「魂の基準」 (Tamashii no Kijun)
“Gauging the Soul”
No surprises this week, but the focus has shifted back on Akane and she finally makes a move! And by that I mean, she’s finally taking a stance against Sybil after all these weeks. Since the beginning of the season I’ve been waiting for Akane to do something rather than silently sit in the shadows of the corrupted system that she works for. We know her POV, but I want to see her take action and actually challenge the Chief or at least – do more for the people that also oppose the system. This episode continues to reinforce the reason why I love Akane so much and she finally stands up to become the focal point of the show again. No more bashing poor old Mika! I promised last week that I would lay off her for a while and that is why… she does not get her own paragraph this week.
One of my complaints last week was how predictable Tougane got as a villain. The camera doesn’t even try and hide the fact that this guy is pure evil and he’s just out to cloud Akane’s psyche. The scary looks on his face, the fact that he actually murdered Aoi, all just point in one direction – Tougane is up to no good. I feel like this is one piece of the anime that bothers me because for so long you’re contemplating who he is, what he’s up to and whether or not you can really trust him. Then the writers reveal his history – not slowly – but rather, just a dump of information about his mother and how he’s artificially created and now, there’s just no mystery left. He’s out to get Akane and he makes it very obvious. I’m simply displeased with the way his character is portrayed, but if it makes for entertaining television and gives the audience another antagonist, then why not? The more I see Tougane these days, the more Kamui doesn’t seem like such a d*ck himself.
Kamui is a whole separate issue that I have. I don’t really have a problem with his motives, but the way that he executes his plans, hurts my heart. It hurts that he has to take so many hostages all the time and kills innocent people to prove a point or test his theories. You can say that he’s the lesser of two evils, but I still don’t think that two wrongs make a right. In this case, if he’s wants to locate Sybil and destroy it, he could’ve possibly done it another way. What I can finally admit that I like about Kamui though, is his ability to lead people into following his ideals. Up until this point, I’ve always thought of him as someone that just brainwashed individuals, threatened them or fed them lies – but no, he’s actually trying to take down Sybil and change society. Something that no one else has come close to accomplishing (at least, between now and season one) and I have to give him more credit for that. Akane has sat on the sidelines for a while, but Kamui has taken action further than I expected and on a much more larger scale than I imagined.
The episode also had other elements in it that I didn’t really care for. I know the murder of Aoi is supposed to be a pivotal point in changing Akane’s hue, but I just don’t feel much towards that death. I feel as though Akane’s grandmother was only introduced for the purposes of being killed off and that just doesn’t leave a strong connection with me. Of course, no one can argue that seeing Kougami again was the highlight of the episode – it always is. Seeing him (even as Akane’s active imagination) makes me feel that much more excited to see the movie and it’s a nice reminder of the relationship that the two have. I like seeing Akane and Nobu as a duo as well, but the trust and chemistry that Akane and Kougami have is undeniable. I can’t wait to see how Kougami shows up again in the upcoming movie (and/or future episodes… I can always hope!).
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Shit is going down on #PsychoPass2 and then we get a cliffhanger! Noooo! Always knew Akane was a smart cookie tho #pp_anime