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PSYCHO-PASS #16 - - Watch & Learn

Hey! Fancy running into you two!

What wonderful timing! Just as I caught up with this show and considered taking a break instead of trying to keep up with its day-and-date airings… the latest episode’s release just conveniently happened to coincide with an open slot in my write-up cycle! The quandary isn’t so much resolved as it is prolonged, of course; but let’s just enjoy the moment…

Anyway, I might have commented on this before, but I continue to be fascinated by how this show more-or-less deconstructs one of the most fundamental conceits of modern adventure fiction - - namely, the notion of the rebellious, oft-unhinged hotshot who succeeds spectacularly despite ignoring all the wisdom of procedure.

Surely, you’ve met his type many times before. Kogami goes off on a classic, reckless hunch here that ultimately proves to be right; and you can almost see the bureau tabulating just what percentage of his offbeat thinking is necessary for the overall welfare of the society.

The morbid minds behind this show continue to show off their macabre creativity in all the inventive usage of power tools throughout our cop’s “tower storming.” (I’m sure the cops are going to need a Tetanus shot or two after the wrap up). I suppose it takes such a mind to realize, and appreciate, how bashing somebody in the back of the head with a helmet would put them out of commission right away; but it’s that attention to detail and relative realism that really makes the “mercy or execution” moment that much more effective. Our plucky gal's been displaying an almost saintly ability to do dirty work without getting dirty herself, and I like the unsaid notion about how that’ll be what always separates her from Kogami.

Now that main bad guys have been seemingly taken out, my mind's boggling over what sort of plot could fill up the remaining six-to-ten episodes. I’m sure we’re going to get a chilling interrogation episode next time that'll plumb the depths of a flawless Crime Coefficient (or whatever their name for it was). Past that, I’m sure we’ll be dealing with the horrors lurking inside Sybil, and I honestly can’t predict what that’ll entail.

If can’t be mutants - - that’d be too much like .

It can’t be aliens or gods - - that’d be way too outlandish for this setting.

So what could it be?!?!

Watch this episode, "The Gate to Judgment” here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 12, 2013 at 4:13 a.m.

Some intresting reveils here .Most to spoilery to discuss yet.Um tho where it could go after this? Sevrial ways it could go off the rails an crash. Alien thing would kinda suck an ruin the cyberpunkish seting.Gods well that can an cant work for some that kind of system would be a god.I duno maybe best not to look to forward t an just enjoy the ride. Hope the rollercoaster comes to a clean stop.

But as far as those who can commit crime an not have a increase in their psyco pass. Well history shows us alota dictators ,murders an theives who never belived their actions were moraly wrong.By ego or insanity they see the world difrently.Just as they will always be people who want to be ruled their will be people who belive they should rule.To them their actions are just.

Will say this. Show had me hooked an wondering will she or wount she.

YotaruVegetaon Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:11 a.m.

Come on, Tom! You know who is at the heart of the Sybil System; the greatest enemy to man. My guess is human brain in a case.

The cyborg reveal was interesting, though. Are all the people at the head of the organization cyborgs? I assume she's a cyborg, and not a total robot.

For all your pronouncements of this show being "a fascinating deconstruction" this show lacks heart for me. I was glad that we finally had the heros and the big bads meet up, and the "quote fight" was great; but when this show is done, it will not stay with me. You can be a brilliant person, but that doesn't mean you're a proper teacher.

jj_jacksonon Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

i'm gonna go with monkeys on type writters at the heart of the sybil system. or possible the guy in the white suit from the matrix ergo..visa- vi..

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:14 a.m.

@YotaruVegeta: Hmm oddly enuff teachers thats stuck with me were the cream of the crap.The worst of the worst.Mostly because their egos out shined their text book lack of intelligence.Great teachers never stop being students.Always learning an always wanting to learn.

Where as this show will stick with me Because it shows things not normaly seen in not just anime but sci fi in genral.If by chance it blows the ending as many anime do the ride so far makes up for it.Any thing from this point is bonus points.

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