「悪魔の証明」 (Akuma no Shoumei)
“The Devil’s Proof”
One of the theories that I read last week was that Akane is actually Kamui herself. She could be schizophrenic, have MPD, or be an unreliable narrator, but the theory was that Akane is really living a double life. From this episode, it’s hinted that even Akane doesn’t even know herself if she is the one writing “WC?” on her own wall. While the evidence suggests that no one else could’ve entered her apartment, Saiga Jouji (Yamaji Kazuhiro) proposes that there is also a lack of evidence that disproves Akane’s theory of a ghost. I neither study law or know much about criminal cases (other than what I watch on TV), but the onus falls on Akane now to produce some form of evidence that proves that Kamui exists. Not to mention that in the process, she looks insane because it sounds like her team is against her theory of someone slipping through the cracks. Even Kasei Joushuu (Sakakibara Yoshiko) can’t believe that a ghost “exists” but she still approves of Akane’s investigation. Judging by the initial 5 mins of this episode, I would find it very hard to believe that Kamui is Akane. It would a terribly twisted story and there’s no way that Akane could go from a 30 Crime Coefficient to being illegible by the System. From Akane’s POV, I can imagine feeling like maybe I am crazy because everyone else thinks I am and there’s nothing to say that I’m not. I doubt that this will drag Akane down though because she shows persistent in her efforts to defend her sanity and that is something that I admire about her character. This is what differentiates her from others and all the while, her Crime Coefficient remains low. Unlike Nobu (and Mika and everyone scared of rising their Crime Coefficients), there’s a calmness and certainty about her that makes me believe that she’ll succeed on her hunt. Having the Chief backing you up, is also not such a bad thing.
The first initial scene of this week is definitely an eye-opener. I had a hard time digesting what I was seeing because, I won’t lie, graphic scenes do me no good. And it wasn’t even the eye that was the problem; it was seeing Kamui shove his finger in Mizue’s mouth that was distributing. There’s not much revealed in the scene, other than confirming my suspicions that Kamui is another soul out there doing heinous crimes. I don’t even understand how he lowers Mizue’s Crime Coefficient either as he sticks a finger in her mouth – is he putting something there? Is he breaking something? Is the blood even coming from him or her? He specifically says that he’s looking for a detective’s eye so perhaps that’s the key to the Crime Coefficient readings or something that he needs to complete his experiments. This scene also reveals his goals and objectives – he wants to make the world clear… in fact, so clear that people becoming invisible. Invisible to the Sybil System perhaps, but it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t exist.
As we venture deeper into the story of who Kamui is and how this impacts Akane, I’m starting to see references back to the first season in small steps. This is the first time that they’ve made actual references to Shinya in the show and the more they do, the more I miss him too (I’m talking to you Akane!). To me, Tougane can’t be Shinya and he can’t be a replacement for him; there’s just this look about him that I can’t trust. We also see the Chief for the first time this season and her interactions with Akane don’t give away too much, which I find strange since you’d think they have a more strained relationship. Aoyanagi Risa (Asano Masumi) is a character that had appearances in season 1 (in case you needed a reminder for those with terrible memory like myself) but she plays a much more prominent role this time. Similar to Mika, they both have strong personalities that believe in judgment made by Sybil and why would you think otherwise, right? Unless you’re someone like Akane and Nobu who have seen things and “know” things, you wouldn’t think that Sybil is flawed. This makes it all the more saddening when Risa was beaten up at the end by someone Sybil deemed as clear. I think I’ve seen way too many women beaten up in recent shows; it’s pretty gruesome. Just because the gun doesn’t work, I feel like Risa is suddenly very vulnerable to attacks, when in reality, the police force should be prepared for any type of assault. I hope she gets back on her feet. The two men at the end don’t seem to have any connections or resemblance, but it’s not far-fetched to say that they’ve both met Kamui (or know of him) and know what he’s capable of.
I wonder what if the drug that this man is promoting – is the same one that they advertised in the first episode… which is meant to help keep Crime Coefficients low (unless my memory is off point again). I think Kamui might be working for him (or with him) to manufacture this drug that helps keep people clear. That’s just a theory though, but it explains what he planted in Mizue’s mouth. Also, has anyone noticed the OP changing this week? I’ll have to take new OP screencaps next week (or every week) at this rate. It looks like there’s something emerging out of the static in the images.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #PsychoPass2’s first few mins is so insane! I need to watch it twice to digest what’s happening. Very convo heavy episode. #pp_anime
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