Shakespeare, cyber hacking and human biology. Clearly a recipe for a spine-chilling episode.
PSYCHO-PASS really doesn’t want us to stop learning. We’ve already had many insights into the virtual world. the 1984 hierarchy and the debate of logic vs instinct. Now we get some human biology; addiction and plastination. The latter doesn’t really fit into the story, but it is a morally controversial topic. Why else would it be included The brief talk about addiction was just another example of a possible future. People are scared that their psycho-pass might get cloudy to the point where real food and alcohol are avoided. This just shows how imperfect the logic – Sibyl system – is and how frightening it to live. Very contradictory that the system designed to find the latent criminals causes so much stress for everyone and can turn them into latent criminals.
That was it for the debate and scenario side of things. We’ve learnt a lot these past episodes and I’m glad that there wasn’t much more on this topic. Though it was a small part of the episode, it served as a nice introduction to the mystery. A nice was surprise was tying in the case from episode three into the bigger picture and really expanding the reach of the villain. Makishima Shougo is the evil puppet master with the ability to manipulate people into doing his dirty work for him: the perfect final villain.
The case is building up and slowly it’s roping in everything and everyone in PSYCHO-PASS. I especially liked that we didn’t have another case this episode. We were introduced to it from a viewers point of view, and we’re left waiting for Akane and Kougami to catch the culprit. The new accomplice is definitely freaky. She has something about her, as noticed by her next target, that makes you shiver. If that wasn’t enough the dismembered body made into a statue as an homage to Titus Andronicus was terrifying. I will say that the new girl psychopath doesn’t look like she’s being manipulated, but rather she wanted to commit murder in such a way.
As usual, PSYCHO-PASS was great. It wasn’t afraid to go towards the more grotesque and it did a great job with expanding the mystery and building up the main villain. It keeps on bringing in Western detective story plot points (the homage to Shakespeare) and makes it work.