Interesting. So the Sybil System is actually some kind of Supreme Intelligence-like brain trust, huh?
If I were more honest about my feelings last time, I would’ve said that I really did picture some brains floating inside that core, but I dismissed the thought in the hopes that they’d go for something a little more unusual. That’s not to say this idea doesn’t fit here, though. The more you think about how this premise centers on every facet of the human experience getting quantified, the more sense it makes for the government to find a way to govern even the rational thought processes of the human brain (or, at least, the brains of “outliers”).
I like how they’ve also repurposed Makishima into a role somewhat similar to Lucifer’s in PARADISE LOST. While certainly a detestable creature, he sort-of exists outside of the usual Good/Evil barometer, and because of his inhuman nature, he's proving to be the cause of necessary change in this world. If we’re to continue on our whole “PSYCHO-PASS & PHILOSOPHY spiel, he’s setting up to be a distillation of the whole notion of blood greasing the wheels of progress. He’s a monster, to be sure - - but so is the Sybil System. And if our heroes can successfully position the clash of these two monsters, they might be able to save their world from the stupor it’s willingly resigned to.
By the way, if anybody who's been keeping close enough notes could fill me in here… does Makishima get reunited with his old accomplice? I have the hardest time keeping track of these names a lot of the time.
Of course, even if I’m not quite sure who Makishima is disassembling at the end of this episode, I’ll tip my hat to Urobuchi for coming up with one genuinely stomach-twisting scenarios. I can’t help but find it amusingly and utterly appropriate that a show about the policing of bad thoughts has been devised by minds with a remarkable talent for morbidly-creative gore.