get that it’s a stressful situation but from the shape of the antenna it seemed pretty obvious?

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:21 AM)
    All thats left now is macross 7.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:20 AM)
    However this one begged to go on for more than just five episodes, come on now and it had the franchises penchant for weak villains. It doesn’t get me as emotional as do you remember love does, the characters of Macross plus were more likeable. Still its a step above Macross II and I at least had fun with it on an action level.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:17 AM)
    Thats Macross zero completed then, it was great to see the background arc/plot for this franchise, the pace is tight and the action is arguably the most immersive, well done of the Macross universe along with Frontier.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:33 AM)
    While Tatami Galaxy and Ping Pong were definitely sharp I felt that Kemonozume and Kaiba were more inventive.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:30 AM)
    Aye,it was the visual style of the film being so different from the norm that drew me in. Still out of Yuaasa’s stuff I found myself more taken with tatami galaxy.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:22 AM)
    I think creatively the anime industry has plateaued a bit by now, where we see more derivative stuff and there has a formed an almost universal “anime style” which hinders non-traditional voyeurism.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:18 AM)
    I love the tonal whiplash that the story goes thru and the then-impressive-and-new visuals. Both 4°C and Hifana take queues from the Kansai art and the underground graffiti styles that prospered in Japan after the 70’s. Parallel to the postmodern movement in the Western world, the new wave was more expressive than fine and you see its heavy influence on the manga and anime industry.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Bam: It is at the last stretch on the film where it is at its strongest visually in my opinion.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:10 AM)
    @Bam: For only 100 minutes it did a decent enough job on its protaganist in any case.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:02 AM)
    Mindgame is amazing. It is as unorthodox as they come but not really pretentious. It’s pretty humble and does have an actual message and proper story arc, so it’s definitely not just random for random’s sake. The industry needs more Yuasa.

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