Psycho-Pass New Edit Version Episode 4

In this episode we got to know the story of the girl who was killing people and creating those grotesque pieces of art.

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Rikako Ouryou

Her father was an artist who loved painting and he always drew pictures of naked dismembered women. According to him, these pictures represent the fact that people are capable of unimaginable cruelty and by knowing that, they can learn to control themselves and become more human.

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Here is a picture he drew. Rikako copied this one for her little art show.

I don’t know much about art but that picture is not something I would call a good picture. To me it is just a twisted piece of cruelty. I would never want it hanging in my room and I never would have guessed that it is supposed to teach people the importance of being human.. Rikako’s father welcomed Sibyl but at the same time he lost his purpose in life because of Sibyl. Sibyl built a world without cruelty and he no longer had to teach people about being human. This took a toll on him. He got addicted to stress medications and ended up dying because of it.

It looks like Makishima is the antagonist’s real name, or at least an alias he uses often. This is what Makishima said about Rikako, ‘To her it is like her father was killed twice.’ As far as Rikako is concerned, her father’s talent and soul were killed because of Sibyl. That one statement about her father being killed twice makes Makishima all the more terrifying. He understood exactly how Rikako felt about the whole thing and why she was killing people and trying to make the world remember her father. Makishima gives the same vibe as Johan from Monster and Izaya from Durarara!! He understands people better than everyone else. He understands what a person is thinking and how much the person is suffering and at the same time we can’t help but wonder if Makishima is half human. He understands a person’s suffering but he can stomp on a life as if it is trash. The fact that he understands people gives him power over them. He can manipulate them the way he wants.It is like he is sitting in a high-up place, looking down on humans, toying with him for his amusement and tossing them away when he is bored. I like antagonists like that and at the same time I can’t help but think that the existence of such a guy in the real world would be disturbing.

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He didn’t mind helping Rikako do this to a young girl.

I am actually surprised that a guy like Makishima helped Rikako. She was not being cautious at all. She only killed students from her school and she imitated her father’s works, all of which could easily be traced back to her. I know that her father’s works were removed by Sibyl and people no longer remembered him but I am sure Sibyl would have at least saved  copies of all this works. I am expecting people who built Sibyl to at least have enough common sense to do that. Kogami did trace it all back to Rikako. It was all too easy for him. Makishima probably knew that Rikako would be caught pretty soon. I expected Makishima to not have any interest in a toy with that little intelligence.

Watching Kogami calmly barge into Rikako’s school, point a Dominator at her and try to pull the trigger once the Dominator said that her crime coefficient was high was amusing.

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He doesn’t mind killing a minor. He was going to shoot her and leave a bloody mess behind.

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This was how Rikako ended up once Makishima got bored of her.

In this episode we also learned about what happens to enforcers once an inspector thinks they are useless. They will be locked up in a place with high security and will never be allowed to go out. The place has vents for poisonous gas and these retired enforcers can easily be killed if they appear to do anything dangerous. This makes us look at Kagari, Masaoka and the other enforcers in a different way. They are running around protecting civilians, killing criminals, dirtying their hands and putting their lives on the line knowing very well that the society will always treat them the same way it treats all the criminals they kill and the people they protect probably look down on them too.

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Makishima is now interested in Kogami because of the way he solved the case.

Also, the enforcers had to use holo avatars for questioning the students because the school management didn’t want to allow the students’ Psycho-Pass to get clouded unnecessarily. Watching Masaoka and Kagari walk around in that nice cheerful avatar was funny.

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I just wanted to put this image here. It looks so beautiful.

See you next time ^^/

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Psycho-Pass New Edit Version Episode 3

I know it has been a while since my last Psycho-Pass post. I will try to take less time writing new posts from now on.

This is another action packed episode with two different cases. It was interesting and we also got to learn some new things about the characters. I will start with introducing the rest of Kogami’s team. They’ve been around since the first episode and it is high time I talked about them.

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Ginoza

Ginoza is an inspector and is Akane’s senior who looks over her work and sees that she does her job well. He doesn’t think that enforcers are any different from the criminals he arrests. We see this at the very beginning of the first episode where he told Akane that she is better off thinking that enforcers are not humans like her. He started off being a character who mistreated enforcers.

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Kagari

Kagari is an enforcer who has been locked up ever since he was five because his Psycho-Pass is high and Sibyl considered him dangerous. Now how can Sibyl judge whether or not a five year old kid can grow up to be a criminal?  I admit that there are some psychos who start killing at a very young age but that is not enough reason to isolate a kid whithout actually knowing what kind of a person he will become. As far as we can see Kagari is a normal person with a good instinct. He knows how a criminal’s brain works but that doesn’t make him a criminal.

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Masaoka

Masaoka is another enforcer who doesn’t deserve to be treated like a criminal. He is a good old detective whose Psycho-Pass is clouded because he is good at his job. If I have to compare him to someone, it will be Soichiro Yagami from Death Note. They are both good detectives. The only difference is people respect Soichiro while they look down on Masaoka.

There is another member Yayoi . She is the silent type and doesn’t interact with others much. So I don’t know a lot about what kind of a person she is.

In this episode the MWPSB managed to kill the guy who was killing people and impersonating them using their avatars. I also want to say that we got to see the white haired guy talk about why he is giving ammunition to people who want it but don’t know how to get it. According to him, when you give people power and they can act outside their ethics, you get to see their soul sometimes. I have to admit that I am a little excited because he did turn out to be the kind of guy I hoped he will be. He is not evil. He is rather like the child who breaks the wings of a dragonfly for amusement.

They moved right on to the next case after solving the first one. Now the white haired guy is helping a girl make pieces of ‘art’. Her idea of art is a bit grotesque though. She killed one of her classmates, chopped her into pieces and turned her into this and put the corpse up for display.

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She says that she has more art pieces she wants to make -_-

The girl referred to the white haired guy as ‘Makishima-Sensei’. He is probably pretending to be a teacher or some kind of higher-up at her school. I doubt Makishima is his real name. He doesn’t have a reason to tell the girl his real name and they maintain records of all teachers and students at schools. Using his real name will make it easier for the police to trace him. But then again, he is the kind of guy who might enjoy thrills like that. So I am not sure. For the time being I will continue calling him the white haired guy.

We also managed to know a little about Kogami’s past. He was once an inspector who worked together with Ginoza. He got along well with an enforcer named Sasayama. They were investigating a case and Sasayama got killed and Kogami’s Psycho-Pass kept shooting up until he ended up being an enforcer himself.  The case was never solved and he is still trying to catch the guy who killed Sasayama. He believes that the white haired guy is the one responsible for Sasayama’s death.

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Sasayama and Kogami during their old days

This also tells us a lot about Kogami’s personality from when he was an inspector. He respected enforcers and was good friends with them, enough to ignore his own life and go hunt the guy who killed his friend. It also justifies Ginoza’s actions a little. He saw his partner lose it and become an enforcer. It is no wonder that he doesn’t want to be close to the enforcers and doesn’t want to sympathize with them. He is only protecting  Akane and himself.

Now that I am done talking about the episode, I want to talk about Sibyl system. I don’t dislike the entire idea of the system. It is a rather good idea. Sure, we have only seen violence, crime and Sibyl making enforcers kill criminals, but it is probably because we are looking at Sibyl through the eyes of MWPSB. Normal people probably go around all their lives without ever being kidnapped, attacked, threatened or robbed. There are few exceptions, like the girl in the first episode Kogami almost killed. Let us take a look at Sibyl as a system that makes humans lives easier and safer. Sibyl will tell you what you are good at and ask you to choose a job you are best suited for. Sibyl will make sure that you are safe by locking up all the bad guys. It is a good system but it is the way it is executed makes it less appealing. Sibyl system is not good or evil. It is just a program and it does what it is programmed to do. There is no such thing as a perfect product. It is the humans who somehow stopped working on ways to improve Sibyl system.

Here is a scenario. Let us say that there is a guy who had some troubles in his workplace. He will be more worried about his Psycho-Pass getting clouded than his actual problems and it will only put extra pressure on him. Instead they should say that it is okay if his Psycho-Pass is clouded and give him enough time to recover. Also people like Kagari, Masaoka and Kogami shouldn’t be locked up. Instead they should make a list of people whose Psycho-Pass values are high and put them in a priority list so that whenever they are around a Psycho-Pass scanner on the road or a building, the system will scan their Psycho-Pass first and see if there is any change. As long as their Psyho-Pass remains constant or shows only a slight increase they should be allowed to roam free. Also they can make sure that every person who comes out of his house should get his Psycho-Pass scanned. They can also appoint some cops to keep an eye on people like that occasionally. They can keep cameras in all work areas to ensure that bullying doesn’t take place. They should also make it so that people don’t have to take up a career just because they have an aptitude for it. They should be free to choose and if they fail, then Sibyl can suggest something they will be good at doing. They should also keep taking feedback from people and keep improving Sibyl as a system, find out where it is not doing well and change things so that Sibyl gives more importance to watching over people instead of judging them. If something like that can be done I don’t mind having a system like Sibyl around. After all it will decrease our crime ratio quite a bit and make the world safer.

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Kogami working on a case

If you have something to say about Sibyl system or have any more suggestions about making it a better system feel free to drop a comment.

See you next time ^^/

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