PSYCHO PASS 08 — Solving the Crime… with Guns

Can’t say she didn’t deserve it. But I am a bit disappointed the cops didn’t have to kill her themselves in the middle of the school day.

The more exposed to the Sibyl system we become, the more and more unambiguously evil it seems. Not only that, but it seems more and more unambiguously stupid.

Why would you shoot unarmed criminals in sight? Even from just a policing perspective it makes no sense. Dead men don’t talk. If they had tried to capture this girl, they could have found her backers and stopped them there. The police system’s methods of instant killing actually provide incentives to those who enable crimes rather than committing them directly. It’s really difficult for them to be caught.

In fact, the Sibyl system seems more prepared to punish the victims of a crime than its enablers. Like the woman who was raped in an earlier episode, the murder victims’ friends are likely to emerge from their experiences with clouded psycho passes. Doesn’t seem all that just to me.

Further Thoughts

How do they get people in the prison if they shoot everyone on sight?

Really? Pretty sure Akane has that chastity thing down pat.

Moe girls are always chaste. Of course PSYCHO PASS is not moe though.

With their shoot first, ask questions later policy, these police officers have become pretty incompetent. Also you’d think that at least the police would around some banned materials for their reference.

… no comment.

11 thoughts on “PSYCHO PASS 08 — Solving the Crime… with Guns

  1. “In fact, the Sibyl system seems more prepared to punish the victims of a crime than its enablers. ”

    The Sibyl System is short hand for the negative aspects of Japanese society, cloaked within a Technological plot contrivance called the Sibyl System.

    I suspect it’s Urobuchi’s way of giving the finger to some aspects of Japanese society, without explicitly saying so.

    1. I think you’re right, for the most part. Particularly with how careers are chosen and such. I’m not sure how shooting criminals on sight as detected by mind-reading devices is in line with Japanese society though. Maybe they’re just really judgmental and jump to conclusions?

  2. “How do they get people in the prison if they shoot everyone on sight?”

    If I remember correctly if a scanner picks up a high Psychopass rating you are advised to turn yourself in for counseling. So my guess is that prisoners are those whose high psychopass was picked up by a scanner and either the individual or someone around them turned them in. If you wait for enforcers and dominators to show up then you die if your score is too high and get captured otherwise.

    “With their shoot first, ask questions later policy, these police officers have become pretty incompetent. Also you’d think that at least the police would around some banned materials for their reference.”

    Seems logical to me. This is a society that believes that if you contain or eliminate everyone with a high psychopass then you will have eliminated all criminals and all problems. In a society like that more scanners and mandatory scanning seems more logical than investigative work. Why waste time with all that investigative work which will probably raise the psychopass of the investigators anyway? If you eliminate everyone with a high psychopass you have found all the criminals.

    1. “All the criminals have been eliminated because we have eliminated all the criminals.”

      I love that sweet circular logic.

      The casual use of capital punishment is probably the most disturbing aspect of this society. I can understand trying to quantify and eliminate crime, but blatant murder justified by the state crosses the line and then some. How can you even attempt to claim the moral high ground when you go around killing unarmed people because the man upstairs said so?

      1. Capital punishment is disturbing enough in our own society when people are actually convicted of a crime in a court, here claiming any sort of moral high ground is impossible. I think the people in this society have given up caring about any sort of moral high ground though.

    2. Ah I guess that makes sense. I kind of thought if a sensor was triggered they’d immediately send in the police to shoot you on sight. Like with that woman who got raped in the earlier episodes.

      It would be logical if they could actually detect all the criminals with their scanners. For this particular criminal, he’d been on the run for four years now. So it would seem wise to gather as much evidence as possible from his associate.

  3. What a pity that the Marimite arc already ended – I loved that school! It seems we get instead a psychopath hunter gentleman w/ robot dogs. Reminds me quite a lot of this guy in Mirai Nikki.

    Akane isn’t that chaste at all, though, just watch how she hits on Kogami!

    Re incompetent detectives: Kogami’s great feat, as I understand, consisted of researching if the arranged corpses looked like some famous artwork and of who created said artwork. His idea is a no-brainer imo and the research could be done by an intern within five minutes.

    On the other hand, I liked that they showed how people with clouded psycho passes are kept (like the tattooed artist). Before, it seemed as if they would get some treatment like psychotherapy which sounded quite humane to me. If your fate w/ clouded PP is actually being locked in a cage for the rest of your life, though, I can understand that people try to avoid that at all cost.

    1. You’re right, he is similar to the guy from Mirai Nikki. Pretty sure this one’s way crazier though.

      She’s staring at Kogami because she’s chaste, I’d say. 🙂

      Yeah, his brilliant research serves more to highlight how incompetent the rest of the police force is than how brilliant he is. They’re jump isn’t really to catch criminals, so much as to shoot them.

      Being in prison seems potentially better than being out, where you can get shot without any warning by the cops. It doesn’t seem like they want for anything— the one guy had his art, the other his dolls, etc. Must be lonely though.

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