Heart of Darkness is a story about many things, but among them is certainly the notion of a “good lie”. It’s also something of a musing on reductionism – the notion that everything can be broken down to the interactions of its constituent parts – in the person of its protagonist, Marlow.
Commissioner. There, he’s been told that Kouzaburou Touma was in fact arrested - and possibly executed – in secret two years earlier. This feels like such a betrayal that even Ginoza is momentarily indignant, but the Commissioner goes on to lecture him as to the glories of the Sibyl system, stating quite memorably that “It’s not important if the system is perfect – it’s important that the people believe it is.” Sibyl is a system built on lies, so this might seem like just another on the pile – but it’s a pretty big one. Not only does she tell Gino all this, but also that Kouzaburou was “asymptomatic” – his crime coefficient never rosé no matter what atrocities he committed, and that roughly 1 in 2 million people share this trait. In order the preserve the illusion it’s necessary to cover up the holes (the ones that have been found and acknowledged, anyway) in Sibyl’s net, so that the people’s belief in the system that has brought "unparalleled peace and happiness to the world can be protected. Gino is now in on the secret, and its incumbent on him to lie about it too – including to the men and women on his team who risk their lives every day executing Sibyl’s wishes.
relive the moment when Makashima slit Yuki’s throat as she stood by, unable to act. Yet in spite of this her crime coefficient recovers almost immediately – a marked contrast to Gino’s own growing existential crisis. There’s no question that Akane is a brave young woman, and that there’s something very different about her psyche. Different, but perhaps not unique – as the links between she and people like Makashima and Kouzaburou may be more direct that we might think.
one-to-one talk, where the truth of their relationship is formally acknowledged, though it’s already quite obvious by this time. Gino asks Masaoka how it is that Akane can maintain such a clear hue through such intense trauma, and the older man can only reply that she has a total faith in the sheer rightness of being a detective. A faith he once shared (an admission that brings a fond smile from his son) but “One day I was suddenly given a gun that speaks. And I was told that from then on I just had to shoot people when it told me to.” This shook his core belief in his life’s work and apparently started his downward spiral – as Gino says, “You deserted Sibyl and Sibyl deserted you.” The level of resentment on Gino’s part is truly profound. He resents his father for questioning Sibyl, and for remaining a detective and bringing great travail upon his family rather than simply quitting. He resents Akane for being stronger than he is. And he resents himself for feeling the same self-doubts his father feels, no matter how he tries to deny them. All Masaoka can do is caution his son that when those feelings start, he’d better be damn careful – but one suspects that Gino has already gone too far down that road to return unscathed.