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PSYCHO-PASS 2 #6 -- Watch & Learn

Akane comes into her own.

It’s easy to write villains viewers love to hate. Creating a villain that your audience actually hates, though? That they can’t stand watching for a single moment? That’s the real challenge.

So I have to catch myself… when Akane is hesitating on using her assault rifle to blow Kamui away, and I’m actually shouting at the screen. Blast him away, damn it! Because, guess what? It’s frustrating, and a good thriller is supposed to frustrate you. It’s totally in line for the characters. Akane is a by-the-book cop - - she’s not going to bend protocol to blow a bad guy's head off. She’s the opposite of Dirty Harry, remember?

And it’s a brilliant moment, when the newest Enforcer grabs the rifle, and is all too ready to do some dirty work, and Akane gets this quick flash of Kogami in his place, and immediately orders him to stop.

For me, this is the episode where Akane really came into her own as a truly distinct heroine. She’s a cop defined by incorruptibility that’s almost like a mutant power. Nothing will cloud her Hue. For the first season, that sort-of made her boring. Strong characters are defined by their flaws, no? And here, you have a lead defined by her ability to not dwell on things.

Well, what’s interesting is that she’s gotten a couple ghosts following around, now. Clearly, she isn’t over Kagami. Is she in love in him? Or is it more maternal - - like he’s a child she failed?

There are striking moments scattered throughout this episode where she orders the Enforcers to prioritize their safety first. You can see how well she functions as a leader, because she can even put her own self-interest under other’s. However, that makes ‘negative influences’ even more of a threat, doesn’t it? With just one trigger pull at the end, Kamui could’ve forced her to cloud her Hue. And now that he’s gotten a better sense of how she operates, he’s going to have a better sense of how to get at her, won’t he?

Watch "Those Who Cast Stones" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Kino88on Nov. 14, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.
Amazing episode!, I was also yelling at the screen, but she couldn't do it, better yet she couldn't even let An enforcer do it, Kamui is a great villain and the action in this Episode was fantastic, I'm also curious to see how things pan out with That creepy stalker guy, who seems obsessed With bringing Akane over to the dark side, Just why is he so fixed on bringing down her hue?, will the new girl report her creepy findings to Akane?, all this and more has me HOOKED!,
SpectroRaphaelon Nov. 14, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.

Loved the episode as well.

zeemod155on Nov. 14, 2014 at 6:52 p.m.

The frustration you talked about became a bit more of an issue (for me). I can understand her not wanting to get her hue clouded, but the enforcer? Is having 1 enforcers hue get clouded worse than the obvious genocide that our villain is planing. An enforcer that may not even be trusted? What's the lesser of two evils? What's the more important sacrifice here? Do the needs of one guy come before the needs of the many? It's the logical, pragmatic choice and just knowing it may have ended there makes me feel like she'll have no one to blame but herself for whatever tragedy will ensue later on. Now I'm not saying I wish the conflict ended right there, so then just don't give the opportunity for the conflict to end in the first place. Maybe that's just the tragedy here, the sad real truth of the world, people, power, and individualism. It's tragically brilliant even and why I can't put this show down even when it hurts. This just wasn't the conflict resolution I expected for this character after the events of season 1.

Marshal Victoryon Nov. 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.

The dock scene had two flaws.

Flaw one she could have shot holes into the boat! Slowing them down at the least.

Flaw two. The enforcer could have shot the ship as well but also could have been shot by the baddie with the investigator gun. Her shielding the enforcer would take a different meaning than by the book as she would be saving his life. Which would fit her character more.

Those two flaws was why I was muttering to the computer screen as I watched it. But ya it was epic.

Dream moderator on Nov. 15, 2014 at 7:07 a.m.

This season lacks the complexity that the first season had which drew me to the series. Instead of a dystopian series that explored the flaws of the society within Psycho Pass through heavy reliance on the Sibyl System, this one seems to function more as a typical cops vs baddie style type of story as Kamui lacks the complex and manipulative personality that Makishima had, there isn't as much focus on the Sibyl System and we get no mention of what happened to Kogami. It's like the series creators ran out of ideas as to how they could expand on Psycho Pass any further than what they did from the first season.

Marshal Victoryon Nov. 20, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.

@Dream: 1st season had more anti hero muse, an book notes for style. This season to me feels like its based more from movies an builds upon the 1st season. Give it time. After 7 you might agree with me that this season is to Psycho Pass what The Laughing Man was to Ghost in the shell. Tho threw a darker mirrored reflection.

Also I think we will see or know more about what an where Kogami went. Probably tword the end of the season.

YotaruVegetaon Nov. 21, 2014 at 8:13 a.m.

@Marshal Victory: Yeah, it was odd that they just let them go. Do something to catch these two! At least they know who the targets are, and they've finally seen the face of their suspect.

takashichea moderator on Nov. 21, 2014 at 10:57 p.m.
Kamui and his eyepatch partner share a weird relationship. Knew Akane wouldn't shoot because of how she save that innocent man in episode 1.

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