Posted by psgels on 21 January 2013 with categories: Psycho Pass

Now this episode marks the time for Psycho pass to take a more in-depth look at its setting. In the first half we got to see what it’s like to live in this society, and now this series really starts to question it, and it does so in quite an interesting way. It’s not like the Sybil system is currently evil now, this episode looked at it from quite a few different angles and perspectives. I really liked that.

Nobody in this episode actively questioned the Sybil system, yet everyone talked to each other as if they did, to try and reassure each other. Akane in particular did bother her time to question that system, but rather actively challenged her emotions by reliving her memories, going along with the system. In this episode she was shown that her crime coefficient does not rise really high, but in the end, what does this mean really? She is a great asset to the flawed Sybil system.

Also, take note: this episode had a small bit that played at the end of the ED, which is rather important. In this episode we’re introduced to who is probably the one who manages the enforcers and the entire police. I already like her character: I like her dialogue and how she is trying to manage the Sybil system without things going out of control. And at the end of the episode a connection between her and Makishima was revealed, which should hint that her hidden agenda could become really interesting for the next few episodes.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Silverbeard says:

    I think we have already seen the commisioner before. In episode 6, I believe.

  2. Not buthurt that Yuuki died says:

    and it looks like she’s a cyborg too.

  3. Kaiserin Emma says:

    I said this over on the shoutbox before but someone had some idea that that woman may be a relative of Makashima’s based on her appearance though at that point thats wild guesswork.

  4. Puran says:

    “It’s not like the Sybil system is currently evil now, this episode looked at it from quite a few different angles and perspectives.”

    I am not sure I understand what you mean here. Sybil is *evil* and has been from the start.

    From my perspective the series has done a very poor job to show any advantages to the sybil system. It has consistently shown the Sybil system producing a lot more problems than it solves. It was supposed to take care of crime, but we are shown that gruesome crimes (from the first episode I might add) are taking place every day (and we have no point of reference… Was it even worse before maybe?). It supposedly made people happier, but most people are unhappy with how it judges their lives and makes decisions for them. How were things before the Sybil system? Maybe they were worse? How did they decide to use such a system? What were the positive effects it had on society? The series has implied that the Sybil system is not that old (something about 20 years or so?). It seems that it’s not enough time for people are not questioning it more, especially since the positive effects are vague or even missing completely.

    And this is where the series confuses me. The setting seemed to be set up to show us pros and cons of a controlling system like Sybil. It seemed to be set up to have some philosophical extensions conscerning free will. To do that it should have shown the positive effects of the Sybil system. It could have started by showing us a Utopia, at least on the surface, and slowly introducing us to disadvantages of the system. That’s kind of a cliche, but with the right execution, it could be interesting. The series *does* follow that structure, with one difference: The starting point is already a dystopia.

    When I watched the first episode and the Sybil system was introduced I thought “well, that sounds like a bad idea”. Then the series kept hammering that the Sybil system is full of problems. 12 episodes later I am thinking “Yeah, Sybil sucks, I GET IT ALREADY, what is your point?”.

    I still can’t decide if this is a flaw of the series, or if it’s deliberately set up this way for some reason that is not apparent yet.

  5. kero says:

    i can really draw a parallel between this series and shinsekai yori

    but i think previous comment is right, we’ve not really seen why anyone would think the system is a good idea.

    Perhaps it should have done a bit more background setting to show how people got to Sybil and decided it was better than what they had before.

  6. Vonter says:

    My history knowledge is kind of rusty but there has been several times where a country has been ruled by an authoritary state, and if that’s the case I assume there are and were gray areas in that regard.

    In this series what I see is a convention of the pragmatic state were order and progress are the top priority and I suppose that’s the positive thing the commisioner was talking about and I agree in the sense that other cyberpunk stories show upright how there is anarchy, rebellion or wars on the street. How is shown here is that indeed there are but the exposition is very controlled to keep peace I suppose.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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