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PSYCHO-PASS 2 #8 -- Watch & Learn

Is your soul in your... liver?

Now that the organ theft sub-plot has had a chance to develop more, it seems a little less antithetical to the show’s whole premise, doesn’t it?

I’ve read a couple other critiques of the show online, and some folks have really taken issue with the notion of Kamui tricking the Sibyll System by sewing “clear hued” organs into the bodies of his “dirty hued” followers. I guess that development didn’t stick out to me that much last episode because, to be honest, sometimes it’s tricky to keep up with the dense exposition doled out during the cops’ forensic conversations. (I’m still not 100% clear on how Kamui’s been using all his dead co-passengers’ aged-up holograms, either).

That’s fine for me, though. I go by more on the broadstroke impressions the show makes on me, and that was my philosophy whenever the first season was as guilty of feeling like CSI: ANIME.

Yes, the idea that a person’s organs shape his or her Psycho-Pass runs counter to the notion of the “Crime Coefficient” being a code-word for the soul or psyche. I’d rather they not explore it much further beyond Kamui being a literal and figurative Frankenstein creature getting revenge on the drug company that created him. But...

Now that that twist has been tied to the revelation of Panopticon (an earlier, heterodox alternative to Sibyll), I can’t help but see some parallels to the divisions between Eastern and Western medicine here. Do you find the idea of your emotions being effected by your liver, or a very specific point on your sole, to be laughable unscientific? Well, there are thousands-unto-millions of people on the other side of the Pacific who still swear by it today.

The fact that the characters themselves are arguing about the validity of this, I think, actually bolsters this season’s greater theme - - that any organized system of law is still an inherently arbitrary social construction. Lest we forget, the big revelation last season was that purportedly-objective Sibyll still had preferences. At the end of the day, the notion of good and evil are still defined by somebody’s opinion. Who’s to say that anything we’ve been told about the Psycho-Pass so far has reflected this universe’s actual science, and not Sibyll’s agenda? Maybe every time the Inspectors blew somebody away, it was simply because Sibyll wanted them to?

Watch "Conception of the Sibyll" and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode.

metalsnakezeroon Dec. 1, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

To a certain, a person health can effect their being. You can't think straight when your sick and many problems at a certain body part can change your mental state.

Kino88on Dec. 1, 2014 at 6:51 p.m.
Have you been reading Hope Chapman's reviews? she dose make some valid points, But I've really enjoyed this season so far. as for the whole organ thing, sure it's a bit far fetched, but then there's already plenty of Crazy stuff in this show, I mean I'm still trying to wrap my head around how everyone's clothing is some how holographic, dose this mean they don't shop for new duds?,
SpectroRaphaelon Dec. 2, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.

That was a simple misconception that so many people missed. Transplanting organs wasn't to make the people clear, but to trick Sibyl into mistaking their identities.

That's why people with transplanted organs still got cloudy. It was Kamui's charisma and the drugs that he used to make people clear.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

I enjoy Kamui's character. Learning of this revelation and his goals of crushing Sibyl makes me sympathetic with his cause. It's like Akame ga Kill where you used violence to uproot corruption. In Psycho Pass, the guys who rebel against Sibyl are cruel as the Sibyl guys.

This show is truly gray.

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