C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control Episode 2
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Series Premise: [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control is a weekly televised anime series started in April 2011, an original story aired as part of Fuji TV’s Noitamina animation block. Kimimaro can only dream of a financially-stable life, when he is offered the opportunity by a mysterious trickster to enter the fabled Financial District, mortgaging his future as collateral to compete in tournaments where his very future is on the line.
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ep. tl;dr review: Kimimaro begins his life as Entre, sees world in whole new light.
Episode Summary: Kimimaro enters the Financial District, where he meets with his “Asset” named Msyu, and immediately faces off in a “Deal” battle where all of his assets and future is on the line. At first disbelieving and not wanting to fight, Kimimaro tries to avoid battle, but with the help of Msyu manages to come out victorious. He then returns back to the “real” world, where he returns to his normal college student life, only richer and with another Deal looming in a week’s time. He also discovers that he now sees some things differently, such as some of the currency bills are black “Midas” bills, which have been introduced into the economy by the Financial District. At his job, Kimimaro meets another Entre named Mikuni, who cryptically offers assistance.
My Impressions: At first I was getting a bit worried at the whole “Deal” battle, which seemed like nothing more than a glorified Pokemon (or more apropos, Digimon) battle, as Kimimaro did his “Msyu, I Choose You!” battle cry to call out his virtual reality avatar from his card to battle against his opponent. *sigh* What’s worse was how Kimimaro reacted during the battle, running away and not understanding that his very future was on the line. It took a good hard reality check from Msyu to snap him out of his stupidity, getting him to unlock her “Over 9000″ superpower, which was kinda reminiscent of this. In any case, I was disappointed at the whole idea of the battle, nothing more than card-game-like antics taken to the next level. Given the more cerebral nature of the show, I was hoping there would be more of a nod to the economic themes. Er, NOPE.
And then Kimimaro returns back to the “real world” (such as it is), and here is where it has the potential to get really interesting. How will Kimimaro cope with his dual life, suddenly rich and with a bit of a better understand of how the world actually “works”. It’s very Fight Club and all that. At this point, it seems like he is trying to maintain his previous life since he finds it hard to accept such concepts as “Midas Money” infiltrating the financial system. Or maybe he’s just stupid, I dunno. Kinda hard to tell at this point, but if he doesn’t smarten up real quick-like, he’s going to be in for a world of hurt. Now that he’s in the elite circle with the Big Boys, naivete is the most deadly of traits, and there are already hints that some of the other Entres are licking their chops over him. Mmmm, fresh meat….
I’m still trying to figure out exactly *what* Msyu really is. Definitely not human, even if the thick-headed Kimimaro is too idiotic to realize it. Some sort of virtual reality construct? Or some sort of alternate reality being? (For that matter, what exactly is Masakaki as well?) Or maybe I’m overthinking this. After all, I have a hunch that the interesting part of the story is with Kimimaro coming to grips with the promise of his new life versus the reality of his old life. We’ll see if the timeworn adage “All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” holds true.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (July 2nd)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: Eden of the East or Gankutsuou.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “There’s just enough oddness to keep things feeling a little off-balance. That fisheye view inside the card is very Nakamura-esque, don’t you think? Unfortunately, the imagination that goes into the world of the Financial District doesn’t appear to correspond with the amount of money and/or effort put into rendering it and the whole series is just a bit cheap-looking so far.” – Sea Slugs
- “A decent mystery is developing in C centering around the nature of the financial district and the Midas bank, and this is what the creators need to focus on together with the characters.” – Draggle’s Anime Blog
- “I can get past the derp because the world remains imaginative. Ignoring the, uh, pancake faced beings residing within it, the Financial District remains enigmatic and interesting, even from just a visual perspective. But where the episode really shines is from a story perspective. C basically takes real-world economics and illustrates it with shounen-style fights, scantily-clad redheads, and creepy looking cards. It’s very clever and very entertaining. At any rate, it’s much more interesting than an economics class.” – Sekijitsu
- “C is above all, a lot of fun to watch. It’s got an awesome premise, and makes awesome use of that. The action scenes are full of creativity and there is a ton of fast-paced intrigue that keeps this show going…At the same time though, it does have its weaknesses, and doesn’t try to hide it. I like that kind of honesty, at least. The main character did end up to be “the chosen one”: the complete rookie who with a very flimsy reason suddenly does things no other rookie has done before… aside from his big rival. Grade: Excellent.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “There were definitely faults BUT—which is a big but, it was filled with enough juice for hooking the audience. I mean, who didn’t like Masakaki? The human-form of Kyuubey, wheeling and dealing an innocent shounen? The protagonist just gets thrown into some srs bsns and what is not to enjoy about gambling your future for money, eh?” – Metanorn
- “There is potential here, but as of now the show hasn’t really touched upon it. Grade: 3.5/5.” – Emory Anime Club
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Moshidora, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dog Days, Fireball Charming, A Channel, Sengoku Otome Time Paradox
Coming up next (in this order): X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Appleseed XIII, Fujilog