C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control Episode 7
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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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Episode Summary: First half: Mikuni’s past is revealed. When younger, he throws himself at his job as executive secretary for his father while his younger sister is bed-ridden in the hospital. When she falls into a coma after being denied an opportunity to save her, he doubles down at work, and then becomes an Entre for the Midas Bank. Second half: Mysu muses about what it means to be an asset for Kimimaro, especially with his unusual treatment of her, and her relationship towards him.
My Impressions: Another short commentary, because I do not have much to say. I know that I have griped somewhat about how [C] is dithering around, not much is actually happening — and this episode is a perfect example of that. Other than some ominous signs at the very end of the episode (buildings disappearing), there was essentially zero plot development, and it was all about fleshing out the motivations of Mikuni and doing some character development between Mysu and Kimimaro. And yet…for some reason I *did* enjoy this episode, although I would have liked for something this to have happened earlier on. As it stands right now, there’s not much time left (4 episodes) until the end, so it’s a rather curious choice to do some first-act-intro stuff at this point in the game.
I also wonder just how “real” that the “real Tokyo” and “real world” is, in comparison to the Financial District. It seems that the concept of reality is fudged, the line is blurred if what happens in the Financial District can affect what happens in the “real” world to such a great extent — in some respects reminds me of Dark City, will Kimimaro ever find his Shell Beach?
Even more curious is the question of what *exactly* is an “asset”, anyway? Mysu is more than just a simple computer program, there seems to be some level of self-awareness involved, and hints even at a curious romance-like relationship, almost like Cora the ISO in Tron: Legacy. There’s a lot of questions they seem to be bringing up, and I wonder just how much will be revealed before the end of the series.
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- If you like this series, then you might also like: Eden of the East or Gankutsuou.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- Snarky Draggle is snarky:“There are only four episodes left, and I can’t really see how this is going to resolve in that time frame. Mainly because there isn’t any conflict. I gather that there’s supposed to be some kind of abstract philosophical decision between the present and the future, but this all just seems kind of silly to me. Obviously you would want to have both a present and a future. Maybe the final boss will be the past, who feels left out. This could explain why he’s stealing all the skyscrapers from the present.” – Draggle’s Anime Blog
- H.I.M.Y.O. is also critically blunt:“So yes, I’m watching [C] for the fanservice. And it’s not like it’s great fanservice – there’s more fanservice in Hanasaku Iroha than there is in [C]. It certainly isn’t a show that was built around fanservice. Which is sad, because it actually seemed to be going somewhere at times. I say ‘somewhere’ because the plot hasn’t been tight enough to point towards an end. At certain times it seems as if an objective has been set, but then it’s never brought up again.” – How I Met Your Otaku
- But Hachimitsu is, “No, you’ve got it all wrong”:“There’s a lot to take in here and to reflect about. The problem is that many people have been mislead by the trailers. [C] appeared to be a shounen series with money as a theme and the financial district as a battleground, but this is merely a facade. When people realize this, they easily dismiss it as a pretentious piece and find no value in it. But in my case, I was much more intrigued.” – Hachimitsu