So you guys called it last week. Sibyl is a collection of brains.
But not just any brains. The brains of criminals. Since they live outside of society, they’re the only ones fit to judge society.
No one predicted that part. Probably because it’s so dumb.
Seriously? The only ones fit to judge other people are the criminals? What?
In the first five minutes of PSYCHO PASS, the Sibyl system was a bit morally ambiguous. If you could stop all crime preemptively, then maybe that would be a good thing.
Then Sibyl decided that the rape victim deserved to die. From that point on, as far as I was concerned, Sibyl became unambiguously evil.
But now Sibyl is not just unambiguously evil: it is downright stupid. Setting criminal brains up to pass judgement on society? What? You’ve got to be kidding me.
On the bright side, Sibyl does make Makishima seem slightly more sympathetic. He was pretty cool when he killed the chief. Still, this is like saying that Stalin was a good guy because he fought against Hitler.
You Could Call It… God!
This is one of the catchphrases that annoys me the most about anime, although less than the one I hate the most, “You’re you, you!” Anytime some powerful robot or computer comes along you know they’re going to trot out this line of thinking. And then God is going to die.
To be fair, I guess you could call it God, if words didn’t have meanings. I mean come on, these brains can’t even cling to people’s backs and possess other people’s bodies. Lame.
Detectives Under Sibyl
For me, the most interesting part of the episode was the initial discussion with Akane.
Detectives are, in a way, the polar opposites of Sibyl. Sibyl solves crimes beforehand, while detectives can only solve them afterward. The detectives have already lost, since the crimes have already been committed. But Sibyl convicts people who are not criminals. I think that is a bigger loss.
I hadn’t even thought of this, but the society in this show has no need of a justice system. Sibyl is judge, jury, and executioner. I guess it’s not actually an issue though, since when someone like Makishima shows up they just get absorbed into Sibyl.