Man, there’s been so much back and forth this season between Kamui and Sibyl. At this point, I’m pretty darn confused, but I’ll try to share my thoughts on the episode anyways.
Akane just seems so worn out. Even before the whole grandma fiasco, she was stressing out over the Kamui case. She had been constantly overworking herself and everyone was growing concerned for her. With the added stress of her family being involved, she’s completely drained. Even though she hasn’t gone full psycho mode yet, she’s become a robot whose only duty is to work on the case.
I wonder how far Togane has to go before Mika realizes what she’s done. She’s always believed in the Sibyl system, and after learning the truth, part of her still wants to believe in the system, but her morals are telling her otherwise. Perhaps it’s because she’s been raised trusting the system all her life, or because she lost her friends due to someone not following their orders. At least she’s traumatized by what happened and has been of some help to Akane. All of the reports she wrote in spite of her were actually valuable pieces of information.
Kamui’s plan is to overload the Sibyl System by requesting a large amount of judgements in a short period of time. I’m not sure what kind of technology they have, but you’d think that they have the bandwidth to transfer all of that data. What would happen if there were a large riot and inspectors needed to activate their dominators repeatedly? Maybe I’m reading too much into it and this flaw has always been apparent, but only Kamui is abusing it.
Back at the headquarters, Kasei tries to push Akane down the red path. Either she kills Kamui or hundreds of civilians will be killed. For a system supposedly put in place to better mankind, Sibyl can act with their own best interest in mind. They don’t necessarily care what happens to the bystanders as long as Kamui is taken care of. Being under a utilitarian rule, they figure if they stop Kamui here, the goose chase can end, and no others will have to die. Although, if Sibyl just disposed of Kamui
To further entice Akane, they show her the image of her poor grandma. Akane really managed to keep her composure ever since Yuki’s (her friend) death, but this finally pushed her over the edge. Seeing the talk in the past, her grandma was someone she could turn to when she was feeling overwhelmed. On top of that, she’s an innocent granny who’s been through a lot, who would even consider harming her?
With that loss, Akane finds herself in Kogami’s shoes. She wanted to serve the system and do what’s best for society, but her emotions are beginning to take over. Part of her wants to avenge her grandmother, but that same drive is what caused Kogami to flee. Ever since losing Kogami, she’s been using him as a form of counseling. Even if he’s not there, her memories of him always manages to soothe her. Thanks to this “therapy” she’s able to calm down and reassess the situation properly.
Akane manages to come up with a resolution that benefits both parties. While both Kamui and Sibyl aren’t exactly good people, she tries to get them both to compromise. Sibyl can avoid contradicting themselves by not being immune to their own system, while Kamui can judge Sibyl. Misako, being in control at the moment, doesn’t want to cooperate with them. Kamui is something that she created, and would rather bury under the rug. Going by the utilitarian principles, Sibyl should have no objections if they’re viewing it objectively.
In the end, Akane figures out everything. Misako took over the case and has been using Togane to serve in their best interest. Rather than agree to the compromise, Togane is ready to kill Kirito to protect their secret, even if it’s a detriment to society. Seeing Togane’s psycho-pass reading, I have to assume that Misako was the one turning a blind eye to him. Either way, we end off on a cliffhanger with only one episode left!