Before I get into the Rikako Arc, which features some extended Shogo time, I want to make one thing clear. If you’re reading this and you’ve watched Psycho-Pass, chances are that you have the wrong idea of Shogo Makishima as a character.
I don’t blame you, I misinterpreted him originally as well. A lot of people seem to think that Makishima’s ideals are either right. or at least can be viewed as such. That Psycho-Pass presents his “side” as a viable option idealistic even if you don’t agree with his methods.
Nope. Nuh uh. Not true. Incorrect.
I have talked about this before and also have a full breakdown of Makishima planned so I’ll keep this somewhat brief. I’d just like readers to understand how I view Makishima (although this time I’d posit that this is not just my opinion but closer to fact) before we get into later Psycho-Pass and thus why he’s so fantastic as a villain.
Make no mistake Makishima has no ideals. If you believe he does, then you are just like any one of his devotees, you have been fooled into thinking that he stands for something other than himself. He uses his purported ideals as an excuse to flex his sadistic muscles. He uses them as a way to create a cult of personality and thus be able to cause the destruction and desire he wants on a massive scale.
I’ll only be talking about one of the reasons why this is the case, trust me there are many, as to save some for my full Makishima breakdown.
The SIBYL component
This one’s pretty straightforward, what are the requirements to be inducted into SIBYL?
To be criminally asymptomatic. What does this mean?
Well it’s never explicitly said but it’s a certain psychopathic trait. A lack of empathy. This is clear, as every person we see inducted into it conforms to this.
Also just from the way the system works. It’s the idea that those who exist outside of the system should be the ones to run it. Those who exist outside of society should govern society. Sociopaths.
(Edit: Sociopathy is SIBYL’s entry requirment not psychopathy:What I mean by this is that it is not Psychopathy that is required for entering SIBYL but sociopathy which means one has an extremely antisocial nature. Whilst being antisocial is one of the symptoms of psychopathy it is not required to be a psychopath so while soicopathy and psychopathy have a large overlap they are different things. It’s the reason (in my mind) that people like Rikako aren’t fit for SIBYL selection because she is not sociopathic, thanks Jon for pointing this out)
The idea being that without empathy to impair judgement one can make logical decisions benefiting the majority.
Those without empathy cannot have ideals that relate to others, because they don’t relate to others.
And logically if one were to care about everyone’s human individuality like he claims to then they wouldn’t be suitable candidates for SIBYL. He only cares about his own individuality.
I hope you enjoyed this quick rant about the characterization of Makishima, I promise I’ll go into full depth about it but it goes so deep, it’s about philosophy and psychology and thematic shit that will take a lot of explaining. I pretty much have to explain exactly how SIBYL works as a concept to do so.
I was actually talking to mother about this (who is a psychiatrist) so I’ll have some actual, interesting insight about it.
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