There’s something about the way the Japanese pronounce their “oo” sounds that just tickles me. So, between BTOOOM! (review forthcoming) and the frequent utterances of “Spooky Boogie” in this episode, I’ve been “Hoo hoo”-ing a lot today.
PSYCHO-PASS leans into some more familiar corners of cyberpunk in this outing, putting the crew into the sort of underworld where everybody’s hiding behind mysterious aliases and exotic avatars. Every other anime I run into these days seems to be about MMO’s gettin’ real, but this one actually takes an interesting angle by conflating the concept with cosplay. It’s one of those pointed observations that makes you feel kind-of stupid for not noticing it earlier, yourself. SURROGATES had a similar premise, but this presents it in a way that seems even more feasible.
In a lot of ways, people cosplaying at a con basically is the real life equivalent of picking an online persona and, considering the acceleration of both, we probably aren’t that far off from people just being able to buy a persona to wear out in public. And perhaps, in the long view, that would be part of an overall "mainstreaming" of the sort of secret society costume parties that have seemed so exotic in flicks like EYES WIDE SHUT.
That said - - it’s still pretty amusing that Spooky Boogie went through all that trouble to get an elaborate loli costume together just to work a keyboard at home (with nobody there to see her in it except her home invaders). But hey, fetishes are just inherently compulsive, right?
This episode was a much better procedural, but I think I was more taken with the notion of Tsunemori essentially seeking therapy through some mass audience online hub. Again, maybe it's not that far removed from Yahoo Answers... but if the show’s making some greater points about society trying to isolate emotions and personality problems as discrete scientific issues, then there’s something intriguing about seeing the simple practice of seeking relationship advice get wrapped up into a mass hallucination.