“The Scales of Justice <299/300>
And one of the most anticipated shows has finally begun with the second season of Psycho Pass and oh man but I have been looking forward to this! We came full circle with the ending of the last season and a new Inspector as part of the team, but there are a couple of other new faces joining the ranks of Enforcers, including a character who shares the same voice actor of the first season’s primary antagonist.
The show begins with Akane (Hanazawa Kana) as the head Inspector of her division, having taken Ginoza’s (Nojima Kenji) place after he was moved to the ranks of Enforcer at the end of the previous season. Under her wing is intelligent and headstrong Junior Inspector Shimotsuki Mika (voiced by Sakura Ayane), who has a very strong tendency to question all of her superior’s decisions and actions She’s also pretty prickly around Ginoza, who just takes her attitude with the flair of someone who has been there, done that, and it’s actually pretty entertaining. I suppose Mika reminds me of the way Ginoza used to be during the first three quarters of the first season, as everything is very black and white, cut and dry and to-the-book with her. It will be pretty interesting to see how her character develops over the course of the season. I, for one, quite like her, but I’ve already seen a bunch of comments batting for the opposite team floating around. Still, I foresee her actions or decisions as having a major impact on what’s to come.
Two newbies to the Enforcers are Tougane Sakuya (Fujiwara Keiji) and super young and naïve Hinakawa Shou, voiced by Sakurai Takahiro, and who at this point is a far cry from his fully functioning sociopathic Makishima Shougo of the first season. I’m not sure what the reasoning is behind bringing Sakurai back, but I’m not really complaining. Hinakawa is still pretty unsteady on his feet but seems like a hard worker. Tougane is a lot older than the rest of them and has a very veteran feel about him as an Enforcer, even though it’s implied by Akane that he’s new to the job when she apologises for having to bring Hinakawa and Tougane in for the first time on such a difficult case. There are so many parallels to the first season and I love it.
From last season we’ve also still got glamorous techy Karanamori Shion (Sawashiro Miyuki) and Kunizuka Yayoi (Itou Shizuka) and I really liked them the first time so it’s kind of nice to see them having a lot more voice-time right from the start this time around.
In a nutshell, the summary of this episode was that a third bomb in a couple of similar incidences had gone off and the perpetrator’s goal all along had been to lure in and kill or incapacitate as many Inspectors from the MWPSB as possible. Because of the scale of the case, two other divisions are deployed and Division 2 is unfortunately lured into the trap and one of their people injured. Due to Akane’s quick thinking, however, she’d already sussed the whole thing out and managed to keep her team safe, despite Mika’s insistence on a direct approach.
The perpetrator and professional bomb maker, Kitazawa Akira’s hue had only clouded upon his third bombing incident, leading Akane to wonder what had kept his hue clear the first two times. At the beginning of the episode, though, a drug called LACOUSE was being advertised and sold to the public, boasting that it blocked certain chemicals to the brain and kept one’s hue clear. Coincidence? I think not.
Akane also shows some pretty incredible moves when she singlehandedly takes down an unmanned machine threatening her team and barely breaks into a sweat. She’s grown and changed so much since the first season and I really like her calm yet welcoming and warm demeanour this time around. It’s nice to see that they haven’t changed those parts of her personality, as it was her kindness that drew everyone in in the first place. Knowing about the Sybil System is of course an advantage and I like how she’s using the system as much as they’re using the citizens. While Kitazawa Akira’s crime coefficient has gone over the 300s and therefore allows for lethal use of the dominators, Akane’s attempt to lower it to just 299 in a matter of minutes is only testament to her knowledge of the system and her refusal to let it dominate people’s lives. She manages to talk him down and assures that he’s still a crucial member of society, rather than just a cog in a machine. She successfully paralyzes him after his crime coefficient lowers, telling Mika, who is less than impressed by her daring, that she was only thinking of the future in needing to find out how he’d managed to keep his hue clear while performing the first two bombings.
Meanwhile, in another part of town, the remainder of Division 2 has gone after the holographic “hostage” Kitazawa Akira deployed with a bomb strapped around her. Unfortunately for the head of the Division 2, she’s overpowered by the hostage, who drops his holographic appearance, revealing himself to be a young man who uses her dominator hand to kill her partner by using her as a shield. I’m fairly certain our big bad of this season is Kamui Kirito, voiced by Kimura Ryouhei, and so I’ll be looking forward to seeing what his motive is behind all of this.
Akane’s final words, though, were quite haunting as she admits that this was the beginning of everything, and the start of her own personal battle to determine who she was.
So, with an awesome beginning and an exciting new storyline ahead, I’m already really thrilled about this show and looking forward to covering it for the next twelve weeks and I hope you all are too~ 9/10 for the first episode and I hope it keeps up!