Psycho-Pass 6 gets down to business with the main story arc. It’s true that we’ve seen the ultimate culprit already; he’s been smirking on the sidelines in just about every episode, awaiting his turn to take the field … er, manipulate another person from the sidelines.
It only struck me now that the cops this episode aren’t working on a new case. Oh, one’s developing, but it’s only at the end when the workmen discover a charming piece of modern art in a fountain that it becomes an active case again. Up to that point in the episode it’s been Akane digging into Shinya’s background for no good reason I can think of. “I can’t figure that guy out” is a rotten answer. I can’t figure most people out but I don’t go digging through old police files and public records looking for clues. The fact that we have a couple of scenes of Shinya obsessing about the murder of his former partner. Like the culprit, Makishima, we’ve seen it before, but now the show begins to put these things together.
It’s well-done and straightforward, told steadily and patiently. And rather chilling as we see the bad guy has infiltrated a cloistered girls school, supposedly free from the whole psycho-pass thing. If Makishima can get in here then no place is safe. Yoshika is befriended by a dreamy upperclassman who talks to her about the strict limitations the government has placed on peoples’ lives. Even though she’s in cahoots with the bad guy(s) I have to agree with her. In fact, how many of us would wish to rebel against that world? But it does bother me that this show never gives us anyone who actively rebels against the rules who isn’t a murderous bastard or with cloudy credentials. What about normal people? Or is the very act of disapproving of the system enough to cloud you over, so to speak?
It’s especially troubling because Makishima, says Shinya, is essentially giving people with the intent to kill the means to do it. The intent to kill bit can be easily looked up, apparently. But the means, that’s something the cops won’t be able to predict. And it doesn’t quite match with the current evil project with soulless Ouyou and her drawings. She’s not the one going all resin on innocent victims. Is she simply luring victims in? Surely Makishima is too sophisticated to need that sort of help. Maybe she’s a kindred soul? Another Shakespeare fan? How did she get involved in this in the first case? A lot of questions. This arc is off to a good start.
I’ll decide how I feel next week, but I haven a feeling I’m going to drop K. This after an episode 7 that looked all right and had possibly interesting things in it, but it was presented so blandly that lapsed into the lassitude I felt while watching it other weeks. There’s a fight between Kuroh and Munakata which, while animated well enough, had no life to it at all. It might have had to do with the choice of soundtrack there, music for playing after the party’s over and you’re coming down. And it was for naught because Shiro returns anyway. Then Shiro puts on an act with the aid of Neko and they escape, and we then learn that Neko can conveniently change memories as well. In this way we learn that the entire high school life was a lie, so right there they cut out the most interesting side of the anime. Homra are a bunch of dull, chiched thugs, Scepter 4 are priggish, upright nazis, and that’s all we got left, well, apart from the guy in the airship, and I have no interest whatever in meeting him. It’s a shame. This show can look really good, there’s a lot of talent behind it, and they’re pissing it away.
Polar Bear’s Cafe 33 brings us one story with an interlude where we learn just how important hand-picked beans are to a great cup of coffee. In the main story the Penguins’ action show is a big hit and Panda feels his corner is in a slump. Of course, Full-Time Panda has his part-time job to keep him occupied. Rin Rin offers as solution which isn’t quiet enough, but it’s strange to see him and Panda working together. The episode isn’t terribly good until we get the solution and a descent into classic Polar Bear Cafe lunacy, a panda family drama in which the prodigal son returns, but reveals … well, I won’t spoil it, but make sure you have your tissues on hand!