「全能者のパラドクス」 (Zenousha no Paradokusu)
The episode kicks off exactly where it left off last week with Mika’s apparent approval of the Sybil system. Well isn’t that just messed up? After her outburst last week, the last thing I was expecting was her unfaltering approval of the system that she was so scared of. That wasn’t the reaction that I would’ve anticipated, but given that she’s an “ideal citizen”, then what should I know? It was almost too unbelievable and I’m still trying to figure out if Mika is actually seriously impressed or just trying to cover her own butt. Either way, this b*tch seriously just needs to go. Honestly, what good is she doing by sticking around? The way that I see it (being a huge Akane fan), she’s only causing trouble for Akane. She’s not doing any good for the investigations and now, she’s completely being used by the Chief and Tougane. Mika is so unbearable to watch these days that I cringe every time that she’s on screen. Please – someone just write her off. Normally I end my post with a rant about Mika, but this time, I had to put it right up there. I promise that as long as she reminds on the down-low next episode, I’ll lay off.
It’s a shame when one character destroys the entire enjoyment of the show for me. PSYCHO-PASS was so well done in the first season and I felt like all the characters behaved rationally as investigators would. Season two has not been like that… and I don’t want to completely blame Mika, but she’s a huge chunk of the problem. Tougane is also acting as a double agent within Akane’s team and probably sabotaging her investigation too (intentionally). This episode leaves me a little confused because we knew that Tougane told Mika to go locate Akane’s grandmother, but for some reason, Kuwashima Koichi (Uchida Yuya) is the one to hand the ear to Akane. And in the end, we know that Tougane is the one with Aoi in his trunk so that must mean… Tougane is in on it? Are Tougane and Kamui both just against Akane? I would appreciate some answers to bridge these gaps in my mind please because as soon as I saw that ear, I wasn’t thinking, “Oh no! Not her grandmother!”. I was thinking, “But what? How?!“.
This episode wasn’t particularly my favorite this season as I think it left me more confused and upset by the turn of events than anything. For whoever guessed it, you’re right – I see Kamui as the red herring now and Tougane as the true antagonist for the series. Unfortunately, I just don’t see Tougane as a very exciting plot twist either (because you could’ve easily seen it miles away if you watch the opening sequence). He falls flat in terms of “new and inventive” when the episode showed flashbacks to his childhood. His evil smile, his murder (not confirmed) of Aoi and his threats to Mika are all so typical and makes me wonder why they’re quickly showing all the cards up Tougane’s sleeve now. Just because they reveal his identity, doesn’t mean that the writers have to reveal his entire hand. Also, I’m pretty sure it was mentioned that Tougane has the highest Crime Coefficient ever recorded and now he’s considered criminally asymptomatic? How does that work? Not sure if it’s done purposely then so he can commit crimes without being questioned why his CC isn’t soaring. Same with Mika… what makes her so criminally asymptomatic?
PSYCHO-PASS is getting bloodier and crazier with each week. This week, not only did they kill puppies – PUPPIES! – but they killed off several secondary characters and even Akane’s grandmother (maybe). Let me make it clear that I’m not watching this series for the gore and the “surprise” kills, so if that’s their way of keeping people hooked, I don’t think this is the way to do it. There is so much more to this series that the writers could spend time expanding on and not just writing on and off Kamui loyalists. I don’t want to sound frustrated with this series, but clearly, this episode wasn’t my cup of tea. The best part of this episode for me was seeing more of Akane. I love seeing how she deduces what Kamui is up to from his POV. It reminds me of my school days in my mathematical proofs class which explains that if you cannot directly prove that A = B, then by proving that C != B, then A must = B. At least that’s how it works in theory. The jargon and theories don’t deteriorate this aspect of the show for me so I’m thankful.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I knew it! Akane’s grandmother had so many death flags surrounding her… I was just hoping I was wrong =( #pp_anime #PSYCHOPASS2