“Conception of the Oracle
PSYCHO-PASS 2 continues where it left off last week with the snowball effect of revealing secrets. Last week, it became clear that Kamui was using holos of the children that died in the plane crash… this week, they take it one step further and explain that their bodies are actually what make up Kamui’s body. Yes – his body is constructed of dead corpses and his brain is actually seven different brains put into his head. This could’ve made for some pretty graphic scenes, but the true takeaway from this is – Kamui is undetectable because Sybil doesn’t recognize him as an actual “person”. That wasn’t a big surprise by any means but it confirms where he came from and why I kept thinking that his personality was so creepy and didn’t follow any logical patterns of a regular human being. In some ways, he reminds me a lot of Sybil itself because the Chief who represents the system is also a jumble of different people’s brains, only on a much larger scale.
What was further expanded on this episode was one of the questions everyone had since the beginning – how does Kamui make people clear? It’s a question that I’ve been theorizing for so long but this episode describes it rather simply and quickly. Youhei says that Kamui’s methods as a mixture of drugs and meditation and he acquired these “skills” by obtaining forbidden medical data. Uh… Well that’s a little disappointing. Up until this point, I thought there was some trick to it rather than just some form of therapy, so I’m not too happy with the way that was revealed. I guess they’re trying to spin it off as something that only Kamui can do, but all these steps seem like logical means to lower one’s own Crime Coefficient, even without Kamui’s help. Predictability is not a bad thing, but in this case, I felt like I wanted more out of it.
Now the biggest surprise to me this week didn’t have much to do with Kamui himself, but rather Mika. Oh, Mika… you just had to butt your nose where it didn’t belong, didn’t you? I applaud her for following her instincts to investigate Tougane (that’s the only thing I give her credit for), but there were so many other steps she could’ve taken afterwards that didn’t lead to her written report. I don’t want to say she deserves it because she’s doing what she thinks is right, but after harboring so much hate for her character – I wouldn’t be honest if I said I wasn’t secretly happy she got what was coming for her. That just makes me sound like a horrible person now though… so let’s just say that digging into this case is going to get you into trouble. Without saying “Oh, it’s so obvious that Tougane’s mother is the Chief“, I think Mika could have done more digging before jumping the gun to face the Chief herself. Mika is so concerned with clouding her PP, but I think that will all change once she actually sees what Sybil is. What are they going to do with her exactly, is the better question because up until this point, I still don’t know what Sybil is planning for Akane and team.
The other revelations this week weren’t too shocking – with Tougane’s mother being the Chief (a lot of people called that out early) and even Kamui’s goal of taking down Sybil and changing the system. However, I found it interesting that the Chief is not actully the mother of Tougane in that sense, because he’s artificially created. And Kamui, also not being a true “person”, the two contrast each other in terms of the influence that they have. I love that it mirrors the first PSYCHO-PASS season in this regard because Kogami was also compared to Makishima a lot. However, this season has two “antagonists” that play these roles and I’m not particularly keen on either one. It makes sense now why Tougane is so obsessed with Akane and why he keeps measuring her Crime Coefficient. Although there’s a bigger plan in play, he’s probably wondering why her CC doesn’t sore with him reporting to her. Tougane even went as far as to talk to Jouji about it; but I never thought Jouji was similar to Tougane at all (in terms of affecting others’ CC). I still think it’s because Akane is special and she’s not just another inspector. Hopefully we’ll see more of Akane in action in future episodes; with Mika gone, she’s the only inspector of Division 1 left.
Another announcement that I’d like to make (thanks to Zephyr) – the movie trailer for the PSYCHO-PASS movie is out! Be warned! Watch it at your own risk… I think there’s a good chunk of spoilers (for season 2) in it but some exciting shots of characters as well.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I’m a little disappointed that Kamui’s methods to clear someone’s PP is so… Simple =S it wasn’t such a big secret after all. This is what Mika gets for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong >_< Should I feel sorry for her? #pp_anime