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PSYCHO-PASS #32 -- Watch & Learn

A wolf in... wolf's clothing?

This show seems to be suffering a little from the unreasonable demands of simulcast scheduling. If you can imagine how tough it is to translate dialog for a half-hour episode (factoring in for grammar, context, idioms, etc.) when there’s a healthy amount of time for turnaround, imagine how much harder it is to get that all done as soon as possible on a weekly basis?

A couple weeks back, there was some confusion about how transplanted organs fit into Kamui’s plan. This week, a line about the whereabouts of Akane’s grandmother is phrased more ambiguously than was probably intended. Who else thought it sounded like she was actually one of Kamui’s captives down in the subway?

I was about to say that Kamui’s scheme here - - and his origin in general - - seem to be a little far-fetched, even for the parameters of this show. Then I remembered that the big bad last season was a serial killer who rearranged human bodies into abstract sculptures, and I relaxed a little.

Akane has really gotten a much better chance to shine this season, and has steadily become one of my favorite characters in all of anime. I loved the twist of her deducing Togane’s ruse and calling him on it - - you know, like an actual detective would.

She’s a fascinating character because she’s a straight arrow who still isn’t the least bit naïve about the corruption of the world, or of her own potential failings. She has this very particular kind of removed distance from herself. She can recognize how, say, her grandmother’s kidnapping might be hindering her judgment, but with enough self-awareness as to prevent it from ever making her act illogically. Makes me think of Spock’s characterization in the new STAR TREK movies…

Very curious to see how this Mexican stand-off between her, Togane and Kamui plays out next week.

Watch "Gauging the Soul" and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode.

Marshal Victoryon Dec. 14, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.

The straight arrow comment reminded me of a saying. Not sure where I have heard it but it went along the lines of " straight arrows are the ones that have not been used." Hinting at those who follow a straight path never have been used or abused. As a general thing that can be argued easy enuff. But in this show the environment shapes people an yet she is still a straight arrow.

Togane whole want to paint her black to me shows he wants to tear down the Sybil society. As she is a product of it but not as easlly shaped by it. Also think he wants to destroy that society to an harm his " mother" as well. Other wise to me then becomes just a henchman red shirt an not true to the character he has displayed in his thoughts.

Kino88on Dec. 14, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.
Wow!, talk about an intense cliffhanger, I'm super excited to see how This Climax pans out, Also did any one else jump a little inside when Kogami almost Seemed to be standing there in the flesh, Cause I sure did, great stuff, now I'm really thinking the real Kogami Will most definitely appear in the upcoming film, if he wasn't they wouldn't Keep teasing us about it, and he would have already returned by now, so damn intriguing!,
YotaruVegetaon Dec. 19, 2014 at 5:27 p.m.

No, I didn't think Akane's mother was held hostage in the subway- because in the previous episode we all but know she was killed in the back of that trunk. I thought that the "official" details of her death was that her body was found. I don't even recall if a location was given, but it didn't imply that she was on the train.

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