It's Urobutcher we're talking about after all. Just as (Puella Magi Madoka Magica spoiler) Kyubey was trying to turn countless girls into monsters to fight universal entropy, every third or fourth person or so in this world is to be designated a menace to society and summarily executed in order to keep the human population stable. You heard it here first!
- Jossed. Sybil is basically a toy for super lucky psychopaths for playing God.
Crime coefficent is said to be contagious. Spending time in close proximity of latent criminals can turn you into one. And who spends more time, with more latent criminals than Inspectors? Consider what Tomomi said about crime coefficent as well - ability to commit crime as well as ability to predict it/to be effective law enforcer is also connected. It doesn't sound much out realm of possibility that one or more of Enforcers only became latent criminals during their service in PSB.
- This theory is especially lent greater credence by Tomomi's demeanor; he's acting alot like the typical Old Cop detective who bends the rules and works on gut instinct, and he can still remember a time before the Sibyl system and Psycho-Pass came about. Before Sibyl came along, he was an actual homicide detective, and was very good at his job because of how he'd Seen It All and was able to get into the minds of criminals; unfortunately, that also raised his Crime Coefficient to what he termed as a ridiculously high level.
- With the revelations in episode 5, confirmed.
Or at least wanted to be one before his Crime Coefficient went crazy. This is based mostly on his talk with Akane in Episode 2 about being able to work as a real detective and the fact that this is the sort of character Urobutcher is likely to write.
- Confirmed as of episode 5.
It will likely be Shinya, as that's exactly the type of situation Gen likes to put characters in. But Tomomi is possible as well given his Obi-Wan like status as a cool old guy mentor who seems to be near his limit. Shinya might survive his shooting somehow though, but Tomomi would probably be Killed Off for Real and cause a Heroic BSoD for Akane.
The pressure of always remaining calm even when dealing with the most horrible crimes will get to him and drive up his Crime Coefficient. Akane and the Enforcers will try to help him deal with it. If he survives, this will change his view on the Psycho-Pass system. Alternatively, he already qualifies as a latent criminal and is somehow hiding it.
- Not yet, but his Psycho Pass is steadily going worse due to him starting to question the system.
- Mostly jossed by the ending, his crime-coeffcient does get so high that he had to become an enforcer, but no freak-outs. In fact, if anything it actually made him more mature and confident, having gotten over Masaoka's death, he no longer has to constantly worry about his hue getting cloudy anymore.
- He was indeed demoted to Enforcer caste.
So far, it's been pretty rough for Akane because of how innocent she is in comparison to all the other characters. As the series goes on, she'll lose more and more of her naivety until she can't stand working for the Public Safety Bureau anymore and go rogue or something similar. Akane's often not very happy with the Bureau's policies, which justifies this. And I'm drawing this from the opening, but Shinya will have to hunt her down.
- Developing it further: the story may finish with book ends where Akane, an expirienced enforcer, is given a newbie inspector.
- It's probably the other way round. Episode 13 suggests that Akane might be one of criminally asymptomatic people (like Touma and Makishima), whose cymatic scans don't match their psychology and who therefore always display clean Psycho Passes and low Criminal Coefficients, only not really a criminal. That means that she's physically unable to develop into a potential criminal in Sybil's eyes, but Ginoza is.
- Jossed, see above.
C'mon, it's obvious that there's more to his grudge than just his hatred of latent criminals. And in episode 6 it's confirmed that His father is a latent criminal.
- Confirmed in episode 13.
Which leads back to the above overpopulation theory. (Puella Magi Madoka Magica spoiler ahoy.) Just as the Incubators kept drawing in more MagicalGirls to fight the monsters they would eventually become, The Powers That Be behind the Sybil System need more people to become homicial maniacs to be gunned down "for the greater good".
You heard it here first! His right hand man that likes to tinker with technology. How could it be anyone else?
- Nope! Turns out to be just a mook.
- My theory is that She just like Makishima is a one in 2 milion criminally asymptomic person.
- Quite heavily supported (if not said outright) in Episode 13.
- Jossed in the second season. Her grandmother's death does affect her CC, she's just strong enough to keep it together and under 100.
- Confirmed. it's 0, NULL, NULL EVEN WHEN HE IS TORTURING AND KILLING YUKI.
- It's even worse than that. It started at 79 then slowly decreased even as he's torturing Yuki until the moment he killed Yuki at which point it became 0.
- Not completely confirmed. Rikako had the highest crime coefficient to date and remained entirely calm throughout the entire ordeal. Her Freak Out towards the end was caused by her being essentially hunted down and tortured, which makes things justified, and when she accepted her fate she was once again as calm as ever.
- Safely jossed by Tougane Sakuya from the second season.
- The finale, however, suggests that the Chief seems to be to the likes of Makishima what Makishima himself is to his pawns, mirroring Senguji's claims that the Sybil System doesn't work on him. Senguji was wrong, but there really might be such people.
- Confirmed as of episode 17: The Sibyl System is an entire hive mind of psychopaths whose brains are incorporated in order to improve itself and ensure order.
- Jossed. The Chief is actually a humanoid interface.
- Episode 18 and onward equips Kogami with said revolver.
- Remember Episode 1? There was a guy with a chainsaw wearing a helmet that Shinya pushed into the edge of a building before shooting him with his Dominator. Whenever someone uses the Dominator, we hear the status of someone's Psycho Pass before it implements a sentence. Then in Episode 10 Ginoza mentions that if Shinya didn't do anything wrong, then his Crime Coefficient wouldn't change. Then in Episode 14, we get helmets that copy from surrounding people's Psycho Pass. Back to Episode 1, the guy was wearing the same helmet. Make that of what you will.
- Actually if you look closely it looks like the Dominator doesn't work until Kogami manages to damage the helmet. After that he seems to be able to use it
- From the view of the System, he is an enemy and he had fled Japan.
- Jossed. Somewhat. She goes against the Sibyl System all right, but her faith in law and humanity remains unshaken and she's still on the "good" side.
- This is what I assume as well. It'd be a nice twist and kind of give the Sybil System almost a personality. For bonus points, the person running it (assuming it's not a brain) will have no eyes, because justice is blind.
- A distinct possibility since in Episode 16, Choe and Kagari manage to get inside Sibyl's core and are shocked with what they see, with Choe proclaiming that if the public ever found out what was inside Sibyl, the nation would collapse.
- Confirmed. Specifically, the brains of captured sociopaths.
- It changed into the Destroy Decompose mode at the end.
- However, it didn't actually show him being killed, which could lead to...
- However, as seen through Choe Gu-Sung's recording on his phone, after the Chief fired the second shot of the Dominator (presumably at Kagari) her next action was immediately picking the phone up. If Kagari had survived, she most certainly wouldn't have picked the phone up so suddenly and instead would have aimed for a third shot to kill him. So Kagari probably is dead.
- But the shot is still out of the frame, meaning there's still a chance.
- It seems more likely it was out of frame simply to avoid having to animate Kagari's body being incinerated into chunky bits as that would have been a rather unnecessary scene to re-animate.
- The brains may have thought the scenarios over before.
- I can only say one thing: "LOL".
- Needless to say, this is proven wrong.
- It seems unlikely that Akane's brain alone would be able to effect such change, though it's possible that she could form the basis of a brand-new System. Instead of murdering people with a high criminal co-efficient, it will look for hope in order to lower them. It's possible that potentially-useful individuals could voluntarily join, gaining a form of immortality.
- Surprisingly, mostly confirmed, poor old Masaoka and Kagari are the only two protagonists to kick the bucket.
Makishima's physical body died in the crash, but his calm in the last shot is due to knowing that he'll live on. Kougami's "hallucination" was a hologram, and the call was in real-time despite the crash because it was a direct communication from a digitized Makishima, hence the "Unknown Caller" and despite Kougami's communications likely being monitored due to his criminal status. Makishima is still around and with Choe dead, he needs someone who can interact with the physical world: Why not the one who truly caught his interest, and who would act against Sibyl if he knew the truth?
- Jossed. Makishima is killed again in Ep. 22.
- It was more likely a Secret Test of Character Kougami put on her: as noted on the Fridge page, when Kougami gave Yayoi the Dominator, it never cleared her for use as an authorized user, so it would not have unlocked for her under any circumstances. The fact that she did try to shoot Rina meant she passed.
- Only good for a sequel, though I salute you.
- Given the level of control Sibyl seems to have over the technology of urban Japan - which is to say, all of it - any "strike" may rapidly get out of hand, with rebelling agents sealed in/out by automatic locks, instigators being labeled as criminals and having their resources cut off, and so on. Add in that most Inspectors are unlikely to side against Sibyl and odds don't look good for our heroine, especially considering that her plan seems to be "Do what Sibyl wants and hope really hard that things will change somehow." Sibyl wouldn't need to pull out a cyborg army to make things difficult for Akane's non-violent efforts, and if she's determined not to hurt/kill people, she's unlikely to get anywhere, as things are; the only reason Makishima had the effect that he did was due to his willingness to cause rampant violence/chaos in order to counter Sibyl.
- Akane making a contract with Sibyl to overturn the system=Madoka making a contract with the Incubators to overturn the system
- It's unlikely that a single brain could somehow make the System "nicer," but it's plausible that she could destabilize it to the point where the entire collective collapses. Of course, this would mean Akane's death, but it would hew more closely to Urobuchi's style.
- Some evidence for this just cropped up in episode 7, when it is revealed that every Inspector he has worked with over the past 18 years has eventually gotten their Hue clouded so badly that they ended up being killed with a Lethal Eliminator. Perhaps he's Sibyl's personal hitman to silence Inspectors who get too curious for their own good about the System...
- As of episode 8, confirmed.
- OW Pharmaceuticals turned out to be a Red Herring. The real Mega-Corp to watch out for is the Tougane Foundation.
- The "nonviolent" part has been jossed, he has no problem with people dying so long as it furthers his plans. However, he has limits, and it appeared that the deaths he oversaw were all related to gathering data on the Dominators. In episode 10, once he's learned all he needed to know, he explicitly ordered his men to use Paralyzer on as many people as possible in the subway to ensure that they don't cause a massacre.
- What Color? Without being able to differentiate between right or wrong a person would no longer have a way to measure or discern whether or not any action they made was "good" or "bad" . Without this ability one's Crime Coefficient would be inherently unreliable (perhaps even invisible) and difficult to measure because the subject would no longer have an inherent psychological understanding that doing something "bad" was "wrong".
- In a world where one's hue is so important, not having an internal, instinctive gauge for one's behavior would prompt someone to ask "what color am I?" When this effect wore off or was removed/prevented, of course a person's Crime Coefficient would spike, because now they understood the nature of what they had been doing. If this is the case, then perhaps it is Kamui and Aoyanagi who are the true opposites here. Kamui, by eliminating the ability to tell right from wrong, frees the rational mind from having to deal with the inherent nature of one's actions. It is no longer a case of end justifying the means ... there is no justification necessary - the means are simply what was done to get to the end. Aoyanagi, however, is the exact opposite - she uses strict rationalization to recognize the necessity that certain actions are required for a proper end and that undertaking these actions cannot be let to prevent her (by changing her Hue) from doing what needs to be done.
- This plays out in the end of Episode Three, where she is being assaulted by a man who sees no difference in saving her and pounding her into the floor.
- It also may factor into Akane's discussion with Jouji Saiga. One of the few ways to make an insanity defense work (and land you in an institution for the rest of your life) is if it can be proven that someone has no concept of right and wrong. Thus she goes to her mirror and asks, "am I insane?"
- Nothing that complex. He simply teaches people meditative techniques and prescribes them a specific cocktail of drugs. However, these methods are top-level classified information by the Sibyl System. He was able to access this data because of his invisibility to the system.
- He specifically used a girl from the crash and a plane is seen in the opening. He also refers to himself as a ghost implying maybe he was a survivor?
- Confirmed! He is a survivor of the plane crash! Called it!
- He also took Inspector Shisue's left eye. More evidence for this crops up in episode 5, the pictures in Tougane's Stalker Shrine of Akane are focused on her eyes and mouth.
- Got Jossed in the end, it has nothing to do with sight.
- Kind of, in a sense. Tougane was trying to darken her Hue, presumably so he could eliminate her with a legitimate reason. But as Kamui pointed out, her Hue can't darken to that extent so he would have never succeeded.
- No, since we now know that the doppelgangers Kamui is using are aged-up versions of the 185 children who died in the plane crash 15 years ago.
- Jossed as of episode 7, her grandmother still has her wits about her and can sit up in bed, a eustress deficient person would be a catatonic vegetable.
- My theory is that Tougane's purpose is to test Akane and check whether she's "worthy", for lack of a better word, of being integrated into Sybil.
- Both confirmed as of episode 8.
- Jossed. Despite experiencing some traumatic events such as her grandmother's death, her Psycho-pass is still clear and her crime coefficient doesn't increase much (from what I've remember it's around 36).
- By the end of the second season, Tougane has more or less named her as his replacement when it comes to defending the Sibyl System. She has also committed herself to keeping her involvement in Aoi Tsunemori's death a secret, which will blow up in her face if anyone in Division 1 ever finds out the truth.
- Jossed. Sibyl has its reasons.
- This might tie into the plot of the upcoming movie, which concerns Sibyl planning to Take Over the World, and a team of foreign operatives from the Southeast Asian nation Shamballa infiltrating Japan to destroy Sibyl.
- Jossed in the movie. They're not operatives; they're actually rebels. It's implied that the Sibyl System let the terrorists in so they can distract Akane to go after Kougami, who doesn't want his rebel friends to go to Japan. Also, the SEAUn leader was in open arms when he welcomed Sibyl except he found out too late when he learned their true nature. Thus, the leader who Akane is talking to is a puppet made by Sibyl to take total control of the region.
- It is entirely possible that when Japan (aka Sibyl) gets a representative in the UN, it will give them a Breaking Lecture about how even though the UN stands up for human rights, it failed to impose a form of international order, and ignored stricted peacekeeping efforts for the sake of maintaining human rights.
- Apparently, not. He's just a guy who loves his mommy so much that in the end, he failed and died.
- Jossed. The Movie indicates that the Sibyl System is still utterly sociopathic, despite Kamui forcing it to judge itself.
In both seasons, the Big Bad has killed someone important to Akane. In Season 1, it was Yuki Funehara. In Season 2, it was her grandmother. Who has been working with her the longest (other than Yayoi and Shion), has experience in the same position as her, is still alive, and still works at the PSB? Nobuchika. For bonus points, he will die protecting someone, possibly Akane — just like Tomomi.
Needless to say, without one of her colleagues whose experience is so valuable to her team, Akane will find herself in a precarious position indeed. This could be a great Character Development opportunity for both her and Nobuchika — his comes full circle when he learns to value people for who they are instead of how high/low their Crime Coefficients are, while she steps up to the plate as the veteran of Division 1.
After the collapse of Japan's economy, the Sybil System was created as a means to restore order, both by predicting and eliminating the rising criminal element attempting to fill the Roppongi Group's power vacuum, and by specifically targeting those with the potential to become Euphorics, who register with a particularly high Crime Coefficient even in low-stress situations. Sybil may have even been designed, originally, to detect the obsessive chemical imbalance that allows one to achieve Euphoric powers, but it proved to be useful for predicting criminal behavior in general. Jouji uses a false name and replacement eyes that can't channel his powers (his old ones burnt out, anyway). He lives far in the country because his Euphoric tendency keeps Sybil's eyes on him constantly, and because the landscape makes for excellent photography. He assists Shinya at great personal risk, because he reminds him so much of himself, at a younger age.
- Regarding Kagura being missing? Most likely cause: relapse.
- Alternately, a government hit, being that she's the only known source of the Euphoria Factor, even if it's dormant now.
- Either way, he's bitter about it, and even if the former is true he may suspect the latter.
- Alternately, a government hit, being that she's the only known source of the Euphoria Factor, even if it's dormant now.
- Euphorics are mostly extinct in Japan; having either fled or been killed/institutionalized. Intensive stress therapy may actually remove the potential to become a Euphoric.
- Shusei Kagari was institutionalized because he was born with Euphoric potential, detected at five.
- Starting to look like this as of Season 3. Akane has been placed in an isolation cell similar to the one that Professor Saiga was confined in, and Mika has now been promoted to be the Chief of Division 1.
- Confirmed in the sense that Bifrost grew out of the Roundrobin debug AI and its programmers in the early days of Sibyl. It was born as a part of the system.