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The Creeping Unknown
Episode Information
Kanji 忍び寄る虚実
Rōmaji Shinobiyoru Kyojitsu
Air date October 16, 2014
Opening Enigmatic Feeling
Ending Fallen
Episode Guide
The Scales of Justice
The Devil's Proof

The Creeping Unknown is the second episode of Psycho-Pass 2.


While trying to determine the meaning of the "WC?" message, Akane Tsunemori goes with Enforcer Sakuya Togane to interrogate Akira Kitazawa, who claims that someone else helped to keep his crime coefficient down and was responsible for the fake hostage, though another Inspector, Risa Aoyanagi, does not believe this to be true. Later, as Analyst Shion Karanomori and Enforcer Sho Hinakawa learn that the fake hostage was an elaborately detailed hologram modeled after someone who died years ago, Kitazawa's Crime Coefficient suddenly drops below that of a latent criminal, resulting in him being transferred to a general medical facility. Shortly afterwards, Tsunemori discovers another "WC?" message scrawled in her apartment, before being alerted that Kitazawa has attacked Aoyanagi and escaped, believing that his claimed assistant was the one who set up his escape route. Kitazawa is cornered by Tsunemori's group, uttering the name "Kirito Kamui" before he is eliminated by Aoyanagi, his last words leading Tsunemori to realize that "WC?" actually stands for "What Color?".




List of characters in order of appearance:


  • Togane's cigarette and Tsunemori's bottled water are the same brand of those Shinya Kogami uses.
  • Based on the time card shown on Akane's terminal the date is shown to be October 22nd, 2114 (2114/10/22).
  • Akira's crime coefficient is initially read as 76.2, with a color of Medium Purple, while under arrest. It is later read at 357, as measured by Akane, shortly before his death.


"Following the book doesn't always give the best results. You should keep that in mind."
— Nobuchika Ginoza to Mika Shimotsuki

"Says the guy who thinks it means "restroom"?! What's the point of writing restroom on a wall? Maybe you gotta go? Then go on, no one's stopping you!"
— Mika Shimotsuki to Nobuchika Ginoza

"What color? Yeah, right now you're the color of raw sewage."
— Risa Aoyanagi to Akira Kitazawa before killing him

"How foolish the Public Safety Bureau is. [...] He could've been made clear again. [...] He still could've been saved. [...] I had expected you to understand."
— Kirito Kamui to Akane Tsunemori