Psycho-Pass: Episode 6

Recap: As the Public Safety Bureau starts to close in on the true culprit, murders similar to those from Kogami’s cold case begin to occur.

Iro’s Thoughts:
Akane spends much of this episode asking around about Kogami’s past – for something that was treated as super-classified last episode, everyone sure is talkative about the subject. The murders occurring in the present, while superficially different from those that Kogami had been investigating three years ago, are similar after a fashion: they’ve all been happening thanks to a middle-man of sorts, a man who’s providing the means to kill to those with the motive. In an amusing interlude, when Kagari teases that Akane might be falling for Kogami, she bursts into laughter at the sheer absurdity of the idea.

A bit too much time this episode focuses on an all-girls high school and the barely-veiled lesbian interactions within, though it does have the purpose of introducing someone who is ostensibly a new villain – a student who seems to seek out her troubled underclassmen and butcher them in manners befitting of their issues. There’s an extended sequence near the beginning where she texts about Shakespeare with another student, and while its visual style was clever, it ended up being mostly pointless, since the same information was conveyed later on in a subtler manner.

Psycho-Pass continues to be fairly straightforward in it’s progression, even as it steps into Act 2. It remains to be seen if Urobuchi will deliver a twist on the same level that many of the viewers may expect.

Gee’s Thoughts:
This episode focuses again on the Akane’s fascination with Kogami and his past. After discovering that Kogami himself once used to be an Investigator, she continues to dig into his past and find out what makes him tick. We are also treated to some flashbacks that reveal the reason Kogami’s psycho pass became cloudy, leading to his stats as an Enforcer. Like many a cop procedural, turns out Kogami’s subordinate was murdered by a serial killer they were hunting down, leading to his mental breakdown. I won’t lie, it’s a pretty old trope when it comes to shows about the police, but it does give us insight into why Kogami is the man he is today.

In addition, our characters finally begin to realize that while all the serial murders they’ve been dealing with over the course of the story are different in their methods, they are all backed by a single man, who as we mentioned in the first episode, will likely be the Kotomine to Kogami’s Kiritsugu. Also, if this white haired guy’s name ends up starting with the letter “K” (Iro’s Note: his name is Makishima), it’s going to be a hassle to keep track of their names and their Fate/Zero counterparts.

Overall, it looks like Psycho Pass is shaping up to begin its main story arc now that the world building and character introductions are done. I hope things continue to ramp up as the story goes, and hopefully we’ll get to see some more of the signature Urobuchi Gen darkness soon.

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