Posted by psgels on 5 March 2013 with categories: Psycho Pass

This episode earned a lot of points for me. It’s a build-up episode,but instead of being boring it actually makes very good use of its time. Most notably: the characters try to look inside the mind of the villain. Instead of heading towards the next climax they speculate what he will do next, and how his mind works. That’s not something you see often, especially with most series having villains with… rather simple motivations and plans.

Also, I’m really beginning to think that Psycho Pass is about a society that has evolved into the wrong direction. My biggest theory here was that there was a point at which the Sybil System was given too much influence, and that it transformed the society as monotone as possible, as free from outside influences as possible, and as safe as possible. What we saw in the first half were the exceptions that slipped by. I really became convinced of this when this episode revealed the crazy idea to have the entire food production of a country depend on one single type of crop. They’ve just completely eliminated variety. We’re not in a 1984 setting in which people have no privacy, but there are more and more similarities.

I think that that is one part that I would have done differently: the first half of this series was all about different psychopaths, but it did not show much about the setting: it didn’t colour the world as well as it should have, so now this series suddenly comes with details like this, this late in the series. If we had known this earlier, I think it would have made an even bigger impact.

The plot of this series really is fine, by the way. This episode again had a good balance of twists, and attention to the characters. Kagari suddenly receiving the attention of the Sybil system with her good behavior… I can buy that, and it will give her an even more interesting role in the story when she learns of what’s going on. Also: this episode stressed something. Kougami has some eerie similarities with Makishima Shougo, but Kagari does as well. Most notably with how her Psycho Pass stays the same.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

15 Responses

  1. wonton says:

    I think you mean Akane Tsunemori when you said Kagari. ^___^

  2. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Actually, part of the reason the USSR had famines was that Stalin and Molotov decided it would be more efficient to have everybody from Siberia to the desert areas use the same strain of wheat.

    Didn’t work real well.

  3. Loz says:

    “crazy idea to have the entire food production of a country depend on one single type of crop”

    Actually this is already evident in our world today. Not to the same extreme mind you, but not that far off. That crop being corn/maize. Look it up, its actually ridiculous, if you do a search like corn is in everything, you might be quite surprised.

    • Scruffy says:

      Of course we can all point at things such as the Great Potato Famine in Ireland and laugh and say that it cannot happen now but ultimately you are correct. In asia it is probably more correct to point at rice rather than maize, and of course the whole ‘Green Revolution’ was all about providing high performance rice.

      While there are many different cultivars rice is still rice and maize is still maize.

  4. Scruffy says:

    It looks to me that Gen is using Psycho Pass to take a direct shot at current Japanese society with it’s borderline xenophobia and emphasis of collective responsibility. Whether or not he offers any answers, I guess we will see. Perhaps he’s not interested in answers, just in showing up the ugliness as to where these traits could lead.

    • kekkansehin says:

      This exactly. And it didn’t become clear just now, it has been there from the beginning or at least episode 3. In terms of plot and characters I would admit that it got more interesting later on, but setting and themes were apparent and solid right from the start.

  5. CitizenOfUlysses says:

    Really liked the Foucault name drop, it actually went with the conversation and didn’t seem super forced.

  6. Gavin says:

    Soo Funny… Very Well played – fantastic!

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 06:18 AM)
    @K-off: let him be m8, it’s only natural to get hated on after writing the fanfic of the century.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 06:11 AM)
    @Miyako “Look how cultured I am, comparing an anime to a completely irrelevant comedy classic,” is what you’re saying m8. Who the hell says “For my holy grail references?”
  • MiyakoJungle
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 06:06 AM)
    “Ooh, you can’t compare things from two different mediums!!” *Figuratively vomits
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 06:03 AM)
    @Miyako Did you really just compare Monty Python and the Holy Grail to Fate?
  • MiyakoJungle
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 06:00 AM)
    Fate sucks. For my holy grail references, I’d recommend Monty Python.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 04:51 AM)
    (3/2) There’s also a competition between Gilgamesh and Irvine to take over the Archer position, plus any cross-universe shipping that you can imagine! Angra Mainyu Vs. Void? sure. Skull Knight/Saber power-couple? why the fuck not.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 04:28 AM)
    (2/2) He mows thru the competition while screaming his battlecry “Griffith!” and then manages to absconder the Grail for himself, which he then wishes to reverse the Eclipse with. This causes a 2nd (or 3rd?) eclipse which sacrifices the whole population of Fuyuki. The result is the emergence of an apostle Band of the Hawk that forces Guts and all the magi to get together to once again seal away.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 04:20 AM)
    Best FS/N fanfic concept ever:
    During the 6th Holy Grail War (which is made possible by some handwaving and Deus Ex Machina plot twists regarding Akasha or whatever) the Heroic Spirit summoned as the berserker class happens to be Guts. they don’t have to be real remember? And given the timeline he should already be established into people’s psyche way more than Gilgamesh that nobody really knows anything about.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 03:24 AM)
    @Ninja: nah I’ll give it over episode 5 or so when they assume that we are deeply caught up in the current drama and have almost forgotten about him. I think it’s going to be a satisfyingly big moment, Like when Snake looks at the camera and goes “miss me already?”.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 03:18 AM)
    I was expecting this season to feature a society on the verge of breakdown, which would’ve made for a pretty good setting for the plot to thicken through the upheavals and then finish up with the establishment of the new order. Now that would be a more satisfying conclusion to the Sibyl System, since the ending of the last season was pretty anti-climactic.

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