Will Psycho-Pass hurt me this week? All signs point to yes.
— Wow, this is just ludicrous. According to Kamui’s surgeon, he has the bits and pieces of 184 different people inside him. C’mon. This supposedly includes seven people’s brains. C’MON! This isn’t even science fiction anymore. This is just stupid as hell. Multi-body brain transplant? Are you kidding me?
— In any case, this ridiculous story explains why he’s completely invisible to the Sibyl System. I take it back, Sibyl System. You’re not stupid. You just couldn’t believe something this stupid could actually exist. Seven brains in one. Holy shit. What have you done, Ubukata Tow? Holy fucking shit.
— The idea isn’t even bad in theory. Someone who is a ghost in the Sibyl System’s eyes? Someone that machines can’t recognize period? Okay, that sounds like a solid premise for the second season! Let’s roll with it! So how do we explain the fact that he’s invisible to the machine? Well, uh, he’s a composite of 184 dead people. Holy fuck. We saw a dying kid with parts of his brain missing, so we decided to stick seven other brains inside him. Genius! Last week, we wondered if there were 184 people working for Kamui, or Kamui posing as 184 people. I bet no one could ever guess that Kamui is literally made up of 184 different people! In fact, when the episode started up, I thought this was an elaborate hoax to throw our heroes off. I thought the bad guys were just pulling our leg. And now, this.
— Here comes the long, drawn-out flashback. Kamui’s sad, sad story is that people avoided him simply because the Sibyl System avoided him. No one wants to do anything that is tantamount to doubting the Sibyl System. So naturally, he wants to destroy the entire system.
— The problem, however, is that the storytelling sucks. This is literally what a Panopticon is. Let me explain it to you. This is literally what the Season of Hell is. Let me explain it to you. There’s no attempt here to even be the slightest bit creative. We’re just sitting in a room, watching two people talk to “each other.” In reality, they’re just talking straight to us, spelling out every little detail in the driest way possible. The only small twist here is when the surgeon takes on Kamui’s appearance at one point to tell Kamui’s story. Then he morphs back to being the surgeon when he gets back to his part of the story. But that’s not enough to dispel the fact that they were just rattling facts off at us.
— What I also dislike is how conspiracy-ridden this story is.
— More barebones facts. Kamui simply figured out to heal people, so they’re all loyal to him. Masuzaki’s story at least somewhat makes sense. He used to huddle in the streets, frozen from stress until Kamui came along. But Shisui has had no characterization. We don’t know what her life was like before this series. We just simply see her become one of Kamui’s followers without much explanation. This is a sign of a rushed or lazy story. Maybe both.
— Yep, I’ll just leave this right here…
Akane: “No, it’s probably safe to say that all the 184 people, the victims except Kamui, are the Holos that he wears. … It means they were all Kamui.”
— I’m hoping that one of these characters would apologize to Akane. Y’know, the ones who doubted her and said she was wrong? Psst, I’m talking to you, Ginoza.
— As for people like that politician, he was replaced by… an illegal alien! Even our very own leaders are actually illegal aliens too! See? Not keeping a closer eye on our borders helped to allow these tragedies to occur! Illegal aliens are bad! I mean, do I think the anime trying to make a direct political statement about illegal aliens. No, I doubt the writer even realizes it. I’m sure he thinks this is just a convenient way to explain how there hasn’t been a rise in missing persons cases in the past few months. Even so, he could’ve used anything here — anything instead of illegal aliens. The missing persons problem isn’t even a huge problem. No one would even think of it had the story not brought it up. Therefore, it says something that the writer defaulted to having illegal aliens play a role in destabilizing Japan.
— I don’t know what the conversation between Sakuya and Jouji was even supposed to accomplish other than dredging up information we already know.
— I love how the entire case can be understood by simply looking things up on the Togane Foundation. Everything is there! Kamui wants revenge! And Sakuya has no father! And the Togane Foundation is clearly linked to the Sibyl System! And this is information anyone could have accessed if they had bothered to stop by the Ministry of Economy Patent Office’s archive room. Kasei later explains that they leave this information out in the open in order to lure in nosy people like Mika, but still. It all just feels so contrived.
— Basically, the Sibyl System is trying to create asymptomatic individuals. To what purpose? To bolster itself? Probably. Sakuya was created to see if an asymptomatic individual could artificially be made. It didn’t work, but he’s still useful. He’s attempting to corrupt Inspectors, after all. So why Akane? Well, here’s my speculation. Her Psycho-Pass never clouds, right? Nevertheless, Mika seems to be convinced that Akane is doing all sorts of bad things. She’s wrong, however, in assuming that Akane’s reading will increase. Our heroine is perfect, after all; her Hue will never clear. In other words, Sakuya wants to corrupt Akane without actually clouding her Psycho-Pass. This would then turn Akane into an asymptomatic individual. The Sibyl System hasn’t gotten rid of Akane, because it has always had its eyes set on adding our heroine to its collection of brains in a vat.
— At this point, Kamui is just an unintended side effect from all those experiments. He feels like a nuisance that the Sibyl System refuses to take seriously. It wants to stop Kamui, of course, but at the same time, it seems confident that Kamui will inevitably be stopped. The Sibyl System has bigger concerns.
— Having said all of that, I want to harp on something. This is what Mika had to say about Akane: “Many Inspectors and Enforcers have already become victims because of bad decisions made by Inspector Tsunemori.” Really? I didn’t get any impression that those deaths a few episodes were Akane’s fault whatsoever. They were just following a lead. What would Mika have done instead? Anyway, I guess Mika is going to hate Akane until the bitter end. As expected, she wants Akane removed from the MWPSB entirely. This almost feels like a vendetta for her. Maybe she has some deep-rooted resentment that carried over from the first season, but I can’t imagine or remember what Akane might have done to incur Mika’s wrath to such an extent.
— But this episode is terrible. Absolutely terrible storytelling. It starts off with a conversation between Jouji and Masuzaki. Then it was a conversation between Akane and her team. Then it was just Mika talking to herself… she talks to herself some more by typing out her report. We are just sitting here, listening to her literally read her report out to us. And of course, there were smaller conversations in between these larger conversations. A conversation between Jouji and Sakuya. A conversation between Sakuya and Akane. A conversation between Akane and Jouji. Good lord. I don’t have a problem with exposition. Exposition is a crucial element to all stories. You can’t get rid of it. Nevertheless, but it should be used wisely. In other words, you don’t line these conversations up like this, and blow through all of them in one episode. It’s just so lazy. What’s next? Mika’s going to deliver her report to Kasei, and have a conversation with her?
— So what does “AA” even stand for? “A priori acquit,” apparently. As expected, it has something to do with asymptomatic individuals, which is what the Sibyl System consists of.
— Kasei is sitting down, so what is Mika even looking at?
— Then twists upon twists. Kasei is really Sakuya’s… mother? Ugh. Worst of all, Mika simply slumps to the ground and gives up. Hell, it feels like the sequel has given up on us too.