Psycho-Pass Episode 11: Pure White

“Regret your helplessness…and feel despair.” 

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Summary

Reinforcements from the MWPSB come in, and Shinya locates a Dominator and uses it to hunt down Senguji, who manages to injure him with his shotgun but still gets killed anyway after a decoy plan laid out with Yuki’s help. A weakened Shinya merely manages to watch as Makishima takes away Yuki, chased by Akane who eventually corners him and attempts to confront him while saving her friend’s life.

Impression

Most episodes of Psycho-Pass are excellent – they’re a real thrill to watch every week, and raise some intellectual and moral questions as well. Then once every few weeks, you get an amazing episode that raises the bar even higher; the ones that blow your mind and leave you stunned at the developments that just took place. This is one of those episodes – giving us a credible amount of everything, be it character development, plot advancement or an insight into the intellectual workings of the system.

Pi420Firstly, we had the conclusion of the fox hunt that mostly took place last episode – it was foolish of Senguji to decide to continue the hunt after Shinya ended up managing to call in reinforcements from the MWPSB, resulting in both personnel and equipment turning up to help him. Makishima said it himself – now that Shinya has managed to contact the outside world with the radio and the jamming equipment has been destroyed, it’s no longer a “game” that’s dominated by Senguji and himself, as Shinya now has the capability to fight back, and is very willing to do so with a Dominator in hand. It was cool when he killed the hunting dog, though if it has its own Crime Coefficient that implies that it’s sentient itself, which would make it an AI, a very plausible existence in this kind of technology-reliant society. I have a suspicion that Akane’s personal floating jellyfish has a sliver of sentience as well. That has nothing to do with the fox hunt though, in which Senguji very predictably ended up dying after Makishima’s own prediction foreshadowing his death. Apparently,  a past incident in which he experienced death close up through a friend ended up making him feel alive instead of anything else, and my theory is that by continuing this fox hunt despite the MWPSB threat, he gets a chance to feel the thrill of putting his life on the line, up against a person that he recognizes as a potential fellow “hunter”, through a confrontation both as duellists. The creepy Mozart music ended up heralding his death, and surprisingly enough it was actually Yuki who helped in tricking Senguji to follow the trail of Shinya’s blood. She would probably have been shot at that point if Senguji’s gun wasn’t a double-barrelled shotgun, requiring a reload after two shots that would have been better spent on Shinya. Anyway, Senguji died, after a Crime Coefficient check marked him as a too far gone latent criminal. In the grand scheme of things, he didn’t turn out to be that important as he might have initially seemed.

Pi444The second half of the episode is where shit really went down – as Makishima took Yuki away from an injured Shinya, and ended up retreating further within the sewage plant, followed by Akane, which really did surprise me. I’ve always felt that the ongoing conflict was primarily between Shinya and Makishima, with the latter going out of his way to specifically test Shinya, so it caught my interest when Akane boldly went up to Makishima and confronted him and ended up getting “tested” by him, as in this case, she had no power at all over him, as the Dominator didn’t work. My first reaction to his Crime Coefficient: “What the…79…how the fuck can it be 79?” I was expecting a number well over the 300+ range – as the mastermind behind all the past cases the MWPSB has investigated so far throughout the show, his CC should technically be sky high. But it actually kept dropping until it hit 0, and it seems that Makishima’s Psycho-Pass has always had a pure white hue, which means that he’s outside the boundary of judgement cast down by the Sibyl System, allowing him to do whatever the hell he pleases. It’s nearly an angelic, saintly image of invulnerability I’m getting, which was horribly juxtaposed with him torturing Yuki and scaring her to death, before actually killing her while testing Akane. It was horrible…Akane’s supposed to be this show’s resident moe mascot, the one ray of innocent goodness that remains within such a dark setting, yet Urobuchi has kindly made her witness (and indirectly, cause) the death of one of her friends. To be honest, I would have expected no less. Yuki herself didn’t deserve it either – the only reason she was even there was because she had a connection to Akane, which will make Akane herself drown further in a sea of guilt.

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Pi447Here is where we’re starting to see further problems with the system, some of which have already been explored before by the show. The Sibyl System is the unquestionable ruler of their society, and everything it decides is law – it decides the definition and boundaries of what crime entails. Because Sibyl has that much power, people end up basing their lives around Sibyl and what it dictates to be true, not acting with their own secret wills instead, which is what Makishima is trying to uncover. As people’s wills are not part of the cymatic scan assessment they use, this leads to people like Masatake or Rikako, who have hidden agendas that they would like to carry out. As such, how do you define good or evil? If you honestly believe what you’re doing is good, does it bypass the Sibyl System? That’s what Akane was being tested on – her intent to kill, and thus her own personal will to kill Makishima, which is not the will of Sibyl. By doing so without the Dominator (and therefore Sibyl’s consent), it’s murder, and thus this intent makes one’s Psycho-Pass cloudy. It’s what happened with Shinya – because his own will took over and he planned heavy revenge for what happened to Sasayama, he was eventually degraded to an Enforcer’s level. I don’t know how Akane will react to that kind of trauma, but one of the criticisms of her character being arbitrary will hopefully die down now, as I have a feeling she’ll start to play a bigger role within the series.

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8 Responses

  1. KF says:

    Makishima, redefining what it means to be a complete monster. Poor Akane and fuck you Sibyl – you ain’t God!

    TQ

    • Vantage says:

      Except Makishima is a happy, honest citizen in the eyes of Sibyl – which is unfortunately where it matters, and therefore where the problem lies. If you murder him without the Dominator, you get targeted by Sibyl as a result. The people who are in the best situation to kill him would be the Enforcers, and so Makishima was clever enough to stay out of their range and only reveal himself to Akane. What a cunning bastard…

      • Suppa Tenko says:

        This is a lot like in 666 Satan where the main character’s weapon can only hurt those with evil in their heart, except those with Angel powers are considered sinless in the world no matter how evil they are and those with devil powers are considered pure evil no matter how good they are.

  2. c2710 says:

    I’m still reeling from this episode. Yuki shouldn’t die =(

    I had a sinking feeling when she was dragged away. I was truly hoping that she won’t be done in

  3. Etrius Lau says:

    What exactly is the mozart song from episode 11?

    • Vantage says:

      I did some searching around, and it’s actually Ode to Joy by Beethoven – my bad. It did sound very much like something Mozart would compose though.

  4. delinc says:

    honestly the second Yuki was grabbed, I had a sinking feeling she was done for, this anime spares no bitchassness when it comes to delivering the whole “shhhu bang” feel. on another note it was pretty obvious akane was hella fucking useless, and in my honest opinion shes a stupid bitch for not saving her friend, regardless of the system, so many past episodes she defies sybll system or w/e through keen honest judgement and she was always morally correct, why the fuck couldnt she just do it again pull the trigger to save her friend, sybll was wrong and its obvious the whole point of the anime is to prove that, and its always obvious they made akane absolutely useless for us to hate her etc, its like purposeful rage for character development, i just sincerely wished even though i knew it was impossible that yuki didn’t die, her soul purpose in the anime was to die because she was attached to akane i mean it was a coin flip they coulda killed the glasses girl instead.

    oh well this anime has successfully made me sad and have to watch it to the point where i hope they catch that sick fuck makishima or w/e and the sybll system is destroyed, hopefully its not a nice boat ending where its seriously random as hell.

    • Vantage says:

      With the real shotgun, there was always the chance that she could have accidentally shot Yuki instead, but I agree that she fired recklessly without thinking properly. It’s true that Akane’s been more of a medium for us viewers to learn about the society they live in, rather than a proper main character, but hopefully now that Yuki’s dead, her mentality will have changed and she’ll take a stronger stand against Makishima and Sibyl.

      It’s possible that Makishima might be stopped by the end, but the entire Sibyl System getting abolished is far too positive a thought for the sadistic mastermind that is Urobuchi Gen. I’m still counting on Urobuchi killing off a large majority of the cast in the very near future.

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