Well, now… an Irresolute Japanese Ending that’s actually rather satisfying. Who’d have figured?
Like I said last time, I intentionally kept myself from learning when this series would end. As such, there was another layer or two of tension in my viewing experience for this finale: not only in me realizing that the season was indeed wrapping up, but also in me being teased with a few plot threads that could be continued in another season. Countless anime aspire to be “challenging,” sure, but PSYCHO-PASS has proven to be one of the few that doesn’t just use that as a pretext for a narrative cop-out.
Indeed, there is something exciting, now, about not knowing whether there will be another season.
Before I get to ruminating about the bigger themes of this show, I want to say, straight-up, that this had some of the meanest action I’ve seen in anime. There’s no bullshit about balletic maneuvers or shot-calls when Kogami and Makishima throw down. It’s a nasty knife fight, and they are cutting each other up with the intention to kill. And when Kogami finally catches up with the bag of shit, he uses the opportunity to basically spit on him and all of his insane ruminations about their “connection.” Damn straight.
The same goes for the part where Akane hitches on to Makishima’s getaway truck and shoots out its wheel. The stunt looks exactly as difficult - - and its aftermath looks just as painful and debilitating - - as you’d expect it to be for a petite young woman who probably only weighs 110 pounds.
This show has flaunted the fact that it was created by morbid minds, and that’s always demonstrated in the detail of these action scenes. Fittingly enough, that kind of lucidity applies to the plotting, as well. PSYCHO-PASS has sort-of taken an… economic attitude to the cop noir we’ve all seen a thousand times, giving us a sad ending where the characters are self-aware about their unfortunate circumstances, but not that melodramatic about it. Akane doesn’t submit to the Sibyl System so much as realize that there’s only so much she can do about it, at the given moment, and it’s probably going to engineer its own demise eventually.
Likewise, she tried her best to find a mutually-beneficial compromise to Kogami’s sentence, she realizes it didn’t work and she’s OK with the fact that he’s a loose end, now. In the scope of things, he’ll likely prove unimportant to the future of the city and it’s unlikely that they’ll ever cross paths again. Simple as that. The fact that she’s comfortable with that - - that she’s already gone through the stages of the grieving process like it’s an exercise - - is rather tragic in its understatement.
As always, I don’t have enough space for all the summations I want to make about a series after watching its finale. Stay tuned for a forthcoming video where I discuss PSYCHO-PASS on the whole!