「忍び寄る虚実」 (Shinobiyoru Kyojitsu)
“The Creeping Unknown”
One of the things that I love about PSYCHO-PASS is that it reminds of the crime dramas that I see on American television today. However, it does so with a twist because it is based on a dystopian future where people’s lives are dictated by the Sybil System. The heart of the series is still what I enjoy about crime dramas though and that’s the analysis done on the criminals and what their motives are. I prefer shows like Criminal Minds over shows like CSI because it’s not about the clues that are left behind at the crime scene, but what drives that person to do these things and what message are they trying to send. I thought the original season of PSYCHO-PASS explored that very well, especially in the first half when they went through different serial killers and it wasn’t completely focused on Shougo. I actually really liked the focus on Rikako because she was so psychotic but with good reason (even if her reasons don’t justify her actions). With that said, since PSYCHO-PASS 2 has only 3 months to prove itself, I like how they still try and flesh out the individuals that commit crimes because they’re practically throwaway characters. Someone like Kitazawa Akira (Satou Takuya) is just a way to introduce the mastermind, Kamui Kirito (Kimura Ryouhei), but Akira is still given a proper backstory that explains how he came to hate the Sybil System so much. I hope they mention Akira again somewhere along the lines because it might explain why Kamui chose to help Akira, or why Akira was so devoted to him. Sometimes it’s not just about how they go about clearing their hue, but also about what they’re trying to accomplish by doing so. In the end, it looks like Kamui was genuinely trying to help the fellow… but that might be because he needs a pawn to set up traps in his stead.
WC? stands for What Color? What does that mean to Akane? More importantly, how the hell did Kamui get into her apartment? That is so creepy and how do you not notice when you enter your room? I think it’s too soon to decipher the message that Kamui is trying to send the police force, but it does mean that he’s challenging them by being ”the invisible man”. I can’t tell if he’s trying to provoke them to think a certain way (like – what color are you and does that change?) or is he trying to challenge the system by saying that he can appear clear and off radar? Is he really a hologram? All these questions boggle my mind and it’s a great way to get back into the PP world but that also means that I could be overthinking the complexity of the issue. I definitely don’t think Kamui is an illusion or hologram (and if he is, that’s just too easy…) but that leaves the question of how he has no Crime Coefficient reading. If he can stay off the Sybil System, that might mean that he was never registered on it or not a “real” person by the definitions of Sybil. These are all just theories though so I’d like to hear everyone else’s to see if they’ve caught onto something I haven’t. The joys of blogging an anime original is that there are no spoilers; only speculation!
My favorite part this episode had to be scene with Akane in her room. I think this is the first sign of homage to season 1 because it hints that Akane misses Shinya and she’s even willing to second-hand smoke for him. If that doesn’t say ”I miss you” then I don’t know what does because I would never personally second-hand smoke just to remind myself of someone. Akane and Shinya are not just a couple in my mind (even though that would be sweet), they’re partners in crime and more like best friends that understand one another. I actually like how the shows depicts Akane’s relationships with her fellow coworkers as well because it’s an extension of all the hardships they faced together in the previous season. It would be a waste to flush all that development down the drain and unfortunately, it’s something that Mika doesn’t understand (yet). The way that Nobu has Akane’s back and vice versa is such a great demonstration of trust and Mika needs to start realizing what Akane is trying to do. Her character is going to get annoying very fast if she’s just going to stand in the way rather than help the investigations. Tougane and Akane have interesting dynamics together as well, but to me, no one will replace Shinya (love!. It does seem like they’re trying to play him off as someone that resembles Shinya (with the smoking and his demeanor) but he still gives me the shivers with his strand of hair and strand of hair and and well, the opening sequence kind of depicts him as evil. We’ll see how right or wrong I am.
I thought I’d also mentioned that I noticed the animation has dipped in quality since the last episode… or maybe that’s just me. Some of the character designs are starting to show their differences compared to the first season and not in a good way. The character faces feel much more elongated and pointy compared to being more rounded. As someone who isn’t so touchy about animation quality in general, if I’m starting to notice, then you know it’s bad. At least the key close-up frames are still being animated well though.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: The fact that Akane would secondhand smoke to be reminded of a “certain someone” is so bittersweet =( I miss him too! #pp_anime
ED2: 「Fallen」 by EGOIST