Shogo Makishima: the Villain who Should be Hero

I actually believe that Shougo Makishima is a more interesting character, more defined character than Shinya Kougami. It’s true that Kougami is the hero and this is one of the shows where the hero and the protagonist are somewhat bifurcated. If you think on Akane  is the pure protagonist of the show. It is how she also relates to these two me is what the show is all about. And this is important.

Going back to Shougo or Shogo (whichever way it is romanticised to English) someone in the original poster’s comments said because Shogo is seduced by the macabre and really disturbing crimes and behaviours of human beings he is the embodiment of sin and evil, thus the devil fused with the temptress. I actually cannot concur with this reading.

I responded that in a society like Sybil’s where everything is so clinical, sanitized and homogenized into colours and psychic profiles (including how no one can even enjoy any foreign exports) Makishima fetishizing the volatile and profane parts of humanity is only natural to the context/circumstances he is in. Even the writer of the show that in any other normalised society somewhat like our own, despite its flaws, Makishima may have worked productively and lived a normal life thus we cannot judge him so easily.

It is true that I do not really like what Makishima does. His tendency to be cruel and murderous is almost like self-flagellation because he cannot for the life of him understand why his heinous crimes are not read by the dominator or by Sybil’s crime coefficient systems. It is as though he is breaking the construction of humanity to be “more human” — of course that is a contestable philosophy but as also this article shown in a society where thoughts, speech, discussions and even philosophical things are not at all examined it would be very hard for a person like Shogo to live. Not to mention he too wanted vengeance on this society that made him less human, never acknowledged him and then expected him to sing its praises.

Shogo may have chosen exile or exodus  but that wouldn’t solve his case, as the way he saw it: he saw Sybil as a curse and a pestilence and he wanted to destroy it or show people how horrible it was. And Sybil is pretty dehumanising. See how it treats its even potential criminals. No one can even express normal rage or jealousy without getting imprisoned. Akane is as Shogo than she also realises. In fact, I thought Akane was the next step of evolution of their reading of the cyano meters. Because hers bounces and goes back to normal like a pendulum. Meaning she is not static so she is not asymptomatic but she is a ripple  that is able to be  flexible about many things.

Akane is the grey area, she is the balance between Shogo and Shinya and I think both of them somewhat know this too. Both of them has shown various levels of attraction towards her: that goes borderline romantic to almost full romantic to an affection and admiration unrivalled.

In many ways Akane does the things Shogo does but she does them with the weight and scales of both order and also chaos in check; she is the like the spirit of both justice and wisdom. While Shogo and Shinya does extremes Akane knows how to calibrate her emotions and actions well enough to not go to extremes.

In the end if Shogo and Shinya are the ships meeting each other in the darkness of the night Akane is the whale that they know shows their connection to a spirituality both greater themselves and also in themselves; Akane makes organic and is the reified organism of balance. And if the series acknowledged this a bit more the interactions both of these guys had with her, as in the anime Revolutionary Girl Utena how Utena the balance prince is interacted with, the results would have been particularly interesting.

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Psycho-Pass stands as one of the greatest shows to come out among the recent seasons. I say this despite having read several reviews claiming it to be an average show. No doubt the current philosophy which advocates greater government control and regulation in people’s lives is partially to blame for such poor reviews of the series. For example, my brother has told me of people reading Huxley’s A Brave New World raving about the perfect society therein. Of course, one may argue that my own political philosophy of liberty under the law and limited government make me blind to how much happier people could be under the totalitarian systems of both A Brave New World and Psycho-Pass.

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At any rate, before I consider Shogo Makishima’s merits and demerits, let me delineate the deficiencies of the society in which he lives. First, it limits the freedom of what kind of…

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