I’ll… honestly never go back to see if there have been subtle clues leading up to this, but even if PSYCHO-PASS “cheated” to get us to this particular surprise, it’s still somewhat reassuring to know that an intellectual show isn’t above using one of the more reliable gimmicks in the soap opera magic hat.
What I find most intriguing about this newly-unveiled relationship is that it means there’s probably a calculated scale to familial estrangement in this world. Like, Masoaka isn’t a 100% deadbeat Dad; he’s maybe more a 57% or 62% deadbeat. Considering how we’re already in a present where your credit ranking or the points on your license essentially determine where you fit into society, it isn’t actually that great a leap of futurisim to picture a world where the rest of your life is similarly graded, is it?
In other words, PSYCHO-PASS might be about a future where “Dad Points” are actually a thing.
And then there's other big surprise in this episode, the one that finally introduces us to the MINORITY REPORT-esque “systemic flaw” of the Sibyll system - - that is, the “criminally asymptomatic.” With all this “one-in-two-million” talk, the show might be actually be going for a genetic explanation (as if these creeps are basically mutants who just aren’t wired the way everybody else is), so I’ll go on and award myself +5000 honorary XP if my previously-offered thesis about inner peace proves to be true.
Especially considering how the final dialog reveals that Masaoka more-or-less turned into an Enforcer because he was dissatisfied-unto-bitter about his job, I think the show’s really angling to make a point about the real nature of "clean thoughts." I mean, they all but say that the reason Akane’s Psycho-Pass isn’t getting clouded from her trauma is that she simply doesn’t think that much, right? If you aren't having that many thoughts to begin with, then less of them are going to be dark ones...