PSYCHO-PASS – 17
「鉄の腸」 (Kurogane no Harawata)
“Make a contract with me and become a
magical girl! a part of the Sybil System!”
Following the predictions made by some astute readers last week, the lauded Sybil System reveals itself as an aggregate of brains collected from the “criminally asymptomatic”. Ironic? Most definitely.
But first: what does it mean to be criminally asymptomatic? By Kouzaburou’s definition, it simply refers to a person whose criminal coefficient cannot be judged by their psycho-pass. That does not necessarily mean, however, that they’re not criminals – in fact looking at Makishima and Kouzaburou, it’s possible for one to make the assumption that it is actually the criminally asymptomatic that commits the worst crimes because of their controlled sense of chaos. Disturbingly rational and lacking the ability to feel anything outside of their own logic, acts of violence committed by them have a more chilling feeling than crimes committed by a regular psychopath. How twisted is it then to use these people as the “baseline” for society’s normalcy? It’s nonsensical and twisted and incredible at the same time to see a society built upon such backwards reasoning. A collection of brains is enough to overturn the people’s absolute faith in the Sybil System, but discovering their lives are blessed and ruined by two hundred-something criminals? The consequences of such a reveal are beyond disastrous.
Considering the magnitude of this development, it’s amazing what the humanization of such a lauded system does to the atmosphere of the show. Intoxicated by the thought of playing God, Kouzaburou dulls the effect of the Sybil System’s true nature. Before, the system was an omniscient idea, one that transcended the limits of human ego; but with the introduction of that precise component that would have discredited it initially, the magic dissipates. This is especially true with how Kouzaburou is portrayed – he’s surprisingly simplistic and one-dimensional, to the point it’s almost disappointing. He was just as enigmatic as the system he is now a part of, and while the aspect of the Sybil System was very well handled, the revelation of his character comes across as anti-climactic.
Makishima’s rejection is no shocker, yet it sets PSYCHO-PASS in an unknown trajectory. He will no doubt continue on his path to wreak havoc on Sybil, and Kougami and the rest of the Enforcers will not stop chasing him. But where does it all end? Is there a conclusion where anyone will “win”? If Makishima emerges victorious, it would mean the end of the Sybil System, but the triumph of misguided, villainous values. Kougami’s win would ensure “justice”, but the continuation of falsely peaceful ideals.
There were several other things I would’ve liked to touch on, but as this is quite late already, I think I’ll leave the rest for another time.
ED2: 「All Alone With You」 by EGOIST