OP2: 「Enigmatic Feeling 」 by 凛として時雨 (Ling Toshite Sigure)
「ヨブの救済」 (Yobu no Kyuusai)
“The Salvation of Job”
This week is one to remember as several main characters are just getting written off like flies in my shows. Unlike Akame ga Kill though, Aoyanagi’s death was completely unexpected. Even while I was watching, I thought to myself that this girl is going to come out alive because she’s such a pivotal character. Of course I was wrong… however, not only did Aoyanagi die, but so did everyone else being held hostage within the building! As exciting as it was to watch, the episode was a great turning point for the series as new technologies were released and Kamui’s motives are becoming more clear (hehe*). It was also horrifying to watch a massacre of innocent people, but I don’t see how anyone could’ve come out of that without raising their Crime Coefficients.
First of all, let’s have a conversation about Mika here. Please enlighten me if you have a different opinion because I’ve tried many times to rationalize her actions in my head. That girl gets more and more irritating every time I see her because she’s just so tunnel-visioned by her role as an inspector. I gave her the benefit of the doubt earlier – for a whole 3 episodes – but in a one-cour series, you can only take so much ignorance from a character that should be further along in her development. I’m not expecting her to turn into Akane’s best friend or anything, but it’d be nice for her to realize the flaws of the Sybil system and why Akane does what she does. It was back in episode 1 that I recall her stating that they’ve been partners for a while (including the off-screen time we haven’t been a part of), so why is she behaving like Akane is against her? It’s almost to the point that she wants to prove Akane wrong – Kamui does not exist. What I can’t stand most of all is that Mika seems to be so loyal to the Sybil system that she can’t see around it. Her role as an inspector is exactly how it’s written in the book (similar to how Aoyanagi felt I’m sure) and it’s blinding her to what’s actually happening. There were so many opportunities for Mika to just charge in and help save Aoyanagi this episode, but she didn’t. She didn’t do anything but stand around and watch Crime Coefficients rise and then, witness innocent people die in front of her. Does she still think that’s right? I seriously hope not. I hope she realizes that it rests on her shoulders that these people could’ve possibly lived if not for her inability the bend the rules a bit and do something! I understand that at the time she thinks she’s doing what’s best and no one could’ve imagined that such a maniac would be amidst, but isn’t that part of the role of being an inspector? To assess these situations and action what they think is appropriate? From an outsider’s POV, it seems like Mika didn’t make full efforts to see beyond the gated doors and windows.
Asides from Mika, this episode was a pleasant surprise and I actually thoroughly enjoyed the anticipation it built-up to the final moment… when everyone dies. The scenes were quite graphic and I never would’ve thought it would reach such brutality from an old man. Not to mention that he stripped everyone down? But why…? I guess it was meant to increase their eustress levels (or stress levels in general) but it was still disturbing to watch. This man was blabbering on and on about how these individuals in the hospital were suppressing their eustress levels – which to me sounds like they’re suppressing the “good” type of stress. When I was in school, we were taught that some types of stress could be motivators and actually push people to be productive – this is eustress. When eustress becomes too much to handle and it starts to diminish your performance, that’s when it becomes distress. To me, I don’t think this old man was experiencing “eustress” nor was he helping liberate these people from their eustress suppression. If he was in fact motivated to beat people up, then yes – I guess you could say that he was motivated with “good stress” but it’s still not humane! Now the question to me is, whether or not this is the key to clearing one’s Crime Coefficient? I don’t think your eustress levels in particular have anything to do with it, but your stress levels in general. If you know or think that you’re doing something wrong, witnessing something terrible or strayed off the path of your morals, then your Crime Coefficient would reflect that. However, if you don’t think you’re doing wrong or – like this man – if you think you’re doing good for the world, then your Crime Coefficient would reflect that too; even if it goes against what’s truly “right” in the world. I think this man was so far deep in believing what Kamui told him that he genuinely felt that this would help people – therefore, no matter what he did, his Crime Coefficient would never recognize the crimes he was committing. Does that make sense? It would also explain why Akane’s own Crime Coefficient doesn’t rise and she doesn’t worry about it.
The final topic I want to bring up are these “experiments” that Kamui is performing with the police force. Akane mentioned that Kamui wants to try different things with the Dominators – probably testing out their limitations or what they’re capable of. Kamui has proven that anyone can shoot with a Dominator, and the Dominators can read anyone’s Crime Coefficient (just not his for some reason) and now – it can also kill other inspectors. All the while, the force has created a new advanced weaponry that can analyze and kill someone without physically seeing them. Now if you’re someone that fully depends on the Dominator and trusts Sybil to make the right decision (e.g. Mika), then I can see why you would use it. However, we know that’s not the case anymore and this new Dominator seems too intense if inspectors trust it that much. In Aoyanagi’s case, she must have realized at the end that Sybil wasn’t going to help her. Time and time again, she attempted to stop this criminal and even lost her life for it. It’s a shame that we won’t get a response from her now that she has recognized the faults of the system – but she was holding a phone…Was it recording? With the revelations in this episode, I can’t really guess Kamui’s next move anymore (that’s why I’m not an detective…). It leaves me scratching my head because the focus has shifted from clear Crime Coefficients to the potential of Dominators. It seems like the issue is how the Dominator reads your intentions rather than the act that you’re actually performing. Hence why Sybil doesn’t even need to see you to judge you.
Bottom Line– @ RCCherrie: There were so many things I liked and disliked about this week’s #PsychoPass2. But why is Mika just standing there the entire time?! UGH!